Daniel Day-Lewis at ‘Lincoln’ Premiere

Posted on November 09, 2012

We almost feel guilty doing this to Daniel.

After all, he looks about as comfortable on a step-and-repeat as he would in front of a firing squad. We’ve often said that stars who became stars prior to the ubiquity of round-the-clock entertainment news and the proliferation of celebrity and fashion web sites have an almost amusingly irrational fear of the dreaded step-and-repeat. She’s getting a little bit better at it, but Michelle Pfeiffer remains the best example of this; a stunningly beautiful woman who looks absolutely terrified every time she faces that wall of cameras, resulting in some very stiff and wide-eyed pictures.

We used “ubiquity” and “proliferation” in a red carpet post. Do you get this kind of erudite classiness from Joan Rivers? We don’t think so.

Anyway, DDL has always had a distinct, and very consistent personal style. Add a little more black to his hair and these pictures could be 15 years old. It’s not really our style, but it suits him to a T; the scarf, the worn-out shirt with flipped cuffs and wide open collar, the suede loafers – it’s all pure Day-Lewis. A sort of “starving artist in a garret in Paris” look that sets him apart from all of his colleagues.

Can we just say that the ads for the Lincoln movie are downright eerie? He looks so much like him that it feels like a daguerreotype just bloomed into full color and started talking.


[Photo Credit: Getty/WireImage]

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  • Sobaika

    I am so damn READY for this movie!

    • G

       Me too; can you believe it’s been 20 years since “Last of the Mohicans”.  I still covet him from that movie.

      • Sobaika

        You are reading my mind, that’s probably my favorite movie of his. Such great cinematography!

        Lincoln promises to be spectacular. I am there opening night.

        • Daniel day Lewis in “My Beautiful Launderette” will be the last thought I’ll have on my death bed.

          • Winter_White

            And as you are being mourned they will say of you, in tones of awe,  “He died with a smile on his face.”

            My Beautiful Launderette, sigh.

      • pattyw

        “No matter what occurs, I will find you!”

        • mshesterp

          I just bought that for my dad on Blu Ray last Christmas, and we re-watched it.  A) Madeleine Stowe is still as beautiful as ever, even though that was 20 years ago, and B) it’s still one of the most romantic movies ever.  Such a gorgeous film.  I’ve loved DDL ever since then!

      •  That damned movie, and his performance, got me into the biggest trouble of my whole life, I was so misty-eyed at the end of it.

        He’s a helluva actor.

    • twocee

       Me too!  The casting is utterly amazing.  DDL and Sally Field both seem to be channeling the Lincolns.

  • quiltrx

    He’s such a great actor, they should let him sneak in the back way for these things and avoid the hullaballoo!

    But I think he looks awesome, and very much his own man.  (and doesn’t he look just a tad like Morissey in a couple of these shots?)

    • mshesterp

      I actually got a Ralph Fiennes-ian vibe from one of his shots.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    It’s made all the eerier when you see that poster on the cover of Doris Kearns-Goodwin’s book the movie was based on. It puts the creepiness of seeing Viggo Mortensen on the cover of “Return of the King” at elementary school-level creepiness.

    Also, he is still remarkably good looking, when being non-method. Also like Viggo Mortensen.

    I’m just going to sit here and contemplate the two of them in a movie together now.

    • Anathema_Device

       I’ll make us each a cup of virtual tea so we can sit and contemplate it together. Sigh…

      • Pants_are_a_must

        With a shot of something in the tea because TGIF.

        I think I need to rewatch Lord of the Rings again.

        • Anathema_Device

          Earl Grey with a shot of scotch is sooooo good. Hmmm it isn’t noon here yet, but I’m thinking this is a good idea.

  • And I love that you used daguerreotype, as well. Bless you both for your vocabularies.

    • decormaven

      Amen. Elevating the art of conversation…

    • ecallaw1977

      I know!  I like to think that I have a fairly extensive vocabulary, but I could only reason the definition of daguerreotype from  context.  I’m sufficiently impressed. 

