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Rake Magazine Interview: A True Leading Man – Feb 15, 2018

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In an exclusive interview with The Rake, Damian Lewis tells Tom Chamberlin why we all, in spite of ourselves, love an anti-hero.

by Tom Chamberlin | The Rake Magazine | February, 2018

Source: The Rake Magazine – Photo by: Kalle Gustafsson

Lewis – from Life to Homeland, Wolf Hall to Billions – has become the finest purveyor of modern drama’s moral ambiguities. In fact, writes Tom Chamberlin, if you can think of an actor who has influenced our golden age of television more than him, speak up…

Among the more ambiguous archetypes of the celluloid age, that of ‘leading man’ is perhaps the least defined. Far from the specific criteria of commedia dell’arte and melodrama, in which the characters are demarcated (bad guy = black hat and moustachioed, etc.), the leading man is purely subjective. Arguably he is the origin of celebrity, pulling screen presence into the limelight of fame. But the list of leading men over the years has shown that no colour, size, hair, manner or cultural identity has ever had dominion over the sobriquet. That is until Damian Lewis entered the fray. For Lewis is a man who, above anything else, is an exemplar of leadership and integrity at a time when the acting world could use a dose of it.

Damian Lewis takes charge of rooms when he enters them. Photoshoots with celebrities are often led by either the photographer, who squeezes every image he or she can from the available time; the stylist, whose job is to make sure a well-curated variety of clothes appears in the magazine; or the publicist, who tends to be the powerbroker. The ‘talent’ can often struggle through the day (except, of course, former Rake cover subjects), regarding the experience as a necessary nuisance. Not so with Mr. Lewis.

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A Forensic Analysis of Homeland – Feb 8, 2018

Homeland: Is the CIA Drama Actually Any Good? (A Forensic Investigation)

by Gavin Haynes | The Guardian | February 8, 2018

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We armed our writer with some DVDs and a few cups of coffee and he came back with a definitive answer to one of TV’s biggest unanswered questions. Homeland is famous for two things: Claire Danes’ capacity to act by wobbling her face, and being maddeningly uneven. Terrorists come and go: who could tell a Bibi Hamed from a Saad Massoud in the long game? But inconsistency remains. So as the show resumes later this month, when you look at it across six seasons, is Homeland actually any good? The question has never quite been resolved. Until now. Six seasons, one metric. Goodness.

Season One

UPSIDE

What’s striking now about Homeland’s debut is how slow it is. Rather than what it became – a frantic hail of bullets falling amid a fog of sarin gas – this is a psychological turn about the alienation of a returning PoW.

DOWNSIDE

A climax that’s a touch random. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) attempts to turn the vice president into strawberry jam with his suicide vest, before mammalian evolutionary programming saves the day, via a last-minute phone call from his teenage daughter – as if The Godfather climaxed with the Monty Python foot coming down on Michael Corleone.

Verdict: 57% good

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Holiday Shopping Guide: Cyber Monday and Beyond – Nov 27, 2017

Holiday Shopping Guide: Cyber Monday and Beyond

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 27, 2017

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Are you looking for that perfect gift for the quintessential Damian Lewis fan? Or perhaps a little gift for yourself? Even though today is Cyber Monday, who needs an excuse to shop for all things Damian related?  Why not shop year round?  You’ve come to the right place! Here is your one-stop resource shopping guide for our favorite ginger actor.  Happy shopping!

Merchandise Shoppe

Holiday Gift Giving Guide 2017

Showtime Store (25% off code at checkout: CYBER)

DVDs/Blu-Ray

Books

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Vote for Damian Lewis – Who’s the Best Drama Actor Emmy Winner This Decade? – Oct 4, 2017

Who’s the Best Drama Actor Emmy Winner This Decade? [Poll]

By Kevin Jacobsen – Gold Derby – October 4, 2017

The Best Drama Actor category at the Emmys has gone to many deserving men since 2010. After a decade of multiple victories for actors like James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), James Spader (“The Practice”/”Boston Legal”) and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), the 2010s have thus far featured refreshing turnover, with only one repeat win in eight years. The decade began with Cranston accepting his third consecutive trophy for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad.” That streak was broken when Kyle Chandler picked up his Emmy for playing Coach Eric Taylor in the final season of “Friday Night Lights.”

