Daniel Day-Lewis Scared of Singing
Daniel Day-Lewis didn’t think his singing and dancing was good enough to star in new musical movie Nine.
The Oscar-winning actor – who plays Italian film director Guido Contini in the hotly-anticipated film – had a crisis of confidence and asked the director Rob Marshall if there was anyone else who could take his role, because he had no confidence in his voice. He said: “I did say to Rob in the early stages, ‘Is there anyway of getting out of this? I have a list of actors who could do it tomorrow!’ He tried to convince me I could sing and I said, ‘You’ve no idea if I can sing or not!’ “I sang feebly a couple of times, and on the grounds of that Rob managed to convince me it was worth pursuing.”
The 52-year-old actor – who is famous for his method acting – also joked that dancing was difficult because his body is so “creaky”. He said: “I can do a lot of stuff, I can climb, I can run, I can cycle, I can box, but I can’t dance. “I used a lot of 3-in-1 to lubricate those stiff joints. It’s not natural grace – that’s sheer effort of will. My limbs are a mass of scar tissue through years of doing things I shouldn’t have.” Daniel stars in Nine alongside Penelope Cruz, Dame Judi Dench and Nicole Kidman.