A Portrait of My Favorite Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis rarely ever acts in a film. But when he does, it’s not something you easily forget.

I first encountered him when I saw A Room with a View, which remains one of my favorite films. It’s just perfect. And Day-Lewis is astonishing in his ability to take a character that could so easily have been a scapegoat and turn him into a three-dimensional character. In fact, he owns the movie’s most moving scene.

Since then, again and again, he has been nothing short of extraordinary. And Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood may well be his most impressive performance yet, if the early reviews are to be believed.

Here’s The New York Times Magazine with a rare, in-depth portrait of the artist.

Thanks to Charlotte Maney for the link.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • azhiashalott

    You’re very welcome. I feel I must apologise for my rather cryptic message; when I went to send you the link, I realised I had no clue what I should say.

    Glad you enjoyed the article. I feel privileged to have received a free, signed copy of your book through superfastreader — thank you so much for contributing to fantasy literature!

  • petertchattaway

    He’s certainly memorable, but I’ve never been able to take him all that seriously ever since The Crucible. The over-the-top scenery-chewing just got to be too much — and the only other film of his I’ve seen since then is Gangs of New York, where he definitely gorged himself on scenery some more.


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