Daniel Day-Lewis on being a father

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Daniel's preparation for roles is the stuff of Hollywood legend. He is reported to have immersed himself in foreign cultures, and learned to skin animals for Last of the Mohicans. Some even say he built an oil derrick in his backyard to prepare for There Will Be Blood!

In his real-life "role," Daniel is the father of three. "I don't think there's anything that can prepare you for that," Daniel says. "You can prepare for probably a hundred years and then just be astonished by the reality when it came. Luckily, it takes care of itself."

What's been the most surprising thing to him about fatherhood? "I suppose the delight in bondage, because I daresay for a good part of my life I'd enjoyed traveling light," he says. "And there's nothing more wonderful to me [than] to realize that I was now shackled for the rest of my life…and what a wonderful shackle to have."
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Published on March 14, 2008

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