Posts about Daniel Day-Lewis
Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans turns 30 this week. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe, the $40m epic historical drama spent two weeks at #1 and went on to gross $75.5M domestically and $143M worldwide. The film won an Oscar for Best Sound.
It's the mythology that's been built around him that makes me say that. Otherwise I don't think I would have paid much attention to him. I just don't like the narrative that says that he is the best actor, that he always gives a priceless performance or whatever.
In my country, annoying people who want to be labeled as cinephile always say that he is the best actor, and then mention his academy awards, and oh waw he was amazing in Gangs Of New-York (lol).
Everytime I see this guy I see a dude trying to put on the best performance ever; I don't see a character involved in a story, I see an actor desperately trying to leave an audience speechless. Like when he goes crazy in prison in "in the name of the father". Oh my god I remember not being able to contain my laughter while my cinephile friends were left speechless.
What do you think about it ?