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I always thought Ralph Fiennes is the best
actor in the world, and I still believe he is a 'AAA' actor alongside Movie Legends as Jack Nickolson,Marlon
Brando,Leonardo Dicaprio,Humphrey Bogart,Meryl Streep,Robert DiNero,Al Pacino,Geoffrey Rush,Anthony
Hopkins,Dustin Hoffman,Orson Wells and many more.But I realized as good as any 'AAA' actors all these
people are and were,there are one among them that is so very unique in his own right,that he just stand out
in a crowd of people who already stand out...Daniel Day-Lewis is an exceptional actor of the highest caliber.
A good actor in my mind must be like putty ;he/she must be able to mold and transform for every different
role they play. If you pretty much have the same roles,same lines,same attitude,same method of acting you
fall in the van Damme/Seagal boat . Daniel Day-Lewis transcends acting to a new level. I saw him for the
first time in Scorsese`s Gangs of New York and as much as I love DiCaprio I just wished he would get out of
the way so that I can bask in Day-Lewis` overwhelming believability as 'The Butcher'. Then I saw him as
Daniel Plainview in 2007`s mind blowing 'There will be blood' again antagonistic. In 'The Crucible' he is
John Practor ,'My left foot' a most convincing but none-sympathy enforcing Irishman, Christy Brown diagnosed
with cerebral palsy which is based on a true story.Every film he plays in he doen`t just act but becomes the
character.He no longer is 'the Actor' but he is.This style of 'method acting' really aggravated his co-actors
and co-workers.He refuses to break character even off-set for months at a time.In 'The Boxer' he trained
excessively.In 'In the name of the father' he starved himself on occasions for better effect ,slept in a cold
jail for days and requested to be verbally abused and thrown with cold water.It sounds extreme and borderline
nuts.In 'The last of the Mohicans' he lived for months in the wild,where learned to build Canoes and skin
animals. Apparently he broke some ribs after a few months while living off-set in a wheelchair for My left
foot.Stage hands had to lift him over things to get him on-set and spoon feed him. I read somewhere he even
dresses according to the film he plays in for months on end and refused to be called by his real name during
the filming-period.Most would argue this is eccentric ,schizophrenic, obsessive,delusional, or method
acting is for actors who can`t break character out of fear of not being consistent and loosing 'IT' .I think
it is genius.Some Jurno`s even suggest that he does this because of his anti-social tencencies,his obssesive
drive to be perfect and the very best, that in the process he demeans all his co-workers.
He doesn`t play in films frequently ,only roles
he choose and studies very long,but it seems that when he does he makes them absolutely memorable.
Acting is no longer just acting ,but absolute
character role devotion just for our 2 hour entertainment thanks to this "Great Pretender"- Daniel
Review posted by: Anonymous
I would rate Day Lewis along with Robert De
Niro as the best actors i have seen. His performances in Left Foot, gangs of newyork, last of the mochians
and There will be blood is simply stunning. To know that others rate the likes of will smith, johnny depp,
tom hanks and brad pitt before him is an absolute travesty.
Review posted by: Goutham
He ain't grossed any near as much as some
actors have cause guess what its not about money... Its not about aweful franchise movies or big
bold and heartless cash cow performances from rich actors that don't bother cause their paycheck is 12
It's about making a beautiful unique movie that
is far to smart for 90% of people. The type of people that hate DDL are the type of people that buy
shit boyband pop music music.
The most Bafta awards ever won by an actor is
one of his many titles he has including two ocsars.His performance in THERE WILL BE BLOOD is prolific and
Incredible actor. Deserves to be in the top 5
without a dout and for me personaly number 1.
Review posted by: Tomyeah
DDL needs to be higher up on this list, if not
no. 1! his works are genius and the man embodies brilliance. He doesn't just deliver his lines he lives them,
he creaetes another being completely, he finds what he needs for the character within himslef but creates
something new and brings a script to life. It's almost too amazing. Watching a DDL movie is like a religious
experience. Each time you watch one of his films again you find something even more dynamic about the
character he's created, even more compelling. This man has a gift to wash himself away in a movie and give an
ace of a performance.
Review posted by: bri
Daniel Day-Lewis is certainly one of the finest
actors. Although many would rate his best preformance in "There Will Be Blood" I would have to say that
"Gangs of New York" would get my vote because of the intense complexity of this character.
Review posted by: R.S.
I hate to go along with the crowd here, but
DDLs preformance in There will be blood was a tour de force That is unmatched, if any other actor played that
part THe movie would be mediocre, but With DDLs preformance it is oficcialy the greatest movie of all time
(other good ones include: gangs of NY, my left foot, in the name of the father, ect ect).
Review posted by: Richard
Have you not seen There Will Be Blood, he is
the greatest actor of all-time based on that performance solely.
Review posted by: jacksonhewitt
Daniel Day-Lewis, although not as active as De
Niro, Pacino, DiCaprio, etc., he is still a top 5/top 10 actor of all time. It seems that everytime he
is in a movie, he puts together brilliant performances. His performance in There Will Be Blood is
perhaps the greatest in cinema history.
Review posted by: HurricanesR1
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