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Damian’s Cameo in the Film Bill: Back in Shakespeare’s Time, Everyone Was Going Commando – Sept 12, 2015

‘Back in Shakespeare’s time, everyone was going commando’: The Horrible history of the Bard

by Jon Wilde (event Magazine) – Mail Online – 12 September 2015

Horrible Histories has graduated to the big screen, with a madcap biopic of Shakespeare’s ‘lost’ early years. Cue Damian Lewis bombarding Spain with oranges, Christopher Marlowe wrestling a lamb chop… and lashings of gross-out humour for all the family.

Bill, a madcap British family adventure-comedy film, romps irreverently through a little-known period of William Shakespeare’s life (pictured: Ben Willbond as King Phillip II and Damian Lewis as Sir Richard Hawkins)

Damian Lewis is hamming it up as an infamous Elizabethan seadog – deploying a Tudor tennis-ball machine to bombard King Philip II of Spain with oranges – in a room decorated to resemble a sumptuous 16th-century Spanish court.

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Move over Coen Brothers for the new kids on the set, Western Mail, May 6, 2006

Move over Coen Brothers for the new kids on the set

by Claire Hill, Western Mail, May 6, 2006

Move over the Coen Brothers, there’s a new film making duo in town, and this time they’re Welsh. Actor Damian Lewis has teamed up with his baby brother Gareth to make their first film together. Claire Hill joined them on location in their beloved Wales

DAMIAN LEWIS’S legs are half sticking out of a makeshift vent shaft as the actor attaches knee pads underneath his all- black ensemble.

A gun is visible and is just peeping out from the band of his trousers. Next to his feet, rolls of silver gaffer tape and wires are scattered on the floor. Directly in front of him, in the old paper mill, tucked at the back of a Cardiff industrial estate, someone fashions a gun holster out of an old yoga mat.

The film clapper board reads Roll 46, Slate 74, Take 1 and the rest of the 40-strong crew are getting ready for a scene rehearsal.

The Welsh actor’s key role in this scene is to crawl through the painted silver boxes and make it look as if he is scrabbling through the vents of a ceiling shaft.

And, he has to do all of this while holding a gun, a motive in his mind and a sense of ennui about his current situation in life. Impossible? That’s acting for you, darling. Continue reading Move over Coen Brothers for the new kids on the set, Western Mail, May 6, 2006