My take on “Life” VS “Homeland” Staring Damian Lewis happened because I started watching Homeland. It happened because I am enthralled with Damian Lewis. I rejoiced in the TV drama “Life” and began the hunt for this hotbed of talent that the public just hasn’t recognized yet. The series’ creator Rand Ravich, according to WIKI, created the character of Charlie Crews as the basis for the show; upon the completion of the script (rather like putting the cart before the horse). Regardless, the human interest of this story, was perfectly complemented by veteran actor, Damian Lewis. The portrayal of Detective Charlie Crews, by Damian Lewis, is what sparked my interest in the actor in the first place.
Learning as much about Damian Lewis as possible, led me to several opinions. Firstly, the man has learned how to use his gifts and skills to woo his audience. That makes him appealing. Secondly, His quiet presence and confident portrayal include acting techniques and body language that heat up home fires. (Breathe on me Damian, and fog my glasses) Third, the man, Damian, was born in London, that has a reputation of cultivating tremendous theatrical legacy.
Damian Lewis was not born in the USA and calls himself “a pesky Brit” Most people know by now, that he was not born or raised in the USA. But, this seems to work to his advantage. Damian Lewis comes from aristocratic stock, has been well educated and was expected to follow in his family tradition. Rather than “go to University”, he chose a theatrical career never realizing that this would lead to Television and Cinema as well. It suffices to say, that the actor, as well as the man, has integrated himself into a well crafted international star.
In this continuous quest to understand what makes an actor, a good one, you have to observe how they move and what is so obviously expressed through their five senses. To be or not to be cast into a great role, is determined not by looks alone, but by stage presence and how well they convince you of their sincerity. They appear to be genuine to the character they are cast to portray. And that’s the trick isn’t it? Becoming adept at not telling the truth of who you really are.
Damian Lewis’ two decades of acting experience and his winning role as an American war hero in “Band of Brothers” was significant. However, it was the role of “Keane” (a rather disturbed character), that contributed to the decision to hire Damian as the damaged soul of Nicholas Brody. The role of Brody was written to play off the blond CIA agent (Claire Danes who plays Carrie) who was principal in the capture of Nazir, written with regard to recent history and capture of Bin Laden.
According to WIKI, Homeland is an American television series that Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa developed based on the Israeli series Hatufim (English title: Prisoners of War), which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency officer, and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine. Mathison has come to believe that Brody, who was held captive by Al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was “turned” by the enemy and now threatens the United States”
By the end of season 2, we find Brody has fled the country with Carries help. Third season premieres with Saul as Executive Director of the newly rebuilt CIA and Carrie at his side. Her “choice” to return to the CIA was motivated to clear the current charges of the CIA bombing, against Nicholas Brody, the man she loves. The character of Nicholas Brody was ill-fated from the start. He now has become a fugitive on the run. The big question is: “Who in their right mind would help a fugitive that the media says killed over 200 people who were working for their country?” Good luck with that one.
Fans of the show know that Brody is NOT innocent from a lot of things. But, he only killed the bad guys. Right? The conundrum is that Brody never considered himself a terrorist while making a tape in full Marine dress, confessing he was going to blow up the Vice President by suicide (talk about denial), . The character of this POW returning to the home of “In God We Trust” America, was portrayed as a secret convert to Islam. In case you missed it, the Koran reads: the infidel (non-believer) is worthy of death. That is the kind of subversion that most viewers have difficulty with. Writers carefully wrote that his times of prayer were segregated from his acts of aggression, that people were not confused with Al-Qaeda terrorism, as many would identify the religion.
Damian’s role was masterfully played and has been honored by winning an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series 2012 and nominated for the 2013* Golden Globe Award, (update: Damian Lewis won for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series)* as well as the coveted, Screen Actors Guild Award.
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There are and were many more nominations and awards over the last twelve years including mention as being one of the Sexiest Men in The World. I agree with them.
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However, people who liked the series “Life”, really enjoyed Damian’s performance as Detective Charlie Crews – L A P D.
The allusion to Zen in Crews’ philosophy complimented his character to ”speak softly and carry a big stick. The complexity of the fruit loving investigator, Detective Charlie Crews was well written for the series “Life”. All things being connected. Damian was connected to the role of Crews, who was connected to the creator, Rand Ravich who was connected to NBC, who was connected to viewers like me. I say it is time for Damian Lewis to get re-connected with a role that connects with the viewer. What do you think, Damian? At least now you know what I mean about ‘my take on “Life” VS “Homeland” Staring Damian Lewis’.