by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 15, 2019
Want to watch Damian in a less dramatic role and a more comedic one? Then we have the answer for you: The Baker! It’s a great movie by none other than the Lewis brothers, with Gareth as writer and director and Damian starring in it. You can essentially stream The Baker (aka Assassin in Love) for free on Sundance Now.
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Damian plays Milo, a professional hit man living on the edge. When he fails to fulfill a contract for the first time in his career, he is forced to escape the city to avoid the wrath of his employers who are keen to make him pay for his mistake.
Pursued by a ruthless colleague who has been charged with delivering his punishment, Milo hides out in a remote rural village where the locals mistake him for the new baker.
Forced to bake bread and cakes to maintain his cover, what he discovers in the process is nothing short of a revelation. When sparks fly with the beautiful local vet, he decides to start a legitimate new life as the village baker but with his past about to catch up with him, Milo soon discovers that you can’t always have your cake and eat it too.
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A Real Lewis Family Affair
by James Mottram | Metro.co.uk | February 26, 2008
The actor and producer of The Baker talks to James Mottram about family matters, the brutalising nature of working in LA and taking control of his own destiny.
Damian Lewis is pacing back and forth across his London hotel suite. ‘I’ve drunk a lot of cappuccino,’ he says, running his hands through that distinct crop of red hair. When he finally sits, he starts playing with a ball of Blu Tack that he gets all over his fingers, forcing him to dash to the bathroom to wipe them clean. If it’s a case of nerves, it’s understandable: his first film as actor-producer, The Baker, is due out this week. Written and directed by his younger brother Gareth, it’s a real Lewis family affair. ‘Let’s hope more people than just the family go and see it,’ he retorts. ‘I have a big family, though I don’t think it’ll quite do the numbers.’
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For the Love of Chocolate
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 15, 2008
The Baker aka Assassin in Love: A hitman has second thoughts about his career and seeks refuge from his boss by finding work as a baker in a rural Welsh village. This killer comedy is released on limited theatrical on February 29, 2008, on DVD March 3, 2008, or stream on Amazon Prime here.
Damian Lewis: The Chameleon Performer
by Liz Hoggard | The Independent | September 8, 2006
Damian Lewis is an intense chap, capable of conveying a huge range of emotions with the smallest gesture. He’s hotly tipped for an Oscar for his new film. And he’s a real gent. Just don’t call him posh, whatever you do.
“Ask him about that intense thing he does with his eyes,” a female journalist suggested when she heard I was interviewing the actor Damian Lewis. What’s striking about Lewis is how much he manages to convey by doing so very little. There is stillness about him on screen, a faraway look that can evoke anger or desire or – if you saw his rollicking performance as Benedict in BBC1’s modern-day version of Much Ado about Nothing – sheer hilarity.
The press love to brand Lewis as an arrogant posh boy. Like David Cameron, he went to Eton. But, among his generation of actors, no one does grief and repressed emotion so well. In Spielberg’s Second World War epic, Band of Brothers, he played an American soldier facing up to fear with a quiet certainty (it won him a Golden Globe nomination). He was the bewildered newlywed who doesn’t understand why his marriage is falling apart in Hearts and Bones. And in the remake of The Forsyte Saga, he did the unthinkable – making the brutal Soames sympathetic.
For several years now, 35-year-old Lewis has been a successful actor on the verge of becoming a major star. Unlike Ewan McGregor or Joseph Fiennes, his contemporaries at London’s Guildhall drama school, you might still walk past him in the street. But all that should change with the release of his new film Keane: his performance is already sparking Oscar rumours in the States.
Continue reading Red Hot: The Irresistible Rise of Damian Lewis – Sept 8, 2006