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‘Band Of Brothers’ Cast Round Table Show

Damian Lewis will be joining other Band of Brothers cast members for a special round table interview live on Black Sky Radio – date to be announced.
For a pledge/ donation to the Richard Winters Leadership Project, you can have your question read to Damian live on air.

Visit Ross Owen’s Band of Brothers Cast Interviews for more details and a list of cast participants.

If you missed it, Black Sky Radio’s March interview with Damian Lewis is still available here.

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‘Band of Brothers’ actors are a successful, tight unit

Currahee, a Cherokee word meaning “we stand alone together,” is the name of a rugged, small mountain in Georgia where soldiers during World War II trudged their way uphill as they trained to become paratroopers. The word also fittingly served as the title for the opening episode of “Band of Brothers,” the groundbreaking HBO miniseries that aired a decade ago Friday.

The Emmy-winning, 10-part series, which was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, continues to resonate with audiences who view the work as a much-needed historical tribute to the soldiers who helped defeat Nazism in Europe. The series was based on Stephen Ambrose’s 1992 book that followed the real-life exploits of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from training through D-Day to the end of the war.

The reach of the series today extends to the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., where many scenes featuring Richard Winters, the young American officer portrayed by British actor Damian Lewis, are used to teach future battlefield commanders about tactics (assaulting a fixed position at Brecourt Manor in Episode 2) and leadership (how to treat combat fatigue in Episode 3).

But even at the time it aired — in the days and weeks after the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11 — the series, while thanking the generation before, helped settle and inspire the one ahead.

“The men of Easy Company were resilient and stuck together. It was a powerful message to a nation trying to overcome something like 9/11,” said Col. Eric Kail, who oversees military leadership curriculum at West Point. “Great strength is not from ourselves but from each other. That’s a message soldiers have been trying to get out for a long time.”

The $120-million production was shot entirely on location in England over eight months in 2000. The program was a powerful launching pad for a cadre of young and then unknown actors from the United Kingdom. In addition to Lewis who landed TV series work in NBC’s “Life” and Showtime’s upcoming “Homeland,” “Band of Brothers” also boosted the careers of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, who starred together in this summer’s “X-Men: First Class.”

Other Brits included a baby-faced Tom Hardy, Batman’s Herculean nemesis in next summer’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” who is nearly unrecognizable as Pfc. John Janovec and Simon Pegg as 1st Sgt. William Evans, Capt. Sobel’s (David Schwimmer) assistant.

“It was truly an ensemble piece,” said casting director Meg Liberman of their deliberate decision not to bring big names on board.

She acknowledged having mixed feelings originally about casting Lewis as Winters, whose character anchors the entire series. “I really wanted an American actor to play the part, but Damian came in and blew us away.”

Read the full article at latimes.com.

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Pre-order a LTD Edition Jumping For Heroes DVD

A LTD Edition Jumping For Heroes DVD can be pre-ordered here at the The World War II Foundation website. The DVD covers the Jumping for

Heroes UK parachute event held a few weeks ago and features many Band of Brothers cast members jumping out of an airplane to help raise money for the Richard Winters Leadership project. All proceeds from the sale of DVDs benefit the project. Visit the World War II Foundation website for more information.

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Fraternity ‘Brothers’

Michael Cudlitz reunites cast and crew of “Band of Brothers” with an annual barbeque.
The story they told is unforgettable. So was the experience of bringing “Band of Brothers” to the screen a decade ago.

The bonds among those who worked on HBO’s 10-part WWII mini are so strong that even 10 years after its premiere thesp Michael Cudlitz still hosts an annual “Brothers” barbeque reunion bash at his home in the Valley. It’s so well-attended by those who labored on the mini that he couldn’t give it up if he wanted to, which he doesn’t.

“Every year around January and February I start to get the calls asking when it’s going to be,” Cudlitz says. “On a lot of shoots when you finish up, you say you’re going to stay in touch but you drift apart. On this one a lot of us drifted into a very natural continuing friendship.”

History was initially unkind to “Brothers” in that its debut, on Sept. 9, 2001, came less than 48 hours before 9/11. The harrowing carnage of modern-day terrorism overshadowed the inspirational stories of men who triumphed over evil in another era.

But Cudlitz’s reunion bash is usually held in late March or early April, to commemorate the period in 2000 when the “Brothers” stars — including Damian Lewis, Scott Grimes, Ron Livingston, Michael Fassbender, Neal McDonough and Jason O’Mara — were shipped out by exec producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks to an out-of-commission airbase in Hatfield, England, for two weeks of grueling boot-camp training.

The thesps were put in the hands of Dale Dye, a Marine master sargeant turned showbiz military consultant, who got them into shape to play the heroic Army paratroopers of the famed Easy Company. Cudlitz, now starring in TNT’s cop drama “Southland,” knew “Brothers” was going to be special when his call sheet came in the form of a 1940s-style military service summons signed by Dye.

Throughout the training, they referred to one another only by their character names, and they were schooled in the specifics of their service rank.

“When it was over we were ready to portray these incredible guys,” Cudlitz says. “The whole shoot was an amazing experience.”

Source: Variety