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'Lincoln's Daniel Day-Lewis and other actors playing real presidents

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Sept. 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM
The trailer for Steven Spielberg's sweeping historical drama, "Lincoln," debuted Thursday, giving audiences their first full look at Daniel Day-Lewis' take on the 16th president.

Well-known for his method approach to acting, Day-Lewis has fully embraced his Lincoln persona. According to Variety's Jeff Sneider, the actor "hasn't broken his Lincoln accent since March. His real name doesn't even appear on the call sheet."

Day-Lewis is the latest in a long line of actors to portray a president. From George Washington to Eisenhower to Bill Clinton, here's a look at a few of the actors to go presidential, for better or for worst.

Kelsey Grammer -- George Washington in A&E's "Benedict Arnold"

Paul Giamatti -- John Adams in HBO's "John Adams"

Nick Nolte -- Thomas Jefferson in "Jefferson in Paris"

Anthony Hopkins -- John Quincy Adams in "Amistad"

Charlton Heston -- Andrew Jackson in "The President's Lady" and "Buccaneer"

Robert V. Barron -- Abraham Lincoln in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"

Fred Thompson -- Ulysses S. Grant in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"

Fred Thompson as Grant, on the right.

Robin Williams -- Theodore Roosevelt in "Night at the Museum"

Jon Voight -- Franklin D. Roosevelt in "Pearl Harbor"

Tom Selleck -- Dwight Eisenhower in "Ike: Countdown to D-Day"

Frank Langella -- Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon"


Will Ferrell -- George W. Bush in everything.

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