History Creator / DanielDayLewis

3rd Apr '18 12:26:23 PM costanton11
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His father was British Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis. He's married to [[Theatre/TheCrucible Arthur]] [[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman Miller's]] daughter Rebecca Miller, an accomplished writer in her own right, who he met while filming ''Theatre/TheCrucible''.

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His father was British Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis.Day-Lewis and his maternal grandfather was film producer Michael Balcon. He's married to [[Theatre/TheCrucible Arthur]] [[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman Miller's]] daughter Rebecca Miller, an accomplished writer in her own right, who he met while filming ''Theatre/TheCrucible''.
3rd Apr '18 12:25:02 PM costanton11
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* CreatorBreakdown: Daniel's MethodActing once led to an incident where he collapsed into a sobbing wreck during a performance of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' as the titular character, during the scene where Hamlet speaks to his father's ghost. Daniel later admitted that during the scene he saw his own father (who had died over a decade earlier). He never appeared on stage again.



* DoingItForTheArt: As has been mentioned, Day-Lewis is one of the most well known method actors around, to the point where he's actually achieved a memetic status as the go to for insane dedication to acting, as during the filming process, he never gets out of character. While playing Bill the Butcher in ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', he famously refused to seek medical treatment for pneumonia until it became almost life threatening, as it was not in keeping with available medical treatment in the 1860's. He also [[ThrowItIn ad libbed]] tapping on his glass eye with a knife to intimidate William Tweed. When playing a villain, he will accost other actors in character on and off the set, and get into fights in bars in preparation for a role. When playing any character, he will spend six months mastering an accent,[[note]]Even if it's completely unnecessary--the most extreme example being when he learned Czech to play the lead in ''Literature/TheUnbearableLightnessOfBeing'' despite the fact that the film was shot in English[[/note]] learning various crafts, and adopting disabilities.
* DyeingForYourArt: Trained as a boxer for three years and broke a knuckle for his role in ''The Boxer''.
* FakeAmerican: Several roles, such as [[Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence Newland Archer]], [[Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans Hawkeye]], [[Film/GangsOfNewYork Bill the Butcher]], [[Film/ThereWillBeBlood Daniel Plainview]] and [[Film/{{Lincoln}} Abraham Lincoln]]. He's a one-man history of 19th Century America.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: A bit more of a complicated example. His commitment to [[MethodActing staying in character]] often makes him difficult to work with especially because he tends to gravitate to heavy roles with characters that are lashing out at the world and this often results in his lashing out at his coworkers during production. However, out-of-character, he is generally very soft-spoken and quite self-deprecating about his commitment to his craft.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: A bit more of a complicated example. His commitment to [[MethodActing staying in character]] often makes him difficult to work with especially because he tends to gravitate to heavy roles with characters that are lashing out at the world and this often results in his lashing out at his coworkers during production. However, out-of-character, he is generally very soft-spoken and quite self-deprecating about his commitment to his craft. He also showed up to the Hope For Haiti Now telethon to help raise funds for the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims.
* MethodActing: To say the least. He's famous for his exhaustive, in-depth preparations for his characters, for which he will always do extensive research, and not once breaking character until production is wrapped. He could be considered the patron saint of this trope.


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* PlayingAgainstType: He doesn't exactly have a type, per se, but he first drew attention in America for playing two incredibly different roles in movies that happened to premiere in the US on the same day: as the repressed, snobbish, upper-class, Edwardian-era Englishman Cecil in ''Film/ARoomWithAView''; and Johnny, the gay ex-skinhead thug in Thatcher's London engaged in a forbidden romance with a Pakistani boy in ''MyBeautifulLaundrette''. '''Many''' critics were impressed that he did both roles so convincingly.
* ProductionPosse: At the very least, [[Film/MyLeftFoot Jim]] [[Film/InTheNameOfTheFather Sheridan]], Creator/MartinScorsese and now Creator/PaulThomasAnderson are the only directors willing to work with him more than once.


