Oscar Award winning acting legend, Daniel Day-Lewis confirmed in a shocking statement yesterday that he will be retiring from the world of acting. His representative said,
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 became immensely popular over the course of his career, and although he has taken on fewer roles in recent years, his versatile acting talent has still remained in high demand. The British actor also rose to fame for his accolades – and was the first male actor to win three Oscars as the lead actor in a movie. He was awarded the trophies for his roles in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot and Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. But it doesn’t stop there! (Of course not, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis) Lewis has also been the winner of four BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards AND a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. So this news comes as a shock to fans all across the world.
However, this isn’t the first time Day-Lewis has decided to retire from the world of acting. In 1990, Day-Lewis decided to quit acting on the stage when he walked out in the middle of his performance of Hamlet after he believed he saw the ghost of his late father in the audience. He then quit Hollywood acting in the early 2000s after he became disillusioned with fame, money and the world of Hollywood. Nevertheless, he was back in business again in 2002 as he donned his method acting skills for Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.
Judging by his previous decisions, we can’t imagine the 60-year-old actor won’t make a return at some point. But for those of you that are deeply saddened by this news – don’t worry, you can still see Day-Lewis in December in the new movie, Phantom Thread.