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Daniel Day-Lewis will live rough, break bones and work through pneumonia to get inside his characters. It may be absurd, he says, but then, he's in an absurd business. He talks about his latest film, Nine

The Daniel Day-Lewis interview is set for Friday and then it's set for Saturday. It's at 3.30pm; it's at 1.15pm; it may not happen at all. Inside the swish London hotel, the press handlers are all hunched over their clipboards while Italian journalists keep tripping over TV cables in the corridor. Eventually, a pair of publicists forge through the melee to assure me that yes, the interview will indeed take place – but not right now. "Can we bring you some food while you wait?" asks the first publicist. "There's no food," says the second.

By this point I'm starting to wonder whether the Nine press junket might be some ornate PR stunt by the Weinstein Company, »

- Xan Brooks

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