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BBC’s Front Row: British Actors in America – ‘While Damian Lewis has turned out perfect casting as Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the Showtime series Homeland’,It has been suggested that Americans would not necessarily be fighting to play a character that is apparently a terrorist, that converted to Islam and is trying to destroy Washington. Damian Lewis later remarks: “We could have spent the whole interview talking about this. This is very interesting conversation about the differences between, well, America and us. I think, I think a lot of young actors do want to be the hero. And I have some sympathy with that, because there is something particularly resonant. If you play a ‘baddy’ well, it has a particular resonance for people. You can really scare the crap out of people. Or make people feel uneasy. And its often difficult to see you as the hero and then you want to go off and play the hero.”
Later, contracting work in America was discussed and Damian had this to say:”you do have to sign up, ehh Yes, (background interaction:’7 years’), its an uneasy length of time. But, em, cable television of course is, is only 5 months. I say only 5 months of the year. But it is only 5 months of the year; You have 7 months available to you. It is possible to fit other things in. A lot of that time is spent fitting in my 2 kids and my wife. so, I will, I will get to a movie, em as of then…
Please note the first season of “Life was 11 episodes (while he was still single). He was contracted to finish 2nd season with 21 episodes, after which, he was married.
He chose not to contract in an American series again, until CABLE TV came along, in the form of HOMELAND which only required 5 months a season at a contracted rate of $75,000 per episode. I must bitterly conclude, he was only “American”, trying to get more bang for his buck. He is rather well off (net worth of $14 million) his wife is a big celebrity and chooses to make as much money here, as possible, in the shortest amount of time. Otherwise, he does it closer to home.
The real problem is that American entertainment can’t seem to get good talent locally. They have to turn to the UK, where drama schools of the highest academic quality, much like the New York based Julliard School of Art and Music, are developed and flourish by the dozens in England and the UK. They have reputation for the best dramatic schooling in the world. So Hollywood is quite the British brunt of laughter, (all the way to the bank!).
*Be sure to note all the actors interviewed agree.