History Creator / DanielDayLewis

18th Aug '16 4:28:38 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Gandhi}} (1982) (Extra)

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* ''Film/{{Gandhi}} ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'' (1982) (Extra)(bit part)
19th Jul '16 6:38:30 PM Fireblood
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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}}''[[note]]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[[/note]].

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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}}''[[note]]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[[/note]].
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* {{Jerkass}}: A bit more of a complicated example. He's not necessarily unpleasant person off-character, but his commitment to [[MethodActing staying in character]] often makes him difficult to work with.

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* {{Jerkass}}: A bit more of a complicated example. He's not necessarily an unpleasant person off-character, but his commitment to [[MethodActing staying in character]] often makes him difficult to work with.
14th May '16 11:45:45 AM nombretomado
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* KnightFever: He was knighted in 2014.
19th Apr '16 11:47:42 AM CassandraLeo
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* LargeHam: See ChewingTheScenery for more details.
19th Apr '16 11:46:08 AM CassandraLeo
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* 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 ''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 ''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.



* LargeHam: See ChewingTheScenery for more details.



* MethodActing: To say the least.



* 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.
12th Mar '16 10:28:08 PM crl85
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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}}''[[note]]His Oscar win for this role made him the first man to win the Best Actor Oscar three times[[/note]].

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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}}''[[note]]His Oscar win for this role made him the first man to win the Best Actor Oscar three times[[/note]].
times; he is also the only person to win an Oscar for playing an actual American President[[/note]].
23rd Jan '16 12:35:52 AM JulianLapostat
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!! Filmography

* ''Film/{{Gandhi}} (1982) (Extra)
* ''Film/TheBounty''
* ''My Beautiful Laundrette''
* ''Film/MyLeftFoot''
* ''Maurice''
* ''Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence''
* ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans''
* ''Film/InTheNameOfTheFather''
* ''Theatre/TheCrucible''
* ''Film/GangsOfNewYork''
* ''The Ballad of Jack and Rose''
* ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''
* ''Nine''
* ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''
3rd Jan '16 12:13:37 PM JulianLapostat
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* FakeAmerican: Several roles, such as [[GangsOfNewYork Bill the Butcher]], [[Film/ThereWillBeBlood Daniel Plainview]] and [[Film/{{Lincoln}} Abraham Lincoln]].

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* FakeAmerican: Several roles, such as [[GangsOfNewYork [[Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence Newland Archer]], [[Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans Hawkeye]], [[Film/GangsOfNewYork Bill the Butcher]], [[Film/ThereWillBeBlood Daniel Plainview]] and [[Film/{{Lincoln}} Abraham Lincoln]].Lincoln]]. He's a one-man history of 19th Century America.
17th Jun '15 8:15:23 AM ritzoreo
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* {{Jerkass}}: A bit more of a complicated example. He's not an unpleasant person per see, but his commitment to [[MethodActing staying in character]] has made it difficult for some of his co-stars to deal with him.

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* {{Jerkass}}: A bit more of a complicated example. He's not an necessarily unpleasant person per see, off-character, but his commitment to [[MethodActing staying in character]] has made it often makes him difficult for some of his co-stars to deal with him.work with.



* NiceJewishBoy: Though by his own admission he's an agnostic.

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* NiceJewishBoy: Though by his own admission he's an agnostic. As for the nice part, see the Jerkass entry above.
17th Jun '15 8:11:58 AM ritzoreo
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: His fame (or infamy) for this has cost him roles, including ones that he probably would have enjoyed doing and would have been very good in, simply because some directors (such as Creator/PeterJackson, when he was casting for Aragorn in ''The Lord of the Rings'') are unwilling to subject themselves and the other actors under their care to his behavior.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: His jerkass fame (or infamy) for this has cost him roles, including ones that he probably would have enjoyed doing and would have been very good in, simply because some directors (such as Creator/PeterJackson, when he was casting for Aragorn in ''The Lord of the Rings'') are unwilling to subject themselves and the other actors under their care to his behavior.
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