Categories Events News The Baker

  • Damian Lewis to play George Mallory? Yes, if author Jeffrey Archer gets his way! ➡

    Columbia has purchased the film rights to Paths of Glory, Archer’s bestselling book about famous British mountaineer George Mallory who disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924.

    Thanks to Funn Lim for this news posted on the London Evening that Lord Archer thinks Damian Lewis is the best choice to play Mallory in the movie:

    GOOD news for Lord Archer. He has sold the rights to the film adaptation of his book on George Mallory, Paths of Glory, to Columbia. Interestingly, the millionaire novelist is keener to see Damian Lewis cast in the role, rather than the favourite, Christian Bale, which might be because Lewis has played Archer himself in the satire Jeffrey Archer: The Truth. “We’re about to sign the contract this week,” Archer said. “Columbia have bought it which is good because a lot of people say they’re going to make a film and you know it’s all talk, Columbia are a serious outfit. Everybody says Christian Bale should play it. I think Damian Lewis is a very fine actor and obviously I’d be delighted if Christian Bale played it but I’m a huge fan of Damian Lewis, I think he’s a very fine actor.” Did Archer enjoy Lewis’s take on him? “Unfortunately, I never saw it,” he replies.

    Click on the links below for more information about Paths of Glory and Archer’s thoughts about Damian Lewis’s suitability for the role: l 1 l
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  • Damian Lewis is scheduled to take part in the “Tour of Britain” cycling event to benefit the Prostate Cancer Charity on Saturday, September 19, 2009. Click here to read more about the event and visit the Warehouse to view a larger version of the photo above.

  • The Baker starring Damian Lewis will screen at the
    Kansas International Film Festival on September 19th; click here to read Ken Loch’s comments about the film.

Categories News Your Highness

  • The Mail Online is featuring this article about actors Damian Lewis and Dominic West:

    Which old Etonian influenced Damian Lewis?

    Actor Damian Lewis, 38, says a great performance influenced him – Dominic West playing Hamlet at Eton, aged 17.

    West starred in the cult cop show, The Wire, as tipsy, womanising detective Jimmy McNulty.

    After playing Hamlet at Eton – Lewis was a contemporary – his English master said he should consider ‘doing this as a job’.

    At 39, West’s maybe a wee bit mature to play the immature Dane but fiddle de dee, as they say. After Baltimore, Elsinore?

  • News about Your Highness with Damian Lewis, currently shooting in Northern Ireland:

    » A “horse and cart” scene was shot at Shane’s Castle in County Antrim during the last week of July.

    » Scenes are also being shot near Bangor at the Clandeboye Estate.

    » Actress Caroline Grace-Cassidy from Dublin has been cast as the “Handmaiden” in Your Highness.

    » The main set for the film is being constructed at the historic Paint Hall in Belfast. The road outside of the studio has been closed to traffic ever since a tourist snapped the picture below that shows the set under construction.

Categories Interviews Life News Your Highness

  • Click here for a “Two Minutes With Damian Lewis” Evening Standard interview conducted at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the blockbuster film that features Helen McCrory in the role of Narcissa Malfoy.

    The interview included questions for Damian Lewis about Your Highness, his latest project that is currently filming on location in Northern Ireland:

    ES: What are you up to at the moment?

    DL: I’m shooting a new film called Your Highness with Natalie Portman and Charles Dance.

    ES: What’s it about?

    DL: It’s a medieval caper about two brothers who go on a quest to rescue a fair maiden. I play the head of a dastardly pack of knights who are chasing them.

    ES: Any plans for the summer?

    DL: I’ve already been on holiday. I’ve just got back from southwest France with my wife Helen (Narcissa Malfoy). We went to Gascony; it was lovely. The spirit of Cyrano was strong — I was having cutlass lessons every day.

    Thanks to Ann for the news and to Idle Hands for the scan! 😀

  • The Region 2 (UK, EU, Japan, MidEast, Egypt, SoAfrica) DVD for Life – Season 2 will be released in the UK on December 28, 2009 and is now available for pre-order.

  • Click here (profanity warning!) and here to read fan comments about Damian Lewis and his outstanding acting talents.

  • Profanity warning! Click here for an audio interview with Danny McBride, co-star and co-creator of Your Highness.

  • This recent NBC Nightly News segment honored the memory of recently deceased Easy Company veteran Shifty Powers.

