Daniel Day-Lewis: ‘The sad truth is that I can’t really be tempted by money’

Sigh… I wish I could find a peacoat that fit me as brilliantly as Daniel Day-Lewis’s peacoat fits him. I guess the problem is my rack? Large racks are not conducive to getting a great fit on peacoats. I just wanted to be able to button the top two buttons on my current peacoat, but that meant that the rest of my peacoat is ridiculously oversized. #Bigboobproblems.

Anyway, these are some lovely photos of DDL, Sally Field and Steven Spielberg at the Lincoln photocall in Madrid, Spain. Can I just say? This is the best DDL has looked in years and years. He looked pretty good when he was promoting Nine (remember?), but he was still working through his cowboy/Bob Dylan phase from There Will Be Blood, and I seem to remember that he had a thing with tassels? Or was I imagining that? But that phase is gone and now he just looks like your hot, intense neighbor down the street. Right? In other DDL news, there are some new quotes floating around:

Oscars favorite Daniel Day-Lewis is adamant money is never a factor when he is picking movie roles. The British-Irish actor has already won numerous prizes for his star turn in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama “Lincoln,” and he is among the front-runners for the coveted Best Actor Oscar at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Day-Lewis has now revealed he doesn’t let big pay checks sway his decision when he is choosing his projects, and insists money is never an important factor for him when he is considering jobs.

He says, “I’ve been offered a lot of things over the years. But the sad truth is that I can’t really be tempted by money. Money just doesn’t do it for me. I’m sure I could be tempted by other things and corrupted in other ways but not by cold hard cash. In fact nothing does it for me that’s going to steer me away from what I feel the need to do in my work.”

“It’s always been a very strong impulse and long ago I made a bargain with myself that I’d always follow my heart and that impulse.”

Day-Lewis has been in filmdom for over three decades but admits he is still sensitive about criticism and is a “sucker” for praise.

“I don`t go looking for reviews, but they tend to find you, good and band. People encourage you to look at both… I`m a sucker when people say nice things, and it`s unpleasant when people write unpleasant things. I`m still sensitive towards that.”

[From SF Gate & Zee News]

When is the last time someone wrote a bad review of a Daniel Day-Lewis performance? I have no memory of Daniel’s work ever being NOT well-reviewed. People may have mixed feelings about one of his films, but they always praise him because he’s always the best part of whatever film he does. As for the money stuff… I do wonder. I wonder how much he got paid for Lincoln? Probably more than he got for There Will Be Blood. Sure, he’s not flashy and by all accounts, he lives a simple life with his wife and sons, so I guess he just saves his money… or they live on Rebecca Miller’s money too? Her father was Arthur Miller – I’m sure she probably had/has a trust from her father, maybe?

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  1. hannah says:

    I only noticed how hot he is watching the Globes on Sunday. He has great skin, I like the hair and his ET impression was adorable.

    He mus have a lot of money, though. I guess what he is saying is that he wouldn’t do a movie is not absolutely convinced of because they offer him a lot of money. Unlike Reese Witherspoon, clearly.

    • carrie says:

      contrary to Reese,he never divorced,his family was very wealthy ,he’s irish and lives in Ireland (a tax heaven for artists) but i agree he never sold his soul to Hollywood

      • LAK says:

        Have we forgotten how douchy he was with ex-lovers before this wedded bliss? Frankly given his track record, the fact that this marriage has lasted is shocking.

      • Mira says:

        @LAK – I don’t agree. Yes, he is supposed to have dumped Isabelle Adjani by sending her a fax. She denied it later. What’s important is he did not let the media in on his personal life, so no one knows what the truth is. He is supposed to have very good relations with Isabelle now and their son stays with him.

        I miss the Bob Dylan-phase of DDL. He looks good here but he’s still the original hipster. As far as money is concerned, he comes from a elite family and so does his wife. Even if he didn’t have the same family background and lived the same kind of lifestyle, he would still be living a very comfortable life. Whatever he has got paid for his movies is more than enough for a comfortable lifestyle. For celebs, it all boils down to their insane “lifestyle” choices. That is what makes their lives ridiculously high maintenance.

