Written By DamianistaComments Off on ‘Life,’ to live as he chooses, Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2007
‘Life,’ to live as he chooses
British actor Damian Lewis heads to L.A. to portray a guy who gets back his existence and, his ordeal over, turns mellow.
by Lynn Smith, Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2007
Damian Lewis, the British actor known for dark dramas, has left London for L.A. sunshine and the lead in NBC’s quirky “Life,” a series about an ex-cop still optimistic after being freed from years of wrongful imprisonment.
Charlie Crews, the eccentric LAPD detective he portrays, was sentenced to life and spent 12 years in jail before being released with a $50-million settlement. Now he drives a Bentley, chomps green apples and drops Eastern spiritual tidbits like, “You don’t have to understand here to be here.”
“The central thing to hang on to is that because of his experience, he’s undergone an experience no one else has,” Lewis said.
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Beyond the Multiplex
by Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com, February 1, 2007
A compelling Iraq war thriller that will entertain and upset you.
“There’s no truth, you know,” a CIA official tells an idealistic young colleague in “The Situation,” the compelling new Iraq war thriller from veteran indie director Philip Haas. “There are no bad guys and there are no good guys. It’s not gray, either … There’s no truth! It’s lost in the fourth dimension of time.”
Those lines, and the extraordinary monologue by Dan Murphy (played by Damian Lewis) from which they come, express the ambiguity at the heart of “The Situation,” an uneven but impressively ambitious picture that depicts the contemporary Iraq conflict as an existential and moral heart of darkness. Made rapidly and on the cheap (in Morocco), and written by Wendell Steavenson, a journalist who has reported from Iraq, “The Situation” claims the prize of being the first American narrative feature to address the war directly. (Perhaps 20 percent of Irwin Winkler’s “Home of the Brave” is set in Iraq, but that film is principally about soldiers’ difficulties on coming home.) Continue reading Beyond The Multiplex, Salon, February 1, 2007
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Situation No Win
by J. Hoberman, Village Voice, January 30, 2007
Dealing head-on with Bush’s War, Samarra-set political thriller dissects Iraqi unrest and nails the neocons
The Situation, Philip Haas’s deftly paced, well-written, and brilliantly infuriating Iraq War thriller is not only the strongest of recent geopolitical hotspot flicks but one that has been designed for maximal agitation. Based on a script by the Anglo-American journalist Wendell Steavenson, this gutsy attempt to dramatize the way Iraqis live now is an incitement to rage and despair—the most vivid critique of Bush’s War yet put on screen. Continue reading Situation No Win, Village Voice, January 30, 2007
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James Bond Short Stories
by Blabbertalk.com – November, 2006
Damian read a James Bond short story on BBC Radio 2 called From a View to a Kill, about a dispatch motorcycle rider on his way to British Secret Service HQ, is shot and killed and his Intelligence documents are stolen. James Bond is sent to investigate. Near the crash scene he uncovers an underground Russian agent hideout. Disguised as a dispatch rider, he shoots his Russian tail and takes his place. As he exposes the whole spy operation, his life is saved by Mary Ann who turns up at the end with men from the St. Germain station.
Listen to Damian read From a View to a Kill by Ian Fleming here.
James Bond – From A View To A Kill – by Ian Fleming: Read by Damian Lewis A dispatch motorcycle rider on his way to British Secret Service HQ, is shot and killed and his Intelligence documents are stolen. James Bond is sent to investigate. Near the crash… https://t.co/xbBax7X8F1
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Damian Lewis: The Chameleon Performer
by Liz Hoggard | The Independent | September 8, 2006
Damian Lewis is an intense chap, capable of conveying a huge range of emotions with the smallest gesture. He’s hotly tipped for an Oscar for his new film. And he’s a real gent. Just don’t call him posh, whatever you do.
“Ask him about that intense thing he does with his eyes,” a female journalist suggested when she heard I was interviewing the actor Damian Lewis. What’s striking about Lewis is how much he manages to convey by doing so very little. There is stillness about him on screen, a faraway look that can evoke anger or desire or – if you saw his rollicking performance as Benedict in BBC1’s modern-day version of Much Ado about Nothing – sheer hilarity.
The press love to brand Lewis as an arrogant posh boy. Like David Cameron, he went to Eton. But, among his generation of actors, no one does grief and repressed emotion so well. In Spielberg’s Second World War epic, Band of Brothers, he played an American soldier facing up to fear with a quiet certainty (it won him a Golden Globe nomination). He was the bewildered newlywed who doesn’t understand why his marriage is falling apart in Hearts and Bones. And in the remake of The Forsyte Saga, he did the unthinkable – making the brutal Soames sympathetic.
For several years now, 35-year-old Lewis has been a successful actor on the verge of becoming a major star. Unlike Ewan McGregor or Joseph Fiennes, his contemporaries at London’s Guildhall drama school, you might still walk past him in the street. But all that should change with the release of his new film Keane: his performance is already sparking Oscar rumours in the States.