Triple Oscar victor Daniel Day-Lewis retires from acting

The folks over at Variety just dropped quite the bombshell: according to representatives speaking on behalf of the Oscar-winning actor, Daniel Day-Lewis has officially retired from acting. He learned to speak Czech for his role in The Unbearable Lightness of Being, confined himself to a wheelchair and demanded that the crew spoon-feed him meals during the entirety of filming My Left Foot, and insisted that everybody call him "Mr. President" on and off the set of Lincoln. "He has achieved everything there is to achieve in his acting career and it will be a long time before anyone else will win three Oscars".

Day-Lewis is, famously, a method actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the may years. But Day-Lewis has also always been an exceptionally deliberate performer who often spends years preparing for a role, crafting his characters with an uncommon, methodical completeness. "Phantom Thread", which Focus Features will release december 25, is his first film in five years, following "Lincoln". We probably won't see the likes of Day-Lewis again. "This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject".

Danie Day-Lewis accepting his third best actor Oscar for 'Lincoln.' [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]1. He'll reportedly still do promotional duty for the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed film.

It's hard to think of this film as one of Daniel Day-Lewis's finest performances, as he so perfectly embodies the role of Abraham Lincoln that he nearly becomes Lincoln while watching.

He also earned a pair of best actor nominations on top of the three victories, which were for "In the Name of the Father" (1993) and "Gangs of New York" (2002).

  • Salvatore Jensen