      • Eve says:

        I remember reading about how he broke up with French actress Isabelle Adjani — I read somewhere he sent her a fax or it was by phone (she was pregnant, by the way).

        EDIT: I also read he dumped her when he found out she was pregnant, and that he initially made no payments for the child — apparently, he has a close relationship with his son now.

      • LAK says:

        It wasn’t so much the fax letter as the abandonment issue. She wasn’t friendly at the time. she is supportive now which indicates that they’ve worked through their issues, and obviously for their son.

        She wasn’t the first ex he simply abandoned to take up with someone else. The fax letter legend came up in the midst of him having taken up with someone else whilst She thought they were still together and pregnant to boot.I have no idea whether the fax letter is true or not, but he always abandoned his GFs, all of whom apparently where unaware there was a problem with the relationship, including the lady he was living with who discovered his marriage via the media.The only 2 people he hasn’t abandon are his wife and Julia Roberts.And with his romantic track record, it didn’t seem that the marriage would last.

        Around the time of the marriage, there was a lot of talk about his esteem of Arthur Miller.When he married Rebecca, it gave the distinct impression that she was the closest he could get to Arthur. Similar to Nic cage/Lisa Marie Presley.

      • Christina says:

        @carrie, Ireland is no longer really a tax haven for artists. It used to be that ‘artists’ paid no income tax, but the government later capped that at €100,000 – peanuts to the likes of Day Lewis. Or U2, who just so happened to move their production company to Holland.

      • Bijlee says:

        @LAK holy crap. Did Julia Roberts have some sort of love potion or something? Why were all these talented and good looking actors in love with her? First wew had Liam Neeson, now ddl. For the record DDL comes off douchey here. Fine actor, but so unbelievably pretentious it grates.

    • cubfan34 says:

      I thought he dumped Julia Roberts and everyone thought it was great because she was a serial dumper.

      • LAK says:

        There is a difference between dumping and abandoning. He is still great friends with Julia, and not just as ‘hollywood’ friends. She spends time with his extended family too.

      • Mira says:

        @LAK – I get what you are saying but I think it boils down to how we look at it. The point I was making was that he was aware of the tabloid culture early on and it helped that he did not encourage media scrutiny of his personal life. For so many celebrities proving a point to media itself has become a second life thanks to their encouragement of the media scrutiny of their personal lives. It helped him reconcile with Isabelle and his son, which is more important than what he did when he was young. He was not any more promiscuous than the next man in hollywood. As far as getting with Rebecca because of his fascination with Arthur Miller, it’s possible that that was the basis of his attraction to Rebecca. At this point, after 16 years of marriage, I’m sure the marriage is more than his initial esteem of Arthur Miller.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        I recall reading an article about him “disappearing” on Isabelle Adjani while she was preggy, too. There was something about Adjani going to his apartment, finding another woman was living there, & hearing he had left & started up with a new woman. A bad breaker-upper. It did sound like he was one of those vanishing boyfriends.

  2. T.Fanty says:

    Sigh. He’s so beautiful. Just, sigh.

    I actually heard that they made Lincoln very cheaply. A colleague went to hear Spielberg talk and he said that they struggled to get the money for the movie, and couldn’t even afford advance rehearsals – isn’t that insane for a Spielberg/Kushner/Day Lewis project?

  3. EscapedConvent says:

    A dreamboat—as he always has been.

    • T.Fanty says:

      Ha! Just posted the above!

    • Eve says:

      I’ll remember that next time you (both) try to take Cumberbatch from me.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        @Eve,

        He’s dreamy all right, but he’s not Cumby….

        (~warming up ginger baby & butterfly net~)

      • Eve says:

        I’m still going to use that quote against you in the future, but today I’m in a sharing mood, so I’ve decided to post this — the man DOES NOT photograph well, but when he does…well (click to enlarge):

        http://cumberbuddy.tumblr.com/post/40269779490/deareje-arifranke-picture-of-ben-that-my

        The comic strip below the picture says it all.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        @Eve,

        HA! Thank you—that is a gorgeous pic. It is remarkable how he can be so odd-looking & hot all at once. Of course, the voice is out of this world.

