Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Hiatus, Feels He Peaked With ‘Lincoln’

After his historic Oscar win Sunday, Daniel Day-Lewis announced that he is taking a hiatus from acting.

The British actor made Oscars history last night by becoming the first man to win the Best Actor award three times: First in 1989 for My Left Foot, then in 2007 for There Will Be Blood, and last night for his portrayal of US President Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg biopic.

However, as MSN reports, Day-Lewis is stepping away from acting for a little while.

“I can’t think of anyone right now (I would like to play) because I need to have to lie down for a couple of years,” he announced backstage at the Oscars. “It’s really hard to imagine doing anything after this.”

Daniel Day-Lewis previously took a five-year hiatus from acting after his 1997 film The Boxer. He returned in Martin Scorsese’s 2002 historical film Gangs of New York, playing “Bill the Butcher.” He earned his third Academy Award nomination for the role, and took home a BAFTA for Best Actor.

Last night, after accepting his third Best Actor Oscar from Meryl Streep, Day-Lewis began his speech by saying “I really don’t know how any of this happened.” As we wryly noted during our live Twitter blog during the Oscars:

Are you a fan of Daniel Day-Lewis? Check out his 2013 Oscars acceptance speech for Lincoln below (starts around 3:48):