The London Welshman
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 29, 2020
Will Greenwood and Rupert Cox are joined this week by Billions star Damian Lewis to discuss his love of the Wales national team and how he deals with nerves and pressure. The Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor has starred in shows such as Homeland and Band of Brothers and is an avid rugby fan. He talks about playing fly-half in school and dealing with the pressures of fame. Lewis’ father is Welsh and he displays his passionate support of the national team during his conversation with Will and Rupert.
They also discuss one of Lewis’ other passions – Liverpool FC.
Continue reading Damian Was Guest on Will Greenwood’s Rugby Podcast – June 29, 2020
Helen McCrory on Desert Island Discs Podcast
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 28, 2020
Helen McCrory OBE is one of the most versatile and critically acclaimed actresses working today. On screen she has played Anna Karenina, Cherie Blair (twice), Harry Potter‘s Narcissa Malfoy and the Peaky Blinders matriarch Aunt Polly. Her theatre roles range from Yelena in Uncle Vanya to Euripides‘ Medea.
A diplomat’s daughter, she spent her early childhood in Africa before continuing her education in the UK. After a bruising and unsuccessful audition at the Drama Centre in London – she was instructed to find out more about life before learning to act – she travelled to Italy where she discovered art and love and came back to try again. This time she passed the audition.
In 1993 she made her mark in Richard Eyre’s production of Trelawny of the Wells at the National Theatre and went on to perform leading roles on some of London’s most prestigious stages, winning two Olivier Award nominations. She was awarded an OBE for services to drama in 2017.
She met her husband, fellow actor Damian Lewis, when they both starred in a play called Five Gold Rings. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic Helen and Damian, together with the comedian Matt Lucas, co-founded the Feed NHS campaign which raises money to provide hot meals to frontline NHS workers.
On BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs podcast that aired June 28, 2020, Helen McCrory shared eight music tracks, one book and a luxury item she would want to take with her if cast away to a desert island.
Continue reading Helen Dishes About Damian on Desert Island Discs – June 28, 2020
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at “The Limitless Sh*t”
by Brian Koppelman and David Levien | The Ringer | June 14, 2020
Before getting into “The Limitless Sh*t,” Episode 7 of Billions Season 5, co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss the concept of high-end mental-performance-enhancing drugs; the difficult editing required to pivot into a midseason finale; crew superstars, including the line producer, key grip, and gaffer; obscure references; guest cast; and more (0:05). They next speak with actor-director David Costabile, who plays Mike Wagner, about directing as well as acting in Episode 7, figuring out who Wagner is as a character, old-school NYSE traders, and more (31:05)
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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at “The Nordic Model”
by Brian Koppelman and David Levien | The Ringer | June 7, 2020
Before getting into “The Nordic Model,” S5E6 of Billions, cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss the real billionaire art community, this episode’s director Shaz Bennett, script-to-screen changes in location, the show’s stellar sound department, the layers of Chuck Rhodes Sr., a laundry list of obscure references, guest cast performances, and more (0:50). They next speak with actor Stephen Kunken, who plays Ari Spyros, about joining the show as a guest star in the pilot episode, the change in his character’s demeanor as the show progresses, “defending” Spyros to fans of the show online, and more. (32:30).
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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at “Contract”
by Brian Koppelman and David Levien | The Ringer | May 31, 2020
Before getting into “Contract,” S5E5 of Billions, cocreators Brian Koppelman and David Levien discuss diving into Bobby Axelrod’s childhood; the greatness of the episode’s director, Adam Bernstein; and the costume and wardrobe department’s effect on the show; they also explain some obscure references and shout-out some guest-cast performances (0:30). They next speak with actress, writer, and comedian Eva Victor about her signature style-satire videos; the dynamic relationship between her character, Rian, and Winston; how Eva’s part came about; set stories; and more (36:06).
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