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Sydney Morning Herald interview

 

THE premise is intriguing. A United States marine, missing in action for eight years and presumed dead, is rescued from a terrorist compound. He has been held hostage by al-Qaeda for all that time.

Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody returns to the US initially as a hero. Yet it quickly becomes clear life has changed. His wife has been sleeping with his best friend; his children barely know him; and a CIA operations officer is convinced he has returned home converted to the ways of al-Qaeda.

Based on Israeli show Hatufim, the riveting Homeland is comfortably the year’s best-credentialled new American series.

The returning soldier is played by British actor Damian Lewis; the CIA officer so obsessed by him that she fills his home with Big Brother-style cameras to monitor his activities by Claire Danes; and her mentor by veteran actor Mandy Patinkin.

For the London-based Lewis, Homeland marks a return to American television after the demise of Life, a critically adored but ratings-challenged cop show set in Los Angeles.

Although it made it to a second season, Life was criminally underrated by viewers. The show focused on Charlie Crews, an LA detective framed for his friend’s family’s murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was released after 12 years and set about finding who entrapped him.

At the time, it stood out in the American network landscape. It was smart, thoughtful, well-written and looked terrific, capturing a side of LA rarely portrayed on TV.

Lewis describes the show as something of a bittersweet experience. ”I’m very sad Life wasn’t a big hit,” he says. ”But it was undone by politics at NBC. It was intense. I moved my wife and we had two children back to back. So working those hours and living abroad in LA was a handful. But it was a great experience. I keep bumping into people who say they loved it and refer to it being an unusual, quirky and slightly more sophisticated cop show.”

After Life was cancelled, Lewis returned to England and reassessed his work-life balance.

”It’s not a good quality of life working on a TV show 75 hours a week, even though the work is hugely satisfying and [financially] rewarding,” he says. ”If I didn’t have to work in the relentless network TV schedule again, I wouldn’t.”

Yet here he is sitting in a trailer in North Carolina, a long way from home. There was, he insists, a caveat to his previous declaration.

 

Read the full interview at smh.com.au.

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Daily Mail Interview with Helen

 

Nice interview with Helen with some mentions of Damian:

Helen herself hardly seems to have put a foot wrong, both in work and in what sounds like a splendidly sorted private life. She first met her heart-throb husband Damian, memorably described by one critic as ‘the sexiest redhead on the planet’ and now a Hollywood high-flier, in 2003 when they shared a love scene in the play Five Gold Rings at London’s Almeida Theatre. Describing him as ‘the one’, she said he was the first man to make her feel broody. ‘Am I going to have any more children? You sound like my husband,’ she says, laughing. ‘Not at the moment – life has just reached a great equilibrium and I’m very happy.’

But it’s clear that family is very important to Damian, who flew Helen and the children to America to join him for six weeks during the filming of Homeland last summer. And not only does he like to spoil Helen with treats (that Dick Barton coat) but they also keep the flirtatious sparkle going in their marriage with nonstop teasing – so much so that she says they dream of appearing opposite each other as those wittily sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. ‘Let’s get paid for the banter we enjoy together so much,’ she chuckles.

She and Damian share the childcare as equally as possible, though she admits that they couldn’t do without the ‘indispensable Charlotte, our live-in nanny. And I realise how lucky I am, having talked to other mothers, that Damian gets involved in his children’s day-to-day lives. In two months of filming Homeland, he’s flown back home four times in his few days off. Although that’s tough on him, it makes such a difference. But thank God I’m freelance, so I’ve never been given the choice of either my career or my children – because I genuinely don’t know what I would choose,’ she says.

 

Read the full interview at the Daily Mail.

 

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Damian Lewis Homeland Q+A: “The final episode is both physically and emotionally violent.”, Grantland, December 16, 2011

Damian Lewis Homeland Q+A: “The final episode is both psychologically and emotionally violent.”

by ANDY GREENWALD

KENT SMITH/SHOWTIMEDamien Lewis

Speaking to Damian Lewis on the telephone is disconcerting — and not because Lewis, in his role as troubled maybe-terrorist Sgt. Nicholas Brody, appears likely to blow himself to bits on Sunday’s Homeland season finale. The redheaded actor has an All-American bearing on television but in reality is an eloquent Englishman with a plummy accent more suited to Boodles & Tonics than boot camp. Lewis had so much to say about his complicated character that he barely required any questions before pontificating on the psychology of suicide bombers, what Brody is really thinking, and how he and Claire Danes are like two broken birds.

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Homeland Star Damian Lewis Delves into the two sides of patriotism, AssignmentX, December 15, 2011

Exclusive Interview: HOMELAND star Damian Lewis delves into the two sides of patriotism

The actor talks about his new series and his feelings about the end of LIFE

Continue reading Homeland Star Damian Lewis Delves into the two sides of patriotism, AssignmentX, December 15, 2011

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Snakkle Interview: ‘Good Guy or Terrorist?’

 

Snakkle: First of all, I would just like to preemptively congratulate you for all of the Emmy nominations Homeland is going to get. When you get them, you can tell me I told you so.

Damian Lewis: Really? I don’t even think about things like that, but that’s so nice, thank you.

Snakkle: It’s been such a phenomenal season—it’s really taken many of us by surprise—and it seems to be a lock. Leading up to the season finale, I know it will only get bigger and better for Sergeant Brody. Have we really seen the truth now, in terms of his motives?

Lewis: We saw a little shift in his motivation, which I think ultimately will be the biggest twist, and quite an interesting one. It seems as though Brody—we’re not saying that Brody is going to commit some kind of terrorist act, although he may not—but it’s clear that if something does happen, it’s going to come from a more sort of personal vigilantism, if you like, because of this love and relationship he starts up with Isa—this sort of surrogate son relationship that he had.

Snakkle: You can tell me the truth: His acceptance of a bid to run for Congress is to pull a punch from the inside, isn’t it?

Lewis: [Laughs.] I think it’s clear that he views the acts of sending drones into houses in war villages or wherever in the Arab world an act of terrorism itself, and Brody will, I think, find a way of inserting himself in a political life. It’s in a balance.… There seems to be a mix of things floating around at the moment. He might commit some violent atrocity; he might also just insinuate himself into the political life. It seems as though Vice President Walden likes him and wants him around. There are parallels to be drawn with Senator John McCain, who had a similar experience in the military and successfully went into political life. There are precedents there that we are going to draw on.

Snakkle: Obviously his bond with Isa runs deep, but now that he is back and making moves for Abu Nazir, will he stop to consider that his actions might make him responsible for an attack that hurts kids—maybe even his kids—the way Isa was hurt?

Lewis: Of course, that’s the moral question. Brody will always be a soldier, and his stance will be as a soldier. So if he wants to act, he will act as a soldier. The problem with Brody is that he is fragile; he is a man who was broken physically and psychologically by his incarceration and being tortured, and his response might be disproportionate. But we don’t know that yet. Certainly there’s that danger. There’s also the possibility that when Brody does act, he does so symbolically so that the act itself is bigger and more violent—more brutal—than you would imagine is necessary.

 

Read the full interview at the Snakkle website.