One of Hollywood’s finest actors, Daniel Day-Lewis has announced his retirement from acting. On Tuesday, His spokesperson Leslee Dart broke it to media saying
“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”
The 60-year-old actor will quit acting after his upcoming movie Phantom Thread. Pairing up with Paul Thomas Anderson for the second time, Phantom Thread is expected to hit theaters this Christmas. The three-time Academy Award winner holds the record for earning the best Actor Oscar in Academy history, winning for My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood(2007) and Lincoln(2012). Lewis is known for his method acting and the time he takes to prepare for his roles. During the promotion of Lincoln, back in 2012, he spoke about how he prepared for his characters and why he takes such a long time to do so.
“I don’t dismember a character into its component parts and then kind of bolt it all together, and off you go.I tend to try and allow things to happen slowly, over a long period of time. As I feel I’m growing into a sense of that life, if I’m lucky, I begin to hear a voice.”
Born in London, the British actor had his film debut way back in 1971, at the age of 14. He played an uncredited vandal in Sunday Bloody Sunday. Eleven years after his first movie, he played a small role in Gandhi (1982) as a street thug who bullies Gandhi. It was only in 1985, he got recognized for his performance as a gay man in an interracial relationship in My Beautiful Laundrette. In 1989, Lewis put in his whole heart and went full-on method acting for his role in My Left Foot which won him his first Best Actor Oscar and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. In the movie, Lewis plays a man suffering from cerebral palsy but can only move his left foot. Lewis got so much into character, he has moved around in a wheelchair during the entire shooting time and was even spoon-fed by the crew! After that, he went to on act with famed directors like Michael Mann and Martin Scorsese. His movie with Paul Thomas Anderson in 2007 won him his second Oscar and five years after that, his role as the 16th President of the United States in Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, won him his third.
Lewis’s next movie, Phantom Thread, set in 1950’s London, revolves around the fashion industry. Lewis plays a dressmaker who is called upon to design for the royal family and members of the higher class. Written and Directed by critically-acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson, it’s timely Christmas release makes it eligible for Oscar nominations. Here’s hoping it bags the retiring-actor his last one!