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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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Wolf Hall on PBS in Tri-State Area – March 5, 2018

Henry is Back on Masterpiece 

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 5, 2018

Attention fans who are in the tri-state viewing area, which includes New York metropolitan , New Jersey and Connecticut: Wolf Hall will air on PBS Masterpiece Channel 13 beginning this Sunday, March 11, 2018 so set your DVR and calendar reminders.

Source: BBC/PBS

Here is Channel 13’s Wolf Hall schedule:

Sunday, March 11
9:00 pm (EST) – Episode One “Three Card Trick”
10:10 pm (EST) – Episode Two “Entirely Beloved”
11:15 pm (EST) – Episode Three “Anna Regina”

Sunday, March 18
9:00 pm (EST) – Episode Four “The Devil’s Spit”
10:05 pm (EST) – Episode Five “Crows”
11:10 pm (EST) – Episode Six “Master of Phantoms”

For more information about your local viewing area, please visit PBS.org.

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Rake Magazine Interview: A True Leading Man – Feb 15, 2018

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In an exclusive interview with The Rake, Damian Lewis tells Tom Chamberlin why we all, in spite of ourselves, love an anti-hero.

by Tom Chamberlin | The Rake Magazine | February, 2018

Source: The Rake Magazine – Photo by: Kalle Gustafsson

Lewis – from Life to Homeland, Wolf Hall to Billions – has become the finest purveyor of modern drama’s moral ambiguities. In fact, writes Tom Chamberlin, if you can think of an actor who has influenced our golden age of television more than him, speak up…

Among the more ambiguous archetypes of the celluloid age, that of ‘leading man’ is perhaps the least defined. Far from the specific criteria of commedia dell’arte and melodrama, in which the characters are demarcated (bad guy = black hat and moustachioed, etc.), the leading man is purely subjective. Arguably he is the origin of celebrity, pulling screen presence into the limelight of fame. But the list of leading men over the years has shown that no colour, size, hair, manner or cultural identity has ever had dominion over the sobriquet. That is until Damian Lewis entered the fray. For Lewis is a man who, above anything else, is an exemplar of leadership and integrity at a time when the acting world could use a dose of it.

Damian Lewis takes charge of rooms when he enters them. Photoshoots with celebrities are often led by either the photographer, who squeezes every image he or she can from the available time; the stylist, whose job is to make sure a well-curated variety of clothes appears in the magazine; or the publicist, who tends to be the powerbroker. The ‘talent’ can often struggle through the day (except, of course, former Rake cover subjects), regarding the experience as a necessary nuisance. Not so with Mr. Lewis.

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Follow in the Footsteps of Damian’s Filming Location in Kent – Jan 28, 2018

11 Kent Filming Locations You Can Visit and Walk in the Footsteps of Your Favourite Actors

by Sophie Madge | KentLive | January 28, 2018

Visitors can actually explore the famous locations for themselves.

Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place is a historic building near Tonbridge, Kent, 32 miles (51 km) south east of London, England. It is the ancestral home of the Sidney family, and was the birthplace of the great Elizabethan poet, courtier and soldier, Sir Philip Sidney. The original medieval house is one of the most complete surviving examples of 14th-century domestic architecture in England. Part of the house and its gardens are open for public viewing.

The stately home in west Kent has been the setting for a number of TV shows and films. BBC Two’s adaptation of Wolf Hall was partly filmed at the Elizabethan house, with the Queen Elizabeth Room, The Tapestry Room, The Solar, The Long Gallery, and The Crypt all used for scenes in the TV adaptation.

Visitors can go to Penshurst Place and follow in the footsteps of Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Damian Lewis as they walk around the rooms.

Source: BBC

You can visit Penshurst Place and Gardens, and current admission prices are available here.

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

7 Roles Featuring Damian Lewis’ Real Accent

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.

1. Heart and Bones, 2000-2001 
This soapy, Thirtysomething-esque drama — which also featured Sarah ParishDervla KirwanAmanda Holden, and The Full Monty‘s Hugo Speer — starred a fresh-faced Lewis as a teacher with a troubled young marriage.

2. The Forsyte Saga, 2002-2003 
This wasn’t your grandmother’s Forsyte Saga: the modern update of the John Galsworthy novels, which were previously adapted into a heralded 1967 miniseries, featured Lewis as the villainous Soames Forsyte, a man capable of disturbing brutality.

3. Friends and Crocodiles, 2006
Lewis played a sort of British Jay Gatsby—a wealthy, eccentric bon vivant in 1980s Britain—in this Stephen Poliakoff drama that aired on BBC AMERICA. Perhaps Baz Luhrmann was taking notes for his Gatsby update?

4. The Baker, 2007 
Before he wielded a gun in the quirky, short-lived U.S. series Life, Lewis played an assassin who goes into hiding in a small Welsh town and takes up a life as a baker. Yes, it’s a comedy, as evidenced by this memorable love scene.

5. Phineas and Ferb, 2009 
Think Mr. Lewis would make a crackin’ 007? Well, at least we know he has the vocal delivery down. He provided voice-over for super-spy Agent Double-00 in this animated series.

6. The Sweeney, 2012
Right after ’80s cop drama 21 Jump Street became a blockbuster film in the U.S., Britain released their update of the popular ’70s crime series The Sweeney, which cast Lewis as a tough detective. Lewis’s appearances in this trailer are blink-and-you-missed-him, but you can see his full performance on Netflix.

7. Wolf Hall, 2015
Lewis played a swaggering Henry VIII in this miniseries based on Hilary Mantel‘s novel. Though future Oscar winner Mark Rylance received most of the accolades thrown at the saga, Lewis had his share of praise. The Independent‘s Neela Debnathwrote, “Damian Lewis is so good as the capricious monarch that at times you want to slap some sense into him and remind him to stop being such a prima donna. But you’d probably get your head lopped off.”

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