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The madness of his method: behind the singular talent of Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis’s shock decision to retire means the movie industry has lost one of its most mercurial talents. But who is he, really?

By Wendy Ide   March 2018

Most film stars tipped to collect a fourth best actor Oscar—their sixth Academy Award nomination overall—would barely be out of the public eye. But Daniel Day-Lewis has a talent for disappearing. When taking on a role, he hunkers down for months or even years of preparation.

Between films he steps away entirely, provoking speculation that he has abandoned it all for cobbling or carpentry. In a life story populated with ghosts, perhaps the most persistent is the enigmatic, elusive man himself.

Thanks to a lifetime of reticence and fiercely-guarded privacy—he rarely…

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