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|Also Known As:||Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis, Daniel Day Lewis||Died:|
|Born:||April 29, 1957||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||London, England, GB||Profession:||actor|
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n the two leads was palpable and long remembered by swooning fans years after its release ¿ particularly his passionate promise to save Cora ("You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you!"), intensifying Day-Lewis' status as an iconic sex symbol.Day-Lewis followed up "Mohicans" with his second and most celebrated collaboration with director Jim Sheridan, "In the Name of the Father" (1993), the gripping saga of Gerry Conlon, a purported member of the infamous Giuldford Four, a group of three Irishmen and an English woman wrongly accused of a 1974 IRA bombing in Guildford, England. After the bombing, Conlon is brutally interrogated and forced to sign a confession despite his professed innocence. He's thrown into prison alongside his aging father (a brilliant Pete Postelthwaite), where Conlon is forced to endure the torments of injustice while trying to rectify his relationship with his dad. Day-Lewis once again embarked upon a typically intense regimen to prepare for the role; he went on a prison diet in order to achieve Conlon's emaciated look, and to reach the prisoner's emotional state, he spent 48 hours in a prison cell eating slop and having buckets of ice water thrown on him. The...
n the two leads was palpable and long remembered by swooning fans years after its release ¿ particularly his passionate promise to save Cora ("You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you!"), intensifying Day-Lewis' status as an iconic sex symbol.
Day-Lewis followed up "Mohicans" with his second and most celebrated collaboration with director Jim Sheridan, "In the Name of the Father" (1993), the gripping saga of Gerry Conlon, a purported member of the infamous Giuldford Four, a group of three Irishmen and an English woman wrongly accused of a 1974 IRA bombing in Guildford, England. After the bombing, Conlon is brutally interrogated and forced to sign a confession despite his professed innocence. He's thrown into prison alongside his aging father (a brilliant Pete Postelthwaite), where Conlon is forced to endure the torments of injustice while trying to rectify his relationship with his dad. Day-Lewis once again embarked upon a typically intense regimen to prepare for the role; he went on a prison diet in order to achieve Conlon's emaciated look, and to reach the prisoner's emotional state, he spent 48 hours in a prison cell eating slop and having buckets of ice water thrown on him. The result was a deeply powerful and touching performance that earned Day-Lewis critical praise and several award nominations, including his second nod for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.
There was no need to endure gruel or shiver in a 7-by-10 foot cell for his next film, "Age of Innocence" (1993), Martin Scorsese's lush and operatic adaptation of Judith Wharton's biting satiric novel about uptown society in late 19th century Manhattan. Day-Lewis played Newland Archer, a staid and aristocratic lawyer who finds his passions ignited by his fiancée's (Winona Ryder) beautiful cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), an expatriate who has abandoned her own marriage. Day-Lewis reunited with Ryder for a well-crafted adaptation of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" (1996), playing John Proctor, a Salem farmer in 1692, who is afraid of spoiling his good name after his former servant and lover accuses his wife (Joan Allen) of witchcraft. The actor delivered yet another strong performance steeped in nuance and emotional turmoil. In "The Boxer" (1997), his third collaboration with Jim Sheridan, he played a once-promising Irish boxer who returns to Belfast after serving 14 years in prison for IRA activities. With his hometown mired in violence and hate, he tries to revive his boxing career while rekindling a romance with his former girlfriend (Emily Watson). For his performance, Day-Lewis was nominated for Best Actor - Drama at the Golden Globes that year.
