10 Times Daniel Day Lewis Took Method Acting Too Far

Dec 18, 2018, 12:06 PM

Daniel Day Lewis is a rare performer, who approaches his roles with a high level of scrutiny, often acquiring new skills and putting his body through hell in pursuit of artistic growth. Here’s a list of all the stories about his acting techniques and meticulous preparation for most of his roles. #DanielDayLewis, #DanielDayLewisBiography, #DanielDayLewisMagicalPreparations,

Daniel Day Lewis was born in London on April 29, 1957, to Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and his actress wife. His status as a rising star was confirmed when he landed the movie A Room With A View. This screen breakthrough was followed by the powerful double whammy of The Unbearable Lightness Of Being and My Left Foot.

In 1989, nearly 20 years after he first appeared on film as a child vandal in Sunday Bloody Sunday, Daniel received his first Oscar for My Left Foot, based on the real-life story of Christy Brown, an Irish writer, and painter who had cerebral palsy.

Daniel was at the top of his game in a trio of well-received films, The Last Of The Mohicans, The Age Of Innocence and In The Name Of The Father. During this time he became a father after actress Isabelle Adjani bore him a son named Gabriel in 1995. His comeback projects this time around – The Boxer and a role alongside Winona Ryder in The Crucible – weren't so well-received.

His last departure from the limelight could have become permanent had Age Of Innocence director Martin Scorsese asked Daniel to return to the Hollywood fold to make 2002 flick Gangs Of New York with Leonardo Di Caprio.

Since then jobs have been few and far between with only The Ballad Of Jack And Rose making it onto his CV before 2008's BAFTA- and Oscar-winning turn in There Will Be Blood.

Three years later after Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, the film industry started to call him by another title – the greatest actor of all time. Playing Honest Abe had secured him a third Academy Award, making him the first man in history to do so.

The actor has now taken retirement from the cinema after the spellbinding Oscar Nomination - Phantom Thread.

This is not to say he won't miss the pursuit that has been his life since he was a child.

He said, "I’ve been interested in acting since I was 12 years old, and back then, everything other than the theater—that box of light—was cast in shadow. When I began, it was a question of salvation. Now, I want to explore the world in a different way."

Despite such accolades, the reluctant icon favors a quiet life. He lives in County Wicklow, Ireland with his wife, writer and director Rebecca Miller – daughter of famed playwright Arthur Miller – and their two sons, Ronan Blake and Cashel Blake.