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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** He actively campaigned for the part of Vincent Vega in ''Film/PulpFiction'', but was turned down by Creator/QuentinTarantino.
** He was also going to be cast as Aragorn in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films when Stuart Townsend was kicked off the project, but Creator/PeterJackson ended up going with Creator/ViggoMortensen because of Day-Lewis's reputation as a difficult actor to work with. Had Mortensen actually drowned in ''The Two Towers'' film, however, he might've been Mortensen's replacement.
** He was Creator/JonathanDemme's first choice to play Andrew Beckett in ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''[[note]]Leading to a rather tasteless joke that he would have actually contracted AIDS for the part[[/note]]. He turned down the role to star in ''Film/TheAgeOfInnocence''. Amusingly, he ended up losing the Academy Award for Best Actor to Creator/TomHanks, who was ultimately cast as Beckett.
** He was considered for Jesus in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', but was deemed "too European".
24th Jan '18 3:36:31 AM Aquila89
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On June 20, 2017, he announced [[http://variety.com/2017/film/news/daniel-day-lewis-quits-acting-oscar-winner-1202472766/ his retirement from acting]], calling it "a private decision". His final performance will be Creator/PaulThomasAnderson's ''Phantom Thread'', scheduled for release on Christmas Day, 2017.

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On June 20, 2017, he announced [[http://variety.com/2017/film/news/daniel-day-lewis-quits-acting-oscar-winner-1202472766/ his retirement from acting]], calling it "a private decision". His final performance will be was in Creator/PaulThomasAnderson's ''Phantom Thread'', scheduled for release ''Film/PhantomThread'', released on Christmas Day, 2017.
26th Oct '17 8:46:43 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/PhantomThread''
26th Oct '17 1:14:35 AM KingClark
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* NiceJewishBoy: Though by his own admission he's an agnostic. As for the nice part, see the Jerkass entry above.

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* NiceJewishBoy: Though by his own admission he's an agnostic. As for the nice part, see the Jerkass entry above.
24th Jun '17 4:47:24 PM mouschilight
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* MethodActing To call him a method actor is probably an understatement.



20th Jun '17 1:17:32 PM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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He has recently announced [[http://variety.com/2017/film/news/daniel-day-lewis-quits-acting-oscar-winner-1202472766/ his retirement from acting]] with his final performance being Creator/PaulThomasAnderson's ''Phantom Thread''.

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He has recently On June 20, 2017, he announced [[http://variety.com/2017/film/news/daniel-day-lewis-quits-acting-oscar-winner-1202472766/ his retirement from acting]] with his acting]], calling it "a private decision". His final performance being will be Creator/PaulThomasAnderson's ''Phantom Thread''.
Thread'', scheduled for release on Christmas Day, 2017.
20th Jun '17 12:56:00 PM BadSplice
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\nHe has recently announced [[http://variety.com/2017/film/news/daniel-day-lewis-quits-acting-oscar-winner-1202472766/ his retirement from acting]] with his final performance being Creator/PaulThomasAnderson's ''Phantom Thread''.
12th May '17 6:14:54 AM Exxolon
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->''"I suppose I have a highly developed capacity for self-delusion, so it's no problem for me to believe that I'm somebody else."''
20th Feb '17 9:19:15 PM TroperBeDoper
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Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English/Irish three-time UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winner and legendarily intense method actor. He has starred in such acclaimed films as ''Film/MyLeftFoot'', ''Age Of Innocence'', ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans'', ''Film/InTheNameOfTheFather'', ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'', and UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in Creator/StevenSpielberg's [[DevelopmentHell long-gestating]] biopic ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''[[TheAce His Oscar win for this role made him the first man to win the Best Actor Oscar three times]]; he is also the only person to win]] an Oscar for playing an actual American President]].

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Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English/Irish three-time UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winner and legendarily intense method actor. He has starred in such acclaimed films as ''Film/MyLeftFoot'', ''Age Of Innocence'', ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans'', ''Film/InTheNameOfTheFather'', ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'', and UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in Creator/StevenSpielberg's [[DevelopmentHell long-gestating]] biopic ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''[[TheAce ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''. [[TheAce His Oscar win for this role made him the first man to win the Best Actor Oscar three times]]; he is also the only person to win]] win an Oscar for playing an actual American President]].
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