Daniel Day-Lewis shocks Hollywood by retiring from acting

The Anglo-Irish actor was the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars

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Daniel Day-Lewis shocks Hollywood by retiring from acting

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Daniel Day-Lewis has shocked the film world by announcing his retirement from acting.

A statement from his publicist Leslee Dart gave no reason but said it was a “private decision” and he was “immensely grateful to all his collaborators and audiences over the many years.”

The reclusive 60-year-old, who holds dual British-Irish citizenship, is notorious for his meticulous method approach. He is also the only man to win three Oscars for Best Actor for his roles in ‘My Left Foot’, ‘There Will be Blood’ and ‘Lincoln’.

For ‘Lincoln,’ he spent months researching Lincoln’s political and personal life and before shooting began he was texting his screen wife, Sally Field, in 19th century vernacular. For ‘My Left Foot,’ he spent weeks living in a wheelchair, and while shooting ‘Gangs of New York’ he was known for sharpening knives between takes to capture the menace of his character Bill “The Butcher” Cutting.

In the late 1990s, he took time off from acting to work as an apprentice shoe-maker in Italy.

He has one more movie in the works; “Phantom Thread,” which is set in London’s 1950s fashion world and is due to be released in December.

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