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The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, September 21, 1993 -9
Daniel Day-Lewis prefers a quiet life

Who says all actors crave attention?
Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most
talented and versatile leading men of
his generation, says he'd be just as
happy playing to an empty theater.
"It is implicitly a public work," then
reticent star says of his chosen profes-
sion. "And thatmakes me quite uneasy..
... If I could do the same work in a

private way, I'd probably be happier.
"That's really why the preparation,
whatever that entails, is very often the
most pleasurable part because it's the
most private part and the most intimate
part ... of the work."
Also on the list of Day-Lewis' least
favorite things about being an actor:
interviews. A reluctant sex symbol if
there ever was one, he avoids talking
about his personal life. "Don't ask, or

he'll clamup," the Columbia publicists
warn. No photographers allowed, ei-
Buthe's willing to suffer through 20
minutes or so to talk about his role in
Martin Scorsese's poignant drama,
"The Age of Innocence," based on the
Pulitzer Prize-winning Edith Wharton
The movie, set in New York in the
1870s, deals with thetyranny of society

and the difficulties of non-conformity.
Day-Lewis plays a young lawyer who
must choose between his simple, re-
spectable fiancee (Winona Ryder) and
his consuming passion for her cousin
(Michelle Pfeiffer), whose freethink-
ing ways and scandalous past make her
a social outcast.
Day-Lewis says he was attracted
initially to the project by his desire to
work with Scorsese.

He then was drawn into the com-
plexities of a character torn between
two worlds, yearning to break free of
convention yettrapped by his own sense
of duty.
It was a privileged world that
Scorsese went to great lengths to re-
create. The film reportedly cost at least
$30 million, much of it for sets, cos-
tumes and food.
The director also hired an etiquette
coach and a "visual research consult-
ant," who spent 1 1-2 years looking
into such topics as china patterns of the
era and what paintings graced the walls
of high society homes.
Day-Lewis says he enjoyed delving
into the 19th-century milieu.
Although times have changed, Day-
Lewis says he believes today's audi-
ences will still be drawn to the emo-
tions in the story. "Human beings can
sort of understand each other across
vast expanses of time."
Since winning raves for his movie
debut as a homosexual punk in "My

Beautiful Laundrette," Day-Lewis has
followed with several historical or pe-
riod films, including "A Room With a
View," "The Unbearable Lightness of
Being" and "The Last of the
He won anAcademyAward in 1989
for his performance as writer Christy
Brown in "My Left Foot," directed by
Jim Sheridan.
Day-Lewis went to stay with
Sheridan, a close friend, after escaping
the strictures of "The Age of Inno-
cence," hoping to relax "or at the very
least stare at the wall for a few weeks."
Sheridan, however, began telling
the story of his next film, "In the Name
of the Father," about a group of people
wrongly convicted of an IRA bombing
who spend years in prison before being
proved innocent.
"So I feltmyself irrevocably drawn
to something that I really ... 'Please no
... I don't want to do anything.' But
that's the way it happens," Day-Lewis
says. The film is due in late fall.





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