Help! I’m Meeting Hanks
by Weekend Reporters | Daily Mail | October 19, 2018
Some of today’s biggest stars have written for us in the past – including Damian Lewis, who wrote this hilarious diary about his big break in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s WWII TV series Band of Brothers. Weekend Magazine shared extracts from Damian Lewis’s diary as a rising star:
Late August 1999 – Call from my agent, Stephanie Randall. Hollywood’s coming to town. Hurrah. Another chance to record myself on a tape for some big blockbuster which will gather dust on a shelf in LA. ‘This is different,’ Stephanie stresses, ‘It’s Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. They’re seeing everybody, and they want you to play an American. It’s gonna be huge.’
Day of audition – I head off on my motorbike. It rains on me, I arrive, soaked and walk down some steps into a colourless Soho basement.
Continue reading Damian’s Diary – Oct 20, 2018
Gut Punches That Make Your Mascara Run
by Matthew Gilbert | The Boston Globe | October 18, 2018
“This Is Us” is known for making fans cry, as the Pearsons tackle their weekly traumas and the producers crank the Cat Stevens. It’s prime time’s Wonderful Wizard of Waaahs, the bawl game whose home runs call for tons of tissues. But to be honest, the NBC drama hasn’t made me cry once, or even well up.
Other shows, however, have left me wrung out over the years, and I have a list of TV moments that have wrenched my heart. There have been countless occasions when unscripted TV has left me terribly sad — just Google the episode of “The View” when Joe Biden consoled Meghan McCain over her father’s illness. You will be shaken and you will be stirred. But it’s more impressive when a scripted series manages to be truly affecting, when the writing and the acting are finely gauged to successfully make the mascara run.
It’s as easy to bungle emotional peaks as it is to botch humor, so here’s to some honestly elicited tears. Here are 10 of my favorite gut punches.
Continue reading TV’s 10 Most Moving Moments – Oct 19, 2018
Greatest HBO Character of All Time
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 5, 2018
Click on the Twitter link below where “people are talking about this” and vote for Major Dick Winters from Band of Brothers, now!
The results were all over the place. Some went with current characters, others delved deep into their back catalogue. Few, far as we could tell, mentioned any of the footballers on their early show 1st & 10, nor Arli$$. Most people, though, have ignored the whole “500 words or less” part and merely communicated in the way most people do these days: via gifs. Several characters made the final results, including Dick Winters! Thank you for voting. See all the results from Uproxx.
We Are Celebrating 12 Years!
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 13, 2018
Can you believe it has been 12 years? How amazing is it that a fansite has survived that long? Well it is no surprise to us, as it’s a testament to Damian’s fan base and our not-so-little community that continues to grow every day. Fansites come and go, rarely making it past the average lifespan of four years. But we are different here at damian-lewis.com for three reasons: 1) Damian does not have an official website, 2) we get a little help from him endorsing the website on his social media profile, and 3) YOU.
Here’s our special message with love and gratitude to the fans who launched the website and ran it for years, to our wonderful readers and to Damian for constant inspiration!
Thank you to those who supported and visited us over the years, through the passing of the torch as the site got handed down, from one generation to the next. We cannot express our gratitude enough to all those who poured their hearts and souls into the site these 12 years. Our mission is to preserve their legacy and keep up the good work. This site is our baby!
Not too long ago I was asked if damian-lewis.com was an official website. I answered, “We are twofold. We provide fan-related services but also serve as the primary source for accurate news and information as it relates to Damian, sometimes two steps ahead of major media outlets. So are we official? No. But we sure run the site like it is, without advertisements even!” So I like to say we are somewhere in between. We are the unofficial, yet formally legit website because we have an in-depth knowledge of all things Damian, absolute dedication, unquestionable standards and a substantial social media presence.
If you’re wondering how this fansite came to be, here’s a little bit of our history: damian-lewis.com originated as an off-shoot of the Damian Lewis Yahoo! Group (DLYG), an online fan community that started in September 2001 during the HBO broadcast of Band of Brothers. A few years later a Coppermine gallery was developed to house the group’s expanding collection of images and on July 13, 2006 this fansite launched in order to pull together some of the group’s scattered pages and keep better track of the news and content produced by Damian’s fan community.
So cheers to all of you and thank you for celebrating 12 years with us here at damian-lewis.com. We look forward to many more!
Damian Lewis: The Guy Has Been a Godsend to TV
by Matthew Gilbert | Boston Globe | June 28, 2018
Damian Lewis as Soames Forsyte & Gina McKee as his wife in the 2002 miniseries The Forsyte Saga
A lot of the TV actors and actresses we’ve come to love have a past. Turns out that before they could get a good table at an exclusive restaurant, they were nonetheless doing some fine work. Here are 10 examples of memorable early performances by now famous actors and actresses.
“The Forsyte Saga”
The guy has been a godsend to TV, with his work on “Homeland,” “Billions,” “Wolf Hall,” “Band of Brothers,” and a fine network procedural called “Life,” on which he played a cop released from prison on DNA evidence. I have a particular fondness for his work on “The Forsyte Saga,” a 2002-03 adaptation of John Galsworthy’s novels and a remake of a seminal late-1960s PBS series. It’s an engrossing literary soap about a wealthy family torn between passion and Victorian repression, with Lewis’s Soames Forsyte as the upholder of the latter. Lewis is ice cold, pale, and pathetic, as Soames clings to his Victorian delusions, stuffing his emotions down, his eyes a brutish blue. As his unloving wife, Irene, Gina McKee is perfection.
Read the rest of the original article at Boston Globe