“I hope you don’t mind if I speak about this. I feel very unsettled at the moment. I suppose it’s because I only just saw the news about Heath Ledger‘s death. It seems somehow strange to be talking about anything else. Not that there’s anything to say really except to express one’s regret and to say from the bottom of one’s heart to his family and to this friends that I’m sorry for their troubles.
“I didn’t know him. I have an impression, a strong impression, I would have liked him very much as a man. I’d already marvelled at his work and had looked so much forward to see the work he would do in the future.” — Daniel Day Lewis speaking to Oprah Winfrey during a taping last Tuesday afternoon.
To my knowledge, Lewis has never really acted in his own very gentle and softly seductive speaking voice. Not a trace of Daniel Plainview or Bill the Butcher in the man — the opposite characteristics, if anything. There’s something faintly George Harrison-y in his tones and inflections.