He's threatened to do it many times before, but this time he's definitely, seriously, no-takesies-backsies certain: Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring. Which is bad news for us he's the greatest actor of all-time, after all , but almost definitely good news for him. Hollywood's favourite Oscar-magnet has put himself through hell for 36 years in the name of art, and the stories of his infamously gruelling method acting process will likely never be matched. Day-Lewis was already in training before he earned his role as IRA-supporting Irish boxer Danny Flynn, and ultimately spent 18 gruelling months preparing for his pugilistic debut. His trainer, Barry McGuigan, claimed that he was skilled enough to compete as a professional, "if you eliminate the top ten middleweights in Britain. He was, after all, the privileged son of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, and an untested newcomer to the scene.
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Daniel Day-Lewis, who has said that this will be his final screen performance, turns in a masterpiece of silky irritability as s fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock. Reynolds Woodcock Daniel Day-Lewis is a fashion designer whose elegant atelier upstairs in his London town house creates meticulously constructed, beautifully restrained clothing for wealthy socialites. Exquisite garments are constructed; glorious music is played; and three actors quietly take us on a journey. But Anderson weaves in his own touches.
An actor whose on-screen intensity is rivalled only by his off-screen intensity, Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed and least understood performers of his generation. Day-Lewis' highly cerebral approach to his work may emanate in part from his background. Educated at various public schools, Day-Lewis took an early interest in acting. Following his debut, he decided to focus on his theatrical training, which he received at the Bristol Old Vic. It was in that Day-Lewis first stepped into the realm of international acclaim.
And while some have speculated whether this would be a permanent decision—the man has taken long breaks before—one thing is clear: The year-old English performer has built up an impressive oeuvre over the years. An early gem from director Stephen Frears The Queen, Philomena , this gay interracial love story —co-starring Day-Lewis as the fascist street punk tangled up in a clandestine affair with his childhood friend, Omar—is both tough and tender. The Michael Mann epic found Day-Lewis as Hawkeye, a role he famously prepared for with now-trademark intensity. The actor learned how to track and skin animals, built a canoe, and refused to go anywhere without his period-specific gun. The result was a riveting performance.