Some actors take their job seriously, employing any methods necessary to deliver the best performance possible. And then there’s Daniel Day-Lewis, who takes method acting to a whole new level. The actor has won two Academy Awards, but clearly deserves more, and he is notorious for virtually becoming every character he has ever played. He lived alone in the wild and lived exclusively off the land for 6 months to prepare for ‘The Last of the Mohicans.’ He trained with a former boxing world champion and became as good as a professional for the 1997 film ‘The Boxer.’ He worked in a butcher shop and mastered the art of knife-throwing whilst dressed in period clothing to portray the character Bill the Butcher in 2002’s ‘Gangs of New York.’ Two of Lewis’ most recent and perhaps most memorable performances was as ruthless oilman and milkshake-drinking Daniel Plainview in ‘There Will Be Blood’ and as Abraham Lincoln himself in 2012’s ‘Lincoln.’
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English actor with both British and Irish citizenship. He was born and grew up in London, the son of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon. Despite his traditional actor training at the Bristol Old Vic, he is considered to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health. He is known as one of the most selective actors in the film industry, having starred in only five films since 1998, with as many as five years between roles.
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