Hi everyone! Damianista welcomes you to a NEW Fan Story Tuesday!
Tsvetanka and I met on Fan Fun Facebook page. And it may be thanks to being from the same part of the world, she grew up in Bulgaria and I grew up in Turkey, that we clicked almost immediately. The two of us have much in common but we have our differences, too: For example, I am way shameless when it comes to asking Damian Lewis for a selfie where as Tsvetanka is extremely thoughtful about not taking his precious time and occupying his personal space… until a certain “enabler” starts to work on her… I am happy to report Tsvetanka finally took her chance on the last day of The Goat! She was still too shy to ask for a photo but got a lovely autograph! 🙂
My dear Tsvetanka: I make a personal promise here to take you to stage door myself for a photo with Damian next time he does a play in London. You are a wonderful fan and a wonderful human being that I am extremely happy to call a friend. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely fan story with us. Cheers.
It all started with Homeland. And how else? : D I have to admit that I would never start watching the show at will because I’m a little bit snobbish. I’m not the biggest fan of mainstream and I hate all these irritating ads for “great hits” and so on. It was just that the TV was on and I just listened to it. The subject caught me right away. I love the thrillers about the CIA and the Middle East. I stared with one eye. I’m not selling myself short 😀 … I immediately fell in love with Carrie and Saul. After a while, I realized that I was actually very impressed with this guy, who is breathing hard through his nose (I have a sinusitis, so I know what it is).
It was actually “who is that man I LOVE the way he hardly breathes?” My first impression was that I LOVED him breathing. This is not a poetic metaphor or so, but a fact I realized then. I remember this very clearly because it was quite odd 🙂 And then who is this man who fills and takes over everything in the scenes with just a look? I said to myself: Wait a minute! Who is the one who says so much only with his eyes? I have not seen such an actor lately. I was impressed how he portrays his character’s faith as a cure for his wounds and a rescue belt in the alien world to which he has returned but to which he no longer belongs.
And as I said in another commentary, from his “Fatiha,” and from his precise attitude to the rituals in this faith, such as the washing, of which Damianista wrote. He must have worked hard to achieve this. Good job! I MUST check WHO he is!
I wrote in Google Damian Lewis. And (Thank God! 😀 ) then thousands of snapshots, pictures, interviews shoot me… I was impressed how clever and fun he is. At first I had the slight feeling that he is arrogant like most actors, but the more I watched, the more my suspicion was refuted. I binge-watched the series. In a few weeks I watched almost everything in his filmography and dozens of interviews.
It’s hard to say exactly what made me such a big fan. Yes, obviously he is very attractive, talented, very smart (he reminds me of Malcolm from the TV series Malcolm in the Middle. I think he is the grown Malcolm 🙂 ), nice, kind, he has a great sense of humor, he sings incredibly well, his voice is extraordinarily good <3 . Dream-boy in one word. I’m not going to tell you how much I like him in “Brides” – maybe my favorite romantic movie, or how I can listen to his “Leaning on a lamppost” again and again…
Damianista’s note: Sorry for jumping in but here is Damian singing “Leaning on a lamppost” for you all to enjoy!
Imagine me pinching my head in the bed, like Sarah Parish’s heroine in “Shakespeare Re-Told – Much Ado About Nothing” after reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116: D
I will deal with two key-things I was fascinated by, both as a person and as an actor (although one can not be separated from the other). One is Keane. “Have you watched Keane?!!!!!!!!!!!!” (I want to shout loud at all the film critics and people who are interested in cinema and acting.) I have no words to explain my impressions of his acting in Bulgarian nether in English. So pure and brilliant performance, drawing a man with mental problems so far I have not seen.
It is interesting for me since I was a child to observe people whom society describes as “crazy”. Damian is really impressive in this role. It is literally suffocating to be a witness of his pain and anxiety. It seems as if he has no vanity at all, which as he himself admits, is not true. What kind of empathy do you have to feel about your character to recreate his torments in this way? I watched the movie many times and still can not believe what I saw!
The other thing is his answer “heavens” (you can use this as the lead title of my story ) It is from the “5-minutes” interview, and more precisely the moment when the host asked him about non- sporting interests.
Damian’s spontaneous response just broke me. He shot rapidly ” uuuh, uuuh, HEAVENS” !!! What a romantic man and an idealist! This guy turned him upside down from the football (snooker) theme, and we know what an avid fan “our man” is. In psycholinguistics, such responses and associations are very indicative for the constitution of a person. “HEAVENS”!!!!!!! Gotta love him!
Well, that’s all. Thank God my English is not enough to write a tenth of what I want, so I will not bore you to death. : D