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Singer James Taylor suggested for lead role in Lincoln

Published on Dec 8, 2012 10:48 AM
Musician James Taylor performs at a talk titled Beyond Religion: Ethics, Values And Wellbeing in Boston, Massachusetts in this Oct 14, 2012, file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Singer-songwriter James Taylor says he doesn't see the resemblance, but he was pitched - without success - to play the role of United States (US) President Abraham Lincoln in the new film.

Taylor told a packed audience at the National Press Club on Friday that Oscar-winning musician John Williams - who composed the soundtrack for Lincoln - had pushed for Taylor to play the lead role in Steven Spielberg's new film.

The role of Lincoln in the historical drama ultimately went to Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis.

"John wanted me to play that part. He actually stood up for me there and suggested me at one point," said Taylor, 64, adding, "It was never going to happen."

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