What's next for Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis? Looks like the ''Gangs of New York'' star won't slip back into retirement, as long as he can work with his wife

By Gary Susman
Updated February 25, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
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The Ballad of Jack & Rose

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Daniel Day-Lewis has apparently retired from his retirement. Instead of slipping back into self-imposed exile, as he threatened to do earlier this month after being nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for ”Gangs of New York,” he’ll turn around and make another movie, one written and directed by his wife, Rebecca Miller. According to Variety, he’ll go before the camera in the sexually charged drama ”Rose and the Snake” this summer.

The film will mark the first collaboration of Day-Lewis and Miller, the filmmaker behind 2002 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner ”Personal Velocity.” The script, based on a story by Miller and Michael Rohatyn, will have Day-Lewis playing a father who has given his 16-year-old daughter a sheltered upbringing on a remote Canadian island. But when his lover moves in with her two sons, young Rose awakens sexually, with disastrous results.

Back-to-back projects are a rarity for Day-Lewis, who had famously burned out and quit acting after 1997’s ”The Boxer.” The man who won a Best Actor Oscar for ”My Left Foot” spent some time cobbling shoes in Florence, and he had to be cajoled back into acting by ”Gangs” director Martin Scorsese. The knife-wielding talent he displayed as ”Gangs”’ urban warlord Bill the Butcher led to a citation from the Academy. His meat-cutting skills, along with shoemaking, give him something to fall back on if, after ”Rose,” he decides to retire from acting again.

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The Ballad of Jack & Rose

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