Saturday 21 April 2018

Lewis: You can't please all fans

Damian Lewis has said no Homeland finale would have pleased everybody
Damian Lewis has said no Homeland finale would have pleased everybody

Damian Lewis has said there was no ending to Homeland season three that could have pleased all the fans.

The British actor stars in the hit show as Nicholas Brody, a US solider turned terrorist who was in turn recruited by the CIA to help capture his former terrorist leaders.

The shocking last episode of the award-winning series, which co-stars Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Mathison, saw Brody hung in a public execution in Iran, killing off the show's leading man.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Damian said of viewers' reactions to Brody's death: "For some, he was one of the main reasons to tune into the show, but for other people, he was the reason the show couldn't grow. He was in some way limiting to the show.

"In the end, Alex (creator Alex Gansa) stuck to his guns. They gave Brody an extra season because the audience loved him, but they weren't going to go so far to find a way to write Brody into the show that will compromise the show just so we can write for this character. I feel happy with the way it played out, to have three seasons with a show I didn't expect to be on for this long."

The 42-year-old actor said he would like a much less physical role next.

He said: "I really need someone to ask me to sip champagne in the corner of a drawing room. That's what I need next - where the only exercise is the raise of an eyebrow."

And Damian would love to try some comedy.

He said: "I love Mad Men and Game Of Thrones, but I'd really like to guest on Modern Family or Veep - something like 30 Rock."

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