He’s British but Plays a Damn, Fine American
Damian Lewis, an English actor who has made a name for himself playing the quintessential American. In Showtime’s Homeland , he is the American hero, Nicholas Brody returning home after 8 years in captivity as a prisoner of war. Homeland isn’t his first time playing an American soldier. Lewis was the beloved Major Richard J. Winters in the 2001 HBO mini-series, Band of Brothers which had so many then unknown A-list actors in it – Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy. He was the sweet Jonesy in a Stephen King adapted novel, Dreamcatcher. In 2002, he played the bitter and vindictive, Soames Forsyte in the Masterpiece Theatre Frostye Saga. Damian Lewis’s first appearance in American episodic TV show was with NBC’s short-lived 2003 Life. He played Charlie Crews, a detective trying to build a new life for himself after being falsely imprisoned. It was recently announced that Damian Lewis was cast as Lord Capulet in the upcoming adaption of Romeo and Juliet.
Damian Lewis spoke with UK GQ in a February 2012 interview about what his secret for sex scenes is and what he thought about Keira Knightly’s (his co-star in the play, The Misanthrope) comment that she has vodka before and champagne after sex scenes.
That’s like a medicine and a celebration, isn’t it? I don’t have champagne after sex scenes. I’m full of self doubt and self analysis – just like in real life! In my view there’s usually a much sexier way of bringing two people together than seeing explicit sex. In Homeland they’re not healthy, functioning experiences. They’re an indication of the psychological breakdown and the damage that now exists in a marriage, particularly for this soldier returning from war. Sometimes on [American cable channel] Showtime there’s an obligation to do sex scenes, just because they can.