Film Friday: John Ford's 'Young Mr. Lincoln' with Henry Fonda

By Daniel S Levine,

In an interview years after Henry Fonda and John Ford made Young Mr. Lincoln, Fonda discussed his reluctance to play Abraham Lincoln, arguably the greatest president of the United States. He said that it was a little like “playing God.” Fonda said that Ford asked him who he thought he was playing. Lincoln is not the “Great Emancipator” in this film. Rather, he's just a young lawyer from Springfield, Illinois, Ford had told him. At that moment, Fonda, who had yet to work with Ford, decided to take the part.

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