Damian Lewis in Homeland – Source: Showtime

“Homeland” fever struck in 2012 as Damian Lewis won his Emmy for playing corrupt soldier Nicholas Brody on the Showtime drama. 2013 was a shocking year with buzz split between Lewis and splashy newcomer Kevin Spacey for the first season of “House of Cards.” The award went to neither — instead, Jeff Daniels surprised for his role as Will McAvoy in “The Newsroom.” 2014 was another competitive year, with Cranston taking on the men of “True Detective,” but Cranston pulled off one last victory for his iconic performance. After seven years of being the bridesmaid, Jon Hamm finally won in 2015 for his equally iconic role as Don Draper in “Mad Men.” In 2016, Rami Malek won for playing troubled hacker Elliot Anderson in “Mr. Robot.” Sterling K. Brown then prevailed this year for his emotional performance as Randall Pearson in “This Is Us.”

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7 Roles Featuring Damian’s Real Accent – June, 2016

7 Roles Featuring Damian Lewis’ Real Accent

by Brigid Brown – BBC America’s Anglophenia – June, 2016

There are some Homeland viewers who didn’t even know Damian Lewis was, in fact, British. But then they heard his acceptance speeches from the Emmys and Golden Globes, and all of a sudden fans were asking themselves, “What! Who? He is…?

It takes a moment to sink in.

Now that you’ve gotten a good feel of his actual accent, check out Lewis performing various roles with various British accents, all of them fabulous.

1. Heart and Bones, 2000-2001 
This soapy, Thirtysomething-esque drama — which also featured Sarah ParishDervla KirwanAmanda Holden, and The Full Monty‘s Hugo Speer — starred a fresh-faced Lewis as a teacher with a troubled young marriage.

2. The Forsyte Saga, 2002-2003 
This wasn’t your grandmother’s Forsyte Saga: the modern update of the John Galsworthy novels, which were previously adapted into a heralded 1967 miniseries, featured Lewis as the villainous Soames Forsyte, a man capable of disturbing brutality.

3. Friends and Crocodiles, 2006
Lewis played a sort of British Jay Gatsby—a wealthy, eccentric bon vivant in 1980s Britain—in this Stephen Poliakoff drama that aired on BBC AMERICA. Perhaps Baz Luhrmann was taking notes for his Gatsby update?

4. The Baker, 2007 
Before he wielded a gun in the quirky, short-lived U.S. series Life, Lewis played an assassin who goes into hiding in a small Welsh town and takes up a life as a baker. Yes, it’s a comedy, as evidenced by this memorable love scene.

5. Phineas and Ferb, 2009 
Think Mr. Lewis would make a crackin’ 007? Well, at least we know he has the vocal delivery down. He provided voice-over for super-spy Agent Double-00 in this animated series.

6. The Sweeney, 2012
Right after ’80s cop drama 21 Jump Street became a blockbuster film in the U.S., Britain released their update of the popular ’70s crime series The Sweeney, which cast Lewis as a tough detective. Lewis’s appearances in this trailer are blink-and-you-missed-him, but you can see his full performance on Netflix.

7. Wolf Hall, 2015
Lewis played a swaggering Henry VIII in this miniseries based on Hilary Mantel‘s novel. Though future Oscar winner Mark Rylance received most of the accolades thrown at the saga, Lewis had his share of praise. The Independent‘s Neela Debnathwrote, “Damian Lewis is so good as the capricious monarch that at times you want to slap some sense into him and remind him to stop being such a prima donna. But you’d probably get your head lopped off.”

Read the rest of the original article at BBC America’s Anglophenia