Octavia Spencer on Tommy Lee Jones in ‘Lincoln’

SAG Preview: Actors on Actors - Spencer on Jones

How can I applaud Tommy Lee Jones’s breathtaking, awe-inspiring performance in “Lincoln” without feeling like a total sycophant?

Truth is I can’t, because he is just that brilliant. Jones’ deftly crafted Thaddeus Stevens is played without artifice, but is grounded and authentic. Substantive.

Simply put, Jones portrays the man with true grit. But that’s not all. From the moment the character’s introduced onscreen, Jones held my rapt attention. I found myself leaning forward in my seat not wanting to miss a single beat of his impassioned yet hysterical repudiations.

Not to mention the emotional impact of his stoic, mournful gazes. Soul-stirring! Jones’ performance had me laughing out loud, silently weeping and dying to crack open a history book or surf the Internet to learn more.

While I believe that everything about this movie is masterfully executed, from Steven Spielberg’s epic direction to Daniel Day-Lewis’ iconographic Lincoln, I feel Tommy Lee Jones’ performance will engender it’s own luminescence in the hearts of cinephiles everywhere.

Return to the SAG Preview

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety