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- In June, Daniel Day-Lewis announced plans to retire from acting.
- His final film, “Phantom Thread,” is set for release on December 25.
- In a recent interview with W magazine, Day-Lewis said he wouldn’t be seeing the movie.
The three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis has retired from acting, and though his last movie is scheduled for release in about a month, on Christmas Day, he says you won’t catch him seeing it, ever.
In an interview with W magazine, Day-Lewis opened up for the first time about his retirement, which he announced in June. He also said he wouldn’t be seeing his final movie, “Phantom Thread,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed his Oscar-winning role in “There Will Be Blood.”
Day-Lewis told W that the film “got its hooks into me,” but he didn’t elaborate on what exactly was so difficult about the shoot. “I haven’t figured it out,” Day-Lewis said. “But it’s settled on me, and it’s just there. Not wanting to see the film is connected to the decision I’ve made to stop working as an actor. But it’s not why the sadness came to stay. That happened during the telling of the story, and I don’t really know why.”
Day-Lewis, who typically keeps his personal life private, is known for being incredibly selective about his roles. Day-Lewis would take years of breaks in between films, waiting for the right project.
Day-Lewis also told W that he didn’t plan his retirement before working on “Phantom Thread,” in which he plays a dressmaker in 1950s London.
“I do know that Paul and I laughed a lot before we made the movie,” he said. “And then we stopped laughing because we were both overwhelmed by a sense of sadness. That took us by surprise: We didn’t realize what we had given birth to. It was hard to live with. And still is.”
You can catch his final film, “Phantom Thread,” in theaters on Christmas Day, and you can watch the trailer below: