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Rake Magazine Interview: A True Leading Man – Feb 15, 2018

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In an exclusive interview with The Rake, Damian Lewis tells Tom Chamberlin why we all, in spite of ourselves, love an anti-hero.

by Tom Chamberlin | The Rake Magazine | February, 2018

Source: The Rake Magazine – Photo by: Kalle Gustafsson

Lewis – from Life to Homeland, Wolf Hall to Billions – has become the finest purveyor of modern drama’s moral ambiguities. In fact, writes Tom Chamberlin, if you can think of an actor who has influenced our golden age of television more than him, speak up…

Among the more ambiguous archetypes of the celluloid age, that of ‘leading man’ is perhaps the least defined. Far from the specific criteria of commedia dell’arte and melodrama, in which the characters are demarcated (bad guy = black hat and moustachioed, etc.), the leading man is purely subjective. Arguably he is the origin of celebrity, pulling screen presence into the limelight of fame. But the list of leading men over the years has shown that no colour, size, hair, manner or cultural identity has ever had dominion over the sobriquet. That is until Damian Lewis entered the fray. For Lewis is a man who, above anything else, is an exemplar of leadership and integrity at a time when the acting world could use a dose of it.

Damian Lewis takes charge of rooms when he enters them. Photoshoots with celebrities are often led by either the photographer, who squeezes every image he or she can from the available time; the stylist, whose job is to make sure a well-curated variety of clothes appears in the magazine; or the publicist, who tends to be the powerbroker. The ‘talent’ can often struggle through the day (except, of course, former Rake cover subjects), regarding the experience as a necessary nuisance. Not so with Mr. Lewis.

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Damian Lewis Talks Career and Craft at SAG-AFTRA, Fan Fun with Damian Lewis, May 4, 2016

Damian Talks Career and Craft at SAG-AFTRA

by JaniaJania, Fan Fun with Damian Lewis, May 4, 2016

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Creativity is a strange beast. At its narrowest definition, it is the skill of creating something original and new using nothing but one’s imagination. But that would exclude a lot of us from the act of creativity, wouldn’t it? How many of us are capable of conjuring up some idea, art, or thing completely from scratch? An impossible task, even for the creative geniuses among us. Nothing is truly original. It’s all about processing what has come before and presenting it in new and “creative” ways. “Creative problem solver” is one of those phrases you see on resumes a lot. Try telling a mathematician or a software engineer that what they do doesn’t involve creativity and you’re bound to get an earful in exacting detail of just how wrong you are. Thus, not an easy thing to get a handle on, creativity.

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Blue Blood, Blue Collar: Damian Lewis’ Transformations, The New Yorker, January 18, 2016

The actor probes his characters, but his method isn’t Method. “I’m Damian Lewis, not Daniel Day-Lewis.”

 Photograph by Pari Dukovic for The New Yorker

At a corner table in the dining room of Marea, a restaurant on Central Park South, the conversation was smooth but disputatious. Three men in suits were drinking red wine and eating pasta that cost thirty-four dollars a serving. One of them was a hedge-fund manager, a famous short seller. Another was the financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin. The third man, in from London, was the actor Damian Lewis.

Sorkin had made the introduction. The hedge-fund manager and Lewis were doing most of the talking. “Does your business have a societal benefit?” Lewis asked. He wanted to know what made a hedge-fund manager more than “a paper shuffler.”

The hedge-fund manager said that he and his peers basically function as market-based regulators—that they have a financial incentive to expose wrongdoing. Sorkin had set up other audiences for Lewis with financial machers. One of them urged Lewis to consider an underperforming company with entrenched management or a sclerotic board: an activist investor, even if he came in and cut things and fired people—well, that’s capitalism.

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Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance Star in PBS Masterpiece’s ‘Wolf Hall’ WSJ Magazine, Wall Street Journal Magazine, March 5, 2015

Original article at WSJ Magazine

Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance Star in PBS Masterpiece’s ‘Wolf Hall’

The veteran actors bring a new perspective to the Tudors in ‘Wolf Hall,’ a six-part series on PBS based on Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize–winning novels

HARD REIGN | ‘Wolf Hall,’ a PBS Masterpiece series premiering April 5, stars Damian Lewis, far right, as Henry VIII and Mark Rylance as his shrewd consigliere, Thomas Cromwell.
HARD REIGN | ‘Wolf Hall,’ a PBS Masterpiece series premiering April 5, stars Damian Lewis, far right, as Henry VIII and Mark Rylance as his shrewd consigliere, Thomas Cromwell. PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW KRISTALL FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE; GROOMING BY STEPHANIE HOBGOOD

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The Appeal of Damian Lewis – Sept 4, 2013

The Appeal of Damian Lewis

Why we all love Damian Lewis

by Rebecca Cope – Harper’s Bazaar – September 4, 2013

British actor Damian Lewis is no ordinary Hollywood hunk. In fact, at first glance, he’s far from it – where is the perma-tan, the blonde hair, the muscles? Lewis is a thoroughly British pin-up. With his strawberry blonde hair, pale skin and plummy accent, not to mention his impeccably posh pedigree, he’s part of a new group of power-Brits taking over the world. Not convinced? Let us analyse his appeal for you…

The Brody effect

As with all great performances, it’s extremely difficult to separate Damian Lewis the actor from Nick Brody the Homeland character. Damaged, brave, vulnerable, sexy and totally unpredictable, Brody is the ultimate reformed bad boy, and we want to rescue him. So. Much.

We all love redheads in 2013

Redhead, ginger, strawberry blonde – however you want to label it, russet hued locks are enjoying a serious vogue in the last few years. From Florence Welch to Lily ColePrince Harry to Jessica Chastain, anyone worth their salt knows that carrot-tops are cool – and woe betide anyone who denies it.

He’s a family man

Despite the fact that his fame has reached dizzying new heights since Homeland, Lewis is a family man at heart, more happy in the company of his wife Helen McCrory and their two two children, Manon and Gulliver.

He’s “well-brought-up”

Lewis is infamous for being polite, gentlemanly and an all-round nice guy, and that’s largely attributed to his background and education. Born in St John’s Wood, he’s related to two Lords (at least) went to Eton and was an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company. We rest our case.

He’s funny

As his previous stints as a guest host on Have I Got News For You in 2006, 2009, 2020 and 2012 have proven, Lewis is witty and intelligent, which is exactly how we like our Hollywood stars. Here he is being funny on the Jonathan Ross show.

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