  • clevRcat

    He is a brilliant actor – probably the best living screen actor – and a gorgeous man. Can’t hear a word against him. I find it rather endearing that he looks so uncomfortable.

    • Have adored him since My Beautiful Laundrette. And my regards remains undiminished. Agree 100% with everything you said. Le sigh…

  • MilaXX

    I’m undecided a to whether I want to see this film. He does appear to have Lincoln down pat, but I dunno, something about this movie isn’t quite sitting right with me. On the other hand, I can’t wait to watch the BAFTA’s this weekend. Apparently he threw some shade at Clint Eastwood and his infamous empty chair speech.

    • Sobaika

      Could it be that it’s a movie about slavery and the Civil War with no notable black actors or characters in it? That is something that stood out to me, but I weirdly always notice this type of thing.

      And yeah, I saw footage of him at the BAFTAs. Pretty hilarious!

      • MilaXX

         That and the whole Abe freed the slaves line.

      • ecallaw1977

        I think I’ll reserve comment on the “no notable black actors or characters” thing until I see it.  If it is a broad story about the abolition of slavery that doesn’t include many black characters, shame on it.  If it is intended to tell only a sliver of that story from the limited aspect of how Lincoln directly affected that movement, then I would respect it if they stayed true to history and only included black characters that were involved in that limited aspect.  Anything in this area is going to be a touchy subject anyway, so when filmmakers approach something like this respectfully I try to give them the benefit of the doubt.

        • twocee

           My understanding is that it is an extremely limited span of time, something like 3 months and is about the backroom machinations that Lincoln had to go through to get the 13th amendment passed.  It is reasonable to think that the most prominent historical characters in that story would all be white males.  I doubt there are any prominent females except Mary Todd.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            From the limited reading I’ve done on this movie your understanding is correct. and since all of the political players in Congress  of that time period were white males yes, the cast is going to be primarily male and white. 

            If this movie does well commerically we can always hope that some other historical events worth dramatizing will get greenlighted for the screen.

    • ChiliP

      I have the same feeling. I have no doubt DDL will be brilliant in the role, as he always is, but something about the previews isn’t setting me on fire. What a cast, though. I’ll reserve further judgement until closer to the release date.

      Oooh, do tell about the Client Eastwood shade.

      • MilaXX

         If you google “Daniel Day Lewis spoofs Eastwood” it comes up. Basically he was presented with an award at the BAFTAS – LA and brought an empty chair out and congratulated the president for his win.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Dear God, that makes my love for Daniel Day Lewis grow exponentially.  My personal favorite DDL role is Bill the Butcher in “Gangs of New York”…but then, as my mother once said, I always was a strange child.

    • angela rose

       for me there is something too MODERN looking about the movie.  It’s jarring.  It’s too pretty or something.  Oh, I’ll still go.  DDL and Lincoln are favorites.

  • Wow, he’s actually good looking! He’s so transformed in his movies, I don’t even have a clear image of what he looks like.

    • AnotherCelia

      I remember the first time I realized what an amazing actor he is because I had just seen, like, four different films with him starring, and I hadn’t realized it was the same actor in all those films!  (IIRC, it was “My Left Foot”, “My Beautiful Laundrette”, “Room with a View” and “The Unbearable Ligthness of Being”).  I honestly had to work hard at reconciling that all these parts were played by the same actor.  He is a chameleon, and a stunningly good actor, and a hottie, all at once!

      • And he’s such a baddie in Gangs on NY and There Will Be Blood. He also does great American accents.

  • I don’t hate the look. It’s DDL–it’s really hard not to cut him massive amounts of slack.

  • DDL is beyond judgment.  I see him in a class with Bjork and Helena Bonham Carter.  They’re just such Interplanet Janets  that our critiques mean nothing.

    But I think he looks fantastic.  Still the dish he was from “In the Name of the Father.”

