Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has defended his tendency to take method acting to the extreme when preparing for a film role, despite admitting he could probably get away with two weeks' research. Day-Lewis is renowned for his dedication during pre-production - before The Last of the Mohicans he spent six months alone in the wild, while he spent time in solitary confinement to prepare for his role as a prisoner in IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER. Day-Lewis says, "It is quite true that I like to take a long time to allow things to absorb before undertaking an actual role, but this is not an intellectual pursuit. It really isn't. "If anything, it's messy and filthy, it's me scouring the muck in the hope of finding the right interplay between the subconscious and the imagination. "I'm sure I could arrive at the same effect for any given role in just two weeks, but I choose not to. "People think I go through this in order to do what I do, perhaps because I lack confidence. That's a considerable misconception, but then it's one of many."