My take on “Life” VS “Homeland” Staring Damian Lewis

safe_imageMy 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.

Damian Lewis  Claire Danes

Damian Lewis Claire Danes

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.

Damian in LIFE

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’.


About victory2glory

I work at home, reviewing group discussion from the field of science to religion and politics. There is no Holy Grail hidden that the eye can not see. We are all people and I write about that. Holding a cross current view on life, I give perspective on the associated news media and interests that affect the world we live in. Blogging is meant to be informative and creative. That's what I bring to the plate: concerning the hottest talent found on Internet media. I also cover international Films and Cinematography including but not limited to the latest in science and science fiction. Looking at the brighter side of life, I also write to promote vision and focus on the world we live in with spiritual perspective. My purpose is to find meaning and bring out the humorous side of the issues that seem so serious in the world. Not that these issues aren't important. But, rather to give perspective to the reader about the world we live in. I am originally from West Coast but have been living in the Midwest of these United States, for the last 37 years. I have had opportunity to travel extensively on the North American Continent. Have met hundreds of people from various social, political and religious backgrounds, all having opinions and strategies on how to live life. Having gained some knowledge and sensibility of the human condition, gives for greater depth of understanding the human spirit. So whether inspiration comes from the internet or a good book. It's all relative because it is about people. Observations on how people conduct their lives, not literally of course, but in keeping with what other people think is socially acceptable, politically correct or conceived in a pool of creative ethics. What is right for one, may not be right for all but then we are all different. I give my prospectus on what makes up our world. (see some of my blogs) Writing has always been therapeutic, in answer to the world evolving around me. I don't claim to be an expert on much of any particular set of rules or circumstances regarding it, except to express how I have experienced forgiveness of man and the grace of God in this evolving culture. To me, writing was just a way to put life in perspective. Facts always evidences against the agony of ignorance and humor combats the mundane and impossible situations we get ourselves into. Being shy most of my life, I was continually being pointed out as the 'ring leader'. I wasn't leading anyone because I stopped them from following me. Today having extended my education to a broader view of how the world functions among it's people, I have started to share my collection of expressions to those who have a heart to listen and a mind to comprehend. Our body is water, dirt and sex. Our thinking controls what we do and how we respect it. We are all made up of the same stuff. But, it is how we perceive who and what we are, that makes all the difference. I keep an open mind.
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