    • Interplanet Janets! *giggle*

      God, he is so freaking good-looking. It’s ridiculous.

  • cmb92191

    TLo- you are a pair of vocabulary vixens!    DDL  looks amazing.  

  • alyce1213

    I love that he’s uncomfortable on a step-and-repeat. 
    As far as I’m concerned, he can do no wrong.  Can’t wait for the movie — going to a screening next Wednesday.

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Talk about a man who is aging so gracefully! He and Jeremy Irons both rock that ‘we are Artistes!’ vibe. I actually stop up short every time to stare at those Lincoln commercials.

  • B_C_J

    Love his personal style. He remains true to himself and his aesthetic is casual yet quietly elegant and chic. 

  • M_E_S

    Is it just me or does he look a lot like Sting in these pictures?  It’s distracting me to no end.

    • shirab

      I sorta see it, but to me, he’s looking more like Ralph Fiennes, especially in that second photo.

      • Megan Dietz

         i am seeing morrissey!

    • DeborahJozayt

      I think he carries himself like Sting would: cool, confident, unassuming. That’s where I see the comparison.

  • Corsetmaker

    ‘Serious actor’ dressing. See Irons/Hurt/McKellen/Oldman (sometimes). Some level of artistic scruffiness required, but avoid trying too hard (see Depp).

  • mjude

    i love him

  • Puck Thornton

    Brilliant actor, he does that serious artist look very well. Glad to see the earrings are gone.
    I would love to have a drink with him, I bet he has a naughty sense of humour.

  • KateWo

    Looking forward to this movie…he’s one of my see anything he’s in actors. Feeling a Morrissey vibe here

  • He looks amazing even when he’s uncomfortable. How does he do it? 

  • LuisaNL

    “We used “ubiquity” and “proliferation” in a red carpet post. Do you get
    this kind of erudite classiness from Joan Rivers? We don’t think so.” This is why I love you, TLo.

    DDL, never change, you are awesome.

  • Dot

    Oh be still my heart. I love this man and am thrilled to see him on the red carpet! That’s a rare treat.

  • fringebenefit

    Love him, love his style, love this look.

  • Lilak

    ‘Ubiquity’, ‘proliferation’ … yes indeed, TLo.  But my favorite of your recent vocab deployments is still “eschew” … that one actually made me smile!  

  • he and my boy morrissey are dressing kinda similarly in their very attractive though older years. i think he looks handsome and unique.

    • boweryboy

      He is starting to look like Morrissey, isn’t he?

  • He’s prettier than Lincoln, but the resemblance in the movie is uncanny.
    Such a pretty pretty man. I like him better with crazy facial hair though – he’s a man who can pull anything of that variety off in spades. 
    Also, because I myself have a tendency towards verbosity (to the point of the boy saying “Eh? What’s that word?”), TLo’s impressive vocabulary is part of the reason they’re my favorite fashion bloggers.
    Y’all have spoiled me for other fashion bloggers. SPOILED ME.

  • shopgirl716

    He’s hot.  I’ve had a thing for him since The Last of the Mohicans.  Can’t wait to see the movie.

  • afabulous50

    REAL actors/actresses don’t need the step&repeat.  

    • formerlyAnon

       Oh, my dear! Come join us over in the dinosaur section; the seats are comfy, refreshments fabulous and the conversation even better. And if we get bored, we’ve had a lawn installed and can step out and yell at those who might be walking on it.

  • decormaven

    It’s a breath of fresh air not to see someone sport some huge honkin’ watch or wear an expensive, yet ill-fitted suit. He looks comfortable in his skin, and bless him, he wore his lucky red socks. If the early buzz on this movie proves true, his performance will be dynamite. Pencil me in for the opening.

  • handsome man.

  • New tagline:
    TLo: Erudite, Sapient, and Bitchy Blogging for the Discerning and Judgemental Reader
    No? Not catchy enough? Too obtuse?

