Damian Lewis on James Bond: Books, Movies and Rumors *UPDATED*

Rumor has had it since June 2015 that Damian Lewis is in “the running” to be the next James Bond… Given that it seems Daniel Craig is coming back to play the world’s most famous secret agent again, and Esquire recently reporting  that James Bond producers seem to lean toward Idris Elba as the next 007, the rumor does not hold much water. However, it is such an EXCITING and FUN rumor that we could not resist blogging about it earlier here and are still having fun with it! And I have been having fun personally not just because my favorite actor might be in the running for such a high profile role, but also because it just cracks me up seeing how fired up everyone has been about the whole James Bond enterprise. While some push their favorite actor for the role — a long list including, and not limited to, Damian Lewis, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, and Tom Hiddleston — others root for their favorite actress such as Gillian Anderson or Cate Blanchett to be the first female bond. Well, a female Bond would certainly make the feminist in me smile big, too! Continue reading “Damian Lewis on James Bond: Books, Movies and Rumors *UPDATED*”

Here Comes The Cheapest Man in America: “Dollar” Bill Stearn in Billions

We first meet “Dollar” Bill Stearn  in Billions Pilot where he tells Bobby Axelrod he is not uncertain that Axe Capital has to short Superior Auto. His boss agrees with his assessment while he calls him the cheapest man in America! And as we find out over time that Bill is a very colorful character from his two families to his love/hate relationship with Spyros, as well as a very loyal Axe Capital employee from his fake fight with Axe to him dropping his pants in front of Axe to prove his loyalty – Bill’s signature personality trait stands out as, well, cheapness! And the thing is the man has no problem with that. On the contrary, from his lucky dollar bill that he won in a poker game from Carl Icahn to the giant dollar sign in his garage, Dollar Bill OWNS his cheapness! Continue reading “Here Comes The Cheapest Man in America: “Dollar” Bill Stearn in Billions”

Throwback Thursday to Damian Lewis in Into The Woods

This lovely picture tweeted by Michelle Blair a few months ago shows a group of young actors that were together in the 1998 London revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at Donmar Warehouse.

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Oh, yeah! Way earlier than being the big, bad wolf Henry in Wolf Hall, Damian Lewis was the Wolf in Into the Woods Continue reading “Throwback Thursday to Damian Lewis in Into The Woods”

Desert Island Discs with Holliedazzle

Hello, Fan Fun readers! It feels like it has been a long time since I last sat down to write for the site. I’m so glad to be back again, joining in on all the fun!

As a burlesque performer, I get to combine my favorite things a lot. My costuming skills, my love of certain characters or styles, and then of course, the music! From pop to rock to classical to movie soundtracks, I get to perform to whatever I choose!

I perform to Gabage’s Supervixen in this costume!

And naturally, as often as I can, I perform to my favorite band-Garbage. From the first album I owned on cassette, to the most recent I’ve downloaded onto my iPhone, I love them all. I can listen to hours of Garbage on end-I’d definitely take them with me to the island! So today I am going to take a page out of my burlesque life and I am going to mix my love of Garbage and my love of Damian Lewis into my own Desert Island Discs! Continue reading “Desert Island Discs with Holliedazzle”

Damian Lewis at Eton College – Part II

“I remain sort of interested and slightly befuddled by my five years there. It’s such a rare existence. It feels a little bit like another time, another world.” – Damian Lewis, The Guardian, 2013

When I recently sat down to write about Damian’s years at Eton College, I realized there was so much to write about especially because Damian got asked a ton about Eton in interviews. And this is obviously not about him being particularly eager to share his elite school experience but about the media’s never-ending interest in elite schools as well as the ongoing discussion about “posh actors” dominating the acting scene in the UK. So I find it inevitable to make a second post about Eton to talk about how Damian feels about being an “Eton-educated” actor.

Damian shares in an interview with The Telegraph that even though he went to Eton, he is not disproportionately rich and entitled. He adds:

“I also went into a profession where no amount of old school ties could help me.”

Continue reading “Damian Lewis at Eton College – Part II”

In Defense of Nicholas McGrade in Colditz

I love war. We’re still here. It’s like a jungle you survive. — Nicholas McGrade

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As much as we all LOVE LOVE LOVE Damian Lewis on this blog, our feelings for the characters he brings to life could be slightly different at times… Take Bookworm and me, for example. We agree to disagree on Nicholas McGrade 😀 Bookworm’s earlier blog post about the tale of the two Nicholases perfectly captures who those two soldiers, namely Nicholas Brody and Nicholas McGrade, are. Bookworm loves Brody and does not love, not even like Nicholas McGrade. And I… Well, everyone knows about me and Brody, but I have had a secret crush on Nicholas McGrade that I am happy to make public today.

When we watched Colditz with Lewisto, he did not like McGrade, either; exactly for the reasons Bookworm lists in her post. And, to this day, he claims I like McGrade because Damian Lewis plays the character and I would not like him otherwise. Maybe. Yes, he is probably right that I would not like McGrade if another actor played him because another actor would not be able to make McGrade as human as Damian does. Damian brings out the bad and ugly in McGrade as well as the good in him. The bad and ugly in McGrade is BAD and UGLY. On the other hand, the good in him is GOOD. McGrade’s a nobody that becomes somebody thanks to war. This is his chance and he will take it. He is quite HUNGRY for life and so he is ready to go the whole nine yards and a bit more to be what he wants, to do what he wants and to have what he wants. Yes, he is flawed. But he is not evil. So, yes, I love Nicholas McGrade and it’s all Damian to blame! 😀 Continue reading “In Defense of Nicholas McGrade in Colditz”