Red Alert: Daniel Day-Lewis Hangs Up His Acting Shoes
Article by Aaron Haughton
This is not a hoax. Daniel Day-Lewis announced today via his spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, that he's pulling out of the acting game, hanging up his thespian shoes and moving on. He didn't cite a reason at all, but then again, does he really need to?
Dart's comment to the press went as follows: “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.”
Over his four decade acting career, he's played many memorable roles, among them are Hawkeye from The Last of the Mohicans, Bill "The Butcher" from Gangs of New York, Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, and even Abraham Lincoln in the aptly titled Lincoln. Known primarily as a badass tour-de-force performer, Day-Lewis' skill is flexible and chameleon; he can be anything and do a convince you he's the real deal. He was fond of the method approach, going as far to having Steven Spielberg address him as Mr. Lincoln on the set of Lincoln, and even learned Czechoslovakian for his role in The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
There is a silver lining to all this though. Day-Lewis still has one more film left to be experienced, which is his re-teaming with writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (who directed the epic masterpiece There Will Be Blood), listed on IMDB as Phantom Thread. Little is known about the latest picture, other than it's set in the fashion world of 1950s London.
All this has us wondering what it is he'll be going on to do. There are so many roles we'd love to see him play, it's just a shame they won't be made reality. But, we wish him only the best in whatever it is he does next.
What do you think? Is this a publicity stunt? Do you think he's out the game for good? What roles would you like to see him play? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well!