November 1st, 2012
05:35 PM ET

Sally Field's body transformation for 'Lincoln'

Daniel Day-Lewis isn't the only actor who transformed to star in "Lincoln."

His co-star Sally Field, who plays President Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd, had to go up a few dress sizes in order to authentically portray the First Lady.

“I gained 25 pounds - she was much heavier, or more round, so we tried to replicate her measurements," Field, 65, recently told CNN. "We had her dress size, because it’s documented when they made dress[es] for her ... We replicated what she was, and it wasn’t easy. It was sort of horrifying to be a woman of a certain age and to put on 25 pounds."

Watch: 'Lincoln' gets a new trailer

All in the name of a Steven Spielberg film, though. The aforementioned Day-Lewis took a year to prepare to play the 16th president, and Spielberg, too, was insistent on accurately capturing the period.

"He’s an exquisite artist and this is his masterpiece I believe," Field said. "He created a bubble for us as actors and as the people behind the camera in creating the sets and the costumes and the makeup. He really orchestrated [it] with the help of the exquisitely talented Daniel Day-Lewis to allow us all to do our work.

To be honest, that's the kind of immersion Field prefers, but she said that she's "never felt I was in a position to impose it on everyone." Day-Lewis and Spielberg, however, did.

"They said, 'We are going to keep this bubble going for everyone.' So the crew, I never saw them. I never heard them. They were quiet and they dressed in period costume. [Spielberg] dressed in a suit and jacket and tie so that you never felt invaded in your psyche that you were really in a contemporary world and you had to like, focus to try and get back into this mid 1800s. It was such a gift."


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    April 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rr146

    There is nothing that makes me feel older than looking at Sally Fields.

    November 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Elmer

    Didn't she spend all her time on TV endorsing Boniva, a Pharma drug that is now being sued in class action suit?

    November 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. californiamarty

    Raging Bull with Robert DeNiro was the ultimate in actors losing and gaining weight and muscle and appearance. Tom Hanks did it very well. Gaining twenty five pounds sounds like milk shakes, pizza and cheeseburgers for a while. Sally Field is a very fine actress, but her feat here was not up to the great works of DeNiro, Hanks, and Charlez Theron in Monster.

    November 25, 2012 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    Weighing in on the whole slavery and no remorse for the south issue. It was not all about slavery but as much about a strong, state government and states rights rather than a strong .central government. For the South it was about personal freedom to , yes, have slaves, but also to not have a strong .central government tell them what they could and could not do. Slavery was abolished in England without bloodshed thanks to the efforts of Wilberforce. The same would have happened over here and perhaps with greater speed than the Second Revolution brought about. Peaceful resistance and education always leads to a better outcome. War breeds misery, death and hatred tha continued for generations and lead to another 100 + years of near slavery for the Blacks. No wonder the South called it the War of Northern Aggression. These were sovreign states invaded by outsiders. One wonders how different the outcome would be today if all could have come to the table, or better yet, the questions were addressed and dealt with in the First Revolution. But we, as a government, have a long history of "passing the buck" for a more convenient season and we , sadly , reap what we sow.

    November 24, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • windstarpk

      Excellent post.

      November 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derangedcowbrain

      More like crack-pot post.

      November 25, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Fnordz

      Unfortunately, although it sounds good, what you said just isn't true. The war was fought mostly over slavery, through the guise of 'states rights'... it took another hundred years before the south finally capitulated and recognized equal rights in non-whites too, so that whole "states rights" thing just doesn't fly.

      November 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dave

    Dustin Hoffman tortured himself to get ready to play the torture scene in Marathon Man. Sir Lawrence Oliver (the torturer) asked Dustin, "Why don't you try acting?"

    November 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • OliverSudden

      Yeah, actually dude, the story goes like this: Dustin Hoffman ran around the studio set a few times to appear tired from running. To which Lawrence Oliver said the thing he said. Where did you come up with "He tortured himself?" How utterly bizarre.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. ALAN FISCHER

    LINCOLN--Old honest Abe Lincoln–the one and only-who send newly arrived immigrants in New York- to go south to burn the homes –fields–plantatiions and kill men–women–and children

    November 19, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Glad he did

      November 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Murphy

      IIt is not merely hard to sympathize with the people of the Confederacy even after all these years. It is inappropriate. The southern people and leadership brought the war on themselves. They attempted to intimidate the rest of the country into accepting slavery as the price of union and for a long time they succeeded. Millions of people paid a price for their evil north and south. Lincoln had it right. So did the north. God willing we would be willing to pay that same price again.

