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 has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • 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.