1 quote from Daniel Day Lewis: 'I am more greatly moved by people who struggle to express themselves I prefer the abstract concept of incoherence in the face.
In Paul Thomas Anderson's beguiling new drama Phantom Thread, which expands nationwide on January 19 after debuting in New York and LA last year, Daniel Day-Lewis plays an exacting dressmaker who needs every garment to be perfect. As a performer, he approaches his roles with the same level of scrutiny, often acquiring new skills and putting his body through hell in pursuit of artistic growth. It sounds stressful, but the man gets results: He's the only actor to ever win three Best Actor Oscars, and he's likely to pick up another nomination this year.
But all that hard work comes at a cost: The 60-year-old Englishman has announced that Phantom Thread will be his last role, and he'll be retiring from performing. If you've ever read anything substantial about Daniel Day-Lewis, this proclamation shouldn't come as a surprise -- in a 1992 New Yorker profile, the writer Hanif Kureishi said of him, "He was always talking about wanting to give up acting and wanting to make his fucking furniture." -- but it appears this time the claim might stick. If he actually manages to walk away, the stories (and myths) about his acting techniques and meticulous preparation will only grow.
And there are so many stories! In a season filled with actors showing off their method bona fides -- James Franco reportedly directed The Disaster Artist "in character" as Tommy Wiseau -- Day-Lewis is still in a class of his own. If he's really hanging up his top hat to build rocking chairs in Ireland, it will be a great loss to the "write about actors like they are unhinged daredevils" industrial complex. To celebrate Day-Lewis' unwavering commitment to his craft, I typed this entire list about his acting prowess on a 19th-century typewriter in a secluded shack without heat or running water. Was it necessary? Judge for yourself, below.
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Who let the dog out?
During the first season of Mary + Jane, Paige and Jordan did: In between their weekly hijinks (the two experienced talking vaginas, went to rehab, took over LA for a day, met Snoop Dogg and much more), their pet pooch stole the show by expressing his often-hilarious thoughts through subtitles.
Now, with Season 1 but a memory, we're looking back at the best quotes from the dog famously known as Daniel Day Lewis (DDL, for short). Here are the top 11 -- and yes, most of them focus on his love for Paige. Woof!
When DDL gets a lil' randy and humps Paige's leg
When Jordan complains about her f*ed up mother, and DDL can totally relate
When DDL discovers that Paige’s childhood rival copied the layout of Mary + Jane's website
When Paige packs condoms in the event she gets lucky at Coachella
When Jordan tells Paige not to worry about burglars because they have a dog
When Paige announces she's following her dream of working at a fashion magazine
When Paige’s virtual boyfriend doesn't seem interested in spending a weekend in the valley
When Paige refuses to go to a party because her ex will be there
When Jordan explains all the festivities of "420 Day"
When Jordan and Paige’s extra-perceptive friend proclaims, “I'm pretty sure that dog is trying to communicate with us."
When DDL discovers Paige hooked up with a random customer
Which DDL quote is your favorite? Tell us what made you LOL!
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Day-Lewis: "The West has always been the epicenter of possibility. One of the ways we forge against mortality is to head west. It's to do with catching the sun before it slips behind the horizon. We all keep moving toward the sun, wishing to get the last ray of hope before it sets."
[On why he prefers the cinema to the theater:]
Day-Lewis: "As a member of the audience I don't like it that I can't see what's going on in the eyes and in the face and in the most subtle responses of a performer when I'm more than a few rows back. I find it very frustrating."
Day-Lewis: "I just hate doing the thing that's the most obvious."
[Interviewer: "People characterize you as a 'serious' actor."]
Day-Lewis: "God help me, yes. Perhaps I'm particularly serious because I'm not unaware of the potential absurdity of what I'm doing."
Day-Lewis: "I came from the educated middle class but I identified with the working classes. ... The lads whose fathers worked on the docks or in shipping yards or were shopkeepers. I knew that I wasn't part of that world, but I was intrigued by it. They had a different way of communicating."
Day-Lewis: "When I became interested in theater, the work I admired was ... about the inarticulate. I later saw that same thing in De Niro's early work - it was the most sublime struggle of a man trying to express himself. There was such poetry in that for me."
Day-Lewis: "I prefer the abstract concept of incoherence in the face of great feeling to beautiful, full sentences that convey little emotion."
Emanuel Levy: "His conduct is courtly and his expression eloquent, with carefully chosen words."
If you have a certain wildness of spirit, a cabinet maker's workshop is not the place to express it. - Daniel Day Lewis. Topics: Freedom Daniel Day Lewis Quotes.
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