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Homeland’s Damian Lewis on ‘American Damian,’ Rock-Star Fantasies, and Disturbing Sex Scenes, Vulture, November 11, 2011

Homeland’s Damian Lewis on ‘American Damian,’ Rock-Star Fantasies, and Disturbing Sex Scenes

By Rebecca Milzoff

Damian Lewis. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

For a born and bred Brit, Damian Lewis has carved out a remarkably steady career playing dyed-in-the-wool Americans, memorably in Band of Brothers and on Life (he’s slated to play Union general James B. MacPherson in the upcoming Civil War mini-series To Appomattox, too). He’s added another super-convincing tortured good old boy to his résumé as Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, the possibly turned, ever-mysterious ex-prisoner of war at the center of Showtime’s Homeland, which stars Claire Danes as the CIA agent who’s onto/into him. On a hectic press day in Manhattan, Lewis spoke to Vulture about playing Brody, his rock-star fantasies, and filming disturbing sex scenes.

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Inside the Mind Game of Homeland, WSJ Speakeasy, October 28, 2011

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‘Homeland’ Star Dishes on Charlotte – Oct 5, 2011

Hiking, Swimming, and Southern Cooking

by Staff | Charlotte Observer | October 5, 2011

During a day of filming at a cabin on Lake Norman, Lewis took a few minutes to talk about the show and Charlotte.

Q. How are you enjoying Charlotte?

I’d never been to the state before, so it’s been a novelty. We’re staying in a great neighborhood in SouthEnd, and I’ve gone out of Charlotte and I’ve seen the countryside, and I’ve been to see some music here. I’ve got my belly full of some of your Southern cooking.

Q. How are your kids adjusting?

I have two small children, 3 and 4 years old. They love it. They learned to swim here.

Q. Tell me about your character, Sgt. Brody.

Brody is a U.S. Marine sergeant who went missing in action shortly after enlisting. He’s lost in Iraq, presumed dead, and then they find him having been a prisoner of war in an al-Qaida cell. … That’s the premise of the story – whether he is or isn’t a threat, and if he is, whether she’ll (Danes’ character) catch him in time.

Q. It’s interesting that the director included flashbacks with Brody. What do you think they add to the show?

Flashbacks used well are very powerful and certainly in a show like this, a mystery and a thriller. They can illuminate, obfuscate or create an ambiguity. You see Brody committing an atrocity he’s forced to do. It has a huge psychological impact on him. It helps you understand his character a little better after he returns home.

Q. What’s it like playing an American? You’re very convincing.

Thank you. I’ve played Americans a lot. The first time was in “Band of Brothers,” and I was very conscious of Americanisms, and concentrated hard to have an authenticity. When I’m at work, I speak in an American accent all the time, not just when I’m on set. When I leave the house, I become an American and I stay that way all day. It’s sort of become part of me.

Q. How do you like working with Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin?

She’s a sweetheart. She’s smart, funny, talented and a really good cook. I love talking to (Patinkin) about old theater stories. He’s invited me hiking a couple of times, and I get to hear his whole repertoire in the mountains as we go walking along.

Source: CharlotteObserver.com

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Damian Lewis Collider Interview About Homeland – Oct 1, 2011

When Your Kids Pee on You and Television Shows Your Ass More

by Christina Radish | Collider | October 1, 2011

In the new Showtime dramatic thrillerHomeland, premiering on October 2nd, Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) returns home to a hero’s welcome after eight years in enemy confinement.

Even though Brody’s wife, Jessica (Morena Baccarin), and two children are shocked, they are happy to learn that he is still alive. However, brilliant but volatile CIA Agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) isn’t buying his story, instead believing that Brody has been turned and is now working for Al Qaeda. With America’s national security at stake, what follows is a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, leading everyone Carrie knows to question whether her conviction is based on fact or is the product of a delusional obsession. Continue reading Damian Lewis Collider Interview About Homeland – Oct 1, 2011

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Damian Lewis on Homeland – Interview

Damian Lewis on Homeland 

Photograph: Patrick Ecclesine/Showtime; Photo illustration: Jamie Divecchio Ramsay

The English actor calls Showtime’s Homeland “contentious.” Classic British understatement?

As an unknown in Hollywood, Damian Lewis took a meeting more than a decade ago with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. It landed him the career-boosting role of Maj. Richard Winters in HBO’s Band of Brothers. Now the 40-year-old English actor plays another American soldier, though a very different one: In Showtime’s new series Homeland, Lewis stars as Sgt. Nicholas Brody, who returns home after eight years as a prisoner of war in Iraq. But CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) thinks the war hero may have been recruited by Al Qaeda. Lewis spoke by phone, between getting acupuncture and flying home to his wife and two small kids in London.

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Homeland – Stars on Cursing and Getting Naked a lot, Film Review Online, August 29, 2011

Homeland – Stars on cursing and getting naked a lot

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Homeland – Claire Danes and Damian Lewis speak to the press during the TCA Session held on August 4, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA © 2011 CBS Broadcasting, Photo Mark Davis

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Inspiring Terror, The Sunday Times, February 5, 2011

Inspiring Terror

by Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times, February 5, 2011

From the writers of 24, the American drama Homeland is a dark thriller with a top-notch cast and some pretty big questions, says Stephen Armstrong

You can understand a lot about America by watching its television, although the process can be as nerve-racking as observing an alcoholic parent and measuring the number of glasses consumed. If you watch carefully, you can register the state of health of the world’s most powerful nation.

Take the quantum shift between the multi season series 24, American television’s response to 9/ll in 2001, and the new hit serial Homeland, the first season of which ended in December. In 24, agent lack Bauer faced down terror by any means necessary. He beat, tortured, endured and raced towards certain victory, confident that, once the traitors were unmasked, all would be well. You don’t need a newspaper to connect the dots between a certain kind of muscular public opinion and the stuff it watches on TV. The uncertainties of the Obama years, however, have produced Homeland, a dark, paranoid thriller that is effectively an apology for 24. Continue reading Inspiring Terror, The Sunday Times, February 5, 2011