Lin­coln pre­miere gift from film star Daniel

STAR DAY LEWIS IS PA­TRON OF WICKLOW HOSPICE

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GOLDEN GLOBE win­ner Daniel DayLewis will be in Dublin on Sun­day for the Euro­pean pre­mier of ‘ Lin­coln' and to sup­port Wicklow Hospice Foun­da­tion.

Props from the movie will be auc­tioned for the foun­da­tion at the event in the cap­i­tal at the week­end. Di­rec­tor Steven Spiel­berg has do­nated items such as Lin­coln's hand­made knife, white gloves and minia­ture sol­diers for auc­tion as a favour to the Day- Lewis who is a pa­tron of Wicklow Hospice Foun­da­tion.

It may never have been how­ever, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter Day- Lewis wrote Spiel­berg de­clin­ing the role.

'As fas­ci­nated as I was by Abe, it was the fas­ci­na­tion of a grate­ful spec­ta­tor who longed to see a story told, rather than that of a par­tic­i­pant,' he wrote. ' That's how I feel now in spite of my­self, and though I can't be sure that this won't change, I couldn't dream of en­cour­ag­ing you to keep it open on a mere pos­si­bil­ity. I do hope this makes sense Steven, I'm glad you're mak­ing the film, I wish you the strength for it, and I send both my very best wishes and my sin­cere grati- tude to you for hav­ing con­sid­ered me.'

Thank­fully he re­con­sid­ered ( af­ter a cou­ple of re- writes) and agreed to play the iconic Pres­i­dent.

Af­ter a gala screen­ing at the Savoy on O'Con­nell Street, the ‘ Lin­coln Ball' will take place at the Burling­ton Ho­tel.

Wicklow Hospice Foun­da­tion Chair­man, Bren­dan Cud­dihy, says there has been an over­whelm­ing in­ter­est in the props from US bid­ders.

‘ Props of this qual­ity never come on the mar­ket and are closely pro­tected by movie stu­dios.

‘ Now that Lin­coln is hotly tipped to scoop multi- Academy awards, we're be­ing told the value is even higher.'

Ir­ish Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins will be among the guests on the red car­pet while it is strongly ru­moured that U2's Bono and the Edge, singers Sinead O'Connor and Shane Mc­Gowan, Chris De Burgh and box­ers Katie Tay­lor and Barry McGuigan will at­tend the fundrais­ing ball.

Hotly tipped for a best ac­tor Os­car for the role, Daniel also won the New York Film Crit­ics Cir­cle award for best ac­tor for the film.

Daniel Day Lewis as Abra­ham Lin­coln.

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