Daniel Day-Lewis may have actually outdone himself in transforming into the spitting image of Honest Abe for the upcoming biopic, "Lincoln."
Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film, which stars Day-Lewis as the 16th president of the United States, focuses on the final few months of Lincoln's presidency, as he tried to unite a divided country and abolish slavery.
In order to become Lincoln, Day-Lewis did a tremendous amount of research on the Great Emancipator (even on that peculiar-sounding voice). This is no surprise for the notorious method actor; over his lauded and lengthy career, Day-Lewis has transformed himself into a number of unforgettable characters, from Christy Brown ("My Left Foot") to Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting ("Gangs of New York"). Perhaps even more impressive is his ability to stay in character both on and off the set.
So to celebrate the ever-chameleonic actor, take a below look at many, many looks of Day-Lewis.
'My Beautiful Launderette'
Sporting bleached, spiky hair, Daniel Day-Lewis plays Johnny, a rough-and-tumble Londoner in the 1985 film. The story follows the friendship, and eventual love story, between Johnny and his long lost friend, Omar. The pair reconnect when they begin to work together at the family-run launderette. Day-Lewis won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
'A Room with a View'
With strung spectacles and an impeccable necktie collection, Day-Lewis is the picture of an Edwardian gentleman in "A Room with a View." In the 1985 British adaptation of E. M. Forster's novel, the actor plays Helena Bonham-Carter's prim, wealthy -- and ultimately undesirable -- suitor, Cecil Vyse. In 1986, Day-Lewis earned his second New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor.
'My Left Foot'
Daniel Day-Lewis's role as Christy Brown in "My Left Foot" is one of the most celebrated performances of his career. Here, he plays a poor man born with cerebral palsy, who can control only his left foot. Because the actor could only manipulate his right foot, many scenes were filmed through a mirror. "My Left Foot" brought method acting to a new high: Day-Lewis befriended many people with disabilities; on set, he refused to break character, moving around set via wheelchair. The actor broke two-ribs while filming due to many weeks of staying in a hunched-over position in his wheelchair. Day-Lewis took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.
'The Last of the Mohicans'
In the 1992 historical film, which chronicles the French and Indian War, Day-Lewis wore tattered clothing and a wild-mane. Again, he was fully immersed in his character of the adopted white son, Nathaniel Hawkeye. During filming, he survived off the land -- camping, hunting and fishing -- and carried a rifle with him at all times. In addition to rigorous weight training, Day-Lewis also learned how to skin animals.
'The Age of Innocence'
In 1993, Day-Lewis starred in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel "The Age of Innocence." Here he plays the dapper Newland Archer, who is set to marry the beautiful, though somewhat boring, May Welland (Winona Ryder) until he meets her firey cousin, played by Michelle Pfeiffer. In preparation for his role, Day-Lewis wore 1870s-period aristocratic garb -- including top hat, cane and cape --around New York City for two months.
In 1997, Day-Lewis and Jim Sheridan teamed up for a third time for "The Boxer." Here -- nice and shorn --he plays an Irish Republican Army member who was recently released from prison and wants to get back to his boxing roots. In preparation for his role, Day-Lewis trained with former boxing world champion Barry McGuigan.
'Gangs of New York'
After a five-year hiatus from acting, Day-Lewis returned to the big screen in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" to play the vicious gang leader, Bill the Butcher. Wearing a skull cap, glass eye and that infamous mustache, he again fully immersed himself in the character's life. He took lessons as an apprentice butcher, and never broke character. Day-Lewis was even diagnosed with pneumonia and, for a time, he refused to wear a warmer coat or take medicine, as that would not be historically accurate. The 2002 performance earned him a BAFTA and Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
'There Will Be Blood'
2007 brought about another unforgettable performance from Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood."In the historical drama, set during Southern California's oil boom, Lewis plays the ruthless and money-hungry Daniel Plainview. Day-Lewis swept the award circuit, winning the Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA for Best Actor.
Switching accents, Day-Lewis played Italian director Guido Contini in the musical "Nine." As an eccentric, fedora-wearing filmmaker -- with a crippling case of writer's block -- Day-Lewis once again went against type. But again, the actor transformed himself into his character. He became fluent in Italian and modeled his dressing room after a 1960s film director's office.
In perhaps his most chameleonic role to date, Day-Lewis is the spitting image of Honest Abe in Steven Spielberg's upcoming "Lincoln." While no one can deny that the actor is a dead ringer for Abe, critics were put off by his interpretation of Lincoln's voice. Of course, Day-Lewis had done nearly a year's worth of research in crafting the president's tone.