Known as one of Hollywood’s finest actors, Daniel Day-Lewis has shocked the world by announcing his retirement.
Whilst there has been no reason mentioned behind his decision, yesterday (20th June) the Oscar winner’s spokeswoman, Leslee Dart broke the news in a statement on his behalf.
“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.”
Day-Lewis is widely acknowledged as going to extreme lengths to provide audiences with an accurate representation of the characters he is playing. And that certainly paid off as he is the only actor in the industry to have won three best actor awards at the Oscars. His awards recognises his unique work as writer and artist Christy Brown in My Left Foot, his role in There Will Be Blood, and for his portrayal in Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed Lincoln.
However, as shocking as the news may be to fans, this isn’t the first time he has taken a few steps back from acting. In the 1990s he went into ‘semi-retirement’ before being offered a role in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.
His final film – Phantom Thread, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and is based on London’s fashion industry in the 1950s – will be released towards the end of this year.