      November 20, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • 123elle

      Chuck Murphy: I agree with you. It is very difficult to feel sympathy for those who fought to uphold human slavery; their willingness to spend blood to the last drop to wage a war of attrition which their leaders must have known they had no chance to win still has me shaking my head.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • The Federalist

      Redneck fool... The southern states of the CSA were commiting a sin against God and deserved what they got.

      November 24, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Azalp Yerbua

    I saw the movie yesterday, and it was wonderful. It will win multiple Oscars, and Sally Field might win one for her brilliant portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln. Daniel Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones were fantastic. Some people in the theater were crying at the end.

    A great American film.

    November 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pudding Pop

      I agree a very good movie. But it was 3 hours of knowing how something was going to end. I fell asleep for 20 mins in the middle, woke up, and felt I didn't miss a thing. Go ahead and gush over it, but it is very slow.

      November 23, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Loblaw

      spoiler alert...Lincoln gets assassinated

      November 30, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. alan

    To all you people who defended the actress in Hunger Games because she didnt want to lose weight for the second film, I submit to you and american icon actress who gained wt for the part.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chip Douglas

      Every actor was fat in hunger games, including Lawrence. Thought it was supposed to be a movie about hunger? Dumb movie.

      November 23, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. bribarian

    Another holocash™ film?

    November 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lou Cypher

    I don't see how her putting on 25 lb has anything to do with the movie,
    unless the movie includes a scene where Lincoln is doing a cover of Sir Mix Alot's 'Baby Got Back'.
    {In which case, the movie is waaay cooler than I imagined.}
    .

    November 10, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • ATLWmn

      Did you miss the part where they were going for absolute authenticity, down to Mrs. Lincoln's measurements? I think it's wonderful to have that much historical accuracy, down to dress size and in Lincoln's case, the voice.

      November 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  16. reports say

    she's quite physically powerful for her age.

    November 7, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. jamesnyc

    hmm this is the same actress that was pushing Boniva, an osteoporosis drug, now doing the worst thing for bones adding excessive weight. I hope her bones are up to it. Not sure though that pulling a Zellweger is that bright though.

    November 7, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Gina

      Yes.. Her decision to gain weight for her job will likely convince millions of women that they too - should gain weight.. Sheesh..

      November 9, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • AW

      Actually, putting on a moderate amount of weight is the BEST thing a woman her size could do for osteoporosis. Being thin is a risk factor. The reason that obesity/overweight is not officially classified as a disease is that it has a few health benefits. A greatly reduced risk of osteoporosis is the main one. Besides, Sally Field could put on 25 pounds without becoming clinically overweight, much less obese. The healthy weight range is very wide and most actresses are at the very bottom or below. Being slightly underweight is much worse for your health than being slightly overweight.

      November 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan Dalia

      Actually, osteoporosis happens in slight bodies more......... the extra weight makes bones strong.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • emma

      Huh? her weight loss is more likely to put her at risk of osteoporosis; where in the world are you getting your info? After years of borderline osteoporosis [osteopenia] I gained ten pounds and now have normal bone density. Being underweight is very unhealthy [I also had anemia] as well.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alix

      A little extra weight is good for you if you have osteoporosis. Sheesh.

      And "horrifying" to gain weight? Does this woman have an eating disorder? Gaining weight is no fun, but "horrifying" seems a little strong.

      November 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rob

    I had a crush on Sally back in the 60s when she was " The Flying Nun ". Wow... who woulda thunk back then that she would one day be a two-time Academy Award winner. Here's hoping Oscar # 3 will be hers in 2013!

    November 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Sokman

    Triumph, you are an idiot. No one said they watch movies to learn historical facts. You are the one showing your ignorance, but what more can we expect from someone who cant even come up with an original name & only talks about deficating? Stick to what you know best, inbreeding

    November 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  20. ingyandbert

    I don't get why actors think they need to gain a bunch of weight for a part. Theatrical prosthetics are so good these days that gaining the actual weight is completely unnecessary. A good special effects makeup artist can apply layers to fill out the face and, of course, the body can be easily padded - especially when the costumes such as the Victorian era are so enveloping. There is no need to put ones body through an unhealthy weight gain/loss process.

