Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has announced his retirement from acting.
Day-Lewis’ publicist, Leslee Dart, said Tuesday in a statement: “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”
Day-Lewis’ last film, which has a Dec. 25 release, will reunite the actor with his T Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson.
From Annapurna Pictures and Focus Features, it is set in 1950s London and will see Day-Lewis playing a fashion designer who caters to high society.
Extremely selective about the roles he chooses and slow to sign on to any movie, Day-Lewis retreated from film once before, in the late 1990s, in what he described as “Semi-retirement” to return to one of his main loves, woodworking, and at the time also moved to Florence, Italy, w he took up shoemaking.
Martin Scorsese persuaded the actor to return to filmmaking in Gangs of New York, in which Day-Lewis played colorful gang leader William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting.
The son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, Day-Lewis made his film debut in an uncredited role as a child vandal in 1971’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.
Day-Lewis, who lives in Ireland with his wife, actress Rebecca Miller, has been quoted in the past as saying, “In every actor’s life, t is a moment when they ask themselves, ‘Is it really seemly for me still to be doing this?'”.