Damian Lewis at ‘Life’ Launch Party, October 16, 2007
It wouldn’t be hard to feel jealous of LAPD Detective Charlie Crews.
He’s got millions in the bank, a huge house, no lack of female companionship — and a Zen attitude to keep him mellow.
On the other hand: Crews spent a dozen brutal years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit (his hefty cash settlement came from the state of California when his lawyer got him cleared). His marriage was over. And now that he’s back on the job, co-workers rudely speculate on why he returned — and don’t trust his motives. Nothing to envy there.
But Crews makes the best of life, and then some. That’s what “Life” is about.
British actor Damian Lewis heads to L.A. to portray a guy who gets back his existence and, his ordeal over, turns mellow.
Charlie Crews, the eccentric LAPD detective he portrays, was sentenced to life and spent 12 years in jail before being released with a $50-million settlement. Now he drives a Bentley, chomps green apples and drops Eastern spiritual tidbits like, “You don’t have to understand here to be here.”
“The central thing to hang on to is that because of his experience, he’s undergone an experience no one else has,” Lewis said.