With director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, Phantom Thread, we won’t just be getting another performance from legendary actor Daniel Day-Lewis, but a final performance from him. Earlier this year, Day-Lewis announced that he would be retiring from the craft that had served him well for decades.
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Now, in an interview with Yahoo!, Anderson — who has collaborated with Day-Lewis before — gave his thoughts on whether he thought Day-Lewis was being genuine about his retirement.
“I do believe him. I believe him right now. Maybe it’s something that’s worth re-evaluating in a few years. Wouldn’t it be like hilarious if somebody just offered him a great script tomorrow and he was like, ‘This is too good, I can’t pass it up. I’m just gonna do one more, and then I’m out.’?”
Of course, there are countless folks who announce their retirement, only to come back later. Acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki announced more than once that he had retired — most recently following his latest effort, The Wind Rises. However, before long, the desire to hop back into the creative process took over.
The same could very well happen to Day-Lewis, and if it does, Anderson wants to make sure that Day-Lewis knows he’ll welcome him back with open arms.
“I would just want to assure him that he could do it without having any egg on his face after having announced his retirement. He’d probably be like, ‘Wouldn’t it be embarrassing?’ And I’d say, ‘No, it’s not. Just come back.’”
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