Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the greatest actors in cinematic history, has called it quits.
In a surprising turn of events on Tuesday, the Oscar-winning star of such films as Lincoln and My Left Foot announced he is retiring from acting.
In a statement, Day-Lewis’ spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, confirmed the news to Variety, telling the Hollywood news outlet:
“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.”
No further statement and no other reasons for the star’s retirement were provided.
The 60-year-old star has already finished shooting “Phantom Thread,” a drama set in the world of high fashion that is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25, 2017.
It will reunite him with long-time collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson.
Anderson also directed Day-Lewis to a Best Actor Academy Award victory for 2007’s “There Will Be Blood.”
According to someone close to Day-Lewis, he does intend to help promote the movie later this year.
Day-Lewis has won a total of three Best Actor trophies; for My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln.
He garnered two other Academy Award nominations for Gangs of New York and In the Name of the Father and has long been known as one of true “method” actors in Hollywood.
That is, Day-Lewis typically continues to play his movie character even when the cameras stop rolling, continuing to act as Abraham Lincoln, for example, on set throughout the day.
His impressive resume is chock full of unique roles and movies, from Nine to The Last of the Mohicans to The Age of Innocence.
According to the same Variety article that confirmed his retirement, Day-Lewis learned Czech in order to portray a philandering doctor in The Unbearable Lightness of Being and listened to Eminem songs to channel rage in Gangs of New York.
Heck, he confined himself to a wheelchair for My Left Foot to play someone who suffered from cerebral palsy.
Day-Lewis has three children and is married to writer and director Rebecca Miller.
We’ll miss him on the big screen.