I don’t know about you all, but I am absolutely chomping at the bit for Billions to get to our screens. Damian Lewis? Back on cable TV? Not to get too technical or obvious, but really: Damian Lewis is going to be back on Showtime? All that implies? I can’t even.
So while we wait to see Billions wrapped up and ready for us, we’ve been following along on the filming and bits of behind the scenes we’ve been lucky to see.
Before getting to that, though, I’d like to talk a bit about the nature of obsession. (Apologies in advance for this post that is neither here nor there, but, in fact, is everywhere.)
It’s not a secret I LOVE New York! I moved to the city for my first job in 2001 just a few weeks before September 11, lived that big tragedy, and the strength and the resilience the city showed in the face of the attacks made me LOVE New York first… and the rest is history. My husband and I fell in love with what the city had to offer so much so that when we moved to North Carolina for new jobs after five years, we just didn’t give up on our tiny little apartment and we now spend long weekends and all our breaks in the city, in fact, the only city that I genuinely feel I belong to. Let me put my love for NYC in words this way: If I had not blogged about Damian Lewis, I would have blogged about New York City!
So… Imagine my off-the-charts thrill when I first heard Damian Lewis would make Billions in New York! It’s not just that I love New York and I enjoy everything it offers — from its world-class museums to theater to restaurants to Central Park — but I just LOVE it when people visit and enjoy New York. Continue reading “Damian Lewis, An Englishman in New York: 2015 Edition”
So much to think about, so much waiting in the wings. Seems a good time to step back and take stock. The recently released Billions trailer showed us a tantalizing taste of Damian Lewis’ Bobby Axelrod, an outspoken arrogant hedge-fund king who seems to think himself above the law. The trailer got me reeling with anticipation, and it also got me thinking…about the ways in which Damian has played his roles and about the differences between stage actors and those focused on working on film. Of how stage actors who get to be on film, so OFTEN, take an audience by surprise, making us say “Whoa, who was THAT?” And of how exactly they do that. Continue reading “Swagger of a Kingpin: Bobby Axelrod”
It was last October but it really feels like yesterday that we found out about Showtime ordering a pilot for a new drama series Billions starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. Then we followed the pilot shoot in New York closely in January and held our breath until the cable network finally picked Billions as a series in March.