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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.

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  • Click above to watch a video interview with Damian Lewis discussing one of his passions – playing golf! 😀

    Damian will be featured in next issue of Today’s Golfer magazine that will be released in the UK on August 13th.

    In the interview Damian talks about taking part in the Northern Rock All Star Cup at the Celtic Manor in Wales in August, 2006. Click here and scroll down to download clips from the event (thanks to Kaz!) and click here to view photos from the charity tournament.

  • Damian Lewis is currently filming Your Highness in Northern Ireland and lucky blogger simonf spotted him today and posted this comment:

    Damian Lewis walked past us this afternoon carrying a Next bag. First proper Hollywood actor I’ve ever seen in Belfast.

    How come that never happens to me?! 😥

  • The Guardian has published a clip from Cartier’s International Polo Day on July 26th and there’s a brief glimpse of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory at 3:59 minutes. Thanks to Ryanne for the link!


  • Click here to access the “Press Kit” for The Escapist including these comments from Damian Lewis about his sinister character Rizza:

    “It’s an important but small role,” admits Damian of his character. “I see Rizza as the evil centre of the prison. He’s a self styled prison boss, he’s running the prison from the inside. He has to control his younger brother who’s a loose cannon.”

    “Rizza is an unusual kind of figure in the prison: the prison and the people inside the prison were his boys and that’s how he wanted it to be. He never wanted his authority challenged; he’d do anything to maintain that status quo. It’s quite an effeminate role and that ties in nicely with the brother. There’s malevolence but effeteness at the same time.”

    Damian especially enjoyed the moral ambiguities of Rizza. “He’s very affectionate about his brother – he’d do anything to protect him but he’s utterly ruthless. You have to be to remain at the top in this setting. He does business daily through violence and intimidation, but I liked the idea that there was something effeminate about him – something preening and self-regarding. He’s a thug but also a weird feminine sophistication.”

  • The Escapist was recently released in Australia and Rialto Distribution and Vertigo Films ran a promotion offering students at the
    University of Technology in Sydney chances to win “25 Double Passes” to see the film. Keep your eyes open for opportunities like this in your area!

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  • Visit the Warehouse for more pictures of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory taken yesterday at “Cartier International Polo Day 2009.”

  • Click here and
    here for videoclips from the Cartier polo event that include Damian and Helen. Thanks to Ann and Ryanne for the links!

  • The Escapist with Damian Lewis aired on UK television tonight on Film4; keep looking for the film in theatres and on television in your area!

  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox, the animated film featuring the voice talent of Helen McCrory will open the “Times BFI London Film Festival” on October 14, 2009. 😀

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  • Visit the Warehouse for photos of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory attending “Cartier International Polo Day 2009” at the Guards Polo Club on July 26, 2009 in Egham, England.

  • Jonathan Dawson shared this review for the Australian release of The Escapist with Damian Lewis. He described the film as…

  • …one of the great and most convincing prison escapes of them all, the more powerful because of its quietness and the seesawing and jump cut structure that cuts between the planning and the actual dig and final dash for freedom along sewers and subway tunnels.

  • Click here for a review of Benjamin Wallfisch’s musical score for The Escapist that is now available on CD.

  • A blogger named Ruth has posted a photo of the recent filming of Your Highness at Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland.

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  • Click above to view a fan-made “pre-trailer” for Damian Lewis’s new film titled Your Highness that is currently filming on location in Northern Ireland. The video was posted on YouTube by TheTop5ive with this description:

    Pre-trailer. First look at the upcoming movie “Your Highness” starring Danny McBride, star of “Eastbound and Down” and “Pineapple Express.” “Your Highness” pairs McBride up with sexy James Franco and hot Natalie Portman. Your Highness is a stoner comedy in the vein of those 1980s fantasy, swords-and-sorcerors movies. Pack a bowl, put on your ren faire costume and check it out.

  • Click here and here for articles about the July 23rd theatrical release of
    The Escapist in The Netherlands. Thanks to Ryanne for the links and for this quote and translation from NRC Handelsblad:

    Een speciale vermelding verdient Damien Lewis als dreigend-charismatische boevenbaas Rizza.

    Translation:

    Damian Lewis deserves a special mention as the menacing-charismatic prison boss Rizza.

    Personally, I didn’t find Rizza at all charismatic. I thought that he was creepy and scary. 🙁 But Damian Lewis is a great actor! 🙂

  • Click here for an Oxford Times article about photographer Cambridge Jones and his new book Inspired By Music that profiles Damian Lewis and other celebrities. Sales of the book will benefit disadvantaged young people through the Prince’s Trust.

  • The Irish Film and Television Network reports that principal photography has begun in London for Helen McCrory’s new film The Special Relationship and in Northern Ireland on Damian’s current project Your Highness.