Daniel Day-Lewis Always Disappointed

Friday, December 25, 2009

Daniel Day-LewisDANIEL Day-Lewis admits it’s hard being a perfectionist.

The actor — who stars opposite Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Black Eyed Peas star Fergie in the upcoming musical movie Nine — says he has dedicated himself to a life of disappointment.

“I guess you could say I’ve dedicated myself to a life of disappointment because that’s the luck of anyone that seeks perfection,” Daniel told Parade magazine. “But you get used to disappointment — you’d better if you work in any creative form of expression.

“On the other hand, I think the interplay between hope and disappointment is what keeps you going in a way. You need that disappointment. Otherwise, would you ever get out of bed?”

“I think throughout my life, long before I became an actor, I was drawn toward people who seemed quite mysterious to me,” Lewis added. “As a kid, I was drawn toward people who belonged to what appeared to be other worlds, worlds where they lived by different rules. I grew up in England, which is a class-reverent society where the division between upper and lower are very clear. My fascination was always with what lay on the other side.

“I did grow up in a life of privilege and I rebelled. That may be why I was a savage for so many years of my life. I spent a lot of time getting into trouble and trying to get out of it and seeing the efforts that other people had to make to get me out of it. I was unruly.

“If I’d had to become a member of any party at that time, it would have been the Anarchists probably. Luckily, I was surrounded by very understanding people at a liberal arts school where I spent the last few years in high school. They kind of helped me to see things a little differently.”


  • Ernest

    Daniel is the best actor ever. It’s simply the truth. Every movie, every movie he has touched he has done magnificently. For every movie he has been in, he should have been nominated for it. He is too…amazing. Joaquin Phoenix was headed Daniels direction, only if he had stayed in acting–a major disappointment he did not. There R others who have a NAME, and only by it, do they receive hype: Nicholson, De Nero, S. L. Jackson, Denzel and others are some. These are decent actors, not grade A.

  • David

    First it De Niro NOT De Nero and disagree with that statement ever seen Raging Bull, Taxi Driver Godfather 2 Deer Hunter…definatley grade A

  • fistface

    Ah, David, you may want to discern between your “definately” and the correct spelling, ‘definitely’ prior to calling someone out on their spelling. Seriously, enroll in the nearest acredited college. Lame.

  • yas

    accredited, not acredited.

  • mundas

    Capitalize accredited.

  • Blue

    Names have a capital, too, Mundas.

  • Chuck

    Akward… i mean awkward… I mean AWKWARD :-)



  • Booksurfer

    Instead of listening to all those liberal types at art school, Daniel should have stuck to his anarchist ideals – he might still be disappointed – but he would have had a lot more fun changing the world for the better.