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CBS This Morning Interview

Emmy Award winner Damian Lewis made a name for himself on the Showtime hit series “Homeland” as Brody, a prisoner of war-turned terrorist. Now, Lewis is taking on a much different role in “Billions,” which offers an insider look at the high-stakes world of finance.

Lewis stars as Bobby Axelrod, an ambitious billionaire hedge fund king who epitomizes the “American dream,” building up from humble, blue collar beginnings. Bobby’s success, spending and taste for real estate catches the attention of Chuck Rhoades who is his utter opposite — an Ivy league-educated U.S. attorney determined to fight for the public.

Lewis’ character comes under the suspicion of Rhoades, played by Paul Giamatti, who believes his hedge fund isn’t trading above board.

“It’s kings in their kingdoms, it’s chiefs in their chiefdoms. It’s about power politics, it’s about wealth, political power and financial power and what are these guys prepared to do to retain that power,” Lewis said on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday.

The creators of the show also met with U.S. attorney in New York Preet Bharara, as well as many other sources in the finance world, thanks to co-executive producer Andrew Sorkin, who is a financial columnist for the New York Times.

“In recent history, I think there’s been this relationship played out a little between the U.S. attorney and the financial titans here in New York,” Lewis said. “So we hope that… much in the way that “Homeland ” sort of dovetailed in and out of real news while it’s fiction, we hope ‘Billions’ might have some of the same effect.”

The British actor also discussed choosing the right “New York accent” for his role, joking that he initially went for a Joe Pesci impression.

“I did try that for about half a day and Brian and David, the show’s creator’s said, ‘This is fine, but it’s not our show,” Lewis said. “So in the end… emphatic quality with pace and speed was the most important thing to latch onto so I hope I found that.”

Lewis, who is also the current favorite to become the next James Bond, also addressed the speculation, although he refrained from giving a clear-cut answer.

“I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you,” Lewis said. “Look, when you’re growing up as a kid, if somebody said to you, ‘Would you like to be James Bond?’ First of all you’d laugh and say, ‘It’s never going to happen.’ Secondly you say, ‘Yeah, obviously.'”

“Billions” premieres on Showtime on Jan. 17 at 10 p.m.


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Damian Lewis: On Why He Loves the Area and Kentishtowner – Sept 18, 2015

Damian Lewis: On Why He Loves the Area and Kentishtowner

by Larushka Ivan-Zadeh – Kentishtowner – September 18, 2015

Yesterday I interviewed Damian Lewis, star of Wolf Hall and Homeland, for Metro. What did I learn? That he has moved out of his house (formerly Hugh Laurie’s) in Tufnell Park. But only to get it decorated.

What else? That he has no plans to join the infamous ‘Primrose Hill set’.  “No, I think we’ve decided we like where we are,” he told me from New York, where he’s shooting Billions, a new TV series from the makers of Homeland (out in January).

Source: Showtime Billions

But perhaps most importantly, I learnt that he’s a fan of this very publication. Remarking that I lived locally, he said simply, “Do you write for the Kentishtowner? You should.”

When I asked if he was a fan, he said a definitive “yes.”  So look, here I am.

Back to Damian: “I’ve lived in Kentish Town and Camden for most part of the last 10 years,” he continued, and he’s not lying: he’s oft spotted shopping in Parliament Hill Farmer’s Market, having a pint at The Junctionperusing the wetfish stand at Jonathan Norris, or tramping round the Heath with his wife, the actress Helen McCrory and kid.

“It’s a really lovely neighbourhood full of interesting and smart people who do a whole host of different jobs,” he said.

Ruby Violet Ice Cream Parlour in Tufnell Park

Couldn’t put it better myself.

Read the original article at Kentishtowner

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BBC Radio 4 Front Row Interview

Damian Lewis and director Daniel Evans were on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on Thursday to discuss American Buffalo. Click here to listen to the interview on the BBC website (the interview begins at the :49 mark). Click here to download it from the Media section. American Buffalo is at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London until June 27th. Visit the Delfont Mackintosh Theatres website for more ticket information.