  • msdamselfly

    He dresses with panache

  • Christiane Truelove

    I am so looking forward to “Lincoln.” He’s one of the few actors who sinks himself so authentically into a role (Helen Mirren is another) that you can’t see the actual actor at all. “Gangs of New York” may be a maligned movie, but his performance as Bill the Butcher makes me watch it again and again. Watch the cast interviews on the DVD, Liam Neeson amusedly reports that DDL was scary because he was in character all the time, on and off the set. They’d wind up working out together in cast gym in the early morning hours, lifting weights, and DDL would walk in and give a curt nod to Neeson, and say gruffly, “Priest,” in Bill’s accent. Brilliant.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Bill the Butcher is one of my favorite DDL performances. Talk about bringing such an unsympatethic character absolutely to life. We have that on DVD, but I’ve never watched the interviews.

  • Anathema_Device

    Oh, this made this day. He is a great actor and hot as all get-out. Love that he is an actor, not a celebrity.

  • If he’s going to go with the wide collar, he should do it on both sides. That’s just scruffy. Otherwise, love him.

  • Teri Brinson

    Still sexy as hell.

  • margaret meyers

    He’s such a Leading Man — I love the clothes and his haircut and all that “presence.”. 

  • maggiemaybe

    He’s perfection.

  • UptownNippy

    His uncomfortableness in front of the press is what is endearing. He is his own man. 
    I can”t wait to see Lincoln with the fine cast of professionals. 

  • formerlyAnon

    Good bones last.

  • Woah woah woah! I don’t think Joan Rivers deserved that low blow, boys! 

  • I love me some DDL-always have.  And can we talk “Last of the Mohicans”-hotness??  Scorching!  Hell yes, I would wait no matter what occurs!

  • fungstyle

    You bitches totally threw daguerreotype in there for the sheer smugness of it. And this is why I love you. Since you are such nerds, you may enjoy exploring this site, which has an interactive way to explore the oldest known photograph taken in the U.S. (a daguerreotype, of course). http://1848.cincinnatilibrary.org/ It happens to be of my hometown 🙂

  • Judy_J

    DDL’s refusal to break character on or off the set while filming is legendary.  Wonder how he handled being Lincoln during the shooting of this film?  I just can’t wait to see his performance. 

  • He’s lovely.

  • granddelusion

    Yes, he looks so much like a man the no one alive has ever seen.

    • boweryboy

      Um…actual photographs of Abe Lincoln exist.

    •  Were you so desperate to leave a smartass comment that you forgot the smart part?

  • Zippypie

    He is perfection.  I don’t care what he wears.  Or doesn’t wear, for that matter. *sigh*

  • guest2visits

    He looks pretty great for a reclusive artist. The movie looks good too.

  • LittleKarnak

    Been stoked to see this movie since I read the book…the whole cast looks amazing.

  • lrhoff

    He’s looking fine.  He could come to the red carpet in a sack, and I’d drool.  Bring it on!

  • boweryboy

    He’s adorably dorky and sizzling hot at the same time.  That takes mad skills.

    I like how half his shirt collar is tucked under his blazer and the other half is on top of it.  He obviously doesn’t give a shit which makes him even sexier.


  • Aurumgirl

    I think he looks great simply because he’s not doing the expected, he’s just being who he is.  That’s the only thing that would turn my head, in a room full of good looking men all trying to outdo each other in shiny suits and trainer-enabled bodies.  

  • PeaceBang

    Looking at these photos, it’s clear that I need to line up a DDL movie marathon for one day over Christmas break. I could look at that face all day.

  • Trisha26

    Love him. 

  • MzzPants

    DDL can wear whatever the hell he wants.  He’s brilliant.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I have such a crush on him. It started with My Left Foot (really!) and never let up. Those glasses in his jacket pocket just do me in. Don’t ever change, D D-L, don’t ever change… 

  • DDL IS Lincoln.