FYI, also uploaded the Jimmy Fallon interview here.
Both interviews are worth a listen! He was also on the SiriusXM show Geektime again which replays on Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 5pm, and Monday at 7am (Eastern) and can be listed to online via SiriusXM’s free trial.
Update: Also added the Geektime interview.
Damian Lewis made guest appearances on SiriusXM Radio’s The Covino and Rich Show and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday. Click below for pictures including hi-res stills from Jimmy Fallon.
Update: Click here at the media archive to download the radio interview.
Damian Lewis’s interview with BBC Radio 4’s Front Row broadcast on Tuesday. Click here at the BBC website to listen to it online. For an mp3 download, click here at the media archive. Read excerpts from the interview in the BBC article below.
Speaking to Radio 4’s Front Row, the British actor said he was aware of the risk when he first began acting and never revealed the detail.
“It was really to avoid any typecasting in a floppy-fringed, public schoolboy kind of way,” he said.
By not looking the stereotypical part, Lewis went on, he had a greater variety of roles open to him.
“My experience of boarding school was that I wasn’t the handsome Rupert Everett type,” the 41-year-old said. “I was the slightly too red and pale, funny one.”
Once he had played a range of roles and felt confident to talk about attending Eton, the actor found “it was the first line of every print interview” he did.
“I thought, ‘There you go, I’m vindicated,’ and there was every reason not to talk about it,” he said.
His comments come after Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch complained he was fed up with being attacked over his private school education.
In contrast, Lewis said, he had generally not experienced much “posh-bashing”.
“It’s probably partly to do with the success I’ve had in America that people don’t identify me too strongly with it in its context,” he said.
“When they want to they will, and when they don’t need to they don’t, so I don’t mind too much.”
Lewis will soon be seen in a film version of The Sweeney, alongside Ray Winstone and Ben “Plan B” Drew.
The full interview can be heard of Radio 4’s Front Row on Tuesday at 19:15 BST.
Source: BBC News
This series of four political plays had just about everything in it: satire, drama, conflict, humour, plus a liberal dose of cynicism about politicians – irrespective of their persuasions.
Each play touched on issues of paramount importance to the contemporary world – the pernicious influence of capitalism, media ownership, the power of the hypermarkets, overseas ‘development,’ computer hacking, street demonstrations and devolution.
Sometimes the satire was reminiscent of political comedies of previous eras: The New Statesman and The Thick of It sprung to mind as I listened to the perpetual bickering between Prime Minister Simon Laity (Damian Lewis) and his various political minions including loud-mouthed Aussie Nathan Loltzn (Mike Sengelow), Georgie (Gina McKee), Connie (Stella Gonet) and oleaginous elder statesperson Sir Hugo (Julian Glover). One member of staff, Amjad Hernmati (Arsher Ali) tried to sustain his integrity, but found himself under pressure to ‘revise’ his judgments in the interests of ‘good’ government (a nicely euphemistic phrase which basically meant suppressing any democratic initiatives, designed to reduce the power of large capitalist organizations and prioritize the rights of the individual).
On the other hand the series did not ignore the human element, as it focused on Simon’s relationship with his partner Alan (John Hollingworth), whose apparently erratic behaviour concealed a secret that would change both men’s lives.
Read the full review at Radio Drama Reviews Online.