    November 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Because it looks more realistic. My wife is a makeup artist, and I'm a cinematographer. It may not be 100% healthy (neither are stunts, etc.), but it works better on screen.

      November 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dazzia Skateboard Decks

      @ingyandbert...Sally had to gain weight so that she would not look so fragile. By gaining weight her face was more fuller because of less wrinkles AND she would appear healthier and stronger...which emits strength and eliteness. Don't worry, she will be able to drop it in no time flat.

      November 16, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      The reason was given in the article, Ingyandbert: authenticity. Ms Field went after this part. She pursued it for years and begged Spielberg to let her have it, promising to gain weight so she would resemble Mary Todd Lincoln more closely.

      I'm afraid I don't remember how long it was in pre-production, but I believe it was nearly a decade. This was a part she was desperate to play. She was committed to the part of Mary Todd Lincoln. I look forward to seeing Ms Field in this role. I'm certain she will be amazing.

      November 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. fight for her career..yea ok..

    Sally is only worth gazillions...she is not fighting for her career. she is our beloved sally field and will be nominated and could possibly win best supporting actress...she did everything to make this part work. that's a true professional actress.

    November 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jorge (seeayay)

    great actress.

    November 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Leon Max Peris

    Sally never sold out.

    November 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Leon Max Peris

    We forget her role in Gidget.

    November 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  25. George?

    sounds like your bored in bed– buy a doll.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  26. George Lyons

    And in the end the love they make is equal to Abe riding a bicycle across the face of the moon with Sally in the basket? That's awesome!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Sally Field is a pro.

    she will do anything to make the part work...she is a great actress, well respected in the industry and she will
    recieved an oscar nomination....however she was hysterical in the crazy flying nun series.

    lol

    November 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Neale bBncroft

    She is a great actress.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  29. Jack Bee Bop Clauss

    She is the IT girl!

    November 2, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  30. Blue

    OK Sally, big fan for 4 decades, but are you an IDI OT? Anyone at our age that would consider putting on 25 lbs to make a film has to be. Sorry, that's insane to put your health and body through that.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • jp

      Blue, she is fighting for her career. She has to do what she can to stay working in film. How many actresses of her age actually get steady work these days??
      It sucks, and it's unfair, but it's true. Don't wag your finger at her until you have been an actress past the age of 40 ANYWHERE.

      November 4, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  31. BO-LO

    I heard he kills Edward Cullen in this one, but only after Abe is caught on camera canoodling with Bella.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • BO-LO

      You must be very intelligent. You posted as BO-LO and then said awful things about BO-LO. Additionally, you were too weak to leave the reply button available. I am very sorry about all of the difficulties you must be having in life. I have had my midnight snack of Lucky Charms and I am going back to bed. Good luck being you.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  32. bagladyboutique

    Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jeff Frank

    Sally doesn't even need makeup. She looks exactly like Abraham Lincoln. Maybe a little older and rougher but the makeup department will be able to smooth her out.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Sokman

    As a history buff, I cant wait for this movie. Not a big Daniel-Day Lewis fan, but if he spent a year preparing for the role, I imagine he'll do a good job

    November 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      *sarcasm* Yeah because we all know hollywood can be depended on to make films that are always 100% historically accurate. I'm curious to see how much "creative license" they take with this one.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • John W.

      @TrumphTheInsultComicDog: You're speaking of "creative license" as though it is a terrible thing, yet you've stolen another character's name to use as your username Hypocrite of the Day award goes to you, moron. Congrats!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Oh ok so distorting historical facts is ok then??? All i'm saying is if you want to learn history about anyone or anything then movies aren't the best source to turn to. And how is my taking my name on here from a character and criticizing the movie industry for taking liberties with historical facts for the purpose of telling a story hypocritical??? Those two things are completely unrelated. Thank you for showing just how much of an ignorant, ill educated, waste of a person you are!

      November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Me too. Hope they just don't skim over his time as a vampire slayer. I remember Day Lewis in the Last of the Mohicans and I think he'll embody Abe's axe wielding hero just fine.

      November 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Bluejeans

    Seriously? You just HAD to be a troll? You couldn't just comment on the film or the actors in the film? Sad. I hope this film wins a lot of Oscars. Speilberg is a genius, and the actors possess a wealth of talent.

    November 25, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |

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