Friday 19 January 2018

Oscar record-breaker Day-Lewis to retire

Daniel Day-Lewis holds his 2013 Oscar for Best Actor. Photo: PA
Daniel Day-Lewis holds his 2013 Oscar for Best Actor. Photo: PA Newsdesk Newsdesk

Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, his spokeswoman said last night, ending a storied movie career that includes performances in 'Lincoln' and 'Gangs of New York'.

Day-Lewis (60), the only man to have won three best actor Oscars, gave no reason for his decision, calling it private.

"Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor," his publicist, Leslee Dart, said in a statement. "He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years."

The statement said there would be no further comment.

He has one more movie in the works - 'Phantom Thread', which is set in London's 1950s fashion world and is due to be released in December.

Day-Lewis, who was born in Britain and holds dual Anglo-Irish citizenship, won his third best actor Oscar in 2013 for playing former US president Abraham Lincoln in 'Lincoln'.

His win made him the first man to be awarded three best actor Oscars in the history of the Academy Awards.

He previously won Academy Awards for his roles as a paraplegic Irish writer in 'My Left Foot' (1989) and a greedy early 20th century oil baron in 'There Will Be Blood' (2007).

The tall, intellectual actor keeps a low-key profile and is known for choosing his roles carefully and taking long breaks between films. After his 2013 Oscar win, London's 'Sunday Times' reported the father of three planned to take a sabbatical at his farm in Ireland.

Day-Lewis is known for his meticulous preparation. For 'Lincoln', he spent months researching his political and personal life and before shooting began he was texting his screen wife, Sally Field, in 19th century vernacular.

For 'My Left Foot', he spent weeks living in a wheelchair, and while shooting "Gangs of New York" he was known for sharpening knives between takes to capture the menace of his character Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting.

Irish Independent

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