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Daniel Day-Lewis

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Daniel Day-Lewis is an Irish actor known for his portrayals of Hawkeye in Last of the Mohicans, John Proctor in The Crucible, Bill Cutter in Gangs of New York, Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, etc.

EILEEN: Do you believe in god?

DANIEL: I'm still not sure. I suppose I'm a die-hard agnostic. I don't know. Do you?

EILEEN: I think I do, because I like the feeling of saying so. I grew up very educated to believe — Catholic School and all that. I bumped up against religion again some years later, and took it on when I would take anything on. Then I just started to think, "Maybe I do believe." I like praying.

DANIEL: I never took the habit.

EILEEN: The habit of prayer or the habit of religion?

DANIEL: I certainly prayed from time to time, but it was not something that I was brought up to do. We prayed at school, but I had no real religious education. Most of my contemporaries in Ireland are ferocious lapsed Catholics who exercise as much energy in despising the religion as they would in staying with it — it's a full-time job. I think I'm a pagan, probably. If I ever took to religion it would probably be pre-Christian, but I'm quite ritualistic about clothes. [1]