Daniel Day-Lewis mocks method image

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 December 2012
Daniel Day Lewis and Steven Spielberg

Daniel Day Lewis with Steven Spielberg

Daniel Day-Lewis knows people find his image as a method actor amusing and likes to use the perception to have fun at other people's expense

Daniel Day-Lewis is amused that people think he is a crazy method actor.

The Oscar-winning actor famously immerses himself into every new character he takes on and admits he recently had some fun at his car driver's expense while he was shooting his role as President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' because he believed all the rumours about how seriously he takes his work.

He laughed: "In England, they think I'm unhinged... I'm not going to start speaking in tongues or something. I had a fantastic fella from upstate New York who was taking me to work ever day. He'd heard all those rumours as well.

"I thought, let's have a laugh. I said, 'Go and tell your teamster captain that he's got to send you on a training course because I have to go to work in a pony and trap every day. Tell him I absolutely insist!' "

However, Daniel - who most notoriously refused to break character for 'My Left Foot' in 1989 and insisted on being moved around the set in a wheelchair - confessed the rumours about his strange acting style are grossly exaggerated, but he doesn't see why anyone would make fun of him for preferring not to disrupt the "illusion" of an on-screen persona he works hard to create.

He mused: "Some of them are [exaggerated]. There are seeds of truth that get developed to the most hyperbolic degree. I am aware of the cables on the ground, the walkie-talkies, the orange anoraks. It's not like I spent four months convinced I was Abraham Lincoln.

"But anyone who is focussed on their work closes off their peripheral vision. If you go to inordinate lengths to create that illusion for yourself, to arrive at some cohesive sense of a life, why keep jumping in and out of it."

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