Sam Waterston on Playing Lincoln

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Actor Sam Waterston has played Lincoln twice — once in the 1988 Gore Vidal TV miniseries Lincoln, and again in the 1993-94 Lincoln Center Theater production of Abe Lincoln in Illnois, for which Waterston earned a Tony Award nomination. In this 2009 Moyers Moment from a special live performance edition of Bill Moyers Journal, Moyers, Lincoln expert Harold Holzer and Waterston discuss the actor’s preparations for the role.

Watch Bill’s full conversation with Waterston and Holzer. You can also see a clip of Waterston playing Lincoln in the Vidal miniseries on YouTube.

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