Day-Lewis plays Gerry Conlon in this film based on the story of the Guilford Four — the three Irish men (including Conlon) and one woman wrongly charged with being involved in the 1974 IRA bombing of a bar in the English town of Guilford. Almost universally praised — and earning seven Oscar noms — the movie is an excellently-paced drama that shows how the Northern Irish conflict operated on both a micro and macro level.
Not surprisingly, Day-Lewis does a pitch-perfect blue-collar Belfast accent. His accent is so perfect though, that one can’t help but wonder if this — and his Oscar-wining role as Dubliner Christie Brown in My Left Foot — contribute to the common, and inaccurate, perception that Day Lewis is Irish. He is, in fact, English.