Visit the Warehouse for photos of Damian leaving the theatre on January 2, 2010.
Damian Lewis is scheduled to make a guest appearance on the Jonathan Ross show on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday January 16, 2010. The programme will run from 10am to 1pm and will be available for online listing live during the broadcast and on demand for 7 days after the broadcast. Thanks to Ann for the info and links!
The Wimbledon Film Club will screen Chromophobia starring Damian Lewis at the Odeon Wimbledon on January 14, 2010. Director Martha Fiennes will attend to present the film and answer questions; click here for more information.
In the US HBO is currently repeating Band of Brothers starring Damian Lewis. Episode 2 “Day of Days” will air on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 8:00 PM ET. HBO subscribers can also access episodes on HBO On Demand at no additional charge through March 29, 2010.
Additional Damian Lewis performances available on US television this month include Dreamcatcher, Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe; click here for more information and remember to check your local listings for accurate viewing information.
Life (2007) – It’s never enough to reiterate this fact: Life has been taken away from us way too soon. Sigh. It was enough just watching actor Damian Lewis fill out our TV screen as Detective Charlie Crews, making the most of his character’s strange antics and passion for fruits while trying to deal with his messed-up head from having served time in prison. At the same time, however, it’s interesting to see how Crews can invoke hilarious reaction from his partner, Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi) and then later, Jane Seever (Gabrielle Union). We miss that.
Thanks to Monique for the news that the TF1 network in France is currently rebroadcasting Life – Season One; the second episode will air on January 10, 2010, check your local listings.
Damian Lewis is currently starring in The Misanthrope at London’s Comedy Theatre; below are recent comments from lucky theatre patrons who had the opportunity to see the play:
» Alobear said: “Damian Lewis was excellent, by far the best performance, and the only actor who never struggled with the rhyming dialogue.”
» According to LowKeyHighFlyer: “Damian Lewis is really excellent in the title role, confirming my opinion from seeing him on TV.”
Written By kathyvComments Off on New photoshoot, ‘Band of Brothers’ rebroadcast
Click here to view photos of Damian Lewis taken by James Cheadle for the August 2009 issue of Today’s Golfer magazine.
HBO will rebroadcast Band of Brothers starring Damian Lewis beginning January 3, 2009 at 9pm ET. Check your local listings; a different episode will air each Sunday evening with repeats on Monday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Previous HBO broadcasts of the series have been unedited and without commercial interruption. Thanks to Connie for the news!
Written By kathyvComments Off on ‘Soldier, Husband, Daughter, Dad’ video clip
Click above to view a clip (posted on YouTube by stephharviecampbell) from episode 1 of Soldier, Husband, Daughter, Dad; this documentary series about British soldiers serving in Iraq and their families is narrated by Damian Lewis and originally aired on BBC One in 2005.
Critics and film buffs are currently compiling lists of the “Best Films of 2009” and The Escapist with Damian Lewis is appearing on some of these lists; click here and here for 2 examples. The film will be released in the US and Canada on Region 1 DVD on January 26, 2010.
Damian Lewis is amazing. The entire cast is brilliant, really, but Damian as Alceste absolutely shines. There’s something about the cynical, hyperbolic way in which he delivers his lines that gives him a somewhat comedic yet powerful presence on-stage.
Sharrock directs with a sensitivity towards the springy verse of Crimp’s text; Damian Lewis is nicely spiky as the pathologically plain-speaking Alceste (and even suffers a ginger-hair joke into the bargain), and it is heartening to see such a deliberately unsettling double-twist ending to a comedy on a West End stage.
Written By kathyvComments Off on ‘The Misanthrope’ pics and reviews
Click above to watch video shot by elizabethtoni at the December 17, 2009 “Press Night” for The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis. The clip shows celebrities arriving at the play as well as footage from the stage door and shots of arrivals at the afterparty. Damian appears at 4:55 minutes into the clip and again at 6:00 minutes.
Click here at The Misanthrope‘s official site to order tickets through March 13, 2010. Interested in getting together with other fans to see the play? Click here at the Yahoo! Group for more information.
A couple of Warehouse Gallery updates for The Misanthrope:
» Click here for photos of Damian leaving the Comedy Theatre on December 18, 2009.
» Click here for more images from “Press Night” on December 17th.
Thank you to Ryanne for sharing the link to her photos from the December 19, 2009 performance of The Misanthrope.
Thanks to Leah for sharing links for more reviews for The Misanthrope:
“…where you see the difference between an actor and a star. When Damian Lewis, the bilious anti-hero – or truth-telling hero – speaks, he makes you wonder why more plays aren’t written in verse. Alternately clenched with disgust and exploding into fountains of fulmination, he surfs the rhythm, and hits the rhymes as if they were thrown up by his disdain.
