In rather shocking news, Daniel Day-Lewis has announced that he plans to retire from acting following his upcoming role in Phantom Thread set to be released at the end of this year.
The only performer ever to win 3 Academy Awards for lead actor, Day-Lewis has long been considered one of the best at his craft often engaging himself to extreme lengths in order to capture the essence of a role. The master of method acting, Day-Lewis first received attention as a leading man for his performance in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) before securing his first Oscar for playing an artist stricken by Cerebral Palsy in My Left Foot (1989). From there the actor would take sporadic roles scoring another nomination for In The Name of the Father (1993) and Gangs of New York (2002).
Known for being incredibly selective in the roles that he chooses, it is not uncommon for him to disappear for years before re-emerging (usually to a roar of critical acclaim and a bevy of awards) as was the case when he took only one small role in the five years between Gangs of New York and his iconic performance as Daniel Plainview in 2007’s There will Be Blood (which we included among our 25 best films from the 21st century and for which he won his 2nd Oscar), a process which he again undertook in between that film and 2012’s Lincoln where he played the famous former president (nabbing his record-setting Oscar in the process).
No reason was given for the sudden announcement from the actor but at only 60 years of age Day-Lewis seems like he still has a lot in the tank should he wish to continue acting.
It will be five years once again between the last time we saw Day-Lewis and his rumored final role in the upcoming Phantom Thread which will see him reunite with director Paul Thomas Anderson (with whom he worked on There Will Be Blood with) so you can count us as one of the many people eagerly awaiting this film.
Should this be really the end of a career for Daniel Day-Lewis, he will leave as one of the greatest performers of his generation (if not all time) but as we have learned in the entertainment industry retirements are rarely permanent so here’s hoping we see Day-Lewis grace the screen again.
Phantom Thread is scheduled to be released on December 25th 2017.
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