Daniel Day-Lewis' “My Left Foot ”Director Says Retired Actor Remains 'Done' with Acting

Daniel Day-Lewis announced his retirement from acting in 2017, before the release of 'Phantom Thread,' his last movie

<p>Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images; Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images</p> Jim Sheridan; Daniel Day-Lewis

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Jim Sheridan; Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis retired from acting in 2017, and one of his most prominent film collaborators says the actor has no plans to get back in front of the camera.

Jim Sheridan, the filmmaker with whom Day-Lewis, 66, made the movies My Left Foot (1989), In the Name of the Father (1993) and The Boxer (1997), recently told ScreenDaily that he would like to work with the three-time Oscar winner again while speaking to the health of the overall film industry.

“He says he’s done, I keep talking to him,” Sheridan, 75, told the outlet. “I’d love to do something with him again. He’s like everybody else, he opens up the streamers and there’s seven thousand choices, none of them are good."

Day-Lewis won his first of three career Academy Awards for My Left Foot, in which he plays a man born with cerebral palsy. The movie marked Sheridan's debut as a feature filmmaker; Day-Lewis was also nominated for Best Actor for his In the Name of the Father role when the pair next worked together.

"Film has been moved out of the public domain into a private domain – you have a remote, you can stop it," Sheridan added to ScreenDaily. "It’s not the same experience. It’d be great to see Daniel coming back and doing something ‘cos he’s so good.”

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<p>Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic</p> Jim Sheridan and Daniel Day-Lewis

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Jim Sheridan and Daniel Day-Lewis

Day-Lewis' representative Leslee Dart shared news of his retirement with PEOPLE in June 2017, months before his last movie, Phantom Thread, released in theaters. He also received a Best Actor nomination at the 90th Oscars for that movie, his sixth Academy Awards nomination total.

“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years," Dart said at the time. "This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject."

<p>Moviestore/Shutterstock</p> Daniel Day-Lewis in 'My Left Foot'


Daniel Day-Lewis in 'My Left Foot'

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Day-Lewis remained notoriously private even during his acting career and is rarely seen in public in the years since he announced his retirement. Most recently, he made a surprise appearance at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in January to present Martin Scorsese with a best director award.

The retired actor also mingled with other stars at the event; Zac Efron shared a photo of him meeting Day-Lewis to Instagram the following day and called the Lincoln actor "someone I’ve looked up to for a long time now."

Related: Daniel Day-Lewis Seen Walking with Crutches in N.Y.C. 6 Years After His Retirement from Acting

<p>Nina Westervelt/WWD via Getty Images</p> Daniel Day-Lewis on Jan. 11, 2024

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Daniel Day-Lewis on Jan. 11, 2024

"I'm grateful to the National Board of Review for so justly recognizing the supreme, inimitable artistry of this mighty man," Day-Lewis said in a speech at the January event, while recognizing Scorsese, with whom he worked on The Age of Innocence (1993) and Gangs of New York (2002). "To every person that works in the crucible of the imagination, he's a living treasure. As a man and as a filmmaker, I love and revere him."

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