        And his charm.

        And his socks.

        Do you know much about the Cumberbuddy girl? She has met him a couple of times after some determined stalking, & he has been very sweet to her, according to what I’ve read. She’s quite an aggressive fan. She has sent him gifts, clothes, & tea bags. He sent her back a lovely thank-you letter. You probably don’t have a shank big & sharp enough for this girl. ;-)

        The tumblr sites continue to be embarrassing, though, what with the fan-created porn & all. They even draw porn featuring Sherlock & Watson. Freaky.

      • Eve says:

        No, I don’t…only recently I started visiting her page (two or three days ago, tops). There are a way too many tumblr pages about Cumberbatch, it’s virtually impossible to check them all.

        She’s clearly a super fan and yes, sending clothing items is a bit creepy (and I must confess I’m super jealous that she touched him and that he WEARS THE CLOTHES SHE SENT HIM!!!), but I still haven’t noticed any aggressiveness — or, perhaps, I think she sounds fairly normal because I automatically compare any fan on tumblr to Hiddleston fans (and anyone sounds normal when compared to those lunatics). I saw a lot of anonymous posters being aggressive towards her though.

        By the way, in one post she mentioned her boyfriend so I guess she’s able to separate reality from fiction? I mean, she doesn’t discuss Cumberbatch as if they were close or anything.

        My favourite tumblr pages about *MY* husband, however, are “deareje” (because she keeps it simple and updates it regularly) and “whatareyouwearingbenedict” (because they aknowledge his rather poor fashion sense, then give him fashion tips, with pictures and everything — it’s hilarious) :D .

        P.S.: I avoid fan fiction. Not only because it’s poor literature, but because it’s usually overly romantic and silly (and I’m a cynical, crude bitch).

      • EscapedConvent says:

        @Eve,

        True—the Hiddles-twits do make the Cumblr girls seem perfectly well-adjusted. They just freak me out. But both fandoms have exploding ovaries. Thousands of them, it seems. They are *so young*! BTW, Cumberbuddy recently got smacked around rather soundly (on her blog) for drinking *our* husband’s champagne out of his glass! I realize we can’t be everywhere at once, Eve darling, but we had better keep an eye on this little beeyotch.

        I like whatareyouwearingbenedict.com also. Usually the outfits they put together for him (ha!) are somewhat reasonable. They seem to get themselves worked into a tizzy over his hats, though. :-)

        No fan fiction for me either. It’s hideously written & I just can’t take it.

      • Eve says:

        “BTW, Cumberbuddy recently got smacked around rather soundly (on her blog) for drinking *our* husband’s champagne out of his glass!”

        Hmmm…she drank champagne out of *MY* husband’s glass? Like, how????? She took a sip (grabbing the glass from his hands or, maybe, because he offered) or drank what was left after he finished drinking (leaving the glass unattended), you know, placing her mouth exactly where his mouth had been (to get a taste of his spit)?

        Either way, THAT BITCH!!!

        And things will get considerably worse after Star Trek Into Darkness opens — although I can’t wait to see him getting the recognition he deserves and becoming a household name. The man is a fine actor.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Morning, Eve!

        The champagne glass incident goes something like this: There was an event recently, & Little Buddy went to it with some other fans. I think she asked Cumby to sign something while he had a glass of champagne in hand. I don’t know if he asked her to hold the glass or she offered, but she got the champagne glass & hinted heavily that she hadn’t had a drink in a long time. Then she drank the rest of it. I don’t know if he said “Well, here, have mine.” I wonder if she kept the glass?

        Hmmm….I expect she was probably trying to smuggle his DNA out of the event on the champagne glass! Don’t we have some mad scientists here on this site? Sounds like there ought to be some Cumby Science monitoring so little cloned Cumberbabies don’t start to appear, immaculately.

        Yes, it will be straight-up nuts in CumbyLand after Star Trek comes out. I cringe at the thought. Oh, almost forgot—have you had a chance to see Sherlock?

