Hello all! Damianista welcomes you to a NEW Fan Story Tuesday!
Today’s fan story comes from Sharane who defines herself as an “actorholic.” You will love her story in which she comes for Michael Fassbender and stays for Damian Lewis 😀 Massive thanks go to her for taking the time to share her wonderful story with us. Enjoy!
I’d like to share my long-winded, “it’s 1 am so screw it!” Damian Lewis fan story.
I’d like to preface this by stating I’m a massive “movieholic.” Well, it’d be fair to say I’m more of an “actorholic” if anything. Most people choose what film or show they’re going to watch based on the genre. I choose by actor, and when I fixate on one actor I try to watch every single thing they’ve ever been in.
So, with that in mind, I had started watching Band of Brothers a few years ago. This one happened to be a fluke (as far as “who” I was watching it for.) I mean, I was absolutely in love with it. It had a slough of talented actors and it was about WWII (which as a former Marine is right up my alley.) And every few years I’d go back, and just fall in love with it again. Then a scant few months ago, I revisited everything Michael Fassbender. Knowing he was in Band of Brothers gave me an unnecessary excuse to go back and watch every episode again.
Now…when I’m watching a movie or a show, 99% of the time I can tell you who I’m watching it for. Field of Dreams? Kevin Costner. Beginners? Ewan McGregor. Overboard? Kurt Russell. And so on. I generally can’t focus on what I’m watching if said actor isn’t in it. So, here I am enjoying Band of Brothers and lapping up whatever scenes I can that Fassy is in…but I can’t focus on him this time. There’s this damn red-headed “American” actor that keeps catching my eye. I tell myself, “Focus! You already have a long list of ‘favorite’ actors. You can’t add another to your list!”
But this infuriating lead would not leave me be. Was it his stylishly slicked locks? His piercing blue eyes? His puckered pink lips? Or did it have nothing to do with his clean-cut American looks but his economy of movement? How he commanded his many men with few words?
I was instantly intrigued. Who was this man? I couldn’t keep my eyes from him as we followed Dick Winters from episode to episode. Where did he come from? Have I seen him in other work before? Surely I would have noticed, right?
I followed this man from Currahee to Austria. I watched the behind-the-scenes of Band of Brothers in hopes to catch more of him. I went to his filmography page and realized two things: I couldn’t proudly claim this talented man as an American, and he was actually in a few things I had already seen before. But I needed to see more. I scoured Youtube for interviews, devoured episodes of Homeland, and poured over criminally few fan-written stories of his characters.
And after I read everything I could access, and watched every video I could get my hands on, I realized one last thing:
“Damn. I’ve just added another ‘fave’ to the list, didn’t I?”