  • Click here for news about The Fantastic Mr. Fox, the upcoming animated film that will feature the voice talent of Helen McCrory.
  • Click here and here for new Life music videos from backpacker128.

Categories Band of Brothers Life News Poll The Escapist

  • Thanks to Sandra and Ann for the link to vote for Damian Lewis and Life in Television Without Pity’s “Tubey Awards”. The relevant polls include:

    Group 1-4:
    » Best Sidekick: Ted Earley (Life) or Bobby Stark (Life)
    » Best Villain: Roman (Life)
    » Best Badass: Charlie Crews (Life)

    Group 5-8:
    » Best American Accent by a Non-American Actor: Damien Lewis (Life) (misspelled!)

    Group 9-12:
    » Best On-Screen Death Scene: Roman (Life)
    » Best Season Finale: Life

    Group 17-20:
    » Most Painful Series Cancellation: Life
    » Broadcast Network Show Most In Need of a Move to a Cable Network: Life
    » Best Dream / Hallucination / Vision Sequence: Charlie is hallucinating that he’s back in the prison (Life)

    Group 21-24:
    » Most Welcome New Character: Jane Seever (Life)
    » Best Smackdown (Non-reality Show): Charlie Crews vs. Roman (Life)

  • British actor James Purefoy, the star of NBC’s new series The Philantrhopist, told the New York Daily News about the advice he received from colleagues Damian Lewis and Kevin McKidd about working in Hollywood on a network television series:

    I spoke to Damian and Kevin because they both worked with NBC. I said, “Tell me the truth, how do they treat you.” They told me it’s tough, the scheduling is punishing. You have to really fight for creativity because you’re actually spending most of your life learning lines…”

  • In the US June 30th is the last day to view The Escapist with Damian Lewis as a satellite/cable “Video On Demand” pay-per-view feature under “IFC In Theaters”.

  • The Escapist will screen in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 11th for the “Charlotte Film Society’s Saturday Night Cine Club”.

  • Inspired By Music, the new book of celebrity photographs (including Damian Lewis) by Cambridge Jones, will be released on July 1, 2009 and Tower Books is offering the volume at the discounted price of $24.99 (US). Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit
    The Prince’s Trust charity. Thanks again to Ann for the link!

  • Helen McCrory’s new film The Special Relationship will start filming in London on July 20th under the direction of Richard Loncraine; click here for more information.
  • Alan Sepinwall of the New Jersey Star Ledger has published two more articles in his series on “revisiting Band of Brothers; click on the links below for “The Last Patrol” and “Why We Fight”. Thanks to Leah for the links.

Categories Events Misc News

  • The above photo of Damian Lewis was taken by the brilliant photographer Cambridge Jones for his 2008 “Models and Music” portfolio; click here for more pictures of Damian from this collection.

  • Avid cyclist Damian Lewis will join the “Bike Week” activities taking place in the UK from June 13th through June 21st. The purpose of “Bike Week” is to attract more people into the sport of cycling; click here for more information.

  • Damian Lewis and other celebrities will attend the “Shooting Stars In Desert Nights Black and White Ball” at London’s Hurlingham Club on June 11th. The event will be hosted by actor Samuel L Jackson and will benefit the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. A golf outing will take place earlier during the day at the London Golf Club; click here for the event brochure and here for the order form.

  • Click here to enjoy “Para Damian Lewis” a music video by Oscurapandora.

Categories Band of Brothers News The Escapist

  • Click above to watch the outrageously funny love scene from The Baker starring Damian Lewis and Kate Ashfield. The clip was posted on YouTube by Aiwe78.

  • Hello! magazine featured this article about the Damian Lewis Family’s participation in “The Big Toddle” charity event on May 21st.

  • Damian Lewis fans in New Zealand have a chance to win 5 free, double passes to see The Escapist. The film opens theatrically in NZ on May 28th and the Dominion Post is hosting the contest that will end at 9am on Thursday, May 28th. E-mail your entry to and put “Escapist Draw Page B6” in the subject line and include your contact details in the body of the message. Click here for a review for the NZ release and click here for more information about the contest. Thanks to Ann for the news!

  • In the UK, The Escapist will be screen in Leeds at Screen Seven on June 8, 2009.

  • There are now almost 3,500 signatures on the petition to “Move LIFE to the USA Network”; please consider adding your name and asking other Life Fans to sign.

