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Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis

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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 29, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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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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