According to Variety, the esteemed Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has announced his retirement from acting. The English actor just turned 60 this last April, but no specific reason has been given as to why he is leaving the business.
We shouldn't be too surprised, however, if Day-Lewis were to come back after a while, making it more of a break than quits for good. The recent example of Jack Nicholson coming out of retirement for Toni Erdmann, the American version of the German film by the same name, alongside Kristen Wiig, comes to mind, although the film does not yet have a release date. If the project and the pay is good and it is something that Day-Lewis is passionate about, it's hard to say that this announcement is a definite retirement.
That being said, it's probably safe to say that we at least won't be seeing Day-Lewis around too much anymore on cinema screens. It probably won't hit us for a while, though. Even though Day-Lewis has had quite the prolific career, his last film, Lincoln (2012), was almost five years ago. Before that, there was a three year gap after Nine (2009). It is, however, admittedly refreshing when actors/actress or directors like him choose roles or films sparingly and act or direct in films that are more spaced out like this. It makes us appreciate their talents more and shows the type of projects they take a kindle to. Director John Lee Hancock (The Founder (2016), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), The Blind Side (2009)) comes to mind in his similarly spaced out but often rewarding and award-winning filmography.
Career Achievements for Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis has won three Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role out of the five times he has been nominated in that category; these included: Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), the enigmatic and devilish Daniel Plainview in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood (2007), and, most recently and this writer's personal favorite role, the 16th President of the United States in Lincoln (2012). He has also won two Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama out of the seven times he has been nominated in that category, among a bevy of other wins and nominations. Day-Lewis is also known for his work in Gangs of New York (2002), The Crucible (1996), and The Last of the Mohicans (1992).
One last film from Daniel Day-Lewis
Luckily, we have at least one more film from Day-Lewis to look forward to, and it's coming out this year (how appropriate). The film is, once again, being directed by There Will Be Blood's Paul Thomas Anderson and is entitled Phantom Thread (2017). It's coming to theaters on Christmas Day. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the synopsis reads: "Set in the fashion world of 1950s London, a dressmaker is commissioned to design for members of high society and the royal family." It wouldn't surprise us if this "last film" garners him another Oscar win -- or at least a nomination. It goes without saying that Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the greatest actors of all time.
Enjoy your retirement (or break, hopefully), Mr. Day-Lewis! What an amazing, film history-making career you've had.