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Damian Lewis’ Path from Band of Brothers to Billions – March 23, 2018

Damian Discusses His Most Pivotal Roles

by Emily Zemler | LA Times | March 23, 2018

Source: LA Times – Photo by Genaro Molina

“I am interested in the imperfections in people,” Damian Lewis says. “I’m interested in the contradictions and in the moral struggle that often exists in all of us.”

This sensibility threads through many of the actor’s film and television characters, particularly his current role as shrewd hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod on “Billions.” The Showtime series returns for its third season tonight, bringing us even closer to understanding what exactly makes Bobby tick.

“He’s a fiercely loyal man,” Lewis says about Bobby. “He’s ruthless. He’s extremely competitive. For him, the game is everything. The playing of the game is the thing — and it is a game, so winning the game is paramount. He enjoys it.”

The role is a big shift for Lewis, 47, who got his start on British television before coming to the attention of American audiences in Steven Spielberg’s World War II epic miniseries “Band of Brothers.” Although Lewis has since had several career-defining roles, particularly as Nicholas Brody in “Homeland,” that project lingers as one of his most important projects.

“Some jobs are just gigs, but some jobs have the ability to be life-changing,” he notes. “They just alter you in some small way. ‘Band of Brothers’ was definitely one of those.”

Here Lewis discusses several of his most pivotal roles:

Bobby Axelrod, “Billions” (2016-2018)

“What attracted me to Bobby Axelrod was to get to play a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants and see where that takes him personally. To find out, during the course of the show, how corrupting that is on a man who is prepared to cross one line after another. What does it do to one’s soul? I saw that as potentially where it was going. And it’s enormous fun. He’s a form of gangster and it’s fun playing that kind of guy.”

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Damian Lewis: Cherwell Salutes You – May 11, 2011

Damian Lewis: Cherwell Salutes You

Damian Lewis is making me a cup of tea. Dressed in Ugg boots, a checked shirt and a stylish knit cardigan, he’s every inch the metrosexual, cool guy about town: down with the kids in more ways than one, he has to head off after the interview to read his children a bedtime story.

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  • Don’t miss Damian Lewis’s brilliant performance in Lodge Kerrigan’s Keane on the Sundance Channel in the US:

    » Wednesday, September 9 at 1:05am

    » Monday, September 21 at 2am

  • Keane will soon broadcast in the UK on Sky Arts:

    » Sky Arts 1 September 8th, 10:10pm

    » Sky Arts 1 HD September 8th, 10:10pm

  • Lee Paris’s review of Keane includes these comments:

  • Damian Lewis is frighteningly convincing and within the first few moments of watching his pained yet incredibly handsome face I was mesmerized. I felt that I was a fly on the wall of his brain – his poor, tortured, sick brain. It didn’t take long to realize that he was suffering from schizophrenia… It is obvious that director Lodge Kerrigan has intimate knowledge regarding schizophrenia (check out his earlier film ‘Clean,Shaven’) and it was refreshing to see the subject portrayed an a non-stereotyped manner. How rare to see it played out from the body of a very together looking, well dressed, well spoken, handsome human. The lack of soundtrack was perfect to add to the brutal reality of the inner workings of the character…

  • Keane is available on DVD in:

    » Region 1 – US and Canada

    » Region 2 – UK, Europe, South Africa, Mideast, Egypt, and Japan

    » Region 4 – Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean

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  • The Unite By Cycling site is featuring a photo of celebrity ambassador Damian Lewis and information about his participation in the September 19th Tour of Britain cycling event to benefit the Prostate Cancer Charity:

    Actor Damian Lewis, who cycles regularly, both at home in London and LA, and when he is filming, said: “I live in North London and I can get to Soho on bike routes in 15 minutes and I love it. We should have more cycle routes. It’s a fantastic way to get about.
    “We also ride a lot together as a family. I love having my son and my daughter on the back of my bike. It’s a great way of taking your kids around. Its gets them out of the buggy – and it’s a real treat for them…

    …I feel passionate about supporting The Prostate Cancer Charity in improving the lives of the 35,000 men, and their families, who are affected by the disease every year.

    The event will be televised on ITV4; click here for more information.

  • Thanks to Linda and Jill for this Helen McCrory interview from Source Magazine. In the article Helen talks about her dream of visiting Cuba with her husband Damian Lewis, the homes of their families in Wales, and a favorite childhood memory.

  • Chris Ball of the Cleveland Plain Dealer previewed the August 25th Region 1 DVD release of
    Life Season 2 starring Damian Lewis as Detective Charlie Crews:

    DVDs coming out Aug. 25; “Life,” season two

    When a wrongfully imprisoned policeman finally gets out of jail, he’s a changed man. Though few on the force trust him, he returns to work solving gruesome murders, but now with a Zen-like appreciation for life. Damian Lewis is enjoyably off-the-wall as the star of this unique cop show on NBC. Former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Sarah Shahi co-stars as his serious-minded partner, and Donal Logue joins the cast for the 2008-09 season. 21 episodes, 15 hours. DVD extras: deleted scenes, a gag reel and audio commentaries. From Universal.

  • Keane starring Damian Lewis will air on Sky Arts 1 in the UK on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 6:30pm.

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  • Click here for Jeff Hall’s review of the soundtrack for The Escapist. The film’s music was created by Benjamin Wallfisch and can now be purchased as an online download. The CD has been delayed but it is currently available for pre-order with a May 19th release date.

  • The Escapist is currently playing at the Living Room Theater in Portland, OR and it will open in Fort Lauderdale, FL on May 13th at the Cinema Paradiso.

  • In the US The Escapist is also available as an “on demand” pay-per-view movie under IFC In Theaters.

  • Click here for a review of the The Escapist from Portland and click here for a review from New Zealand.

  • Click here for the TV Guide listing for Disney’s Phineas and Ferb episode titled “Elementary, My Dear Stacy” that will air on Friday, May 15th at 8:30pm ET (following “Day of the Living Gelatin!”) Damian Lewis makes a guest voice appearance in “Elementary, My Dear Stacy” as Secret Agent Double 0 0!

  • Reminder! Keane starring Damian Lewis will air in the US on the Sundance Channel on May 12th at 1pm with repeats on May 20th and 30th.

  • Thanks to Ryanne for the news that The History Channel will run a Band of Brothers marathon on May 23 and 24.