Daniel Day-Lewis Says He Has Retired from Acting

Unless, of course, this is some sort of deep cover for a new method acting exercise
Daniel Day-Lewis Says He Has Retired from Acting
One of the world's most accomplished and respected actors, Daniel Day-Lewis has decided to throw in the towel. The 60-year-old star still has one last film set to come out — the previously rumoured Paul Thomas Anderson collaboration Phantom Thread — but that will mark the last time he acts onscreen. 

As Variety reports, Day-Lewis's spokeswoman Leslee Dart gave a final definitive statement about the actor's decision to retire:

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.

That doesn't leave much room for speculation, though we'll speculate anyway. After massive transformations in roles like My Left FootLincoln and There Will Be Blood, perhaps this is part of Day-Lewis's most immersive method acting performance yet. Maybe he'll show up somewhere when we least expect it.

Either way, a person familiar with the actor told Variety that he would still help promote Phantom Thread when it comes out.