Gordon-Levitt stars in this epic historical drama film by director Steven Spielberg as Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. The only surviving son of the couple, he shuns the comforts of his family life to serve the government as Secretary of War. Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field play role of his parents. The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, and James Spader.
Robert and Abraham Lincoln, it was a bit of a strained relationship. Abraham Lincoln was a bit of an absent father, especially when Robert was young. He was out on the circuit. I thought that was really interesting. You’d think, “Oh, one of the greatest men in history, he probably had a great relationship with his son”, but this movie doesn’t just paint a patriotic picture of an angel, it really shows a man, a human being.