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Liam NeesonLiam Neeson may be the king of the Greek gods and the leader of 'The A-Team,' but he's no longer campaigning to be the president of the United States during the Civil War.

Neeson had long been attached to star as Abraham Lincoln in a Steven Spielberg-directed biopic of the 16th president. But now, reports Digital Spy, he says he's too old for the role.

Neeson had been linked to the film for at least five years. But now, the 58-year-old actor reportedly claims he's aged out of the role of Lincoln, who was 56 when he was assassinated. Liam NeesonLiam Neeson may be the king of the Greek gods and the leader of 'The A-Team,' but he's no longer campaigning to be the president of the United States during the Civil War.

Neeson had long been attached to star as Abraham Lincoln in a Steven Spielberg-directed biopic of the 16th president. But now, reports Digital Spy, he says he's too old for the role.

Neeson had been linked to the film for at least five years. But now, the 58-year-old actor reportedly claims he's aged out of the role of Lincoln, who was 56 when he was assassinated.

According to Digital Spy, Neeson made his remarks last week during an interview with Britain's GMTV. "I'm not actually playing Lincoln now. I was attached to it for a while, but it's now I'm past my sell-by date," Digital Spy quotes Neeson as saying.

It may be just as well, as there's no guarantee Spielberg will ever get around to making the Lincoln film. It took two years after the release of 2008's 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' before Spielberg decided this summer that his next directing project would be World War I boy-and-his-horse drama 'The War Horse.'

If you want to see Neeson as a U.S. president fighting for racial equality, you may still get your chance. He's long been signed to play Lyndon Johnson in 'Selma,' the drama about the 1965 civil rights march from Lee Daniels ('Precious'). Though that, too, may wait, if Daniels makes 'The Butler' his next film. That movie is a biopic about Eugene Allen, the African-American valet who served eight presidents, and who was invited back to the White House to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. So one way or another, at least Daniels will make it to the Oval Office.

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