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.