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Billions: Brian Koppelman and David Levien on Money, Power, and American Gods – March 15, 2019

The Privileges of Gods and Kings

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | March 15, 2019

From Wall Street to Washington, the world of “Billions” is a world at war. According to David Levien, one of the creators and showrunners for the series, that’s by design.

“If you look at kings and Caesars and emperors throughout history and literature, there’s not a lot of guys who sat through a very peaceful, enjoyable reign,” he said. “Gods and kings: That’s what these people think they are.”

“They need people to battle against,” added Brian Koppelman, who is also a creator and showrunner for the show. (Andrew Ross Sorkin, a New York Times financial columnist, is the third creator.)

As “Billions” returns to Showtime on Sunday for Season 4, its two central combatants face a remade version of that world, newly allied with enemies to spare. The hedge fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) is primed for vengeance against his former protégé Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon). Meanwhile, the former United States attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) must contend with investigations into his past conduct by the Trump era attorney general Jock Jeffcoat (Clancy Brown).

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Podcast: The Relatability of Bobby Axelrod in Billions

There’s a Sincerity to the Cynicism of a Gangster

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 14, 2019

Bomani welcomes the co-creator of Showtime’s “Billions” Brian Koppelman back to the show ahead of the premiere of Season 4 on Sunday 3/17. They discuss how he’s humanized the billionaire class, the range of casting in the show (15:39), how much he’s enjoyed working on it (33:02) and whether or not either of them would change if they became “billionaires” (41:51).

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Billions Star Paul Giamatti on Turning Chuck and Axe from Rivals to Allies in Season 4 – March 14, 2019

Flipping the Dynamic that Billions was Built On

by Derek Lawrence | Entertainment Weekly | March 14, 2019

Chuck Rhoades and Bobby Axelrod still have a billion problems, but their long-standing rivalry is no longer one of them…for now.

When Billions returns on Sunday for season 4, Chuck (Paul Giamatti) and Axe (Damian Lewis) find themselves in a new position: drinking buddies and cautious allies. This new development in the relationship will surely be welcome considering they’re each dealing with more than enough: Chuck is out as U.S. Attorney and his run for governor was shelved following the threat of his unorthodox sex life coming to light, while Axe is determined to bring down his former protégé Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon), who has struck out on their own.

With plenty of political maneuvering and money trading ahead, EW talked with Giamatti about flipping the dynamic that Billions was built on.

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“F**king Wags!”: A Cup of Coffee With David Costabile, Prestige TV’s Most Important Character Actor – March 14, 2019

 From Wags to Gale, David Costabile is TV’s Most Efficient Player 

by Miles Surrey | The Ringer | March 14, 2019

You may know him better as the eccentric financial consigliere in ‘Billions,’ or as the editor in Season 5 of ‘The Wire,’ or as the meek chemist in ‘Breaking Bad,’ but after years of efficiently impressive work, the actor is beginning to transcend his That Guy status.

 seen David Costabile, but you may not have known that his name is David Costabile. To you, he’s probably Gale, the quirky scientist from the third and fourth seasons of Breaking Bad. Or perhaps more likely, he’s Mike “Wags” Wagner, the eccentric financial consigliere to hedge fund manager Bobby “Axe” Axelrod on Showtime’s finance drama Billions; he’s the man full of bravado and creative obscenities, the guy with the pointy facial hair that evokes Satan. When traveling in Europe, he mostly meets fans of Breaking Bad. Oddly enough, a disproportionately large number of New York City doormen, as well as TSA agents, are most familiar with his work in Suits. Venture to guess where the largest ratio of Wags fans are found? “If I go down to the Financial District, if I go to Midtown, my bros are there,” Costabile says. “My financial bros.”

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Damian Lewis Back in Billions – March 6, 2019

What is Acting for Damian?

Tribune News Service I The Sacramento Bee I March 5, 2019

Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti will be jousting again when Showtime brings back “Billions” for another season on March 17. Giamatti plays the brilliant U.S. Attorney and Lewis is his nemesis, a hedge-fund tycoon.

For the British Lewis, who earned American cred when he costarred in in “Band of Brothers”, says acting for him “is a combination of fulfilling your sensory self and your intellectual self. It accommodates both very well. And I enjoy bringing the physical and  intellectual and spiritual together. I find acting is often quite a meditative thing to do. It’s quite therapeutic. It’s much easier being someone else than it is yourself,” he says.

“I come from a tradition where I believe acting is the inverse of lying.  It’s not lying and trickery. It’s truth and honesty and sincerity. You occupy an alternative reality, and you commit to that reality utterly and honestly, and that’s what will be conveyed to an audience if you do it right.”

Source: Sacramento Bee