Daniel Day-Lewis: “I work when I feel a compelling need to do that work.” 

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  • Daniel Day-Lewis: 

    “I work when I feel a compelling need to do that work.” 

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    (Daniel Day-Lewis)


    I work when I feel a compelling need to do that work. And when I don’t, I do other things.


  • “Now, everyone has a different way of approaching the work. Some people are absolutely compelled to do what they do because they have to pay bills. And there’s nothing unworthy about that. It’s an honorable reason.”

    “I exercise a rare privilege, which is that I work when I feel a compelling need to do that work. And when I don’t, I do other things.”

    “I think I made a decision many years ago, in the hope that I would never become cynical about the work, which is important to me.”

    “I didn’t want to find myself in my middle years, just [acting] because that’s what I do, without any real sense of delight.”


    (Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln)

    (Excerpts from a press avail at the Golden Globes)


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