In this period drama directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Lewis plays Daniel Plainview, a miner who finds oil in his mine and beocmes a ruthless oil baron. His relations with his son and a local preacher deteriorate as he gains more weatlh and power. Co-starring Paul Dano.
The challenge always seems to be the same thing, to tell a story as well as you can. To whatever extent I’m able to assess my contribution at the very beginning, having felt the pull of the orbit of another world, I try to step backwards and ask myself if I can serve that story as the person I’m going to be telling that story with. I try to do that, but I think I’m usually already too far gone anyhow. It’s a token gesture rather than a real one.