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Damian Lewis
OBE

Lewis at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, February 2015
Born Damian Watcyn Lewis
(1971-02-11) 11 February 1971 (age 45)
St John’s Wood, London, England, UK
Nationality English
Alma mater Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Occupation Actor, film producer
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Helen McCrory (m. 2007)
Children 2

I've discovered just how symbiotic the relationship is between writers, directors and actors. They ask the same questions and strip down texts in exactly the same way.
Damian Lewis
You know what it's like to feel anxious – it's horrible feeling anxious. It's stressful having that feeling, having butterflies in your stomach, even for a day, and you don't sleep at night.
Damian Lewis
There are ways of avoiding becoming tabloid fodder and therefore giving people license to pry into your private life. And there's a distinction between being an actor and being a celebrity. You may become a celebrity through acting, but you don't need to do so.
Damian Lewis
Producing is a world of compromise and actors are utterly spoiled all the time.
Damian Lewis
My heroes were all in the theatre.
Television audiences are ruthless – look what happened to 'The Killing.'
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I don't believe Jesus was the son of God, although I'm inclined to think he might have been a great prophet.
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A lot of these American actors have this – in my view – misplaced view that they have to look like Action Man. The trouble is, they all run the risk of being interchangeable.
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I'm always forming bands.
I'm very sad 'Life' wasn't a big hit, But it was undone by politics at NBC. It was intense. I moved my wife, and we had two children back to back. So working those hours and living abroad in L.A. was a handful. But it was a great experience.
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I've done classical theaters. I played Hamlet myself and Romeo.
You can't be sent away to prison for life and feel OK about it.
I'd feel guilty just doing gags.
What I do believe in is the moral code of Christianity.
The best shows succeed because they tap into a national conversation.
I didn't know 'Homeland' was going to be 'Homeland.' I just did it because it was a terrific script, and they pitched me the story line, and I was like, 'Huh, that's interesting.'
Damian Lewis
For me the rehearsal period is the part I most enjoy. It's the creating of the story.
Damian Lewis
It's good to be busy on a film set because there is a lot of sitting around, so if you've got two roles to play at one time, then that's great to do.
Damian Lewis
In the end, there's something of the puritan work ethic about me that roles really must sustain me on an intellectual level.
Damian Lewis
I'm no more or less antisocial than the next person.
Quiet people, people who aren't given to emotional outbursts, people who are economic with words – they're also fun to play, but you find yourself needing a laser precision in those roles. Otherwise you just sort of stand around, looking slightly brain-dead. You worry about being uninteresting.
Damian Lewis
There are lots of different reasons to choose roles.
I love playing sport.
Writing and directing might be a red herring, and really I'm just re-examining what it is to act, to do it well and do it properly.
Damian Lewis
I've always had a 'Work hard, play hard' attitude to life – I still do – but sometimes you get involved in something that needs a calm, methodical approach.
Damian Lewis
I don't mean this grandly, but it was never my intention to live in L.A. and do a big network show.
Damian Lewis
I investigated post-traumatic stress disorder. I've been to a unit where people are suffering from it, and I read a lot of literature. I looked at footage of soldiers in the combat zone. I found 'Restrepo' to be unbelievably useful.
Damian Lewis
Temperamentally I'm not a natural producer, because I don't have the patience.
Damian Lewis
A cricket ball broke my nose when I was a kid so I couldn't breath through it. Before I had it operated on I used to stand on stage with my mouth slightly open.
Damian Lewis
I went to boarding school, and what that teaches you is to cope emotionally at a young age and to suppress a lot of emotion. Being in the army is, in a way, similar.
Damian Lewis
Of course the lower classes have always felt downtrodden and aspired to a better life. But there is this theory that people respond to a class structure in England – there was a time when people knew who they were and knew whom they served and as long as management wasn't abusive, it was a good life for people.
Damian Lewis
I have a three-year-old and a four-year-old at home, and my mornings are about just dealing with the fact of that. I oddly enjoy it.
Damian Lewis
If you only do issue-based drama, you can become a boring wanker.
There are jobs that come along in your life, if you're lucky enough, that elevate you in a considerable way. And 'Homeland' was definitely one of those jobs.
Damian Lewis
If you think you don't want to play another psychopath, but the script is amazing, and the director is fantastic, and the story is incredible, then you may end up playing your third psychopath in a row.
Damian Lewis
I loved doing 'Homeland.' I loved playing Brody.
An interesting insight into the ruthlessness of studio executives: I was having a conversation with Alex Gansa, a creator of 'Homeland,' and I said, 'So you guys must have seen 'Life' and liked me in it, right? That's the most recent thing I've done over here.' And he went, 'No, Damian. You actually nearly didn't get the job because of 'Life.''
Damian Lewis
You have to go where the good writing is.
