But no other contemporary actor has gotten into the skin of a character more than Daniel Day-Lewis, who has taken the Method style of acting further than Stanislavsky could ever have imagined. Not only has Day-Lewis gained and lost weight and changed his hairstyles and accents at the drop of a hat for his roles, he also does enormous hands-on research for his role. To play an American Indian in "The Last of the Mohicans," for example, the 50-year-old British-born actor made a canoe. And his meticulous detail to his craft is on view in his latest film, "There Will Be Blood," in which he plays an oil tycoon, Daniel Plainview.
Here's a look at the characters Day-Lewis has created over the years.
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