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Abe Lincoln Was a Texting Fool (Well, Daniel Day-Lewis Was, at Least)

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"We're stepped out upon the world stage now, with the fate of human dignity in our hands!"

Those are lines from our revered 16th President in the trailer for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," but we wonder how much human dignity was in actor Daniel Day-Lewis' hands when, according to Time, he texted his fellow actors in-character.

The all-immersive thesp, who's known for getting deeply into his roles, apparently sent several texts to co-star Sally Field as Abraham Lincoln, who would respond in kind as first lady Mary Todd Lincoln.

"I'd hear that twinkle-twinkle on my phone, and [Day-Lewis] would have sent me some ridiculous limerick," said Field. "He'd sign it, 'Yours, A.' I would text back as Mary, criticizing him for the waste of his time when he might have been pursuing something more productive."

Things went even further between Day-Lewis and Spielberg when the method actor sent his director a tape of him reading Shakespeare and Lincoln's Second Inaugural address in that controversial (but historically accurate) vocal timbre.

"A beautiful voice," Spielberg insists. "I wanted that voice to read me a book. It came with a letter that said, 'After you listen to this, would you ring me up and we'll have a natter?' I immediately got on the telephone and said, 'Who is this?'"

Personally, we'd be pretty tickled to get a text from Honest Abe, especially if it looked like this:

"4 Square & 7 beers ago, want 2 go 2 fords theatre 2 nite? LOLZ ☺"

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