I guess I'm just good at playing repressed individuals. I'm lucky because those are often the roles that catch people's eyes.
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'24' had to withstand accusations of being right-wing, but 'Homeland' is a far more liberal show.
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I think people like to be scared. I think people like tension and suspense in a movie.
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Seeing a man praying to Allah is enough for some people to assume he is a terrorist.
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I think you can't be really posh and be an interesting actor. I'm a bit of a posh rough.
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I'm a slow starter.
My parents were incredibly inclusive.
There's something important, as an actor, about allowing yourself to be approached by people to do roles. People see different things in you.
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I remember, when I was doing 'Nicholas Nickleby', James Archer came to see me at the interval and said, 'My father would like to see you after the show.' It felt rather as if I had been summoned by the Queen, and I was cocky enough to think, 'Who the hell is he to summon me?'
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I was, if you like, a successful schoolboy in that I had a degree of talent in all the required things that make you a success at school.
Damian Lewis
I just try to live my life every day by doing the right thing.
I've had loss in my life, and I like to think my mother's energy lives on in some faintly Buddhist way. I do find some comfort there.
Damian Lewis
I've always been a narcissist.
You just have to take control of your own performance.
You know, this idea of going around the world imposing democracy by growing a middle-class, a trading merchant class that is independent of your faith, is a good notion, but we're all partially different – it's no good imposing systems on people that it doesn't suit.
Damian Lewis
It's certainly true that I was brought up in that British amateur tradition, the one which always held that if you were reasonably good at cricket, knew one or two Latin texts and a few zingy Oscar Wilde quotes for dinner parties, you were pretty much ready to go and run some outpost in Hindustan.
Damian Lewis
That's all you can do as an actor - take the best thing available.
I want to make a clear distinction between people who take acting seriously and people who call themselves actors because they've been on reality TV or something.
Damian Lewis
I love going for a swim. Growing up in England, anywhere with a pool seems like the height of glamour to me.
Damian Lewis
The lesson I learned is that sometimes the task you have at hand needs all of your concentration and focus.
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When I'm working in America, I wake up with an American accent and stay with it all day till makeup comes off. I just want everyone to be at ease, and not have the show's creators think, 'Oh my god, he's so English, why did we hire him?'
Damian Lewis
I think very few people still understand the distinction between CEOs on Wall Street and the hedge-fund billionaires operating separately.
Damian Lewis
I'm one of those idiots; when I'm working in America, I wake up with an American accent and stay with it all day till make-up comes off.
Damian Lewis
Dramatically it's always more interesting to conceal rather than reveal things.
Damian Lewis
I'm not an American, but I have this weird connection to America in different ways through my dad living here for five years, my godfather being an American who I'm very close to.
Damian Lewis
No Western government has ever played the long-term in terms of foreign policy.
Damian Lewis
You can't do something that is morally vacuous or dysfunctional and then write it off saying, 'It wasn't my film, I was just doing a job in it.'
Damian Lewis
Seeing a man praying to Allah is enough for some people to assume he is a terrorist.
Damian Lewis
People need revelation, and then they need resolution.
I'm not very good at strategizing.
It's successful, middle-class Arab men and women, professionals with seemingly happy family lives, who are prepared to go to paradise for a greater cause. That's terrifying.
Damian Lewis
You know, I think I am faintly spiritual.
I suppose where I am sort of reflects the work I have chosen to do. Are there occasional frustrations because I can't work with a certain director because it's a big studio movie, and I don't have enough of a studio profile? The answer is yes. But generall… generally, I have the career I have chosen myself.
Damian Lewis
I'm sponsored by Audi, so I have this rather lovely rather arrangement where they just insist that I'm always in the latest model.
Damian Lewis
I'm very lucky.
I'm one of those pesky Brits.
L.A. still ranks as one of my guilty pleasures, along with butter-pecan ice cream and Coldplay albums.
Damian Lewis
In England we burnt redheads at the stake, because we thought they were witches. There are still young redheads in Britain getting ripped for having red hair. 'Oy, Ginger!'
Damian Lewis
It's an unfair comparison because when things are developed in the UK, they're developed at script stage only.
Damian Lewis
None of us, remember, knew that 9/11 was gonna happen. We didn't live in a state of anxiety and fear about Osama Bin Laden. The CIA might have, and they failed to prevent it. But the general public didn't have any knowledge. Now we have knowledge of it, and it's a very clear and present danger in our lives.
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Acting can be a narrow and isolated experience, because you only examine your particular part.
Damian Lewis
Why do you think so many actors are only half-developed people? It's very easy when you're a young actor to have these intense, explosive friendships for short periods of time, because you can control what's shown of you. Then you go on to your next job and reinvent yourself again. I think it's important to find something constant.
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