I know, I know, you read Fan Fun with Damian Lewis because you are Damian Lewis fans, and you prefer, and rightly so, to read about his birthday and not mine ☺ But today is my birthday, and I just wanted to reflect on it a little bit, and thought you all may get to know me a little bit better through these reflections…
Well… I am turning 43 today.
First things first: I got the BEST birthday gift ever last night… Wolf Hall!
“Henry VIII is a monster, but he’s our monster.
We’re perversely proud of Henry.”
Tell me… what are the odds your favorite actor plays your favorite historical monster in a mini-series based on your favorite book? I know 🙂 And, not just that, but the mini-series premieres on BBC2 on January 21 — literally as my birthday gift! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
I have had this amazing journey with Wolf Hall. It started on a sunny and cold Saturday afternoon in New York City at the Belasco Theater last January and is now coming full circle with our first rendezvous with Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII. Continue reading “My year-long Wolf Hall Journey”
“Damian Lewis is one of those actors who has been quietly putting himself about for a number of years and finally reached big-time recognition with his portrayal of Nicholas Brody in the television series Homeland.
But 2014 became a landmark year for the broody redhead after he was awarded the highly prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (better known as Prince William and his wife Kate). Although he claimed to be “stupefied” by the award, it is sure to kick his career into an even higher gear next year.”
But I cannot help commenting on Woody Allen at #2! How come? I mean, some of his films are my all-time favorites, but honestly, I have never thought about Woody as a hot ginger 🙂
Anyway, on this very important international day, we should have the utmost responsibility to show love and attention to our favorite gingers… and we all know what to do 🙂
Welcome to the first “U say Friday, I say Free-day” on Fan Fun with Damian Lewis! I plan to write my random thoughts about random things on Fridays, including but not limited to books, movies, family, politics, lifestyle, fashion, culture, sports, food, travel, music, memories, in short, anything you can think about life… and always with a twist about Damian Lewis.
My first Free Friday piece is about the very theme of the day.
It wasn’t love at first sight. Damian Lewis grew on me 🙂
I vividly remember the evening we met. I was in my living room. He was on TV. I was watching the Primetime Emmy Awards and rooting for Jon Hamm (Don Draper, anyone?) to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Me: “Come on, Jon, come on!”
Julianna Marguiles: “…and the Emmy goes to… Damian Lewis!”
Me: “Who the hell is Damian Lewis?”
Damian Lewis comes to stage, receives his award and makes a fun speech… We find out he’s, in his own words, “one of those pesky Brits.”
Of course, by the end of the night, Homeland swept all the awards, and we now knew that it was a new Showtime series that had been making a lot of buzz that fall. They were even filming in Charlotte, North Carolina, two and a half hours from our house. It was our local TV show for God’s sake! And, you know what, I never made it to the set. Yes, shoot me!
We love good TV, but we are busy people so usually watch the shows once they are “approved” with awards. So, we thought, it was now time to watch Homeland. And we did. THREE TIMES. Ok, ok, my husband watched two times only.
I believe it was the fifth episode of Homeland Season 2 “Q&A” —the episode that won the best writing award in the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2013 — that sealed the deal. I never saw any actor that could do so much with his facial expressions. My jaw dropped. WOW. Just WOW. This guy was just so incredible. FANTASTIC.
Let me put it in a Carrie line from that episode:“That’s the Brody I fell in love with.”
BUT there was a little problem. Kevin. Oh no, Kevin is not my husband. Kevin is Kevin Costner, MY huge screen crush of 20+ years. Believe me, if you ask me to describe myself with one adjective, I’d say “loyal.” I am LOYAL. I have always been loyal to my family, my friends, my teams, my TV shows, and in particular my screen crushes. I have always been monogamous in that sense. So, there came the agony. I thought this over and over and over… and finally decided to do the ultimate test!
The test was to sit down and watch the Bodyguard! I LOVED that movie in college, watched it 8 times in the movie theater, and many many many more times on VHS and then on DVD over the years. Yes, I know, it’s not a great movie, but it was MY movie. So, I sat down and watched the Bodyguard. And… Oh my God, I did not feel anything… I did not feel anything even when Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston’s character) ran to Frank Farmer’s (Kevin Costner’s character) arms at the end…
I now had to admit it to myself. It was OVER.
The agony ended on a cold January night when I made my confession at home.
Me: “Ok. I am coming out of the closet. I am so over with Kevin. Damian Lewis is my new screen crush.”
My husband: “Wow, I never thought this day would come. “
He still calls Kevin “your ex.”
Then, of course, there were all those friends of mine that had bore with me about Kevin Costner all those years — especially the ones that I dragged to the movie theater with me to see those long Kevin Costner movies (the guy never made movies under 2 and a half hours!) that I had to come out to. So, the day after my birthday in January, I made the following announcement on Facebook. Seriously!
SCREEN CRUSH ALERT
As I am a year older today and not wiser in any way, I feel the urge to acknowledge the end of an era, an important one, in my life… Well, after some careful self-deliberation, I’ve finally come to resolve my stormy celebrity crush life. It’s now time to make it official for all interested parties!
Dear Kevin, Costner that is, it’s been a great ride for the last 20+ years since Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and of course, the Bodyguard. But last time I checked you were playing Superman’s dad… it’s a bit too much… and not just that… you know, that red-haired Brit came along so unexpectedly and turned things upside down. I’m really sorry but it’s over between us.
My friends were truly stunned. Their comments varied from “I never thought this would happen” (ANSWER: Me, either!) to “I am claiming Kevin Costner now that you are releasing him” (ANSWER: He’s all your, hon!) to “Wow, congratulations, Damian!” (ANSWER: Yes, I’m sure, he’s so proud :D) to “Man, these two awfully look alike, Damian can play Kevin’s son.” (ANSWER: Really? But I now feel bad for Kevin, let’s make him the older brother.)
And, the rest is history! Here I am, a huge fan and sort of a walking Damian Lewis encyclopedia 🙂 And, cheers to many, many years of that!