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  • Thanks to Thann for the news that Damian Lewis will star onstage in The Misanthrope which will run at The Comedy Theatre in London’s West End from December 7, 2009 through March 13, 2010! ➡

    Damian Lewis leads an outstanding ensemble with Tara Fitzgerald, Keira Knightley and Dominic Rowan in Martin Crimp’s blistering version of Molière’s greatest comedy, The Misanthrope.

    Transported from 17th century Paris to modern-day London, Alceste (Damian Lewis) is a famous British playwright disillusioned and angry with the hypocrisy, shallowness and vanity of the contemporary world. Vowing to reject society, Alceste’s plans are derailed when he falls madly in love with Jennifer (Keira Knightley). An ambitious American film star and darling of the social scene, she may prove to be his biggest challenge yet.

  • Baz Bamigboye’s column in today’s issue of the Daily Mail featured a story about The Misanthrope that included comments from Damian Lewis and Director Thea Sharrock:

    Keira Knightley has cancelled her close-ups in front of movie cameras for a while so she can make her stage debut in the West End in December…the Oscar-nominated actress was said to be ‘terrified but excited’ about appearing in a modern-day version of Moliere’s 17th century masterpiece The Misanthrope, in which she will play a flirtatious Hollywood film star, joining an ensemble cast led by Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre actor Damian Lewis, who plays the title role.

    Tara Fitzgerald and Dominic Rowan will also star. Rehearsals start the middle of next month, with preview performances at the Comedy Theatre from December 7 and an official opening night on December 17…As Damian, her future leading man, noted: ‘She’s been surrounded by theatre all her life. ‘She also knows of the importance of being part of a company of actors. ‘It’s not the bloody Keira Knightley show,’ she joked to one friend. That point was underscored by director Thea Sharrock…’Keira’s right – it’s not the Keira Knightley show. She’s the leading lady because she has the biggest female role, but she’s not the lead part. This is Damian’s show…

    ‘I signed up to work with Damian Lewis because it’s brilliant to get him back on stage. And along the way we happened to get Keira Knightley, which is fantastic and I’m very excited but, you know, it’s in that order.’

    However, both Damian and Sharrock were clearly thrilled to be working with Keira because, however small her name is on the marquee, her star power will bring in punters…

    The actors will work from a version of The Misanthrope shaped by Martin Crimp 15 years ago and first performed at the Young Vic with Ken Stott. Damian explained that it’s an entirely updated version of the play, originally written in 1666, where Moliere was venting his anger at the ‘insincerity and vacuousness and shallowness of society around him. ‘These are people who live to be seen at the latest play, to be wearing the latest fashion, to be generally complimenting and flattering anyone they see in order to further their way up the greasy social pole,’ he said.

    Crimp has taken Moliere’s characters and turned them into a playwright (Damian’s character, Alceste), a critic, an agent, a journalist and others on the social whirl, plus an actress, known as Celimene in Moliere’s original but now called Jennifer (the role Keira will play).

    ‘Jennifer’s a young American starlet and everyone within the play is going: “Why on earth are you in love with her? She’s sh**ging everything that moves. ..”‘ Damian explained.

    The actor observed that there has always been a need for ‘what’s current, what’s fashionable’. ‘It was true in 1666. It was true when Martin Crimp’s version was written 15 years ago and it’s true now,’ said Damian, who was speaking from the set of the movie Your Highness, which is shooting in Belfast…

  • Bill Iddings’ review of the IFC International Film Festival in Muskegon, Michigan this weekend includes these comments about Damian Lewis’s performance in The Escapist:

    “The Escapist,” a compelling prison-break yarn with an ensemble cast led by Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes and a redheaded actor who should be typecast as the Devil, Damian Lewis…

    To my eye, the best of the bunch is “The Escapist,” rookie British director Rupert Wyatt’s compelling drama about a group of convicts plotting to bust out of the joint…

    The wild card in this deck is a King of The Cell Block (Lewis), a sinister man of few words, who has no interest in rotating back to the real world, where he is nothing. Given his appearance, Lewis does not have to say a thing to establish himself as one of the most ominous presences to be seen on screen this year…

    As for Cox, his performance personifies the kind the reason they give Academy Awards, but don’t. That’ll make more sense after seeing “The Escapist.” a movie that burrows underground, and perhaps into the mind of a man who might or might not be dead. Early candidate for line of the year: “You got one thing going for you: You’re too old to die young.”

