Daniel Day-Lewis, acclaimed Oscar Award-winning method actor, is retiring. His final performance will be Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, set for release later this year. This bombshell comes to us courtesy of Variety,
In a statement, Day-Lewis’ spokesperson had this to say concerning the news:
“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. ”
Well, I think I speak for us all when I say that we’re sad to see him go. The dude’s had one hell of a career, known for the absurd degree of commitment to every role he took on. Will he stay gone for good? Who knows. I certainly hope he comes back. Day-Lewis has taken long breaks before (see: his five-year break before making Gangs of New York), but this statement definitely has an aura of finality to it. The dude is sixty years old, he’s definitely earned a break.
Nevertheless, we still have one more performance of his to look forward to. Based on Anderson and Day-Lewis’ previous collaboration, Phantom Thread will be one hell of a film to out on.
Think he’ll stay retired? What’s your favorite performance by Day-Lewis? Let me know in the comments below.