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Daniel Day-Lewis on Quitting Acting: 'It Came To Me With A Sense Of Conviction'

Daniel Day-Lewis is opening up about accepting his decision to quit acting – even if he does not quite understand the decision himself!

“If I knew the answer I’d probably avoid trying to answer it anyway,” the 60-year-old actor recently revealed while attending a screening for his final film Phantom Thread on Thursday (February 1) at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center in Athens, Greece. “But as it happens, I can’t answer the question.”

“I don’t fully understand it, but it came to me with a sense of conviction and so I chose to move forward in acceptance of that rather than struggling with it,” Daniel said, adding that acting was a sanctuary that “saved me from myself when I was a kid. But I just feel it’s time to explore the world in a different way now.”

Daniel is up for Best Actor at 2018 Academy Awards for his role in Phantom Thread.

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Daniel Day-Lewis & Vicky Krieps Screen 'Phantom Thread' in London

Daniel Day-Lewis jokes around on stage during a special screening of his new movie Phantom Thread on Saturday afternoon (January 27) at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

The 60-year-old actor was joined at the event by director Paul Thomas Anderson and co-star Vicky Krieps – who looked super cool in a bright pink suit.

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Phantom Thread is nominated for six awards at the upcoming 2018 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.

10+ pictures of the stars attending the screening…More Here! »

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Daniel Day-Lewis' Gets Star-Studded Support at Final Film NYC Premiere 'Phantom Thread'

Daniel Day Lewis poses alongside his co-star Lesley Manville while attending the New York premiere of his latest film Phantom Thread held at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater on Monday (December 11) in New York City.

The 60-year-old actor and Lesley, 61, were joined by their other cast mate Vicky Krieps, as well as writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson before making their way to the after party at the Harold Pratt House.

In attendance to show their support was Sienna Miller, Zosia Mamet, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Dancy, Amber Tamblyn, Bob Odenkirk, Ben Foster, Michael Shannon, David Schwimmer, Paul Haggis, Megan Boone, Dana Delany and Kelly Rutherford.

The film, which is set to be Daniel‘s final movie in front of the camera, is set to hit select theaters on December 25th!

FYI: Sienna is wearing a Proenza Schouler dress. Vicky is wearing an Alexander McQueen gown. Zosia is wearing a Maggie Marilyn dress.

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Daniel Day-Lewis' Final Film 'Phantom Thread' Reveals First Poster

Fans are getting another glimpse at Daniel Day-Lewis‘ upcoming film, Phantom Thread!

The film, which is set to be Daniel‘s final movie in front of the camera, also stars Lesley Manville.

Phantom Thread follows a renown dressmaker and his sister in 1950′s post-war London. The duo are at the center of British fashion and dress the elite in the distinct style of The House of Woodcock.

Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

Make sure to also check out the first trailer for the film!

Phantom Thread is set to hit select theaters on December 25th.

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Daniel Day-Lewis Reveals Why He's Quitting Acting

Daniel Day-Lewis is on the cover of W magazine’s holiday issue.

Here’s what the 60-year-old actor had to share with the mag:

On why he released a statement saying he was quitting acting: “I knew it was uncharacteristic to put out a statement But I did want to draw a line. I didn’t want to get sucked back into another project. All my life, I’ve mouthed off about how I should stop acting, and I don’t know why it was different this time, but the impulse to quit took root in me, and that became a compulsion. It was something I had to do.”

On why he’s quitting: “I need to believe in the value of what I’m doing. The work can seem vital. Irresistible, even. And if an audience believes it, that should be good enough for me. But, lately, it isn’t. I’ve been interested in acting since I was 12 years old, and back then, everything other than the theater—that box of light—was cast in shadow. When I began, it was a question of salvation. Now, I want to explore the world in a different way.”

For more from Daniel, visit WMagazine.com.

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