Well this is sad. Daniel Day-Lewis, three-time Oscar winner (actually, the ONLY person to ever win three Best Actor Oscars) and star of Lincoln, Gangs of New York, The Boxer and of course, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, has officially called it quits as an actor.

In a statement published by Variety, representative Leslee Dart, has spoken on his behalf, confirming the news: "Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor," it read. " He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject." No reason was given behind the decision.

Thankfully, we will still have one more chance to see Day-Lewis on the big screen, as later this year he will reunite with Anderson to portray post-war courtier Charles  James (who you might remember was the subject of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual fashion exhibition and the Met Gala in 2014).  Unfortunately we don't know much about the film, other than the fact it's reportedly titled Phantom Thread and due later this year.

As Variety points out, Day-Lewis is a famous master of method acting and highly selective with the roles he chooses - he learned Czech for The Unbearable Lightness of Being, listened to Eminem records to channel rage in Gangs of New York, and confined himself to a wheelchair for My Left Foot to play a character with cerebral palsy. This is not the first time he has given up acting either, as rumour has it he stopped acting to work as a cobbler before being tempted back by Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York. For our sake, we hope this is a similar situation...  or at least, one that has positive reasons behind it. 

Sniff! Daniel Day-Lewis has quit acting