This is my kind of tall, dark, and handsome with added smart and brooding. Also, Daniel Day-Lewis is very method. I love that in an actor (friends might say I resemble that, heh). He’s super choosy about his roles and hasn’t done a ton of films, but a high percentage of them have been historical costume dramas. Maybe Daniel Day-Lewis has a thing for history — which only makes him sexier! Let’s look at some of those selective and lovely roles, shall we?
A Room With a View (1985) – Cecil Vyse
Daniel Day-Lewis may be the stuffy fiancee, but he’s a good foil for Helena Bonham Carter and rather hilarious in this adorable little flick. I wish he would do more comedy, he has a knack.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992) – Hawkeye
“I will find you!” Melodramatic romance, the French-Indian War, Daniel Day-Lewis running around semi-shirtless, yeah, it’s a good time.
The Age of Innocence (1993) – Newland Archer
This is the ultimate slow burn. Married to a silly girl, yearning for the hot older woman, but perfectly proper for a lifetime. Supposedly, Daniel Day-Lewis wore 1870s formal clothing around New York City for two months, including top hat, cane and cape, to prepare for this role (if Wikipedia is to be believed). I’m in love.
The Crucible (1996) – John Proctor
He’s principled and doomed in this one, and hey, it’s Winona Ryder’s fault again! Yeah, yeah, go ahead, blame the witchy girl. DDL is still pretty awesome here.
Gangs of New York (2002) – Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting
The Daniel Day-Lewis historical flick I’m pretty “meh” about. Violent and gruesome isn’t my thing (unless vampires are involved; omg, DDL in a vampire movie would be SO cool!).
Lincoln (2012) – Abraham Lincoln
No, the 16th President of the United States isn’t particularly sexy, but Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance is riveting. He becomes Lincoln more than any other screen portrayal I can imagine, in ways both grand and subtle. It’s just astounding, so mad props to DDL and his superb method.
What’s your favorite Daniel Day-Lewis historical costume movie?