Hello, everyone! Welcome to a new Fan Story Tuesday!
Today’s story comes from Lynda, one of Fan Fun’s early and constant supporters. The lovely limerick she sent us on Fan Fun’s second birthday attests to her wonderfulness!
Your Happy Birthday Limericks
There once were five ladies whose bent
Was to blog ’bout a fine ginger gent.
While you were trailblazing,
Damian called you “amazing.”
A reward for blog time well-spent.
My gratitude goes for your gift to us –
Our Fan Fun with Damian Lewis.
Brody, Charlie, Keane, Axe,
explored to the max.
Birthday cheer to your blog, which is fabulous!
Our gratitude goes to Lynda for this priceless gift and her constant support. It is a true pleasure to share her exploration of Damian with the fandom today – enjoy!
A few years ago, a friend who knows my interest in detective stories and police procedurals recommended that I check out the 2007-2009 television series LIFE. I started with episode one and couldn’t stop – I binged on the whole two seasons over one long weekend, barely being able to break away for meals and other necessities. That is when I fell in love with Charlie Crews, the quirky, driven, smart, intuitive, sexy and sensitive police detective. I was hooked on this original character and the actor who played him.
What intricate and intertwining plot lines and what amazing lines for these characters to deliver! It was thought-provoking and often so funny. And, in the middle of all of it was this adorable redhead – simultaneously tough but boyishly innocent. Charming and disarming. I loved the “Zen-ish” Crews, yearning for Jen and his former life while obsessing about and pursuing the villains who set him up for the triple murder and a life sentence in prison. Damian played the role with boyish wide-eyed wonder, maintaining a sweet, goofy patter, while at the same time exhibiting the mature calm and concentration of the strong detective. A man on a mission, to be sure. What fun watching as layer upon layer of this character unfolded.
That admiration for Damian Lewis’ talent and versatility led me tenuously to check out HOMELAND. I say “tenuously” because I’m generally not drawn to overly violent stories and especially not to torture plots. But Homeland’s Brody struck a chord and drew me in. I found myself in another marathon of binge watching seasons one and two. Yep, I admired the cat and mouse game of Brody versus the CIA’s Carrie Mathison and I enjoyed trying to figure out whether or not Brody was truly a traitor. But, I also fell for the romantic intrigue – I believed the intense Brody/Carrie attraction, maybe even love. I continued to watch through season three, and I was crushed at losing this lost soul in the finale. Again, a complex performance revealing layers of pain, cunning, passion, spirituality and confusion.
From Brody, I checked out the solid Dick Winters in BAND OF BROTHERS – young in years but mature, speaking volumes with powerful expressions, body language and a mere few words. Damian played the character with understated calm, much as we learned was the nature of the legendary real-life Winters. I’ll never forget his face when Major Winters encountered the concentration camp prisoners and realized the enormity of what he was seeing.
I used IMDB to find more of Damian’s filmography. There was the obsessed Soames Forsyte, the heartbreaking tortured William Keane (a magnificent performance!), the strutting Benedick in the modern Much Ado About Nothing, the tender Norman Harris in Brides, the quick-tempered Henry VIII of Wolf Hall, and the hilarious and often clueless Milo in The Baker. And now we have Bobby Axelrod, the family man and ruthless hedge fund titan/self-deceiver at the same time. Each of these performances is multi-dimensional and I cannot take my eyes off the screen.
Damianista’s note: Lynda is one of the lucky ones among us that has had the pleasure of seeing Damian recently on stage in The Goat and she very kindly added a note about that experience, too.
I just saw Damian on the London stage in The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? His powerful and layered performance was all at once poignant, pained, so funny, angry, sweet, very intense, and very physical – a tour de force!
So, I started with Charlie – and I have been rewarded with a wide world of compelling characters over the years. Bravo, Damian!
P.S. Not incidentally, I have come to respect the man Damian Lewis, who, from all accounts, is a family guy, kind to people, very smart and very funny in interviews, generous with his time, insightful, loyal, and strategically philanthropic (my professional expertise, but I’ll save that for another post in the future). And, thanks to the wonderful Fan Fun sisters (Damianista and pals), I keep up with DL dramatic roles to come and about-town happenings.