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Liverpool fan Damian Lewis on starring with his Anfield heroes in new film

MOVIE star Damian Lewis has revealed how he persuaded Kenny Dalglish to make his big-screen debut.

The Scotland legend was going to kick the offer of a movie role into touch until he was urged to get on board by the Band Of Brothers star.

Liverpool boss Kenny had been invited to play a crucial role in Will, a film about an 11-year-old boy trekking from Kent to Istanbul for the 2005 Champions League Final between the Reds and AC Milan.

The film-makers wanted him to team up with Liverpool stars Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, who make cameo appearances.

But the former Celtic hero was reluctant to get involved until Damian, who plays the father of the Liverpool-daft youngster, stepped in.

Damian, a Liverpool fan, knows King Kenny through Soccer Aid, the star-studded football match organised by pop superstar Robbie Williams to raise funds for Unicef.

He said: “The game, which has been played at Old Trafford before each of the last two World Cups, sees England take on a Rest of the World side.

“Kenny is the Rest of the World manager and I was talking to him about Will because I’d heard he would be appearing in our movie.

“I said everyone was excited that he was taking part. But, to my surprise, he said he didn’t think he was going to do it because he wasn’t sure it was a proper film.

“So I started telling him that it was a proper film, that Bob Hoskins was also in it and it would be seen in the cinemas.

“Anyway he did agree to be in the film and shot his scenes in Istanbul. I think he is brilliant in it.”

Damian was thrilled to be making a film with his Anfield heroes but was a bit disappointed that he was not in any scenes with Dalglish, Gerrard and Carragher.

He said: “I thought I was going to act with Stevie Gerrard, who is one of my all-time heroes, and Jamie Carragher, but I was in completely different parts of the movie and we did not come across each other.

“I am a big fan of Liverpool and I enjoyed the idea of being in a film that features the club so strongly. I also responded to the father/son story, which is a tearjerker.”

Read the full interview at The Daily Record

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Liverpool Fan Damian Lewis on Starring with His Anfield Heroes in New Film – Oct 30, 2011

Liverpool fan Damian Lewis on starring with his Anfield heroes in new film

EXCLUSIVE: MOVIE star Damian Lewis has revealed how he persuaded Kenny Dalglish to make his big-screen debut.

MOVIE star Damian Lewis has revealed how he persuaded Kenny Dalglish to make his big-screen debut.

The Scotland legend was going to kick the offer of a movie role into touch until he was urged to get on board by the Band Of Brothers star.

Liverpool boss Kenny had been invited to play a crucial role in Will, a film about an 11-year-old boy trekking from Kent to Istanbul for the 2005 Champions League Final between the Reds and AC Milan.

Continue reading Liverpool Fan Damian Lewis on Starring with His Anfield Heroes in New Film – Oct 30, 2011

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How Damian Lewis Brought Out Kenny Dalglish’s Soft Side For Film ‘Will’ – Feb 11, 2011

For the Love of Liverpool

by Caroline Frost | Huffington Post | February 11, 2011

When the film Will was shown in the States, one effusive critic called it “the most wonderful, engaging and enjoyable movie I have seen this year”. Did actor Damian Lewis feel this same wave of warmth while he was filming the story?

“It’s just a very charming script,” explains Lewis, an actor familiar for more gruelling drama (Band of Brothers, The Forsyte Saga). “It tells the story of someone doggedly realising their dream, it’s positive and life-affirming. And you get to see the soft, cuddly side of Kenny Dalglish. What’s not to love?”

Hang on… what’s dour Scot and Liverpool team stalwart Dalglish (and Stephen Gerrard for the Merseyside aficionados) doing in what Lewis calls “a modern-day fairytale”? It appears that was all down to the actor having his own longtime ambition to fulfill.

Continue reading How Damian Lewis Brought Out Kenny Dalglish’s Soft Side For Film ‘Will’ – Feb 11, 2011

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Damian Lewis: An Actor at the top of his game, The Independent, October 18, 2011

Damian Lewis: An actor at the top of his game

Damian Lewis’s new film focuses on football. He talks to Kaleem Aftab about sport, politics and the problems of acting with Keira Knightley

The Independent Culture

Football is a funny game with a strange habit of dividing families and testing loyalties. In any other circumstance, Damian Lewis would never dream of highlighting any differences he and his wife, the actress Helen McCrory, have over bringing up their children; indeed they always show the upmost discretion in interviews, but the beautiful game brings out a rarely seen masculine tribal instinct in Lewis.

Continue reading Damian Lewis: An Actor at the top of his game, The Independent, October 18, 2011

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‘Will’ soundtrack details

Varese Sarabande has announced the details of the soundtrack release for the British drama Will. The album features the original score from the film composed by Nigel Clarke and Michael Csányi-Wills (The Little Vampire, The Thief Lord). The music was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and Choir in Abbey Road’s famous Studio One. The soundtrack will be released on iTunes on November 1, 2011. A physical version of the album is also coming out in Europe on the same day. Will based on the historic “Miracle of Istanbul” is directed by Ellen Perry and stars Bob Hoskins, Damian Lewis, Perry Eggelton and Kristian Kiehling. The film chronicles an orphan’s journey across Europe to the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul. The movie will be released in the UK on November 4. No domestic release date has been announced.

Visit Film Music Reporter and Varese Sarabande for more details.

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