The Straits Times
Published on Dec 08, 2012

Singer James Taylor suggested for lead role in Lincoln


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."