Monday 14 October 2019

Homeland star Damian Lewis gets ready for next installment

Damian Lewis and his wife Helen McCrory attend the Costume Institute Gala for the
Damian Lewis and his wife Helen McCrory attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition

Actor has said he is ready to return to film the third series of the drama where he plays a marine.

The British actor has won several awards for his portrayal of Nicholas Brody in Homeland. The character is a former marine who returns home to the US after being held captive in Iraq for eight years, with viewers left unsure whose side he is really on.

In real life, the star couldn't be more different to the morally dubious Brody.

"It would be so brilliant if I was actually a spy!” he enthused to British newspaper The Telegraph. "My front as an actor is going really well."

Homeland has enjoyed two seasons so far, with the cast - including Claire Danes as unstable former government agent Carrie Mathison - about to start shooting the next instalment.

The show has been a smash hit all over the world and while Damian is fiercely proud of it, he is also glad there is a lengthy gap between series.

"It’s a superior piece of television, well executed, brilliantly performed. We would all concede that at times it stretches the boundaries of credibility. There are times when you can hear everyone trying desperately to keep it going somehow at this extraordinary high level," he said.

"I think the end of season two came at the right point, giving everyone a break to go away and recalibrate a bit."

The show has become known for its huge plot twists, one of which came at the end of the second season. Although Damian understands why they are so vital, he worries they can also have a negative impact.

"What they decided was to effect the element of surprise as often as they could. What that risks is chewing up plot at such a rate that plot ends up taking over character precision," he warned.

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