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Daniel Day-Lewis surprised almost everyone by announcing his retirement from acting earlier this year. The statement issued by Day-Lewis showed gratitude to his collaborators over the years and the audiences who watched his films, adding that the choice was "a private decision" made by the actor.
This would make Phantom Thread his second film with Paul Thomas Anderson, his final film and the one that seemed to influence his decision to retire more than any other in the past. He details this in an interview with W Magazine admitting that he has not "deciphered" it, but seems ready to stop after this experience:
"Before making the film, I did not do it. I was going to stop acting, I know Paul and I laughed a lot before we made the movie, and then we stopped laughing because we were both overwhelmed by a sense of sadness, which took us by surprise: we did not realize what we had given birth, it was hard to live with that, and it still is. "