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Damian Lewis is returning to the London stage in a play that he hails as a ‘tragic tale for our times’.
The actor will star in David Mamet’s blistering classic American Buffalo in the spring.
‘I wanted to get back to the stage, but I didn’t want to do it unless it was a great play,’ the actor, whose last West End outing was in The Misanthrope opposite Keira Knightley five years ago, told me yesterday.
American Buffalo certainly fits that bill. Mamet’s 1975 drama’s about three ineffective petty hustlers attempting to diddle a man out of a rare US coin. The men view their low-grade criminality purely as business, with a bit of violence attached.
Damian, who won awards for his performance as soldier Nicholas Brody in TV hit Homeland and will be seen on BBC2 next month, portraying Henry VIII in the Beeb’s six-part adaptation of Wolf Hall, said he caught William H. Macy as Teach (the part he will take) in a version of American Buffalo that ran at the Donmar Warehouse 14 years ago.
Lewis recalled being struck by the ‘claustrophobia of these three disenfranchised working class men’, unable to make anything of their lives.
He said the piece was funny ‘in some places’, but added that it’s also a ‘tragic tale for our times’ because ‘it’s not hard to imagine groups of young men, unemployed, sitting in bars and cafes, thinking: “How the hell can we make some dough, because times are tough?” ’
He observed that for the trio in Mamet’s play, ‘the opportunities of life have simply passed by — or they have failed to take them’.
They’re scrabbling for their personal health, mental health, and pride. And I think that’s a common experience for a lot of people at the moment who are searching for ways to scratch a living.’
American Buffalo continues to resonate because it shatters the myth of the American Dream. Teach and his pals know it doesn’t exist, for them at least.
Lewis said he and Matthew Byam Shaw, a partner in Playful Productions, had been batting ideas around for some time but the conversation shifted into (as he put it) ‘kick b****cks, scramble!’ mode once the actor’s availability aligned with a window of opportunity at the much in-demand Wyndham’s Theatre.
It’s a minor miracle that it came together so fast,’ said Lewis, who praised Byam Shaw for ‘not giving up’.
American Buffalo will begin performances at Wyndham’s for a limited ten and a half week season from April 16, but it must end on June 27.
In January and February, Lewis shoots the pilot episode of Billions, a new thriller for Showtime in which he plays a seriously rich hedge fund magnate.
He then proceeds to American Buffalo, which is being directed by Daniel Evans, artistic chief of Sheffield Theatres, before returning to Billlions, filming the full first season from July to December.
The director and leading man became friends when both studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Lewis noted that any drama student now would have been five when American Buffalo was last seen in London, back in 2000.
Damian Lewis is returning to Showtime and he’s bringing Paul Giamatti with him.
Homeland alum Lewis and Oscar-nominated Giamatti have been tapped to star in Showtime’s drama pilot Billions, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Billions is a fictional drama that takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures — the hard-charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge-fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis).
Read more Showtime Orders Drama Pilot From New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Divergent, Limitless) will direct the pilot, which will film in New York in early 2015.
Billions is written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Squawk Box’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, and was picked up to pilot in March.
The role marks a return to the premium cable network for Lewis, who won a Golden Globe and Emmy for his portrayal of Nicholas Brody on Showtime’s Emmy-winning drama Homeland. His credits include Band of Brothers and PBS’ upcoming Wolf Hall. The casting comes after Showtime president David Nevins fought hard to keep Lewis’ Brody on Homeland after season one when the character was originally envisioned as having a shorter run on the series. He’s repped by UTA, Markham Froggatt and Jackoway Tyerman.
The casting also reunites Giamatti with Koppelman and Levien, who produced The Illusionist, and with Sorkin, whose book Billions inspired HBO’s Too Big To Fail. Giamatti’s role in the latter earned him an Emmy nomination.
The prolific actor’s credits include his Oscar-nominated turn in Cinderella Man as well as an Emmy-nominated role in Downton Abbey. Should Billions go to series, it would mark the actor’s first small-screen regular role. He most recently starred in the FX pilot Hoke, which did not move forward. Giamatti is repped by UTA, Perri Kipperman and attorneys Robert Offer and Shelby Wieser.
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