Daniel Day-Lewis On How ‘Phantom Thread’ Cemented His Retirement Decision: ‘It Was Hard To Live With’

Entertainment Writer
11.29.17

Daniel Day-Lewis surprised pretty much everybody by announcing his retirement from acting earlier this year. The statement released by Day-Lewis showed gratitude to his collaborators from over the years and the audiences that saw his movies, adding that the choice was “a private decision” made by the actor.

This would make Phantom Thread, his second film with Paul Thomas Anderson, his final film and the one that seemed to play into his decision to retire more than any in the past. He details this in an interview with W Magazine, admitting that he hasn’t “figured it out,” but seems ready to stop after this experience:

“Before making the film, I didn’t know I was going to stop acting. I do know that Paul and I laughed a lot before we made the movie. 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.”

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