Daniel Day-Lewis is Officially Retiring from Acting

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Well, this is shocking. According to Variety, one of the great actors of this, or any, generation, Daniel Day-Lewis has announced his retirement from the acting world.

I just received word of the press release from Daniel Day-Lewis’ spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, confirming the news:

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.

Day-Lewis' final film will then be the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson directed "Phantom Thread." 

His most iconic performances can be found in "There Will Be Blood," "Gangs of New York," "Lincoln," "My Left Foot," "In the Name of the Father," "The Crucible," and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being."

This isn't the first time 60-year-old actor has decided to step away from acting. Following 1996's "The Boxer," Day-Lewis took what he called, "a leave of absence" from acting by going into "semi-retirement" and going into woodworking. It was one of the weirder stories to emerge from Hollywood as he was a hot commodity at the time. This newfound passion in shoemaking resulted in him moving to Italy where he embarked on an apprenticeship with shoemaker extraordinaire Stefano Bemer.