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Daniel Day-Lewis: Things you may not know

In his early days, Lewis developed his acting skills by aping the accent and mannerisms of his neighbours

Daniel Day-Lewis
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Lewis had a small role in Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’. He played a character named Colin, a young man who insults Gandhi

Apart from being a great actor, he is also a skilled woodworker

He was offered the role of Aragorn (Strider) in Peter Jackson's ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy more than once, but rejected it every time

During the shooting of ‘Gangs of New York’ (2002), he listened to Eminem to get into the skin of his angry character -- Bill the Butcher

Lewis won 23 awards for his performance in ‘There Will be Blood’; this included the Academy Awards

He was the first non-American actor to win two Oscars for Best Actor

Lewis was also considered for the role of Jesus Christ in the 2004 film ‘The Passion of the Christ’

He is the son-in-law of noted playwright Arthur Miller

The actor holds dual citizenship, that of Britain and Ireland  

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