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Damian Lewis Interview for The Misanthrope, The Telegraph, November 24, 2009

Damian Lewis Interview for The Misanthrope

By Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph, November 24, 2009

Damian Lewis talks about appearing with Keira Knightley as she makes her West End debut in an updated version of Moliere’s The Misanthrope.

Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley - Damian Lewis in The Misanthrope

Damian Lewis could well be the luckiest actor in London. Or the unluckiest. Luckiest in that he’s about to play the lead in The Misanthrope, which – with tickets flying out of the box-office at record-breaking speed – must be accounted one of the most eagerly awaited West End openings of the year. Unluckiest because the main reason for all the mounting hullabaloo is his co-star – Keira Knightley.

While there’s no disputing the combined allure of the assembled cast – Tara Fitzgerald and Dominic Rowan are also names to conjure with – when it comes to added spice, Knightley’s promised theatrical debut is eye-wateringly hot stuff. The prospect of a live encounter with the ravishing Pirates of the Caribbean star, recently ranked the second highest paid actress in Hollywood, has tipped the internet exchange price for tickets into triple figures. We’re potentially in the same realm of hysteria as that which enveloped Jude Law’s Hamlet, when fans queued through the night for a chance to bag a day-seat.

If the flame-haired Lewis, 38, feels any anxiety or concern about the fact that Knightley looks set to be the centre of much frenzied attention in the coming weeks, he’s not confessing to it when we meet. His last stage appearance, as the inwardly tortured businessman Karsten Bernick in Ibsen’s Pillars of the Community earned him rave reviews at the National in 2005. The part of the people-hating Alceste – the biliously witty anti-hero reconceived as a hip playwright in Martin Crimp’s smart update of Moliere’s 1666 classic comedy – should cement his reputation as one of theatre’s finest talents. But will he get his chance to capitalise on the opportunity?

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  • Thanks to mmbbpp for sharing this link to Ambassador’s fantastic new web site for The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis! Click here to order tickets for the play that will preview at London’s Comedy Theatre starting December 5, 2009. ➡

    The site includes a short video of Damian along with rehearsal photos and information about the show and the cast. Visit the Warehouse to view screencaps from the site.

    Interested in getting together with other fans to see the play? Click here at the Yahoo! Group for more information.

  • An American Film Market report from Screen Daily states that the long-anticipated Raul Ruiz film Love and Virtue has at last found a market and that Damian Lewis is still attached to play the romantic hero Orlando (Roland) in the historical epic! The movie is expected to go into production next summer. Click here for more information about the film.

  • Click here for an opportunity to help the environment and for a chance to win a handbag created from Damian’s jacket! Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory both donated jackets to be restyled and raffled, along with other celebrity items, in support of the TRAID and Camden Council workshop on revamping clothes to reduce the textile wastes sent to landfills. Damian’s jacket was recreated as a handbag and Helen’s red velvet jacket was restyled in military fashion.

  • Speaking of textiles, click on the links below for some “Life – Charlie Crews T-Shirts” (vests) being offered for sale: l 1 l 2 l 3 l

  • Thanks to Connie for sharing the news that Damian will appear on US television in Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker on HBOe on Wednesday, Nov 25th at 7:00 AM and on Sunday, Nov 29th at 6:00 AM.

    Spike TV will also run a Band of Brothers marathon over the Thanksgiving holiday on November 26th and 27th (and that’s a great reason for giving thanks!) 😉

  • Noomi65 has posted a lovely, new Damian Lewis fan video on YouTube.

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  • Newly discovered photos taken by Donald Cooper of Damian Lewis in Pillars of the Community (2005-06), Five Gold Rings (with Helen McCrory, 2003-04), Cymbeline (1997-98), and Much Ado About Nothing (1996) have been added to the Warehouse.

  • Thanks to Groov Monkey for the news that the Region 4 DVD for season 2 of Life starring Damian Lewis will be released in Australia on November 11, 2009.

  • Click here for more information about the Camden Council and TRAID “Wardrobe Re-Vamping Workshops” on November 12th. The event will demonstrate methods of re-making used clothing to reduce textile wastes in landfills. Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory have both donated jackets to be restyled for the event.

  • Click here and here for the Radio Times listings for the November 13th and 20th episodes of Number 10 the “Afternoon Play” starring Damian Lewis.

  • What’s On Stage has published updated casting information for The Misanthrope:

    The full company has been announced for Thea Sharrock’s new production of The Misanthrope, which is led by Damian Lewis and, making her stage debut, Keira Knightley, and which runs from 17 December 2009 (previews from 7 December) to 13 March 2010 at the Comedy Theatre.

    In addition to Lewis, Knightley and, as previously announced, Tara Fitzgerald, Dominic Rowan and Tim McMullan, the ensemble cast will feature Chuk Iwuji (The Histories for the RSC), Kelly Price (best known for musicals including A Little Night Music and Guys and Dolls) and Nicholas Le Prevost (whose most recent credits include Bedroom Farce, The Last Cigarette and The Philadelphia Story)…The Misanthrope is designed by Hildegard Bechtler and produced by Howard Panter and Tali Pelman for the Ambassador Theatre Group.

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  • The Photostage.com site features photographs by Donald Cooper including pictures of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory in a number of stage productions. Available images of Damian Lewis include pictures from Cymbeline, Pillars of the Community, Five Gold Rings (with Helen) and several photos from the 1996 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Much Ado About Nothing that have been added to the Warehouse.

  • Kaz reports that Ambassador Tickets have released additional seats in February and March for The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis.

  • The region 1 (US and Canada) DVD for The Escapist with Damian Lewis will be released on January 26, 2010 and is now available for pre-order.

  • In this review of The Escapist DVD, Sam J Turner’s comments about Damian Lewis’s performance include:

    Prior to its almost-perfect conclusion, two things stand out in The Escapist; Brian Cox and Damian Lewis…Lewis’ role amounts to hardly anything more than a cameo. As Rizza, the quiet and calculated, gangland style, leader of the inmates, he is the perfect antithesis to Perry (Brian Cox). Where Perry answers problems with philosophy and considered actions, Rizza, as you would expect, takes quiet delight in exacting violence and intimidation. The stand-offs between the two are short but there is enough subtle excellence from Lewis in Rizza to let us know who’s boss, without needing to see him shouting and swearing front and centre.

  • Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, and other celebrities have donated items of clothing to support an environmental awareness initiative co-sponsored by the Camden Council and TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) to raise public awareness and reduce the amount of textile waste dumped in landfills. “Wardrobe Re-Vamping Workshops” will be held at the Swiss Cottage Library and Gallery on November 12, 2009 to provide tips for restyling and updating used clothing items. Celebrity clothing, including the jackets donated by Damian and Helen, “will be restyled and turned into high street fashion pieces and fashion accessories.” Click here and here for more information.