For the Times Online Christopher Hart describes Lewis’s portrayal of Alceste as a:
“…ranting, self-appointed social outcast, perversely proud of his gaucheries. And his rapid-fire delivery is excellent, like a Puritan hedge-preacher on full throttle.”
“…In Damian Lewis’s biting performance, he rails against mankind, longing to live in a disinfected white box he hates human nature so much. But when faced with Jennifer’s beauty and allure, he goes all soppy, excusing her flirtatious behaviour with other men by saying: “She’s young and beautiful.”…
There is a strange double irony in casting an inexperienced film star in a play that holds up the world of celebrity to coruscating attack. But the greatest compliment that can be paid to Knightley is that she holds her own as part of an ensemble of actors in Thea Sharrock’s sharp and enjoyable production who are all on very fine form – most notably Lewis, who brings to Alceste the perfect mixture of righteousness and ridiculousness…”
“Thea Sharrock’s revival of this 1996 contemporary update by Martin Crimp of Molière’s great satire against both the amoral courtly rumour-mill and courtly malpractice is an excellent, platinum-cast treat.
Played by a brilliantly tetchy and (to just the right degree) faintly ridiculous Damian Lewis, the misanthropic Alceste is transformed into a terminally disgruntled playwright in Crimp’s adaptation. The world he hates is the sycophantic, nepotistic, nihilistic media village of sloppy, relativistic postmodernism. So if there’s a practice he’d be almost bound to abhor it is that of casting film stars in plays such as his, and he’d dislike it all the more because the major flaw in his armour is that he has allowed himself to fall for a bitchy Hollywood starlet called Jennifer.”
Holiday TV viewing for US Damian Lewis fans (check your local listings):
A few “curtain call” photos appearing in What’s On Stage have also been added to the The Misanthrope album here.
Visit the Warehouse for more pictures of Damian and the cast at the afterparty last night at the IOD in Pall Mall.
Sarah Cromptom of The Telegraph says “Damian Lewis is just wonderful!” in this video review for The Telegraph that includes clips from The Misanthrope.
Charles Spencer of The Telegraph says of Damian’s performance in The Misanthrope:
Lewis delivers his rants with precision and wit, but also suggests a genuinely pitiable character getting ever closer to the end of his rope, his misanthropy in part a mask for his own corrosive sense of fear and failure.
Damian Lewis is a Patron of Scene and Heard a charitable “mentoring project that partners the inner-city children of Somers Town, London with volunteer theatre professionals, providing each child … with quality one-on-one adult attention and an experience of personal success through the process of writing and performing plays.”
Click here to listen to “Beauty and Death” written by 11-year old Promi Chowdhury and performed by Damian and Nina Wadia in 2006. You can also download the recording in MP3 format thanks to Kaz.
Your Highness with Damian Lewis will be theatrically released in the US on October 1, 2010 and in the Netherlands on October 28, 2010.
Jasper Rees of the Times Online has published a new interview with Damian Lewis, Keira Knightley, Tara Fitzgerald, and director Thea Sharrock for The Misanthrope. Damian’s comments about returning to the stage include:
I think it makes you a much better actor when you come back. It makes you more detailed and less generally wanting to present yourself out front… In film, you don’t have to think about anybody. You learn your lines, you come up with your idea for your part on your own; you might get a day’s rehearsal, you might get one minute’s rehearsal. On stage, the wonderful paradox is, it’s massively empowering while at the same time utterly exposing. You never have that fear on camera. You can do it again.
Click here at The Misanthrope‘s official site to order tickets. Previews begin at London’s Comedy Theatre on December 5, 2009! Interested in getting together with other fans to see the play? Click here at the Yahoo! Group for more information.
Click here for a new Damian Lewis fan video by 123CeeGee. The background music is Damian Lewis as Simon Fuller singing Hello Dolly’s “Just Leave Everything to Me” in Posh and Beck’s Big Impression. Click here to see the actual scene from this 2004 BBC comedy spoof.
Thanks to jellybean for sharing the news that Australia’s Seven network has recently been re-broadcasting the Band of Brothers mini-series starring Damian Lewis.
New photos of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory taken at the October 15, 2009 gala screening of Men Who Stare at Goats have been added to the Warehouse.
Cover art is now available for the Region 1 (US and Canada) DVD of The Escapist with Damian Lewis. The DVD is currently available for rent from Blockbuster and will be released for sale on January 26, 2010. DVD Planet is offering the film at the discounted price of $14.16 (US).
Click here to listen online to “And Drugs Won” episode 2 of season 3 of Number 10, the BBC Radio 4 “Afternoon Play” featuring Damian Lewis as the newly-elected Prime Minister, Simon Laity. You can also download this episode in mp3 format from the Multimedia page thanks to Kaz! (Note: Damian does not appear in this episode of the 5-part series.)