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Axe and Wendy’s Relationship on Billions – May 4, 2018

Lawyers, Kink and Money: Maggie Siff Finds Her Richest Role Yet 

by Greg Braxton | LA Times | May 4, 2018

Source: Showtime

Ask Billions star Maggie Siff how she would feel if she all of a sudden became a billionaire, and you’ll likely hear a laugh tinged with a bit of discomfort. Wendy Rhoades, the sensitive but stern corporate therapist and performance coach Siff plays in the Showtime drama Billions, might have some other answers to that question. She operates in a world of massive wealth, working for Axe Capital, the hedge fund headed by cocky billionaire Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis).

That professional association has proved to be repeatedly problematic for Rhoades, who is married to bulldog U.S. Atty. Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), an enemy of financial corruption who has a singular objective — putting Axelrod behind bars.

Her loyalties are constantly at odds, and the blood feud puts Wendy in the middle of a vicious triangle where it appears only one of the men in her life will survive. In the latest episodes of the drama, she has increasingly found herself edging toward legal peril.

Is there a secret part of Wendy that’s in love with Axe? It seems that the combination of the two men in her life could add up to the perfect partner.

That’s an interesting way of looking at it. Initially, in the first season I thought there might be some unconscious romantic love. As I’ve come to understand it, I see it as more of a platonic love. There are things about Axe’s brilliance and his aggression that are attractive to her, but only in terms of exciting her as a friend, as a therapist, someone to work on.

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Billions: Super Antiheros – April 24, 2018

The Superhero Show About Finance and the Tale of Two Warring Goliaths

by Rachel Syme | The New Republic | April 24, 2018

Billions reckons with the inflated egos and muddled ethics of Wall Street.

The first season of Billions premiered in January 2016— eight years after the collapse of the subprime mortgage market and eleven months before a self-proclaimed billionaire was elected president. This was the sweet spot, timing wise, for a bombastic prestige drama about the world of money. In 2011, the sharp and enraging documentary Inside Job, which charted the corruption that led to the financial crisis, won an Oscar. In the winter of 2016, The Big Short—a sermonizing, big-budget Hollywood comedy about reckless bankers—was nominated for Best Picture. The mea culpas had been issued, the bad actors identified, and although only one person officially went to jail, the coast looked clear for new stories of Wall Street and wealth.

Of course, in the wake of the crisis, a showrunner could not simply rehash the old Gordon Gekko formula for a modern audience. Slickness was no longer glamorous but gross; very few Americans had an appetite for captains of industry slurping down midday martinis at the Capital Grille. Instead, the three creators of Billions—the longtime writing team of Brian Koppelman and David Levien, along with The New York Times’ financial reporter, Andrew Ross Sorkin—took a populist genre and grafted it onto the honeyed, moneyed lives of the rich and infamous: They made a superhero show about finance.

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Billions: Lamb Skin Sharks on Wall Street – April 9, 2018

“The third season of the series delves into the greed and corruption of its protagonists”

by Turkey Telegraph | April 9, 2018

Source: Showtime

While the President of United States applauds the success of shows like Roseanne, another very different series, Billions, is called “trumpist,” as it is said by its protagonists. And not because they agree with American president, but it is what’s reflected in the series: corporate greed with sheepskin sharks and rampant corruption among politicians.  Damian Lewis states, “In United States I am greeted by cheers for Bobby Axelrod while in England they call me a scoundrel for the same character. I guess it depends on which crystal you look at.”

“We always had a whiff of Trump from the beginning, but this season is clearer, with new characters within Government that reflect the reality we live,” adds Paul Giamatti, who plays the Federal Prosecutor of financial crimes . “Anyone in the series could be a new member of Trump’s cabinet,” adds Lewis humorously.  Neither Lewis nor Giamatti predict a happy ending.

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Lightning Rod: Damian Lewis on Playing the Best Bad Boy on TV – April 4, 2018

Who Says Bad Guys Don’t Win?

by Michael Idato  | The Sydney Morning Herald | April 4, 2018

Damian Lewis as the greedy money man Bobby Axelrod in Billions. Photo: Jim Fiscus

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.

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Video: Damian Talks to MindFood About Billions Season 3 – March 31, 2018

“The assassins are everywhere. Everywhere.”

by MindFood Magazine | March 25, 2018

We talk to Damian Lewis about the third season of ‘Billions’, Donald Trump and what surprises him.

Source: MindFood Magazine YouTube Channel