Sally Field

  • Aired:  01/23/13
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The award-winning actress talks about Mary Lincoln's tragic life, Hollywood and the audition that swayed Steven Spielberg. (7:10)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS WON THREE EMMYS, TWO OSCARS, AND TWO GOLDEN GLOBES.

BUT STILL NO MTV MOVIE AWARD FOR BEST ROUND-HOUSE KICK IN A ROMANTIC COMEDY.

PLEASE WELCOME SALLY FIELD.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HAVE A SEAT.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANK YOU FOR COMING ON.

ALL RIGHT.

WHAT A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE.

I'M AN ENORMOUS FAN.

>> THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: AND --

>> YEAH, WHAT?

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT ME.

>> ME, TOO OF YOU.

>> Stephen: YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO SAY THANK REALLY I AM.

THE ONLY TIME MY CHILDREN ARE GOING TO BE WATCH ME BECAUSE THEY WERE THRILLED I WAS ON YOUR SHOW.

>> Stephen: WOW.

YOU SOUND LIKE YOU RAISED SOME REALLY SMART KIDS.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> Stephen: WE'RE GOING TO GET INTO YOUR, YOU KNOW, YOUR LEFT WING HOLLYWOOD, YOU KNOW SCREED LATER.

>> ALL RIGHT, FINE.

>> Stephen: FIRST I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS MOVIE, LINCOLN.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: IT'S SUCH A BRILLIANT MOVISM I HAVE NEVER BEEN MOVED BY PARLIAMENTARY

PROCEDURE BEFORE.

BUT IT REALLY DOES -- WHY DID YOU WANT TO PLAY MARY TODD SO MUCH?

>> ARE YOU FINISHED?

NOW I MEANT I WANTED TO GET ALL THE QUESTION.

>> Stephen: PLEASE ANSWER.

WHY?

>> WELL, SHE'S SUCH A COMPLICATED, UNDEREXAMINED, UNDERAPPRECIATED VALUABLE FEMALE

IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

>> Stephen: LET'S SHOW A SCENE RIGHT HERE, JIMMY, OF THE POWER OF MARY TODD.

>> WHEN I HAVE EVER BEEN SO EASILY BAMBOOZLED BUT AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION AND ABOLISHING

SLAVERY WILL END THIS WAR AND SINCE YOU ARE SENDING MY SON TO THE WAR, WO SERKS YOU IF YOU

FAIL TO PASS THE AMENDMENT.

>> WE'RE LEAVING BIG BLOODY FOOT PRINTS ALL OVER TOWN.

>> NO ONE KNOWS BETTER THAN YOU THE PROPER PLACEMENT OF THE PATH.

JUST DO IT IF YOU MUST BECAUSE IF YOU FAIL TO ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY VOTES --

>> Stephen: WOW.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HISTORICALLY ACCURATE.

SHE HAD THAT KIND OF INFLUENCE OVER HER HUSBAND?

>> OH, YES.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YES, SHE DID.

SHE ALWAYS DID.

>> Stephen: HE HAD HER PUT AWAY AT SOME POINT, DIDN'T HE?

>> NO, NO.

>> Stephen: HE DIDN'T HAVE TO GIVE HER QUIET TIME.

>> EVERYONE HAD TO GIVE HER QUIET TIME.

SHE WAS VERY COLORFULFUL HIGHLY EMOTIONAL AND SHE WENT THROUGH A LOT OF BAD THINGS.

LOSS OF CHILDREN AND EVENTUALLY SHE LOST HIM AND THEN IT WENT ON AND GOT WORSE FROM THERE.

SHE WAS REALLY A TRAGIC, TRAGIC CHARACTER.

>> Stephen: MAYBE NOT -- MAYBE NOT INSANE BUT MAD FROM GRIEF?

>> SHE WAS.

SHE WAS.

AND AT THE END OF HER LIFE.

SHE STAYED MAD LITERALLY PERIOD BUT WHO WOULDN'T BE?

>> Stephen: CAN WE TALK ABOUT WHAT MAKES ME MAD.

