Daniel Day-Lewis Announces His Retirement From Acting
Daniel Day-Lewis is widely considered to be one of, if not the, finest actor of his generation but now, at the age of 60, he has decided to step away from the silver screen and pursue other interests in his life and when you've won three Oscars, why the heck not?
“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” a statement to Variety from his spokeswoman Leslee Dart read. “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.”
Excelling on stage at the National Youth Theatre in his native Britain, Daniel rose to prominence when he starred in the drama My Beautiful Launderette and has gone on to be in several Hollywood blockbusters. Despite being so highly lauded, you may not even, particularly, notice his absence from your screens. In the mid-90s he took a career break to apprentice as a shoemaker in Florence, Italy.
One of the most selective actors in the film industry, Day-Lewis has only been in five films since 1998 due to his determination to only work in the best pieces he is offered and he has long been absent from stage productions despite starting out in the theater. In 1989, in a production of Hamlet, Day-Lewis claimed to see the ghost of his own father and collapsed during a performance, and never trod the boards again.
A numerous award winner, Daniel is one of just a select few men to win three Oscars and is the only person to win three Oscars in the Lead Actor category. He has also won four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. In November 2012, Time named Day-Lewis the "World's Greatest Actor." In June 2014 and he received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace for services to drama, making him Sir Daniel Day-Lewis.
Noted for his dedication to method acting, Day-Lewis would often not break character at all whilst filming and would embody all that the role entailed, even to the detriment of his health. For his role in The Last of The Mohicans, he reportedly underwent rigorous weight training and learned to live off the land and forest where his character lived, camping, hunting, and fishing.Day-Lewis also added to his wood-working skills and learned how to make canoes.He carried a long rifle at all times during filming to remain in character and learned how to skin animals. For preparation to play a man wrongfully convicted of a bombing carried out by the Provisional IRA, he lost 30lbs and spent long periods in isolation in a prison cell.
His Oscar wins came for his roles in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln and his last film is currently in production where he will be playing a dressmaker catering to high-society and is due to be released later this year. Whether this is all just a publicity stunt to hype the film remains to be seen but Day-Lewis is not an actor to 'play the game' and this announcement should be taken seriously.
What are your thoughts on Daniel's retirement? Too soon or has he achieved all he can? Will you even miss him and if so, what's your favorite film of his? Let us know in the comments below.