At a time when his career was running on all cylinders, Day-Lewis felt it was time to step back and semi-retire for a few years. He retreated to Italy, where rumors abounded that he turned to shoe-making for his vocation ¿ something Day-Lewis greeted with muted derision when he finally did return to the spotlight after Martin Scorsese cast him in "Gangs of New York" (2002), an epic look at gang violence between Irish immigrants and "natives" of New York in the mid-19th century. At the center of the bloody battle was Bill the Butcher (Day-Lewis), the fierce leader of the natives who kill the leader of the Irish, Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson), sparking his son (Leonardo DiCaprio) to seek vengeance years later by working his way into the leader's inner circle. Day-Lewis delivered one of his finest performances to date, earning critical kudos from all corners for his dynamic portrayal of a ruthless, but charismatic killer ¿ all but stealing the film from everyone else on the screen. He also racked up a slew of award nominations, including nods for Best Actor at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
In "The Ballad of Jack and Rose" (2004), Day-Lewis was a dying man living out his days on the last remnants of a former hippie commune with his isolated daughter (Camilla Belle). But when the father invites his on-again, off-again girlfriend (Catherine Keener) and her two sons to live with them, the once-close relationship with his daughter suddenly deteriorates. Written and directed by Rebecca Miller, the daughter of famed playwright Arthur Miller, "The Ballad of Jack and Rose" came and went without much fanfare. Meanwhile, Day-Lewis returned to critical acclaim with "There Will Be Blood" (2007), playing a former down-and-out silver miner who becomes a self-made oil tycoon during California's petroleum boom at the beginning of the 20th century. Standing in his way of becoming rich beyond his wildest dreams is a young preacher (Paul Dano), who runs an Evangelical church on ground under which lies an ocean of black gold. Day-Lewis' both heart-warming and vicious portrayal of the oilman earned him a win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama at the 2008 Golden Globes. He followed his victory with a second Academy Award win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
Day-Lewis surprised many with his next major role in "Nine" (2009), Rob Marshall's musical loosely based on Fellini's "8 ½" (1963) that focused on a struggling film director (Day-Lewis) who tries to make a movie while dealing with all the demanding women in his life: his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Cruz), his star (Nicole Kidman) and even his diseased mother (Sophia Loren). For his work in the film, he received a Golden Globe nomination in a category heretofore foreign to him: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. As had been typical for the actor throughout his career, Day-Lewis stepped away from the limelight and seemingly disappeared. But in 2010, his name resurfaced when news hit that he was cast by Steven Spielberg to play President Abraham Lincoln in the director¿s epic biopic "Lincoln" (2012), which focused on the conflict between Lincoln and his cabinet members during the last few months of his presidency, which saw both the end of slavery and the conclusion of the Civil War. The role was originally given to Liam Neeson in 2005, but the actor backed out in 2010, feeling that he was too old for the part and opening the door for Day-Lewis, whose performance earned Oscar buzz even before the film¿s release in November 2012. He would go on to receive a Best Actor Golden Globe and Academy Award for his portrayal of the president.prepare for the physical challenge of playing Brown, Day-Lewis spent eight weeks at a cerebral palsy clinic, and on work days, spent the entire time in a wheelchair in order to experience the frustrations and humiliations of being washed and fed. The intense mental and physical preparation reaped handsome reward. Day-Lewis was widely praised on his way to winning an Oscar for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.
Because of deeply immersing himself into characters ¿ a practice that became his modus operandi throughout the years ¿ Day-Lewis took more time off between projects, presumably to recover from the physically and emotionally draining experiences. So four years after "My Left Foot," Day-Lewis emerged from his self-imposed seclusion to star in Michael Mann's historical epic "The Last of the Mohicans" (1993), a lush, romantic adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel. Day-Lewis played Hawkeye, a European-born frontiersman and adopted son of the Mohican Chingachgook who, along with his tribe, joins forces with the British to fight the French and their Huron allies during the French and Indian War. Meanwhile, Hawkeye saves Cora Munro (Madeline Stowe) and her sister from a Huron war party, sparking a sizzling romance that only amplified the historical imperative of defeating the French. Once again, Day-Lewis went to extreme lengths to prepare for the role; he learned to track and skin animals, build canoes, throw tomahawks and fire a flintlock rifle which he kept by his side at all times, even at Christmas dinner. Meanwhile, the onscreen chemistry and sexual tension betwee
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From "My Date With Daniel Day-Lewis" by Spaulding Gray in Elle (February, 1988):
SG: So when you're playing a role, are you really entering into this ... do you really feel it's another character outside of yourself?
DDL: You undergo a transformation in some respects. You can change your metabolism. You can change the speed of your thoughts. You change the process of your thoughts. You change, if you can, your stance, your movement and so on. I mean, there's no end to the possibilities. Human beings are very, very adaptable. But what goes on at the center is always you.
From "My Date With Daniel Day-Lewis" by Spaulding Gray in Elle (February 1988):
DDL: It's just an illusion. I mean what you're aiming for is to create an illusion for other people. But what you also have to create is an illusion for yourself. An illusion that you cherish.
"No matter how difficult the character, Day-Lewis bestows upon him a gift of empathy, of imaginative understanding. Intellectual analysis has something to do with it but not much. The secret is loyalty. He never wavers in his acceptance of the person he has consented to become. He imposes no theory, he offers no comment, and he never withdraws his affection."
"`I most enjoy the loss of self,' Day-Lewis says, assessing the satisfactions of his work. `That can only be achieved through detailed understanding of another life--not by limping and growing a moustache ...'" --From "Risk Taker Supreme" by Matthew Gurewitsch, Connoisseur, December 1989.
"Dan has a great advantage over us all because his grandfather ran a studio for 40 years. He not only knows all about the 'star' buisness, he also probably knows more about this industry than any director. So, his annoyance with stories that he would star in this or that would be that he would never give his word and go back on it. The work is spiritual to Daniel." --director Jim Sheridan to Movieline, December 1993.
"I suppose I have a highly developed capacity for self-delusion, so it's no problem for me to believe that I'm somebody else." --Day-Lewis quoted in Entertainment Weekly, December 28, 1993.
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