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The ex-Etonian talks schooldays, silly movies and choosing his own career
Although he must be fed up with every interview ever written about him mentioning his red hair – often in tones that suggest he was born with a third leg – today it’s not Damian Lewis’ hair that first catches the eye. It’s what’s on top of it. This is a small red and black-checked trilby hat. It’s the sort of headgear only an actor, or possibly an unusually flamboyant butcher, would ever dream of wearing.
We’re meeting in an engagingly sleazy theatrical club on the Charing Cross Road, a place where the walls are hung with pictures of actors and actresses in a variety of exotic costumes. There’s also a wafty scarlet satin curtain screening us off from the rest of the place. None the less it’s Lewis’s hat that I keep glancing at as it sits on the table between us. Is it a joke? A touch of absurdity to quell any suggestion of vanity? Or is it the opposite? Something he actually thinks looks good on him?
After an hour in his company, I’m still not sure. All I know is that Lewis probably doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks of him or his hat. More than any other actor I’ve ever interviewed he seems entirely contented in his own skin. Admittedly, this isn’t saying much, but in Lewis’s case the self-assurance seems to come off him in waves.
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LOS ANGELES, CA (April 7, 2011) – Following the successful debuts of four critically acclaimed, new original hit series – The Big C, Shameless, Episodes and The Borgias – Showtime Networks and President of Entertainment David Nevins, will be adding two more original series to the premium channel’s line-up. Homeland, a one hour drama starring Emmy(R) Award winner Claire Danes, Golden Globe(R) nominee Damian Lewis and Emmy and Tony(R) Award winner Mandy Patinkin, and House of Lies, a half-hour comedy starring Academy Award(R)-nominated actor Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, have received 12 episode orders. Both series will start production during the summer of 2011.
“On the heels of successfully launching our four freshman series in the last 8 months, we’re excited to introduce the next wave of Showtime shows,” said Nevins. “HOMELAND and HOUSE OF LIES are audacious in both their concept and their casting. They build upon the network’s successful pedigree and expand the definition of what a SHOWTIME series can be.”
HOMELAND is a psychological thriller that tells the story of Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes), a CIA officer battling her own demons, who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of Scott Brody (Damian Lewis) a U.S. soldier who had been missing and presumed deal for nine years, was a setup and may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil. Mandy Patinkin will portray Saul, a veteran CIA Division Chief who is Carrie’s (Danes) boss and mentor. HOMELAND is written by Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Gideon Raff, and is based on Raff’s Israeli television series “Prisoners of War.” The series will be produced by FOX 21.
More: Variety – Showtime orders ‘Homeland,’ ‘House of Lies’
When Homeland producer Howard Gordon was asked about a premiere date a few weeks ago, he told TV Squad that “The idea would be in September. Nothing is written in stone. We have to finish this (pilot) first, and they have to like it, but I think it would come out next September.”
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Producer Howard Gordon discusses Homeland in an interview with 411mania.com:
Al Norton: Was the Homeland pilot the first thing you had written that was an adaptation of something else (Homeland is based on a popular Israeli series)?
Howard Gordon: No, I actually did a pilot 10 years ago called Ultraviolet that was an adaptation of a British series.
Al Norton: I have the DVD set of Ultraviolet.
Howard Gordon: Isn’t it great? I was excited about it but unfortunately it didn’t get picked up.
Al Norton: What challenges do you face as a writer when adapting someone else’s work?
Howard Gordon: The challenges are knowing not to fix what isn’t broken – some people can’t resist tearing something apart that’s not theirs – and to know what works and what doesn’t and on the other hand to resist the temptation to just change the names. Changing the names from Moshe to Mike didn’t work in this case. You really need to know what works for your market and with this adaptation it really was very specific to an Israeli audience and would not have worked so it really needed to be reinvented.
Al Norton: Not that the entire cast isn’t great (Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin) but how thrilled were you to get Damian Lewis as your lead?
Howard Gordon: Unbelievably. I didn’t know how much until I saw him work. I mean, I knew he was one of our best actors but I didn’t know just how great he was until I saw him work.
Al Norton: How’s the pilot coming?
Howard Gordon: We’re cutting it right now. Without jinxing it I’m very, very excited about it.
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Homeland Producer Howard Gordon had some nice things to say about Damian in an interview with TheFutonCritic.com.
JH: Switching gears to “Homeland,” as I read the script it was so easy to see Claire Danes in the lead role of Carrie Anderson.
HG: When we sat down to write it, “Temple Grandin” (the HBO TV-movie that won Danes an Emmy and many other awards) was on that week and we started calling the character Claire when we were breaking the story. We were really picturing her in this part so the fact that we actually got her turned out to be really fantastic and, aside from being a pleasure to work with, she really investigated the role. We’re cutting it right now and I think we’ll know from Showtime probably in early March at the latest whether we’re going forward.
JH: How was it different for you to write a female lead after writing Jack Bauer all those years?
HG: That’s a good point and I think it’s one of the big distinguishers and it’s one of the things that we’re sensitive about is not doing “24.” “24” is this adrenalized, compressed thing, pedal-to-the-metal suspense thriller and this is a willfully slower story with a very different character at the center of it. Jack had a family and that was something that always pulled at him and this is a woman who is very much alone in the world in the context of being a woman of a certain age who hasn’t made those connections. She’s a very different character and we approached her differently. She’s bi-polar, which presents its own set of problems in terms of her work but it’s also this double-edged sword. It’s a very different construction. And then, of course, the family drama of Brody’s return – and we have Damian Lewis from “Band of Brothers” and “Life” – the guy is unbelievable. He’s really, really one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with.