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Even leaders at the top of their game need a little help sometimes.

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, told how he might never have made the movie “Lincoln” without a leg up from his friend Leonardo DiCaprio.

The actor was having dinner with Spielberg and his wife at their home when DiCaprio asked what was happening with the movie.

Spielberg explained that it was stalled because he’d approached actor Daniel Day-Lewis about another screenplay and felt he couldn’t go back to ask him about “Lincoln.”

The next day, DiCaprio called and said, “You got a pencil? Write this down. This is Daniel Day-Lewis’ cellphone. He’s expecting your call.”

“Leo had gone to bat for me,” Spielberg said.

After that, “Lincoln” came to life for Spielberg, whose movies have grossed more than $8.5 billion—more than any other filmmaker.

— Adapted from “Spielberg on Spielberg,” OWN, Huffington Post.

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