Damian Lewis interview
The ex-Etonian talks schooldays, silly movies and choosing his own career
- Click here for a discussion on the Spyderco.com forum about the knife Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) carries in Life (a “Spyderco CO7 Stainless Steel Police Folding Knife” with a “combo edge” – a combination smooth and serrated edge.) Click here for some screenshots, provided by Senate, from Fill It Up showing Charlie wielding the knife. A video clip from Let Her Go (episode 3 of Life) available at NBC.com shows Charlie using the knife during an arrest.
- New clips from Dig a Hole; Fill It Up (episodes 10 and 11 of Life have been posted on YouTube (spoilers!):
» It’s Just a Kiss Away
» Finally Connected
» Upside Down
- (Spoliers!) This Boston Globe article discusses the character-driven television shows House, Dexter, and Life and says that Lewis “expertly walks the balance beam on this show. Charlie seems so composed at all times, so Zen, so preternaturally calm; and yet Lewis quietly makes it clear to us that he is deeply rattled. Charlie has been freed from jail, but he has not been liberated from years of righteous anger. Every glance from his watchful blue eyes, every seemingly involuntary tic, speaks of discomfort and paranoia. Lewis even makes Charlie’s consumption of fruit – he had no fruit in jail – into a private pep rally, a touchstone of fury.”
- Click here and here for screen shots from Life episodes 10 and 11 posted by Ryan at the Life Media site.
- (Spoilers!) Click here for a viewer’s review and comments about the fall finale of Life and click here to access the new Crews & Reese livejournal community.
- This Observer interview with actor Rhys Ifans includes comments about Chromophobia which also stars Damian Lewis. The film will be theatrically released in the UK on December 14th.
Daily Mail Weekend Supplement
6th October 2001
British actor Damian Lewis beat off hundreds of rivals to land the lead in BBC’s Band of Brothers, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ £86 million WWII epic which has caused critical controversy for overplaying America’s role in defeating the Nazis. In this compelling diary, he tells of his own battle to win the role of American officer Captain Dick Winters, his agonizing first meeting with Hanks – and the extraordinary filming regime, which turned actors into men of war.
LATE AUGUST 1999: Call from my agent. Hollywood’s coming to town. Hurrah. Another chance to record myself on tape for some big blockbuster which will gather dust on a shelf in LA. ‘But this is different,’ my agent, Stephanie Randall, stresses, ‘It’s Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. They’re seeing everybody, and they want you to play an American. This is gonna be huge.’
DAY OF AUDITION: I head off on my motorbike. It rains on me. I arrive, soaked, having found the only parking spot left in Soho to park my bike. I walk down some steps into a colourless basement.