Damian Lewis interview
by Marie Claire Magazine – March 19, 2008
Brit actor Damian Lewis is making it big in Hollywood. He talks exclusively to
British Band of Brothers star Damian Lewis, 37, stars in and produces The Baker this month. Written and directed by his younger brother, Gareth, the comedy tells the tale of a hitman who decides to quit the life and hide out in a Welsh village.
How was it to be directed by your younger sibling, Gareth?
I didn’t know quite what to expect…I suppose we were quite polite and very respectful of each other. Sweetly, we were also quite loving towards each other. Probably, if we did it again, we might be more frank. We might just say. ‘That doesn’t work’, rather than be respectful of the fact that we’re working with each other.
So given the film’s Welsh setting, do you have roots there?
We do, slightly by proxy. Dad is Welsh but born in London. His parents were Welsh and his Mum was a Welsh speaker. But Dad is very attached to his Welsh roots. He doesn’t speak five words of Welsh, and can barely get through the National Anthem in Welsh – but he’s very attached to it.
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