Civil War Era Studies professor Allen Guelzo offered insight on Lincoln in a November 6 Patriot-News article. The article gives advice on how to properly portray the 16th president of the United States in anticipation of the upcoming film, Lincoln.
From the Patriot-News:
Do your research. One of the best ways to learn about Lincoln’s mannerisms and personality is to dig into the myriad number of books and articles about him. “You have to be knowledgeable about the character,” Getty said. “People are going to ask you questions. You have to know about the personalities he worked with. I’m still reading and learning.”
Don’t overdo it. “Lincoln was a very reserved, private man,” said Allen Guelzo, professor of Civil War-era studies at Gettysburg College. “He did not often unload in public even when angry, and there were moments when he could be quite angry. He was a very self-controlled person. Don’t portray him as passionate and excited with his arms waving like windmills.”