Os­car-win­ner calls it a Day

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FRONT PAGE - JU­LIA MOLONY

He’s still six years too young to qual­ify for his free bus pass, but that’s not enough, ap­par­ently, to dis­suade Daniel Day-lewis from tak­ing early re­tire­ment. The three-time Os­car-win­ning ac­tor an­nounced last week that he’s quit­ting at the age of 60.

Maybe it was his fam­ily who nudged him into it, af­ter all the years when Daniel went ‘Method’ on them. He’s mar­ried to the writer Re­becca Miller and they have three chil­dren be­tween them. Did his kids watch aghast as Dad dis­ap­peared in front of their eyes only to be re­placed by a Czech-speak­ing brain sur­geon ( The Un­bear­able Light­ness of Be­ing) a blood­thirsty, squin­tyeyed psy­chopath ( Gangs of New York) or an ap­pren­tice shoe­maker in Florence? Oh wait, that last one wasn’t a role but a side­line ca­reer Day-lewis took up while on sab­bat­i­cal in 2008. Per­haps, in fact, he’s de­cided to go back to cob­bling. Keep your eyes peeled for Day-lewis brogues pop­ping up at a shoe store near you.

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