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  • Thanks to Thann for the news that Damian Lewis will star onstage in The Misanthrope which will run at The Comedy Theatre in London’s West End from December 7, 2009 through March 13, 2010! ➡

    Damian Lewis leads an outstanding ensemble with Tara Fitzgerald, Keira Knightley and Dominic Rowan in Martin Crimp’s blistering version of Molière’s greatest comedy, The Misanthrope.

    Transported from 17th century Paris to modern-day London, Alceste (Damian Lewis) is a famous British playwright disillusioned and angry with the hypocrisy, shallowness and vanity of the contemporary world. Vowing to reject society, Alceste’s plans are derailed when he falls madly in love with Jennifer (Keira Knightley). An ambitious American film star and darling of the social scene, she may prove to be his biggest challenge yet.

  • Baz Bamigboye’s column in today’s issue of the Daily Mail featured a story about The Misanthrope that included comments from Damian Lewis and Director Thea Sharrock:

    Keira Knightley has cancelled her close-ups in front of movie cameras for a while so she can make her stage debut in the West End in December…the Oscar-nominated actress was said to be ‘terrified but excited’ about appearing in a modern-day version of Moliere’s 17th century masterpiece The Misanthrope, in which she will play a flirtatious Hollywood film star, joining an ensemble cast led by Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre actor Damian Lewis, who plays the title role.

    Tara Fitzgerald and Dominic Rowan will also star. Rehearsals start the middle of next month, with preview performances at the Comedy Theatre from December 7 and an official opening night on December 17…As Damian, her future leading man, noted: ‘She’s been surrounded by theatre all her life. ‘She also knows of the importance of being part of a company of actors. ‘It’s not the bloody Keira Knightley show,’ she joked to one friend. That point was underscored by director Thea Sharrock…’Keira’s right – it’s not the Keira Knightley show. She’s the leading lady because she has the biggest female role, but she’s not the lead part. This is Damian’s show…

    ‘I signed up to work with Damian Lewis because it’s brilliant to get him back on stage. And along the way we happened to get Keira Knightley, which is fantastic and I’m very excited but, you know, it’s in that order.’

    However, both Damian and Sharrock were clearly thrilled to be working with Keira because, however small her name is on the marquee, her star power will bring in punters…

    The actors will work from a version of The Misanthrope shaped by Martin Crimp 15 years ago and first performed at the Young Vic with Ken Stott. Damian explained that it’s an entirely updated version of the play, originally written in 1666, where Moliere was venting his anger at the ‘insincerity and vacuousness and shallowness of society around him. ‘These are people who live to be seen at the latest play, to be wearing the latest fashion, to be generally complimenting and flattering anyone they see in order to further their way up the greasy social pole,’ he said.

    Crimp has taken Moliere’s characters and turned them into a playwright (Damian’s character, Alceste), a critic, an agent, a journalist and others on the social whirl, plus an actress, known as Celimene in Moliere’s original but now called Jennifer (the role Keira will play).

    ‘Jennifer’s a young American starlet and everyone within the play is going: “Why on earth are you in love with her? She’s sh**ging everything that moves. ..”‘ Damian explained.

    The actor observed that there has always been a need for ‘what’s current, what’s fashionable’. ‘It was true in 1666. It was true when Martin Crimp’s version was written 15 years ago and it’s true now,’ said Damian, who was speaking from the set of the movie Your Highness, which is shooting in Belfast…

  • Bill Iddings’ review of the IFC International Film Festival in Muskegon, Michigan this weekend includes these comments about Damian Lewis’s performance in The Escapist:

    “The Escapist,” a compelling prison-break yarn with an ensemble cast led by Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes and a redheaded actor who should be typecast as the Devil, Damian Lewis…

    To my eye, the best of the bunch is “The Escapist,” rookie British director Rupert Wyatt’s compelling drama about a group of convicts plotting to bust out of the joint…

    The wild card in this deck is a King of The Cell Block (Lewis), a sinister man of few words, who has no interest in rotating back to the real world, where he is nothing. Given his appearance, Lewis does not have to say a thing to establish himself as one of the most ominous presences to be seen on screen this year…

    As for Cox, his performance personifies the kind the reason they give Academy Awards, but don’t. That’ll make more sense after seeing “The Escapist.” a movie that burrows underground, and perhaps into the mind of a man who might or might not be dead. Early candidate for line of the year: “You got one thing going for you: You’re too old to die young.”

  • The Baker starring Damian Lewis will open at the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri on October 9, 2009.
  • Click here to view a new video titled “Easy Company Real Veterans/Soldiers, With the Band Of Brothers Actor’s” that was posted on YouTube by Distancian.

Categories Events News The Baker


  • Damian Lewis to play George Mallory? Yes, if author Jeffrey Archer gets his way! ➡

    Columbia has purchased the film rights to Paths of Glory, Archer’s bestselling book about famous British mountaineer George Mallory who disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924.

    Thanks to Funn Lim for this news posted on the London Evening Standard.co.uk that Lord Archer thinks Damian Lewis is the best choice to play Mallory in the movie:

    GOOD news for Lord Archer. He has sold the rights to the film adaptation of his book on George Mallory, Paths of Glory, to Columbia. Interestingly, the millionaire novelist is keener to see Damian Lewis cast in the role, rather than the favourite, Christian Bale, which might be because Lewis has played Archer himself in the satire Jeffrey Archer: The Truth. “We’re about to sign the contract this week,” Archer said. “Columbia have bought it which is good because a lot of people say they’re going to make a film and you know it’s all talk, Columbia are a serious outfit. Everybody says Christian Bale should play it. I think Damian Lewis is a very fine actor and obviously I’d be delighted if Christian Bale played it but I’m a huge fan of Damian Lewis, I think he’s a very fine actor.” Did Archer enjoy Lewis’s take on him? “Unfortunately, I never saw it,” he replies.

