Ty Burr
March 12, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

The many looks of Daniel Day-Lewis

If they ever remake the Tony Randall chestnut 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, we’ve got the actor. Daniel Day-Lewis has established himself as a cinematic chameleon ever since My Beautiful Laundrette introduced him as a leading man. If you can’t tell this player without a scorecard, here it is:

*MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE (1986) Hair cropped short and dyed blond, he’s a London punk startled to find himself in love with his best friend, an Asian entrepreneur. A-

*A ROOM WITH A VIEW (1986) The Merchant-Ivory team cast him as an uptight, turn-of-the-century nerd wooing Helena Bonham Carter in this Oscar winner. A

*THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING (1988) As a raffish Czech doctor, he helplessly cheats on both Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin as Russian tanks roll into Prague. A

*STARS AND BARS (1988) Here he looks positively…normal as a naive British art buyer lost among a family of Georgia rubes. Ladies: He loses his pants in this one. Twice. C-

*MY LEFT FOOT (1989) He won a most worthy Best Actor Os-car for playing writer/ painter/cerebral-palsy victim Christy Brown without a shred of self-pity. B+

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