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Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor with British and Irish citizenship. He is known as one of the most selective actors in the film industry, having starred in only five films since 1997, with as many as five years between roles. He is a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. Often, he will remain completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedule of his films. His portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989) and Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007) won Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, and Screen Actors Guild as well as Golden Globe Awards for There Will Be Blood. His role as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in Gangs of New York (2002) earned him the BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

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 I guess you could say I've dedicated myself to a life of disappointment because that's the luck of anyone that seeks perfection, But you get used to disappointment - you'd better if you work in any creative form of expression. 
— Daniel Day-Lewis saying it's tough being a perfectionist / December 24, 2009
 On the other hand, I think the interplay between hope and disappointment is what keeps you going in a way. You need that disappointment. Otherwise, would you ever get out of bed? 
— Daniel Day-Lewis saying it's tough being a perfectionist / December 24, 2009
 I think throughout my life, long before I became an actor, I was drawn toward people who seemed quite mysterious to me, As a kid, I was drawn toward people who belonged to what appeared to be other worlds, worlds where they lived by different rules. I grew up in England, which is a class-reverent society where the division between upper and lower are very clear. My fascination was always with what lay on the other side. 
— Daniel Day-Lewis / December 24, 2009
 I did grow up in a life of privilege and I rebelled. That may be why I was a savage for so many years of my life. I spent a lot of time getting into trouble and trying to get out of it and seeing the efforts that other people had to make to get me out of it. I was unruly. 
— Daniel Day-Lewis / December 24, 2009
 If I'd had to become a member of any party at that time, it would have been the Anarchists probably. Luckily, I was surrounded by very understanding people at a liberal arts school where I spent the last few years in high school. They kind of helped me to see things a little differently. 
— Daniel Day-Lewis / December 24, 2009


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