      • Eve says:

        Hmmm…I imagined something like that as well (cheeky, isn’t she?) — and yes, she probably kept the glass.

        About Sherlock: no, I haven’t… :cry:

        The only way I can watch Sherlock is if I buy the seasons (which I intend to do, but not now). And to make things worse, I was told (by my sister) our satellite tv’s subscription is going to be cancelled so…no even HBO anymore (which used to air “Stuart: A Life Backwards” regularly).

        Oh, and my DVD player broke. Although it’s being fixed (hopefully) as we speak.

        But there are a couple of good news: I got my hands on a copies of “Third Star” and “Parade’s End” (first five episodes). As soon as my DVD player comes back, I’ll be able to watch it — I could watch them on the computer, but I simply hate when I have to do that — HATE IT! I managed to watch “To The Ends of The Earth” on Youtube (he’s wonderful in it, so damn cute), but it’s not the same thing as watching on my TV.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        I would much rather watch on TV too. But I think I’ve watched most of his films online. Youtube has had almost everything. I loved Small Island (with Ruth Wilson) although his character is only somewhat sympathetic—don’t want to spoil it for you so can’t say more. It’s really well done & pulls at the heart-strings.

        I LOVED “To The Ends Of The Earth.”

        Parade’s End—oh God, fasten your seatbelt, honey. He looks different in this. I’d like to hear what you think of it when you see it. :-)

        For Sherlock, you can still watch on streamallthis.com & watchseries.eu. I want to hear your review!

  4. tracking says:

    I guess I admire his integrity on one level ( you won’t find him shilling products in other countries like his money-glutton peers). But my first thought was ‘easy for him to say.’ He’s attained a level of success and wealth most people find inconceivable, and marrying well didn’t hurt. Bit of an ivory tower perspective.
    P.S. He and Sally Field are the epitome of aging gracefully. Love that.

    • Christina says:

      Exactly. Sure, he may not have accepted crap roles just because they paid well, nor did he do any tacky product shilling – and I do respect him for that – but at the same time it IS easy for him to say. He’s an extremely wealthy man by just about any standard. He could easily afford never to work another day in his life and still keep his family in luxury.

    • LittleDeadGirl says:

      I agree with him on some level but at the same time I have the same visceral reaction because we are all tempted by the things money buy or at the very least NEED the things it affords unless you’re gonna go all caveman and live off the land with no contact you need money to survive, buy food, ect … but I get his meaning …

      Also he was fantastic in Lincoln …

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you, you said exactly what I was going to say. Side note, too bad he was tempted to wear that scarf.

  5. DanaG says:

    He comes from a fairly wealthy family his father was a famous poet and his mother very into society. He had done a lot of movies over the years and he does know how to make his own shoes.

  6. LAK says:

    His father was a celebrated poet whose work continues to sell and his mother was wealthy too, so he has never been quite the starving artist.

    He is looking really relaxed,smiley and hot this time round. Hasn’t been that for a long time. Perhaps he’s over his tortured artist phase. This is how I imagined the DDL from LAST OF THE MOHICANS would look as an older man.

    • colleen says:

      I can promise you he isn’t living on money his father made on his books. Not even Derek Walcott or Seamus Heaney are able to make ends meet that way. How many people here have ever purchased a poetry collection? But the Day-Lewis family is an old one and I believe he has generational family money on both sides.

  7. pretty says:

    The very first movie i had seen him in was ‘The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)’ with him and camilla belle ! And i had no idea who this guy was and thought he was so hot! like he’s playing a dad but he he

  8. chloe says:

    DDL is looking great right now, I still love him from the Last of the Mohicans.

  9. carrie says:

    i think i saw all his movies (even his first movies in 80′s).
    I read so many storied or interviews on him:he’s totally “method actor” and the one time,he was not good ,it was in NINE(a total miscat and he can’t sing or dance:he’s not at ease when he sings or dances in my opinion)

  10. vixo says:

    I love DDL since I saw him in My Beautiful Laundrette (actually he’s looking like an older version of this character). He was, and still is, the most beautiful man on Earth.

