An official state from actor Daniel Day Lewis’ publicist, Leslee Dart, exclaimed that Daniel Day-Lewis will retire from acting. The actor’s final film, unofficially entitled Phantom Thread, will release this December 25 and was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The two previously worked together on There Will Be Blood, which Day-Lewis received his second Oscar for Best Performance in a Leading Role.
From the statement:
“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. ”
Phantom Thread is set in 1950s London where Day-Lewis will be playing the role of a fashion designer for socialites and elitists. Dart has made mention that the actor is expected to take part in the PR circus of the film leading up to awards-season.
Whether this move into retirement is part of this hardcore method actor’s agenda for a role is unbeknowst to all, but it wouldn’t surprise many as the actor took a semi-retirement back in the late ’90s to take up woodworking and then moved to Florence, Italy to go into shoemaking. It was Martin Scorsese who brought Day-Lewis back into acting when he approached him for Gangs of New York.
The Brit has received two other Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role for 2012’s Lincoln and 1989’s My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown. Additionally, Day-Lewis has had many other noteworthy roles in such films as The Last of the Mohicans, The Age of Innocence, Nine, Ghandi, and The Boxer. His upcoming untitled PTA movie will also star Lesley Manville, Richard Graham and Vicky Krieps with distribution by Focus Features and produced by Annapurna Pictures.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter