It’s not Daniel Day-Lewis‘ performances in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, or Lincoln that are delighting fans today. It’s his use of a flip phone — a Motorola Razr, to be exact. “Daniel Day-Lewis is on my train and casually just looking at his flip phone,” journalist Karen Han tweeted on the afternoon of Thursday, April 5. Eight minutes later, she posted a photo “for everyone who asked for pictorial evidence.”
Twitter, predictably, had a field day with this revelation about the British actor. “Of course he has a flip phone,” tweeted @MaxThegGirl. “When you said flip phone, I needed no evidence,” added @GastronautJones. “It’s method acting training for his next film [in] which he plays a commuter in 2007,” quipped @TheSavagePen. “My man out here using a [darn] Razr in the year 2018?” wrote @IntoTheCrevasse.
for everyone who asked for pictorial evidence pic.twitter.com/D4rHXPljZp
— karen han (@karenyhan) April 5, 2018
Other Twitter users just lusted after the 60-year-old screen idol. “There was always this thing about him in movies, and I likened it to him playing powerful people, but here on the subway train… uh, it’s still there!” Even Hollywood notables were amused by Daniel’s oddity. “Wonder how many people just did a quick shopping search for flip phones,” tweeted Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. “Besides me.”
Now, we just have to wonder what Daniel was doing on his phone. What could one even do on a flip phone in a subway tunnel? It’s not like he was fielding film offers, after all. The three-time Oscar winner announced his retirement from acting in June, and in cryptic comments to W magazine in November, he seemed to say he reached that decision while filming his latest movie, Phantom Thread.
“I haven’t figured it out,” he told the magazine. “But it’s settled on me, and it’s just there. Not wanting to see the film is connected to the decision I’ve made to stop working as an actor. But it’s not why the sadness came to stay. That happened during the telling of the story, and I don’t really know why… I need to believe in the value of what I’m doing. The work can seem vital. Irresistible, even. And if an audience believes it, that should be good enough for me. But, lately, it isn’t.” Well, if using an antiquated cell phone makes Daniel happier, more power to him. We’re sure Motorola is happy about the free publicity!