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‘Desire’ Short Film Released

 

The Emmy winner tells THR about his Sundance London collaboration with the automaker and his decision to put a humorous spin on the Bond-esque hero: “There’s not a lot of comedy in ‘Homeland.'”

The kind of TV affection that Damian Lewis has earned since Homeland premiered tends to come with a high-profile endorsement deal — preferably for an automaker.

Many of the of Emmy and Golden Globe winner’s contemporaries are partnered with some of the big ones. Dexter star Michael C. Hall narrates Dodge ads, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm is the voice of Mercedes-Benz and co-star John Slattery can frequently be seen behind the wheel of a Lincoln.

But Lewis strays from the pack in his elaborate production for Jaguar. He doesn’t provide a voice over, and you won’t see 30 second spots airing during ad breaks for SportsCenter. Lewis’ Jaguar commercial is a 12-minute movie produced by Ridley Scott’s advertising company.

Desire, being screened as a part Sundance London’s 2013 programming, premieres in its official venue, YouTube, on Wednesday.

“It sort of fell into my lap,” the London-born actor tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve never done anything for the online market before, and I just thought it was cool to work with Ridley Scott and [director] Adam Smith. I thought the script had a kind of nod to the Americana that you find in the Coen brothers’ movies.”

In Desire, Lewis plays Clark, a man who encounters difficulties in his attempts to deliver a Jaguar F-TYPE to a rather shady man who’s at odds with a mysterious young woman (Shannyn Sossamon). The lawless, Coen-esque desert depicted film required a five-day shoot in Chile for Lewis — who says he had a somewhat lighter read of the character that some might be quick to brush off as a James Bond homage.

“I thought he had quirky voice and actually I might have pushed comedy a bit further because I found him as sort of a comedic character,” says Lewis. “At times there’s an oddly hapless quality to him, and I quite liked that. He wasn’t just a stereotypical monosyllabic hero. I think I went a little bit to Cary Grant, David Niven and these famous British movie stars of the past. There’s something very British about them which I tried to evoke.”

That humor is another thing Lewis’ says attracted him to the project. His next film credit is Lord Capulet in a new adaptation of definitive downer Romeo and Juliet, and as Lewis is quick to point out: “There’s not a lot of comedy in Homeland.”

Those more familiar with Lewis’ biggest U.S. credits — Homeland, NBC’s Life, HBO’s Band of Brothers — also get the less common sound of the actor’s natural accent throughout the short. Though what couldn’t be further from London is Desire’s South American locale.

“It’s dry as hell,” says Lewis, who’s grown used to Homeland’s humid North Carolina set. “Dust and sand and dirt get into your eyes, and your lips crack. As a redhead, I stood there occasionally thinking, “Wow, I really wasn’t designed for the desert.’ But it is an extraordinary landscape to shoot in.”

 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

 

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Damian Lewis Brings British Quirk to Jaguar Short ‘Desire’, Hollywood Reporter, April 24, 2013

Damian Lewis Brings British Quirk to Jaguar Short ‘Desire’

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The Emmy winner tells THR about his Sundance London collaboration with the automaker and his decision to put a humorous spin on the Bond-esque hero: “There’s not a lot of comedy in ‘Homeland.'”

Continue reading Damian Lewis Brings British Quirk to Jaguar Short ‘Desire’, Hollywood Reporter, April 24, 2013

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Desire – Official Trailer

In the popular show Homeland he takes on the role of an USMC Sergeant called Nicholas Brody.

But in his latest project Damian Lewis transforms into Sydney Clark, a delivery driver, who shares similar qualities to British spy James Bond.

Helping Jaguar unveil their new F-Type sports car, Lewis, 42, offered his acting skills to a short feature film called Desire which is set to give 007 a run for his money.

In the trailer for the 12 minute mini-movie, which was shot in South America, Damian cuts a dapper figure as he cracks on with his mission to deliver the candy red vehicle.

Despite being only one minute and 21 seconds long, the teaser proves to be explosive as Clark (Lewis) finds himself in various testing situations.

The short sequence begins with the words: ‘His job was simple, deliver a car, but in the desert, nothing is simple.’

Desire tells the story of delivery driver Clark (Lewis) who is taking the car to a wealthy client but runs into trouble after a chance encounter with a mysterious young woman in the middle of the desert.

Speaking about his chance to work with the luxury British car-maker Jaguar in the mini-movie, Damian admitted he was instantly ‘intrigued’.

Lewis said: ‘When Jaguar approached me about the F-TYPE Desire film I was really intrigued. I then got to read the script and decided it was definitely a project I wanted to be a part of.

‘Working with the director Adam Smith from Ridley Scott Associates, it promises to be an adventure.’

He added: ‘Jaguar cars have played some iconic roles in film for many years and I’m looking forward to being the first to drive the F-TYPE in film.’

Source: Daily Mail

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Damian Lewis interview: the Homeland star unleashes his inner James Bond for Jaguar, The Telegraph, March 12, 2013

Damian Lewis interview: the Homeland star unleashes his inner James Bond for Jaguar

Is the world ready for a red-haired 007? Did the last series of ‘Homeland’ go too far? And why is he racing the new Jaguar F-Type around a Chilean desert? Damian Lewis reveals all to Craig McLean

Lewis cuts a Bond-esque figure with the new Jaguar F-type on the set of Desire
Lewis cuts a Bond-esque figure with the new Jaguar F-type on the set of Desire Photo: Nicole Nodland

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Damian to star in short movie thriller to unveil Jaguar’s new F-TYPE

My apologizes in posting this late! But according to Daily Record, Damian is teaming up with Lana Del Ray to unveil Jaguar’s new F-TYPE in a movie thriller. Del Rey features the car in the video for her newest song Burning Desire and the song is the title track to a special film, out later this Spring, called Desire, which will star Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, best known for his role as Nicholas Brody in the hit TV series Homeland. Made by the award winning producers Ridley Scott Associates, the 12 minute short film called Desire tells the story of Clark, played by Lewis, who delivers cars for a living. He runs into trouble after a chance encounter with a mysterious, young woman (Shannyn Sossamon) in the middle of a lawless desert. Lewis said: “Clark is a man who is delivering a Jaguar F-Type. He is a well tailored, well-mannered, charming Englishman we hope. He gets himself embroiled in a little bit of a local drama as he realises the man he delivers it to is chasing his wife. She is on the run with 2 million of his dollars.”