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Damian Lewis’ Current Role is Worth ‘Billions’ to Him – May 2, 2018

“When Bobby Gets Scratched, He Comes Back Harder”

by Jay Bobbin | On TV Today | May 2, 2018

In February of this year Jay Bobbin tweeted this teaser that he had recently interviewed Damian.

The article was finally released today, and how apropos is it that Damian describes his Billions character Bobby Axelrod as “…a big family man. He really loves his wife and adores his kids and will do anything for them,” yet as we saw in episode 6 just last Sunday, Bobby is contemplating taking a plea for Wendy’s sake, seemingly abandoning his wife, children, family and career – something Axe experienced himself with his own father.

Now for the article:

For anyone who makes the mistake of thinking they’ve gotten the best of Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, it usually doesn’t take long to realize that mistake.

Damian Lewis is keeping the brio going by playing the arrogant, supremely confident New York hedge-fund titan in Season 3 of the drama series “Billions,” seen Sunday on Showtime and (in Canada) The Movie Network. Luckily for the health of the show, federal attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) — whose wife Wendy (Maggie Siff) is one of Axe’s closest advisers — still won’t accept the apparent mistake, remaining convinced that he can bring down the crafty financial wizard.

“One of the attractive qualities of Bobby to me,” says Emmy-winning “Homeland” alum Lewis, “is that for a man who does so many things that will satisfy him, he’s a big family man. He really loves his wife (Lara, played by Malin Akerman) and adores his kids and will do anything for them, but I think the pressures of the job and this growing competition or game with Chuck are big problems for this guy.

“When Bobby gets scratched, he comes back harder,” Lewis confirms. “That’s how he deals, using offensive maneuvers for defensive situations.”

Still, Bobby has his moments of appearing wounded, and Lewis admits that he plays such scenes “on a hunch. I’ve been lucky, since people have pitched me ambitious and interesting and grown-up stories …

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