  • The Baker starring Damian Lewis will open at the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri on October 9, 2009.
  • Click here to view a new video titled “Easy Company Real Veterans/Soldiers, With the Band Of Brothers Actor’s” that was posted on YouTube by Distancian.

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  • The region 1 (US/Canada) DVD of The Escapist featuring Damian Lewis is now available for rental exclusively from Blockbusters.com. ➡

    The Escapist will screen at The Harbor Theater in Muskegon, Michigan on October 10, 11, and 12 for the IFC International Film Festival.

  • The Baker starring Damian Lewis opens in Portland, Oregon on October 23rd at the
    Living Room Theatres.

  • Helen McCrory recently gave an interview to Rotten Tomatoes that mentions the “epic” ending planned for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. Helen plays Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.

    Helen gave the interview during the filming her new movie 4.3.2.1.

  • Click here to listen to Helen performing in “Words and Music Feasting with Panthers” on BBC Radio 3.

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  • Thanks to squidney for sharing this great photo of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory at the Cartier International Polo Day on July 26th. Check out the Warehouse for this picture and more photos from the event.

  • What are your favorite Damian Lewis performances? Click here to read the list compiled by doihearawaltz.

  • IFC Films has announced that The Escapist starring Damian Lewis is “Coming Soon” to DVD in region one (US and Canada).

  • Congratulations to Sarah Shahi (Damian’s co-star on Life) and her husband Steve Howey on the July 9th birth of their son William Wolf Howey. He must be a very beautiful baby! ➡

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  • Author Carrie Lofty uses specific examples from the Band of Brothers mini-series to illustrate this interesting essay about the various forms of address used by males.

  • Lucky White Rabbit has been hired as an Extra in Your Highness. The comedy features Damian Lewis and is currently filming on location in Northern Ireland. Here’s her intriguing description of the role:

    Just got a call from the extras company there. They would like to have me as an extra in James Franco’s movie. Happy days you say? Yes I say.

    Essentially I’m an albino tribeswoman who, along with her tribesy friends, kidnaps the princes and does terrible things to them. I can’t say I’m overly thrilled about wandering around Belfast in an animal skin bikini in the middle of September but I’m sure it’ll be a laugh.

  • The Baker starring Damian Lewis now appears in the schedule for September’s Kansas International Film Festival, date and time information to follow.

  • Click here and here for fan reviews of The Escapist with Damian Lewis.

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  • The Escapist with Damian Lewis will broadcast on Film4 in the UK on Sunday, August 2nd at 9pm and will also air that same night on Film4 Plus 1 at 10pm.

  • Click here for “press highlights” for The Escapist including these comments about Damian Lewis’s portrayal of the evil Rizza:

    The film punches well above its clearly low budget weight, thanks to some fine acting – notably from Cox, who dominates the film, Damian Lewis’ chilling psycho and Joseph Fiennes’s scarily pumped-up con. Accept the verdict and serve time with Cox and company and you won’t be disappointed – and you’ll be rewarded by an ingenious and unexpected twist, too. EIGHT OUT OF TEN Daily Star

    An excellent British crime film with none of the embarrassing ‘cor blimey’ caper of previous Brit outings… Brian Cox is outstanding as an aging screw with nothing to loose, while Damian Lewis simmers as the prison boss…The Escapist proves that British actors and film makers don’t need to rely on SFX to get your blood pumping. Josh Woodfin – FHM

    …an impressively pumped up Joe Fiennes, while Damian Lewis is icily threatening as the prison’s calculating big shot. Red

  • The Forsyte Saga starring Damian Lewis is currently running on ITV3 in the UK. The network will begin airing The Forsyte Saga Series 2 on August 6th.

  • This article in the Mirror mentions that Damian Lewis is interested in participating in future “Bunbury” cricket games organized by David English to raise money for charity. Click here to read about Damian’s participation in a Bunbury game that took place in September, 2006.