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Greed is Good for Damian Lewis in the Latest Trailer for Wall Street Drama Billions – Sept 3, 2015

Greed is Good for Damian Lewis in the Latest Trailer for Wall Street Drama Billions

If you want justice, follow the money.

by – Digital Spy –3 September 2015

 

Greed is most definitely good for Wall Street kingpin Damian Lewis in the latest trailer for his series Billions.

Showtime’s upcoming 12-part drama takes place in the fast-paced world of hedge funds, where traders play fast and loose with government regulations.

The king of this opulent world is Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod (Lewis), whose open defiance of the law makes him the target of a government investigation.

Aiming to bring him down is steadfast US Attorney Chuck Rhoades, played by Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti. Their conflict threatens to rock the very foundations of the US financial market – and could lead to ruin for one or both.

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‘Billions’ Premiere Date and Trailer!

On Tuesday Showtime unveiled a new trailer for ‘Billions’ and announced the drama will premiere on Sunday, January 17th at 10 p.m. ET/PT (after the Season 6 premiere of Shameless)! Click below to view the trailer!

More from Tuesday’s panel:

Damian Lewis is back on Showtime with the new Wall Street drama Billions. However, when the former Homeland star appeared at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Tuesday, he was asked about a different TV role.

“I think the king analogy might be apt,” said Lewis about the comparisons to his role as Henry VIII in the miniseries Wolf Hall. “But I think [the characters] came from different places.”

The series explores New York City’s power politics and finance through two ultra abrasive and influential opposing figures: hard-charging, blue-blooded and politically savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and the brilliant, calculating, blue-collar billionaire hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis).

“What’s going to be interesting about this story is specifically this story,” said Lewis. “So who will Bobby Axelrod turn out to be? And what is he prepared to do to retain power?”

Lewis pointed out an important difference between the two larger-than-life figures. “Henry VIII was born into quite a lot of power,” said Lewis. “And Bobby is a blue-collar guy who, if you like, is nouveau riche, new money, and I think lives by a code of honor, a set of street rules, if you like, a little bit more. A kid from a blue-collar community where loyalty is fiercely protected and people are dispatched ruthlessly if they don’t adhere to that code.”

Co-creator and executive producer Brian Koppelman, who hails from Long Island like Lewis’ character, described Bobby as “somebody who didn’t have certain advantages and wasn’t admitted to the club.”

The role marks a departure for Lewis in multiple ways. His Billions character hails from Yonkers and subsequently boasts a bit of a New York accent — a new challenge for the British Lewis. “I just wanted to go all Goodfellas with it. I thought, ‘This is going to be great. I’m going to have a fantastic time pretending to be be some gangster from the Bronx,” said Lewis with a laugh. “The guys repeatedly said, ‘That’s awful, can you stop that?'”

The key to his New York accent? The vowel sounds, according to Lewis. “You just tighten it up a bit and I’m trying to just concentrate on that,” said Lewis. “Having seen the pilot, I was struck by how little I thought I was doing and different my accent is in this show than … Homeland or anything else. So they’re small little shifts, but they read large.”

Also helping him get into character are Bobby’s clothes, which include jeans (instead of suits) and a Celtic cross. “All these things just help make him be a guy from his neighborhood who happens to have a lot of money, and that empowers him,” he said. “I think Bobby is one of these guys who’s quite empowered by his sense of himself anyway without the money.”

Billions premieres on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

More from the Showtime TCA Press Tour:
Variety – ‘Billions’: Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti on Making Greed Into Good TV
The Wrap – Damian Lewis Talks ‘Billions’ Moral Dilemma
Deadline – ‘Billions’ Not Moralizing About Power Politics Of New York High Finance – TCA

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You’re Going to Love to Hate Homeland’s Damian Lewis in His New Showtime Series – Aug 11, 2015

Too Big To Fail: You’re Going to Love to Hate Homeland’s Damian Lewis in His New Showtime Series

by Joanna Robinson – Vanity Fair – August 11, 2015

No matter how bad things got with Congressman Nicholas Brody on Homeland, there was a part of us that was always supposed to love him a little.  Sure, he was a terrorist, but such a gosh darn likable one! Well all that likability is out the window for actor Damian Lewis in his new home on Showtime.

Billions—which co-stars Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, and Maggie Siff—is about the privileged class enjoying their privileges and the one man struggling to take them down. From New York Times financial columnist and Too Big to Fail author Andrew Ross Sorkin,Billions promises to scratch that Wolf of Wall Street itch you didn’t realize was bugging you.

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Damian Lewis Gets the Royal Treatment in Wolf Hall – April 6, 2015

Damian Lewis gets the royal treatment in ‘Wolf Hall’

by Sara Vilkomerson – Entertainment Weekly – April 

We asked Lewis to talk Tudor stye, historical misconceptions, and saying goodbye to Brody.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you think British people know the story of Henry VIII better than Americans?

Damian Lewis: In terms of brand recognition, Henry is right up there with Coca-Cola. But people think they know all about him—that he had six wives, that he was inclined to cut their heads off when he didn’t get what he wanted. What we see in Wolf Hall is much like the books: very quiet, very still. Very political. It’s much more House of Cards than Game of Thrones.

Had you read Wolf Hall before signing on to the series?

Yes, and I loved it. I just love this intimate peek behind closed doors, at a part of Tudor history we think we know. Hilary’s inventiveness and her imagination and the psychological tickings of these characters are great. And it’s been so much fun to act—it’s fun to alter some perceptions.

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