Daniel Day-Lewis Officially Announced His Retirement From The Industry

There’s No Apparent Reason For The Retirement

Legendary Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis has officially announced his retirement from acting.

The British actor’s spokeswoman Leslee Dart confirmed first to Variety on Tuesday that “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor.”

However, no reason for his retirement was shared. “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,” Dart said.

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The prolific 60-year-old star still has one last film to go. ‘Phantom Thread,’ a fashion drama set in the 50s.This would be the actor’s second collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson. Following 2007’s ‘There Will Be Blood,’ and final screen appearance. The film, which is still in production, is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25, 2017. Day-Lewis will help promote the movie, a source told Variety.

It’s not the first time Day-Lewis intends to retire

The star has attempted to retire from acting before. In the late 90s, he quit acting to become a shoemaker in Florence. Martin Scorsese, who had previously collaborated with the actor, convinced him to come back for his film ‘Gangs of New York’ in the role of William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting.

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Back in 2008

In 2008, the actor said in an interview with the Observer, “It is with a very positive sense that I keep away from the work for a while. It has always seemed natural to me that, in turn, should help me in the work that I do.”

More than a natural thing to do, it’s more like a necessary thin. The actor is known for his extreme method acting. The actor complete immerses himself in his roles, attempting to live the character’s lifestyle off-set, even extending that for months after filming is done.

Well, he’s not dubbed as “the best living actor” for nothing. He is the only man to win three Best Actor Academy Awards for 1989’s ‘My Left Foot,’ 2007’s ‘There Will Be Blood,’ and more recently, ‘Lincoln’ in 2014. Additionally, the actor received nominations for his roles in ‘In the Name of the Father’ and ‘Gangs of New York.’

Day-Lewis began as a stage actor but quit after he had a mental collapse while playing ‘Hamlet.’ As he became convinced he was talking to the ghost of his dead father, ran from the stage, and never returned to the theater.

He made his first credited film appearance in 1982 in ‘Gandhi,’ but achieved his breakout role in 1985 in the drama ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’. Featuring in films such as ‘The Age of Innocence,’ ‘Last of the Mohicans,’ ‘In the Name of the Father,’ ‘The Boxer,’ and more, he has been awarded two Golden Globes, four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and in 2014, he received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace for services to drama.

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