'I have great sadness': Daniel Day-Lewis reveals experience of making his new film Phantom Thread compelled him to quit acting

He has won three Academy Awards as best actor in a career that includes fewer than 20 movies and is widely regarded as one of the best thespians of his generation.

But in June Daniel Day-Lewis put out a statement announcing his decision to quit acting all together following the making of the film Phantom Thread.

In an interview with W magazine, published Tuesday, the 60-year-old acknowledged he feels 'great sadness' at that decision but explains he felt compelled to take it.

'The impulse to quit took root in me, and that became a compulsion. It was something I had to do,' he said.

Candid: Daniel Day-Lewis, in an interview with W magazine published Tuesday, acknowledged he feels sad about his decision to quit acting but says it's something he feels compelled to do

Candid: Daniel Day-Lewis, in an interview with W magazine published Tuesday, acknowledged he feels sad about his decision to quit acting but says it's something he feels compelled to do

He went on: 'Do I feel better? Not yet. I have great sadness. And that’s the right way to feel.'

'When I began, it was a question of salvation. Now, I want to explore the world in a different way.'

What will now become his final film was shot in England with director Paul Thomas Anderson who also wrote the screenplay.

Set in post-war London in the 1950s, Day-Lewis stars as a high society dressmaker whose world is turned upside down by the arrival of a feisty young woman who becomes his muse and lover.?

'Before making the film, I didn’t know I was going to stop acting. I do know that Paul and I laughed a lot before we made the movie. And then we stopped laughing because we were both overwhelmed by a sense of sadness,' he told W.?

He added: 'I dread to use the overused word ‘artist,’ but there’s something of the responsibility of the artist that hung over me. 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.'?

Retiring: The 60-year-old actor made the decision to quit while making his new - and apparently last - film Phantom Thread in England with director Thomas Paul Anderson

Retiring: The 60-year-old actor made the decision to quit while making his new - and apparently last - film Phantom Thread in England with director Thomas Paul Anderson

He says he has no plans to see the movie that is being rolled out in select theatres next month in time for Oscars consideration.?

While he's expressed a desire to quit the profession before, Day-Lewis insists that this time he really does mean it.

He's been notoriously picky about which roles he takes on, hence the very select body of work he's created starting with The Bounty in 1984 and My Beautiful Lauderette in 1985.?

He's also famous for his method acting and his complete immersion in a character while filming.

Method actor: Daniel-Day Lewis is notoriously picky about the roles he takes on and has fewer than 20 films to his name over almost four decades. He won his first Oscar for playing Irish writer and painter Christy Brown, who had cerebral palsy, in My Left Foot in 1989?

Method actor: Daniel-Day Lewis is notoriously picky about the roles he takes on and has fewer than 20 films to his name over almost four decades. He won his first Oscar for playing Irish writer and painter Christy Brown, who had cerebral palsy, in My Left Foot in 1989?

Lauded: He won his third Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's 2012 biopic. In between, he won the Oscar for 2007's There Will Be Blood?

Lauded: He won his third Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's 2012 biopic. In between, he won the Oscar for 2007's There Will Be Blood?

About quitting acting, he told W: 'I have great sadness. And that’s the right way to feel. When I began, it was a question of salvation. Now, I want to explore the world in a different way'

About quitting acting, he told W: 'I have great sadness. And that’s the right way to feel. When I began, it was a question of salvation. Now, I want to explore the world in a different way'

He won his first Best Actor Academy Award for playing the real-life Irish painter and writer Christy Brown who has cerebral palsy in 1989's My Left Foot.

His second Oscar was for his performance in Anderson's 2007 film There Will Be Blood.

The third Academy Award was for his uncanny portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's 2012 biopic.?

As for the future, Day-Lewis, who is married to Rebecca Miller and is father to three sons, says he doesn't really have a plan.?

'I won’t know which way to go for a while. But I’m not going to stay idle. I don’t fear the stony silence,' he said.

Cover star: 'I won’t know which way to go for a while. But I’m not going to stay idle. I don’t fear the stony silence,' Day-Lewis said about his future

Cover star: 'I won’t know which way to go for a while. But I’m not going to stay idle. I don’t fear the stony silence,' Day-Lewis said about his future

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