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Damian Lewis Talks Billions at New Yorker Festival
October 12, 2015
It’s quite fun playing a billionaire! I have been on more yachts, private jets, and helicopters than in my entire life in the space of the last two months.” – Damian Lewis
I know… I know! It’s already been a week but we just can’t stop talking about the weekend with Damian Lewis at New Yorker Festival! In case you missed it, we already covered both Damian Lewis in Conversation with Lauren Collins as well as Damian Lewis reading Lawrence Wright’s new play Cleo on the blog; however, there is still too much to talk about… And since we cannot wait for Damian’s new Showtime drama Billions hit our TV screens in a couple of months now, it’s appropriate to start with what Damian talks about when he talks about Billions!
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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 Junction, perusing 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.
Greed is most definitely good for Wall Street kingpin Damian Lewis in the latest trailer for his series Billions.
Showtime’s upcoming 12-part drama takes place in the fast-paced world of hedge funds, where traders play fast and loose with government regulations.
The king of this opulent world is Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod (Lewis), whose open defiance of the law makes him the target of a government investigation.
Aiming to bring him down is steadfast US Attorney Chuck Rhoades, played by Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti. Their conflict threatens to rock the very foundations of the US financial market – and could lead to ruin for one or both.
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On Tuesday Showtime unveiled a new trailer for ‘Billions’ and announced the drama will premiere on Sunday, January 17th at 10 p.m. ET/PT (after the Season 6 premiere of Shameless)! Click below to view the trailer!
More from Tuesday’s panel:
Damian Lewis is back on Showtime with the new Wall Street drama Billions. However, when the former Homeland star appeared at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Tuesday, he was asked about a different TV role.
“I think the king analogy might be apt,” said Lewis about the comparisons to his role as Henry VIII in the miniseries Wolf Hall. “But I think [the characters] came from different places.”
The series explores New York City’s power politics and finance through two ultra abrasive and influential opposing figures: hard-charging, blue-blooded and politically savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and the brilliant, calculating, blue-collar billionaire hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis).
“What’s going to be interesting about this story is specifically this story,” said Lewis. “So who will Bobby Axelrod turn out to be? And what is he prepared to do to retain power?”
Lewis pointed out an important difference between the two larger-than-life figures. “Henry VIII was born into quite a lot of power,” said Lewis. “And Bobby is a blue-collar guy who, if you like, is nouveau riche, new money, and I think lives by a code of honor, a set of street rules, if you like, a little bit more. A kid from a blue-collar community where loyalty is fiercely protected and people are dispatched ruthlessly if they don’t adhere to that code.”
Co-creator and executive producer Brian Koppelman, who hails from Long Island like Lewis’ character, described Bobby as “somebody who didn’t have certain advantages and wasn’t admitted to the club.”
The role marks a departure for Lewis in multiple ways. His Billions character hails from Yonkers and subsequently boasts a bit of a New York accent — a new challenge for the British Lewis. “I just wanted to go all Goodfellas with it. I thought, ‘This is going to be great. I’m going to have a fantastic time pretending to be be some gangster from the Bronx,” said Lewis with a laugh. “The guys repeatedly said, ‘That’s awful, can you stop that?'”
The key to his New York accent? The vowel sounds, according to Lewis. “You just tighten it up a bit and I’m trying to just concentrate on that,” said Lewis. “Having seen the pilot, I was struck by how little I thought I was doing and different my accent is in this show than … Homeland or anything else. So they’re small little shifts, but they read large.”
Also helping him get into character are Bobby’s clothes, which include jeans (instead of suits) and a Celtic cross. “All these things just help make him be a guy from his neighborhood who happens to have a lot of money, and that empowers him,” he said. “I think Bobby is one of these guys who’s quite empowered by his sense of himself anyway without the money.”
Billions premieres on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter More from the Showtime TCA Press Tour: Variety – ‘Billions’: Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti on Making Greed Into Good TV The Wrap – Damian Lewis Talks ‘Billions’ Moral Dilemma Deadline – ‘Billions’ Not Moralizing About Power Politics Of New York High Finance – TCA