With four Oscar nominations and two wins, Daniel Day-Lewis is one of Hollywood's most esteemed and accomplished actors. The 55-year-old is all but assured a fifth nomination (and perhaps a third win) for his latest role as America's 16th President in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.
"Reading objective accounts about the life only take you so far," he says. "What becomes more interesting to me at a certain moment is to try and grow towards a subjective understanding of that man's experience. And in that case, the legacy of his writing was hugely important. To get a sense of his thought and the movement through his thought towards a conclusion, that's a unique treasure."