>> I THINK SO.

GO AHEAD.

>> Stephen: SPIELBERG MAKING YOU AUDITION FOR THIS WILL PART.

YOU ARE SALLY GOD DAMN FIELD.

I DON'T SEE WHY HE GETS ASKING TO YOU AUDITION, OKAY?

WHY DO YOU DO THAT?

YOU DON'T AUDITION FOR THINGS.

>> WELL, I DID.

AND I NEEDED TO.

AND I'M GLAD I DID.

>> Stephen: SO YOU HAD TO GO MEET DANIEL DAY-LEWIS?

>> NO, NO, NO NOT REALLY.

EVERYBODY JOINED IN AS A CAST.

IT WAS WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO TO ENEARTH MARY.

STEVEN WASN'T SURE I WAS RIGHT.

HE ASKED ME TO DO THE ROLE SUCH A LONG TIME AGO.

IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO GET THE MAGNIFICENT SCREENPLAY AND DANIEL DAY-LEWIS WAS ON BOARD.

HE WASN'T SURE THE DYNAMIC WAS RIGHT.

I SAID I WON'T WALK AWAY.

HE SAID WHAT IF I TEST YOU.

DANIEL CAME ON BOARD.

HE FLEW IN FROM IRELAND TO LOS ANGELES FOR THE DAY SO STEVEN COULD SEE US ON FILM TOGETHER.

>> Stephen: DID YOU MEET HIM OR LINCOLN?

>> UM, YOU KNOW IT'S -- I DON'T THINK HE MET ME EITHER.

WE BOTH MET AS EARLY VERSION OF MARY AND EARLY VERSION OF MR.

LINCOLN AND IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF WHAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN FINALLY.

IT'S WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE AND IT WAS INCREDIBLY GENEROUS FOR STEVEN TO GO WITH IT IN THE

FIRST PLACE AND THEN IT WAS AMAZING THAT HE DROPPED EVERYTHING HE FELT AND SAID,

OKAY, I'LL GO WITH WHAT YOU'VE GOT.

>> Stephen: YOU SAID YOU ALWAYS FELT LIKE AN OUTSIDER IN THE INDUSTRY THAT YOU WORKED IN

SINCE YOU WERE A KID, RIGHT?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: WHY?

PEOPLE -- EVERYBODY LOVES YOU.

>> I DON'T KNOW.

I'M NOT INVITED TO VERY MANY PARTIES OR ANYTHING.

I JUST DON'T KNOW.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Stephen: WANT TO GO GET A DRINK?

[ LAUGHTER ]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> I DON'T KNOW.

AREN'T YOU MARRIED?

>> Stephen: AREN'T YOU?

>> NO.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELL, SALLY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING.

>> THANK YOU.

THAT'S IT.

I DON'T GET ANYMORE.

>> Stephen: NO, OF COURSE WE DO.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WE DO.

OF COURSE.

OH, OH, YES, I HAVE TO ASK --

>> OKAY, YEAH.

>> Stephen: YOU GAINED 25 POUNDS FOR THIS ROLE.

>> GOOD QUESTION.

GOOD QUESTION.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Stephen: TRUE?

>> I DID.

>> Stephen: HOW DID YOU DO IT?

>> A ATE A WHOLE LOT OF FOOD.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHY YOU ARE A SUPERSTAR.

>> I KNOW.

>> Stephen: 25 POUNDS YOU ARE A LITTLE THING.

I KNOW YOU GOT THE BONIVA.

DO YOUR BONES HAVE THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY TO HOLD THE 25 POWNS.

>> THEY DO NOW BECAUSE I'VE BEEN TAKING BONIVA.

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHO COULD HAVE USED BONIVA?

MARY TODD LINCOLN.

SHE WE ARE THE COUNTRY ON HER BACK.

>> SHE DID.

SHE DID.

I BET SHE WASN'T INVITED TO A LOT OF PARTIES EITHER.

>> Stephen: SHE WASN'T.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME, SALLY

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