    Click on the links below for more information about Paths of Glory and Archer’s thoughts about Damian Lewis’s suitability for the role: l 1 l
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  • Damian Lewis is scheduled to take part in the “Tour of Britain” cycling event to benefit the Prostate Cancer Charity on Saturday, September 19, 2009. Click here to read more about the event and visit the Warehouse to view a larger version of the photo above.

  • The Baker starring Damian Lewis will screen at the
    Kansas International Film Festival on September 19th; click here to read Ken Loch’s comments about the film.

Categories News Your Highness


  • The Mail Online is featuring this article about actors Damian Lewis and Dominic West:

    Which old Etonian influenced Damian Lewis?

    Actor Damian Lewis, 38, says a great performance influenced him – Dominic West playing Hamlet at Eton, aged 17.

    West starred in the cult cop show, The Wire, as tipsy, womanising detective Jimmy McNulty.

    After playing Hamlet at Eton – Lewis was a contemporary – his English master said he should consider ‘doing this as a job’.

    At 39, West’s maybe a wee bit mature to play the immature Dane but fiddle de dee, as they say. After Baltimore, Elsinore?

  • News about Your Highness with Damian Lewis, currently shooting in Northern Ireland:

    » A “horse and cart” scene was shot at Shane’s Castle in County Antrim during the last week of July.

    » Scenes are also being shot near Bangor at the Clandeboye Estate.

    » Actress Caroline Grace-Cassidy from Dublin has been cast as the “Handmaiden” in Your Highness.

    » The main set for the film is being constructed at the historic Paint Hall in Belfast. The road outside of the studio has been closed to traffic ever since a tourist snapped the picture below that shows the set under construction.

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  • Click here for a “Two Minutes With Damian Lewis” Evening Standard interview conducted at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the blockbuster film that features Helen McCrory in the role of Narcissa Malfoy.

    The interview included questions for Damian Lewis about Your Highness, his latest project that is currently filming on location in Northern Ireland:

    ES: What are you up to at the moment?

    DL: I’m shooting a new film called Your Highness with Natalie Portman and Charles Dance.

    ES: What’s it about?

    DL: It’s a medieval caper about two brothers who go on a quest to rescue a fair maiden. I play the head of a dastardly pack of knights who are chasing them.

    ES: Any plans for the summer?

    DL: I’ve already been on holiday. I’ve just got back from southwest France with my wife Helen (Narcissa Malfoy). We went to Gascony; it was lovely. The spirit of Cyrano was strong — I was having cutlass lessons every day.

    Thanks to Ann for the news and to Idle Hands for the scan! 😀



  • The Region 2 (UK, EU, Japan, MidEast, Egypt, SoAfrica) DVD for Life – Season 2 will be released in the UK on December 28, 2009 and is now available for pre-order.

  • Click here (profanity warning!) and here to read fan comments about Damian Lewis and his outstanding acting talents.

  • Profanity warning! Click here for an audio interview with Danny McBride, co-star and co-creator of Your Highness.

  • This recent NBC Nightly News segment honored the memory of recently deceased Easy Company veteran Shifty Powers.

  • Click here for news about The Fantastic Mr. Fox, the upcoming animated film that will feature the voice talent of Helen McCrory.
  • Click here and here for new Life music videos from backpacker128.

Categories Band of Brothers Life News Poll The Escapist



  • Thanks to Sandra and Ann for the link to vote for Damian Lewis and Life in Television Without Pity’s “Tubey Awards”. The relevant polls include:

    Group 1-4:
    » Best Sidekick: Ted Earley (Life) or Bobby Stark (Life)
    » Best Villain: Roman (Life)
    » Best Badass: Charlie Crews (Life)

    Group 5-8:
    » Best American Accent by a Non-American Actor: Damien Lewis (Life) (misspelled!)

    Group 9-12:
    » Best On-Screen Death Scene: Roman (Life)
    » Best Season Finale: Life

    Group 17-20:
    » Most Painful Series Cancellation: Life
    » Broadcast Network Show Most In Need of a Move to a Cable Network: Life
    » Best Dream / Hallucination / Vision Sequence: Charlie is hallucinating that he’s back in the prison (Life)

    Group 21-24:
    » Most Welcome New Character: Jane Seever (Life)
    » Best Smackdown (Non-reality Show): Charlie Crews vs. Roman (Life)

  • British actor James Purefoy, the star of NBC’s new series The Philantrhopist, told the New York Daily News about the advice he received from colleagues Damian Lewis and Kevin McKidd about working in Hollywood on a network television series:

    I spoke to Damian and Kevin because they both worked with NBC. I said, “Tell me the truth, how do they treat you.” They told me it’s tough, the scheduling is punishing. You have to really fight for creativity because you’re actually spending most of your life learning lines…”

  • In the US June 30th is the last day to view The Escapist with Damian Lewis as a satellite/cable “Video On Demand” pay-per-view feature under “IFC In Theaters”.

  • The Escapist will screen in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 11th for the “Charlotte Film Society’s Saturday Night Cine Club”.

  • Inspired By Music, the new book of celebrity photographs (including Damian Lewis) by Cambridge Jones, will be released on July 1, 2009 and Tower Books is offering the volume at the discounted price of $24.99 (US). Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit
    The Prince’s Trust charity. Thanks again to Ann for the link!

  • Helen McCrory’s new film The Special Relationship will start filming in London on July 20th under the direction of Richard Loncraine; click here for more information.
  • Alan Sepinwall of the New Jersey Star Ledger has published two more articles in his series on “revisiting Band of Brothers; click on the links below for “The Last Patrol” and “Why We Fight”. Thanks to Leah for the links.