  11. Jenny says:

    DDL is my number one crush ever since I saw him in In the name of the father when I was 17… God, I’m getting old! :-/ A little disappointed he never found me and married me but I got myself a really hot Viking instead so I’ll be fine. ;-)

  12. Gia says:

    ‘There Will be Blood’ is hands down one of the craziest f-cking movies I have ever scene. DDL was unbelieveable. One of the best movies of all time, all around.

  13. Cecada says:

    The Last of the Mohicans was where I got hooked… What a man, what a man, what a man….

  14. Maria says:

    even without a rich family you can easily live on those acting salaries. he is not a struggling actor.
    it just comes down to lifestyle. if you dont live in mega mansions and fly a charter jet every day you can have a very good life on a couple of movies.

    just think about you do one movie every two years and you are being paid 500,000$ (thats a very modest salary for his talent and name recognition)you can easily live off that, even a pretty good lifestyle.

    And we all know that he is not talking out of his a** like so many other people. he does only pick good roles.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      How much do actors typically make– aside from the superstars who demand millions? Hiddleston made the point a number of times in interviews that British actors are in demand because they are cheap; Paul Bettany made a point once that he is who directors hire when they want Jude Law but don’t have the budget. How does this work?

      • LAK says:

        There is no typical salary. It very much depends on the budget and or the actor’s agent’s salary negotiation skills) and whether or not the actor is union ie SAG (and it’s equivalent in other countries). SAG sets a minimum amount it’s members can be paid. It would shock you how low it is per week but membership does give good benefits like medical insurance.

    • Christina says:

      $500,000???

      Do you seriously think DDL would leave his Wicklow castle and shoe-making hobby for that? I really don’t know the type of salary top actors can command, but I would imagine he got paid several million for ‘Lincoln’.

  15. Ramona Q. says:

    DDL has $40 million (celebritynetworth.com)

    • mzk says:

      That’s a lot of money to us…A ton of money really. But for a movie star really not that much, some much less talented people make up to 20 million a picture and if you throw on points on the back end, can make that much for one picture.

      I love him.

  16. khaveman says:

    Lovely man. He looks much better with short hair and he dresses so well.

  17. Christina says:

    He is such an amazing actor, it is just a bonus that he is so sexy. Yum.

  18. bea says:

    Well what can you be tempted by, dammit!

    It’s crazy, but he seems to get more handsome as he ages.

    That’s a fantastic, heavy weight canvas – looks great. K – find a seamstress, buy clothes to fit your chest and have the back & sides taken in (of everything you own)

  19. Mindy says:

    The man gets hotter with age. I ADORE him (thanks for the beautiful pics, BTW). He is the greatest actor of our time… hands down. You have to love how humble and unaffected he is during this award season.

    Oh and for those who want to see his WORST performance, it’s a film from 1986. It’s called Stars and Bars. It’s not on DVD, but you can buy a digital copy (or even better, just rent it) at amazon. The only good part of it is you see full frontal for a half a second… well that and the very skinny full moon he gives as he’s scrambling down a fire escape. For a man who grew up as a modern privileged Englishman, he sure couldn’t play it convincingly.

  20. mel says:

    First I love him…love love love! But please…its very easy to say you are not tempted by money when you are a MILLIONAIRE! If you are not tempted by money then why do huge film projects? Please.

    • Tulip says:

      @Mel. THIS!!! I adore his movies, I respect his choices to act in certain movies, but he needs to stf up about this. He doesn’t have a serious illness to drain his money, or anything like that, so when he says he’s not tempted by money, he also needs to acknowledge how lucky he’s been.

    • LAK says:

      He doesn’t make huge film projects. His projects attract maximum media attention because he is respected and a reliable award winner. A comparable actor of his standing like Denzel is on minimum $100M budgeted films. This film was made for $65M which is peanuts by studio standards and the calibre of ALL the actors and director involved.

  21. Lemony says:

    He is so so gorgeous! He is definitely rocking the peacoat & scarf in a relaxed way. Just adore his talent as well. I love the pic of him w/ Sally & Stephen Spielberg.

  22. Masque says:

    “Money just doesn’t do it for me.”

    Somewhere Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian just fainted from shock.

