Dream’ took us to places you couldn’t even imagine. There we were going to Aintree for probably the greatest race on the planet. – Howard Davies
The man you see in the picture above is Howard Davies. He is a tax adviser in Cefn Fforest, a small Welsh town where the community has gone through hard times since the mining industry collapsed in the area. Howard worked for the biggest tax firm on the planet for 15 years, got sick of it, resigned and did his own thing for a while but it did not work very well. He is a middle-aged man who wants to get a bit more out of life.
Today is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
Human trafficking is nothing but modern day slavery. It is a multi-billion dollar crime industry where, according to The International Labor Organization estimates, 24.9 million people are deprived of their freedoms globally. What makes this even worse is that 1 in 4 of the victims are children.
Stolen is a harrowing TV drama, made in 2011 for BBC One, that focuses on the problem of child trafficking. Written by Stephen Butchard, directed by Justin Chadwick, and filmed in Manchester, the movie stars a number of very talented first-time child actors along with our own Damian Lewis. The movie received a BAFTA TV nomination for Best Single Drama in 2012.
Chameleon. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of Damian’s acting abilities. He can play anything, and brilliantly so! Over the years many have proposed ideal roles they could see him portray – you’ve heard the rumors before – Damian Lewis as Bond, Ginger Bond. That would be dreamy even though Damian is so over it. He’s into real-life spies now, as seen on Damian Lewis: Spy Wars and the newly announced project in the works, A Spy Among Friends. For now we’ll have to live with Damian as Agent Double 0-0 in Phineas and Ferb, here.
I’ve also thought Damian could pull off the most maniacal villain in the Marvel or DC Comics universe and the public agrees as evidenced by their dream casting social media posts. One that comes up repeatedly is Norman Osborn (Green Goblin) from the Spiderman series. And for a while now this Blog has mused about Damian playing the iconic actor Steve McQueen. While Damian played McQueen in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, it was such a small role that it left me craving for an entire biopic. For now, we’ll have to view him as McQueen here.
Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers.
Il ne faut pas toucher aux idoles: la dorure en reste aux mains.
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
How I love when art gets meta: when a writer or artist has the self-awareness and genuine capacity to make fun of themselves. That’s what we mean when we say the writing is “honest”. There’s no agenda to convince or win over the reader, just a need to show, everything, even the warty not-attractive bits.