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Damian Was Third Choice to Play Homeland’s Nick Brody – Jan 12, 2016

Damian Lewis had to fend off Ryan Philippe and Patrick Wilson to play Homeland’s Nicholas Brody

by Sarah Doran – RadioTimes – January 12, 2016

Source: Showtime

Showrunner Alex Gansa reveals the British actor wasn’t top of the list of Showtime’s potential leading men for the espionage thriller.

He may now be one of TV and film’s most famous redheads but did you know Damian Lewis very nearly missed out on his role as Homeland’s Nicholas Brody?

 When casting for the US show began, Lewis wasn’t Showtime’s (the network Homeland debuted on) first choice for the role. In fact, he wasn’t even the second, despite showrunner Alex Gansa’s determination to see him step into Brody’s shoes.

“When we first brought him up, everyone was very negative about the suggestion,” Gansa told The New Yorker. Their hesitation had a lot to do with the failure of Life, a cancelled NBC police procedural drama in which the British actor had played the lead character.

“That carries a pretty big stigma,” Gansa said. “The network really wanted Ryan Phillippe; Patrick Wilson passed. I kept talking about Damian until I got a call from the head of the studio saying, ‘Look, Alex, please do not bring up Damian’s name again.’ Hanging up the phone in my office – I think we were two weeks from the start of principal photography – I was like, Are we going to cast Ryan Phillippe in this role?”

That’s right. A non-Lewis Brody very nearly happened. We know, you guys. We know.

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Damian Lewis Nominated for a Golden Globe: Wolf Hall – Dec 10, 2015

Damian Lewis Nominated for a Golden Globe: Wolf Hall

by Damianista – Fan Fun with Damian Lewis – December 10, 2015

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Damian Lewis has just received a Golden Globe nomination for his fantastic portrayal of Henry VIII in Wolf Hall. 

Wolf Hall has received 3 Golden Globe nominations — Best TV Mini Series or Movie, Best Actor in a Mini Series or TV Movie (Mark Rylance), and Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini Series or TV Movie (Damian Lewis).  Congratulations to everyone involved in the making of one of the best, if not the best, mini-series that ever happened to TV.

A little note about the Golden Globe Awards: The awards, given by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), recognize excellence in film and television. Damian has got a nod in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television category. The other nominees are Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Ben Mendelsohn (Blood Line), Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones) and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot).

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Damian Lewis Nominated for Satellite Award: Wolf Hall – Dec 6, 2015

Damian Lewis Nominated for Satellite Award: Wolf Hall

by Damianista – Fan Fun with Damian Lewis – December 6, 2015

Damian Lewis and his Wolf Hall co-star Mark Rylance are both nominated for a Satellite Award by the International Press Academy in the same category, Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television.  Damian’s top performance in a top production is top of the line!

Henry is a man whose, in Damian Lewis’ words, “…ability to love and then to simply discard is sociopathic.”

Henry’s various moods were perfectly demonstrated in Damian’s top notch performance.  We give you the many facades of Henry VIII in Wolf Hall:

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Wolf Hall Location Guide: Discover the Castles, Medieval Streets and Stately Homes – Sept 8, 2015

28 Historic Properties Were Used in BBC2’s Adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Novel – Producer Mark Pybus Reveals His Favourites

by Jade Bremner – RadioTimes – September 8, 2015

Source: BBC

Wolf Hall, one of Wolf Hall’s most successful ever period dramas, depicts the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell: the son of a lowly blacksmith who rose through the ranks of the Tudor court to become Henry VIII’s trusted advisor.

The series was not just a triumph for its star Mark Rylance – it also showed the wealth and luxury of Tudor Britain like never before.

Director Peter Kosminsky insisted on filming the entire series on location. “All those small details add up and make a significant difference,” explains series producer Mark Pybus. Some of the properties were actually used by Henry VIII five hundred years ago.

Chastleton House, Oxfordshire
Chastleton’s small stone courtyard doubles for Putney, where we see Cromwell as a young man being viciously attacked by his father. The interiors stand in for the Seymour family home, Wolf Hall, where Henry first falls for Jane Seymour. “The Seymours are on the up when we first meet them, before Jane becomes queen,” says Pybus. “It’s one of the only properties in the drama that has a shabby feel. We wanted to get across that they’re not as rich as other people in the show.” It’s possible to visit this ancient house, first built by a rich wool merchant, and now managed by the National Trust.