  23. j.eyre says:

    “When is the last time someone wrote a bad review of a Daniel Day-Lewis performance?” – I was thinking the same thing. Wouldn’t your fingers spontaneously break if you attempted to disparage one of his performances?

  24. Miss Jupitero says:

    I have adored him ever since The Unbearable Lightness of Being. He was kind of MIT’s back then, but age has stabilized him. Yes, it’s easy to say you don’t care about money when you have a lot of it (I would like it idiot were mine).

  25. oliveo says:

    Sidenote: Sally looks BANGIN’. Love her.

  26. FassDaActor says:

    I wouldn’t blame any actor for going for the money during these times, as long it’s not too embarrassing. I say do some indie and some big money roles when you’re young. Save up so that when you’re older, you can focus on more character work or the projects you really want to do. He doesn’t do it for me but he’s a great actor and he’s a good looking man. I just don’t want to do him.

  27. Lisa says:

    Wasn’t he a professional shoe cobbler for a couple of years, a very strange man.

  28. thebutlerdidit says:

    Through a job, and some family connections, back yrs ago, I met and dealt briefly with a number of famous people. I was at an event in the late 80s, and shook DDL’s hand, watched him interact with other people, and his manner, and personality, kind of odd, shy, uncomfortable, reminded me so much of Michael Stipe. So much so, if I think of one, I end up thinking of the other. Just the impression I got.

  29. DreamyK says:

    You could bounce a quarter off that forehead. Lay off the botox, Daniel. You don’t need it.

  30. Nikole says:

    Kaiser, you have to buy that bigger peacoat that fits your boobs and have it tailored to fit the rest of you!

  31. Lauli says:

    I adore DDL. His only flaw: he doesn’t do theatre anymore.

  32. Issa says:

    I so lust after DDL. Beautiful skin, shy, lanky, tall, just beautiful in my eyes. Bet he quietly & discretely donates a lot of money. He’s a class act and seems like the type never boasting about donating to charity.

  33. Ron says:

    I am pretty sure the coat is Burberry. I have one that is very similar and fits like a glove. It was pricey, but when I put it on it looks like it was made to measure. Love a good pea coat.

    For Lincoln I am pretty sure DDL had a back end deal, so he will more than likely make more moeny from this film than anything else he has been in.

  34. Terry says:

    He isn’t being very honest and likes to always make people think he is above it all. But, I remember during the press tour for Nine, there was an article saying Marshall only got him for Nine after DDL turned down another movie because they wouldn’t match his demands concerning the salary he wanted. He does have a set salary demand like every other actor in HW.

  35. Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    Don’t get why he’s still taking the pay-check. This is a man who should be cutting his (and humanity’s) teeth on something beautiful and excrutiating. Shame on him for still courting Hollywood.

  36. Missy says:

    I take it as him saying he’d never do something that’s made just to generate money.
    At least there’s still some actors who have some integrity, it just about broke my heart when Tom Hardy did that rom-com with Reese Witherspoon, he will forever be tarnish now in my eyes for that.

  37. ebrca says:

    DDL is looking like how Morrissey should’ve aged.

  38. WendyNerd says:

    I usually like DDL, but this quote annoys me. It just really irks me when people who come from money brag about how they don’t worry about money or aren’t tempted by it or whatever. “Oooh look how non-materialistic and REAL I am! I don’t worry about money like SOME PEOPLE!”

    That’s because you’ve never had to worry about it! You’ve always had it! Spend your life trying to pay the bills and make your way through school on a minimum wage salary and see how little you care about money then.

  39. Nicole says:

    Forgive me if someone has already said this, but it’s worth repeating: How good does Sally Field look? She’s one beautiful lady.

    Or maybe that’s just the DDL affect? Everything he touches just turns to gold. (Not implying that he has ever touched Sally Field, but you know what I mean…)

  40. 88Modesty88 says:

    Cecil Day-Lewis’s poetry is amazing. I am sure I can find it on the net but does anyone know if he wrote Walking Away about DDL? Such a lovely poem. “Selfhood begins with a walking away
    and love is proved in the letting go.”