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7 Roles Featuring Damian’s Real Accent – June, 2016

A Wealthy Eccentric, A Villainous Man, A Super Spy

by Brigid Brown | BBC America’s Anglophenia | June, 2016

There are some Homeland viewers who didn’t even know Damian Lewis was, in fact, British. But then they heard his acceptance speeches from the Emmys and Golden Globes, and all of a sudden fans were asking themselves, “What! Who? He is…?

It takes a moment to sink in.

Now that you’ve gotten a good feel of his actual accent, check out Lewis performing various roles with various British accents, all of them fabulous.

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‘The Sweeney’ Available for Pre-order in the UK

The Sweeney is now available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray and is set for release in the UK on January 21, 2013! – DVD – Blu-Ray

The “Best British action movie in years” (XFM) – The Sweeney – is available to pre-order now in advance of its release in January 2013.

An adrenaline-pumping UK action blockbuster that took cinema audiences by storm, The Sweeney will be the focus of heavyweight marketing activity and a comprehensive PR campaign reflecting key themes of high-octane London action.

As befits a best of British title, The Sweeney will also come complete with slick O-ring packaging on the DVD and Blu-ray, perfect for banishing those post-Christmas blues. The DVD and Blu-ray release will also include over 1 ½ hours of bonus features, including behind-the-scenes action and brand new featurettes! Entertainment One will also be releasing a Blu-ray Steelbook® exclusive to Amazon and

Follow the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad’s Detective Inspector Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his partner George Carter (Ben Drew) as they navigate their way through London’s criminal abyss. Armed and dangerous, the Flying Squad have their own way of operating, and when an old enemy makes a re-appearance on the London crime scene, Regan and Carter will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Directed by Nick Love (The Firm), co-written by BAFTA winning John Hodge (Trainspotting) The Sweeney boasts an all-star British cast including not only Winstone and Drew, but also Damian Lewis (Homeland), Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger), Kara Tointon (The Football Factory and) Steven Mackintosh (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans).

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‘The Sweeney’ is a dream role for Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis is in the thick of the action on Homeland, starring as the Marine Sergeant rescued after years in an Iraqi prison who is revealed to have been turned by the enemy.

But playing DCI Haskins in The Sweeney, who has the thankless task of trying to keep in Ray Winstone’s Jack Regan in check, he was strictly office bound while the rest of the cast were out playing cops and robbers.

“I wasn’t allowed out. I think Haskins was learning some Samba moves somewhere on his own,” he laughs. “Passing the time of day with a banana daiquiri on the corner.”

Despite his disappointment at missing out on the gunfights, he says the experience of being in the film was worth it.

“I just wanted to be in The Sweeney. I just thought it sounded like a right laugh – and it turned out to be! It was a treat. I got to spend a couple of weeks hanging out, working with Ray who I hadn’t worked with before.”

Instead of meeting in rehearsals, the two actors bonded with a day out at the races.

“We got off our t**s,” he says. “We were chucking money away. It was a very expensive day!”

At 41, Damian is a little too young to have watched the original series – where Haskins was played by Garfield Morgan – but was persuaded to take the role by director Nick Love.

“He sat me down and said ‘this is my vision for it’ and I said ‘that sounds fantastic’. It all happened so quickly.”

It also gave Damian, who is married to actress Helen McCory, a chance to return to his “homeland” to work, following his success in the States – and to compare working practices.

“The process of filming is pretty much the same.

“Catering is a bit better over there but only marginally. We did have quite a lot of sushi in on this. It wasn’t pie, mash and beer on The Sweeney, it was sushi and saki, which was very in keeping with the modern Sweeney.

Read the full article at Coventry Telegraph.

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More ‘The Sweeney” Video Clips

UK only, unfortunately:

A few ultra-quick glimpses of Damian at the London premiere of The Sweeney, no interviews:

Categories Interviews The Sweeney Interview: Damian Lewis, actor and star of The Sweeney

Note: The Sweeney has its London premiere on September 3rd at the Vue West End and Ray Winstone, Plan B, Damian Lewis & Hayley Atwell are expected to attend.

FRESH from the US hit Homeland, which won him fans in high places, Damian Lewis is relishing his role in a great British classic set on his home turf

DAMIAN Lewis is 42, smart, and a bit roguish, and while he has never been enamoured of Hollywood and never chased it hard, even after getting the lead in Band of Brothers, he is currently hotter than steam after torturing audiences with the quietly terrifying TV show Homeland. Obama invites him to dinner and the Clintons are big fans too. Yet this month you’ll find him in cinemas behind a desk, as a by-the-book penpusher in The Sweeney, remonstrating with Ray Winstone for his thuggish police tactics and grumbling about paperwork. It’s like getting Mo Farah to do an egg and spoon race. “I don’t even get to drive a fast car,” he agrees, cheerfully.

Thanks to ITV4, surely no one can forget Regan, Carter and the original Sweeney, with its spirit of drink, violence and dysfunction muscularly embodied by John Thaw and Dennis Waterman. For three years in the 1970s, their Ford Granada raced across London’s derelict and utterly untrendy docklands, chasing birds and nicking villains.

Almost four decades on, the new UK movie has turbo-charged the flying squad; the force is now based in a steel-and-chrome skyscraper, eschew “plain” clothes policework for snazzier threads, and have sex in the City’s hotels, rather than under floral nylon bedspreads in north London. For 2012, Regan and Carter have been recast as Ray Winstone and the rapper Plan B – or Ben Drew, as his mother calls him – while Lewis has a supporting role as Frank Haskins, their long-suffering boss.

Back in the mid-1970s, Haskins was paunchy, balding Garfield Morgan, gulping milk to ease an ulcer inflamed by both Regan and Haskins’ unseen missus, who was forever ringing in to give him grief about some marital faux pas. Lewis had met Morgan a few times at a theatre golfing club (“an august bunch of pissheads”) before his death, but warns that the new Haskins is a changed man. “I’m not a man in his 60s for a start, but I don’t think they quite knew what to do with my character. I’m the most boring character in the whole film. I kept saying to the director ‘It’s all very well, and you can put me in as many nice suits as you like – I’m still strutting around the desks,” he mockingly complains.

“But I was there for a week and it was a right laugh. I’d met Ray once at Ascot quite a few years ago, where we drank a lot of champagne, which is the way you should meet Ray. And last year you couldn’t put on the radio without hearing Ben’s album, so I had fun, and making a film in London doesn’t happen often now.”

The film also leaves the door open for a sequel and the promise of more action for Lewis next time, so maybe he’ll get to use one of the more famous Sweeney phrases notably missing from the current film. “Shuddit it, you slaaag,” offers Lewis amiably.

Read the full interview at

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‘The Sweeney’ Update

Added 2 HQ stills from The Sweeney and screencaps from the MSN clip to the gallery.

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