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Daniel Day-Lewis

Artist
Alastair Thain, born 1950
Sitter
Daniel Day-Lewis, born 1958
Date
1994
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Sheet: 50.5 × 40.6cm (19 7/8 × 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Alastair Thain
Object number
NPG.99.TC8
Exhibition Label
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is never much of a Hollywood presence. He will show up if there are studio demands, or to pick up a much-coveted Oscar trophy, of which he owns three (all for Best Actor, a record for males). His secret for success? Select your roles carefully—like his critically acclaimed lead in Lincoln (2012)—and leave plenty of time between films to pursue your passions, like woodworking.
Day-Lewis has become an expert at pacing his career. Acting fatigue is a real threat for him because he immerses himself in his roles for weeks, dressing, speaking, and generally playing the character in his private life. “It’s in these months before the camera starts to turn,” he told Time during a two-year hiatus, “when you have this other life, and you can take any avenue toward it.”
Al actor Daniel Day-Lewis no se le ve mucho por Hollywood. Aparece si los estudios así lo exigen, o para recoger algún codiciado Oscar, de los cuales ya tiene tres (todos por mejor actor, lo cual es un récord para actores masculinos). ¿El secreto de su éxito? Seleccionar los papeles con cuidado —como su aclamado rol estelar en Lincoln (2012)— y dejar pasar bastante tiempo entre películas para poder dedicarse a sus pasiones, como la ebanistería.
Day-Lewis se ha hecho experto en controlar el ritmo de su carrera. El agotamiento a causa de la actuación es un auténtico riesgo en su caso, ya que se adentra en sus papeles durante semanas, y se viste, habla y actúa como el personaje en su vida privada. “Es durante estos meses, antes de que la cámara empiece a rodar”, confesó a Time durante un descanso de dos años, “que te vas haciendo de otra vida, y puedes tomar cualquier camino hacia ella”.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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