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Damian Lewis: Red Hot, Sunday Times, April 12, 2015

Original article at the Times

Red hot

Back on the London stage after years of top TV, what could the thoughtful actor Damian Lewis possibly have to worry about?

(Francesco Guidicini)

Bryan Appleyard
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Red Hot Interview – April 11, 2015

Acting: A Leap of Faith

by Bryan Appleyard | The Sunday Times | April 11, 2015

The Sunday Times - April 12th
There’s no easy way of saying this, but the man who has just walked into the rather funereal sitting room in the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre has red hair.

It’s not carroty red, but it is indisputably red. I’m no reddist, but I still feel we need to get this out of the way — after all, he has bravely tackled this fraught subject in the past.

“People find it very difficult to be indifferent to red hair,” he once said. Emboldened, I plunge in.

“So, Damian Lewis, what is it about red hair?”

“Well, I was never bullied at school because of it. I was lucky because I was sporty, and I had status and profile within the school [Eton]. Now I get letters from children who get teased about their red hair and they ask how I managed.”

Having survived childhood unscathed, it wasn’t until he found himself working with the Royal Green Jackets on the television drama Warriors that he first endured the full force of institutional reddism in the military — “I experienced witty and scatological abuse all around, being a redhead.”

Times have changed, however; red rights are widely accepted. Maybe he is destined to be the redheads’ Martin Luther King. “The redhead stock is very high at the moment. This might be a unique moment in recent history: redheads everywhere are doing well — Prince Harry, Ed Sheeran, Julianne Moore, me, Lily Cole…”

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Damian Lewis Gets the Royal Treatment in Wolf Hall – April 6, 2015

Damian Lewis gets the royal treatment in ‘Wolf Hall’

by Sara Vilkomerson – Entertainment Weekly – April 

We asked Lewis to talk Tudor stye, historical misconceptions, and saying goodbye to Brody.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you think British people know the story of Henry VIII better than Americans?

Damian Lewis: In terms of brand recognition, Henry is right up there with Coca-Cola. But people think they know all about him—that he had six wives, that he was inclined to cut their heads off when he didn’t get what he wanted. What we see in Wolf Hall is much like the books: very quiet, very still. Very political. It’s much more House of Cards than Game of Thrones.

Had you read Wolf Hall before signing on to the series?

Yes, and I loved it. I just love this intimate peek behind closed doors, at a part of Tudor history we think we know. Hilary’s inventiveness and her imagination and the psychological tickings of these characters are great. And it’s been so much fun to act—it’s fun to alter some perceptions.

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Damian Lewis on Wolf Hall – Interview, AssignmentX, April 5, 2015

Damian Lewis on WOLF HALL – interview

The actor talks playing Henry VIII in the new PBS series

Damian Lewis stars as King Henry VIII on the PBS series WOLF HALL | © 2015 PBSDamian Lewis won an Emmy for his portrayal of Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine turned terrorist turned counter-terrorist assassin, during his three years on HOMELAND. The London-born actor, who previously starred in two seasons of LIFE, is now back on television playing no less an historical personage than England’s King Henry VIII in PBS’s six-hour WOLF HALL, which premieres Sunday, April 5. Adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novels, WOLF HALL explores the relationship between Henry and his spy master, the common-born Thomas Cromwell, played by Mark Rylance, as well as the marriage of Henry and second wife Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy). Continue reading Damian Lewis on Wolf Hall – Interview, AssignmentX, April 5, 2015

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Damian Lewis Talks Henry VIII and Masterpiece’s New Wolf Hall Miniseries, Paste, April 3, 2015

Damian Lewis Talks Henry VIII and Masterpiece’s New Wolf Hall Miniseries

Power-hungry hangers-on, backroom dealings, betrayal, and sycophants currying favor all go into the mix of Masterpiece’s new six-part, miniseries Wolf Hall. And while it may sound like it’s set in modern-day Washington à la House of Cards, the new show actually takes place during the 16th Century, at the court of Henry VIII. Continue reading Damian Lewis Talks Henry VIII and Masterpiece’s New Wolf Hall Miniseries, Paste, April 3, 2015

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Q&A: Damian Lewis, king of PBS’ ‘Wolf Hall,’ talks of a TV reign, Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2015

Q&A Damian Lewis, king of PBS’ ‘Wolf Hall,’ talks of a TV reign