Who would’ve thought Richmond needed more columns and cannons? Steven Spielberg’s crew worked last week to erect an addition on the north side of the Virginia State Capitol, supposedly so it can double as the White House.
Also spotted was a herd of cannons hiding under a tarp. It’s a good guess they came from a former Lancaster, Penn., mayor, collector Charlie Smithgall. He was tapped by moviemakers for his Civil War cannons, reports Pennsylvania television station WGAL. Richmond police say streets around the statehouse will be closed intermittently until Dec. 12 for filming.
In other Lincoln news, the man himself showed up at the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar on Friday, Nov. 25. Daniel Day-Lewis and his wife toured the site and made “a rather expensive purchase” at the gift shop, our tipster says. Despite the actor’s notoriously fierce commitment to staying in character, he left the top hat at home. Instead he wore a fedora and a purple T-shirt, revealing his many tattoos.