  • On Monday, May 25th “Memorial Day” will be celebrated in the US to honor all the service men and women that have given their lives in military combat. In recognition of this important date HBO On-Demand is offering all 10 episodes of Band of Brothers at no charge to cable and satellite HBO subscribers. The first 5 episodes are currently available and the final 5 will be added on Memorial Day. All episodes will be available for on-demand viewing through June 7, 2009.

    To find the episodes Comcast subscribers should go to:
    On Demand > Premium Channels > HBO > Series > Band of Brothers

    Band of Brothers is the Emmy-winning, epic HBO 2001 mini-series produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Damian Lewis was nominated for a “Best Leading Actor” Golden Globe award for his brilliant portrayal of real-life, war hero Major Richard Winters. You can download and view clips featuring Damian Lewis from the 2002 Golden Globe Awards and from the series’ premiere on the Multimedia page.

    Click here for a recent interview with Band of Brothers co-star Michael Cudlitz that includes comments about filming Band of Brothers and also about his guest appearances on Life starring Damian Lewis (warning, mild profanity!)

  • Thanks to June for the information that director Peter Kosminsky will make a guest appearance on the
    South Bank Show
    tonight on ITV1. Kosminsky directed Damian Lewis, Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Macfadyen, and Jodhi May in the BAFTA-winning 1999 mini-series Warriors which was Damian’s first major role in an acclaimed BBC production.

Categories Helen Life News The Escapist

  • Damian Lewis is mentioned in this Guardian Independent article about the game of Ping Pong as the new craze among Hollywood celebrities. Last year Damian gave a Ping Pong table to the cast and crew of Life and in this Washington Post article Damian is quoted as saying that if he hadn’t become an actor he would have liked to have been a “professional Ping Pong player.”

  • Season 2 of Life starring Damian Lewis will launch in Switzerland on Schweiz 2 on May 22nd, and in Germany on Vox on May 20th, and in
    France on TF1 on May 20th.

  • Director Rupert Wyatt gave this interview for the May 28th New Zealand release of The Escapist featuring Damian Lewis.

  • You can download and listen to Helen McCrory here in the 1995 radio production of the Last of the Mohicans.

Categories Life News The Escapist Voice Work

  • Season 2 of Life starring Damian Lewis will run in the UK on ITV3 beginning June 3rd; click here for more information.

  • More details are available for the Region 1 (North American) DVD for Life – Season 2 that will be released in the US on August 25th:

    The DVD will include all 21 episodes for season 2 in anamorphic widescreen with a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. Commentary tracks will be offered for selected episodes and some deleted scenes will also be included.

  • In this interview, Lord Jeffrey Archer discusses his efforts to find financial backing to make a film of Paths of Glory, his book about George Mallory, the great British explorer that died mysteriously on Mt. Everest in 1924. The interview includes these comments about the actors most suitable to play Mallory:

    Given the choice, who would he see playing the role of George Mallory, the hero of his latest yarn? Pat, he rattles off a wishlist: “Christian Bale, Paul Bettany, Damian Lewis.”

    Why these three? “Well”, he quips, “George Mallory was a very-good looking man. Heaven help the actors. He’d have to be strong enough to span Mt Everest and be good looking as well.”

    Click here and here for more information about Archer’s Paths of Glory and Damian Lewis as a candidate for the role of George Mallory.

  • This week Adrian Sturges, the producer for The Escapist and The Baker starring Damian Lewis, is participating in the “Producers on the Move” programme at the Cannes International Film Festival. According to this Screen Daily article the international distribution rights for his new film The Disappearance of Alice Creed have been acquired by West End Films.

  • More exciting news from Cannes, Rupert Wyatt, director of The Escapist will direct Keanu Reeves in a new thriller titled “Cartagena”.

  • Reminders! Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker with Damian Lewis is airing on Cinemax during May and June.

    And don’t forget that Damian will perform the voice of “Agent 00 0” in Phineas and Ferb’s new adventure titled “Elementary, My Dear Stacy” on The Disney Channel on May 15, 16, 20, 30, and 31 2009.

  • The Escapist with Damian Lewis is currently playing in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Cinema Paradiso; click here for a review of the film from the New Times Broward-Palm Beach.

    This Australian review of The Escapist was recently featured in the Catholic Leader.