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The Money Run
A $20 million helicopter heist in the middle of the Vietnam War. What could possibly go wrong?
Damian’s brother, Gareth Lewis, a screenwriter, director and producer living in London, is developing a screenplay in order to bring this remarkable story to the screen the way it should be. Flare Pictures, Gareth’s small independent production company in London, is:
raising money early on to create a script in hopes it will not only attract a stellar cast, but also remain true to the source material and the men who fought in Vietnam.
Damian and his brother last teamed up for The Baker, also known as Assassin in Love and we all know how great the collaboration turned out! The brothers will collaborate again on The Money Run. Once the project is greenlit, Gareth will direct and Damian will star in it. Damian tweeted in support of his brother:
This is your chance to get in on the ground floor for an unforgettable ride. For more information on how to lend your support for The Money Run, visit Indiegogo.
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Designing His Own Philanthropy, Part 2
by Lynda – guest blogger for Fan Fun With Damian Lewis – May 18, 2017
Part II of Lynda’s detailed survey into Damian’s generous heart. In case you missed Part I, it is here.
Programs benefiting children are near and dear to Damian’s heart. Since 2000, he has donated his valuable time serving as an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust.In 2008, in a brief street interview on London news, Damian spoke about the importance of The Prince’s Trust providing opportunities for at-risk young people who might not otherwise follow positive paths in life.
In June 2013, for the 30th anniversary event at the Centre, he and Helen, also an Ambassador, donated their time at the vocational center Enterprise Programme, which supports youth development, mentorships, self-confidence building, and entrepreneurship. There, they actively engaged with program participants, learning about the benefits of the program and offering encouragement.
Most recently, on February 9, 2017, Ambassadors Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory attended The Prince’s Trust “Invest in Futures” formal reception enjoying the company of Prince Charles himself.
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Designing His Own Philanthropy, Part 1
by Lynda – guest blogger for Fan Fun With Damian Lewis – May 11, 2017
Part I of Lynda’s detailed survey into Damian’s generous heart. In case you missed Part II, it is here.
Lynda, one of Fan Fun With Damian Lewis’ first and constant supporters, has been a consultant working with charitable families, foundations and trusts throughout the U.S. for more than 25 years. We are extremely thrilled to have her as a guest blogger putting her expertise to work in a survey about our favorite actor’s philanthropic efforts.
Philanthropy, a word derived from ancient Greek roots, means love of humanity. In modern terms, it is the act of promoting the welfare of others through charitable donations and charitable acts.
GIVE and GET are two critical commandments in the world of philanthropy. Philanthropists GIVE their money plus their time, often rolling up their sleeves to undertake physical, onsite work days on behalf of a cause important to them, whether building a house or needed playground or making an educational film or counseling young aspiring entrepreneurs. It is impossible for any one person or one family to give to all of the worthwhile charities in the world. So, people have to ask themselves, “What issues or challenges are important to me and my family?” Strategic giving involves setting charitable priorities and selecting recipients wisely through vetting and paring down. Some philanthropists sponsor fundraising events – luncheons, banquets, galas, marathon runs – that “get” or encourage others to give. And public figures can also lend their celebrity to make meaningful contributions to charitable causes. In doing so, they can GET others to donate money, time and effort. In the case of Damian Lewis, he has mastered so many of these generous strategies.
We cannot speak to the sums of money that Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory have donated to charities in the U.K., the US and internationally. We can only assume that their pounds and dollars support the organizations to which they have given their time and for which they have solicited dollars and time from their friends, their fans, and the public. And, although I tried several times during my recent London trip to get Damian to tell us for this Fan Fun post about his charitable priorities and his family traditions of giving (to no avail on the mini-interview front, I’m sorry to say), we can look at the recipients of his generosity over the years to infer some of his philanthropic priorities.
Source: Sohana Research Fund
One prominent example, which we follow regularly on this blog, is how Damian has brought his celebrity – his visibility – to Sohana Research Fund. A “rare disease” needs the help of a celebrity to shine a light on the cause and to help raise funds for needed medical research and treatment. In February 2012, as a celebrity supporter of the Fund, Damian went to Number 10 Downing Street as part of ICAP Charity Day. Damian became a patron of the Sohana Fund in 2013. He explained:
“My children are at the school Sohana went to and we became good friends with her. I wanted to help so I became Patron of the Sohana Research Fund which raises money for stem cell research and gene therapy for kids with the condition.” (Mirror UK, February 22, 2015 updated)
Most recently, Damian named Sohana Collins as the living person he most admires.
In February 2015, Damian made a straightforward explanatory video about recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB or EB), interviewing leading research scientist Professor John McGrath of Kings College London. This informative video is found on the website of Sohana Research Fund and is used by the organization at its fundraising events.
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Damian Attends MOMA Film Benefit: A Tribute to Tom Hanks
by Gingersnap – damian-lewis.com – November 15, 2016
Damian attended the 9th annual Museum of Modern Art film benefit for Tom Hanks on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Other guests included, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Anna and Graydon Carter, Clint Eastwood, David Geffen, Ron Howard, Karl Lagerfeld and Julianne Moore. The event, presented by CHANEL, honored Mr. Hanks as a steadfast screen presence of more than 30 years, from the early days of his career to his greatest accomplishments.
Both Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg were instrumental in Damian’s early career, casting him as Dick Winters in the famed HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.
All proceeds of the event benefited the Department of Film, MOMA.
Damian with Alessandro Nivola. Source: Getty Images
Arriving at the Event – Damian with Rajendra Roy and Alessandro Nivola. Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan. Source: Getty Images