Who Says Bad Guys Don’t Win?
by Michael Idato | The Sydney Morning Herald | April 4, 2018
Who says bad guys don’t win?
In the critically acclaimed drama Billions, actor Damian Lewis plays a greedy, game-playing money man who is so despised he was once cornered by a fan who said to him: “Oh my God, it’s Bobby Axelrod, you’re such an asshole.”
The accusation makes the 47-year-old London-born actor laugh.
“To use an English phrase, it’s cops and robbers, it’s Elliot Ness and Al Capone, it’s the sheriff and the cowboy,” Lewis says. “That’s how this show breaks down. That’s its mythology. Chuck is the sheriff and Bobby is the cowboy. It’s always fun to back the cowboy, the outlaw. However bad they’re being.
“It’s not my place to say whether I think people back Bobby more than they do [his nemesis] Chuck, but I think what’s clear is that this is a world of shysters, it’s a world of compromise, it’s a world of desperate men, driven by their need to win the game,” Lewis says.