If there is an actor of meticulous and selective method to unsuspected limits, capable of getting into the skin of his characters until he even gets sick for them, that is Daniel Day-Lewis . With nearly forty years of career behind him, this London 60-year-old who holds the record of being the only winner of three Oscars in the category of best actor, has said goodbye to the big screen after shooting invisible thread by Paul Thomas Anderson, opening this Friday
With a reputation for reserved and little lover of nightlife, his relationship with the entertainment industry comes from family, as his maternal grandfather, Sir Michael Bacon, was a renowned film producer. His father, Cecil Day-Lewis, was a poet of Queen Elizabeth II and his mother Jill Balcon was a renowned theater actress. With this background running through his veins, Daniel trained in the best drama schools and broke into the big screen as a teenager with a fleeting role in the film Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971). His first credited appearance was in Gandhi (1982), by Richard Attenborough, in which he played a young man who insults the prophet of peace. Since then he has done all kinds of roles, showing himself especially in dramas.
Despite not being the first time he announces his farewell to the world of acting, last June he glimpsed in an interview that on this occasion was serious. "Before making the movie, I did not know I was going to stop acting. I know Paul and I laughed a lot before making the movie. And then we stopped laughing, because we were both overwhelmed by a feeling of sadness. That surprised us: we did not realize what we had given birth to. It was hard to live with it. It still is, "he told W Magazine .
On the occasion of the arrival of The invisible thread to the halls, we take the opportunity to review the most memorable performances of this unique actor.
My beautiful laundry (1985)
Under the direction of Stephen Frears, the actor became a young right-winger who maintained a homosexual relationship with Omar, a former schoolmate of Pakistani origin. Set in Thatcher's time, the love these professing young men who ran a laundry scandalized their respective families.
A room with a view (1985)
In this period love story directed by James Ivory had an secondary role as Cecil Vyse, a rich and extremely educated man who offered marriage to the character of Helena Bonham Carter. Based on the E.M. novel Foster, the film received excellent reviews and numerous awards.
The unbearable lightness of being (1987)
Philip Kaufman adapted to the big screen the famous Milan Kundera novel in which Day-Lewis played Tomas, a surgeon womanizer of Prague who loves to discover in each woman what makes her different in privacy. With a great philosophical load and high doses of eroticism, Day-Lewis formed a loving trio with Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin that made sparks fly.
Under Jim Sheridan, he offered an interpretative recital in this emotional story of overcoming the Irish painter and writer Christy Brown (1932-1981), afflicted with cerebral palsy, who could only control his left foot. Day-Lewis, who spent months in a wheelchair to prepare his character, took all the important prizes, including his first Oscar for the best actor, and began to write with gold his name in the movie mecca.
The Last Mohican (1992)
Michael Mann gave him the role of Hawkeye (Hawkeye Eye), a white man adopted by the Mohican Indians who saved the daughters of a British officer and escorted them to a strong Englishman Besieged by French and ferrets. This romantic adventure film set in North America in the mid-eighteenth century, it was paired with Madeleine Stowe and over time has become one of the references of the genre, thanks especially to the beautiful soundtrack prepared by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Martin Scorsese signed him to play Newland Archer, an heir trapped in the dichotomy of loving the sweet woman who represents Winona Ryder's May Welland or who He has stolen his heart (the unattainable Ellen Olenska from Michelle Pfeiffer) in this brilliant film based on the novel by Edith Wharton about the New York upper class of the late nineteenth century. The actor managed at all times to transmit the torment that invaded his character. For his work he was nominated for Bafta and was named British actor of the year by the Circle of Critics of London.
In the name of the father (1993)
In this prison drama based on real events he returned to coincide with the director Jim Sheridan to give life to Gerry Conlon, a young man who is accused of participating in a terrorist attack and sentenced to life imprisonment by mistake with "the four of Guildford." With the help of an attorney dedicated to the cause (Emma Thompson), Gerry sets out to prove his innocence, clear his father's name and make public the truth about one of the most regrettable legal errors in the recent history of Ireland. The film offered a beautiful paternal-filial relationship between the characters of Day-Lewis, who opted for his second Oscar, and Postlethwaite.
Again with Sheridan behind the camera and with the IRA as a starting point, he embodied a man who left prison after 14 years behind bars and tried to start a new life by opening a boxing place to train young promises. However, his past as an activist of the terrorist band did not make it easy for him. Emily Watson was his old girlfriend and they both fell in love again.
Scorsese trusted him again to play Bill 'the Butcher', the bloodthirsty leader of a band that defended New York from the arrival of the immigrants Leonardo DiCaprio was in charge of interpreting the Irishman Amsterdam Vallon, a young man who fought for his freedom and in passing wanted to kill Bill for killing his father. Day-Lewis drew a wicked character with big mustaches and top hat capable of killing without mercy for the pleasure of having power. He won his third Oscar nomination.
Wells of Ambition (2007)
His second Oscar was achieved in the role of another man of a dramatic and ambitious nature in the magnificent work of Paul Thomas Anderson that adapted the novel by Sinclair Upton Oil (1927). Daniel Plainview is a sullen and miserly oil man who, as he gains fortune, loses in values and principles. A story set in Texas at the beginning of the 20th century about family, greed and religion.
In the skin of Abraham Lincoln by Steven Spielberg he obtained his third golden statuette. The film is not far from the most outstanding of the director of The Pentagon files but Day-Lewis once again demonstrated that there is no character that can resist him.
His farewell to cinema is marked by the filming of this film that revolves around a famous London couturier of the 50s who sees how his planned and meticulous life changes overnight when he falls in love with a young woman who becomes a muse and a lover The work of Paul Thomas Anderson is inspired by Balenciaga and to thoroughly prepare his role, Day-Lewis received dressmaking classes until he was able to recreate with his own hands a dress of the famous Spanish couturier.