Holliedazzle and I have the great pleasure of bring up the derriere of the bloggers’ fan stories… I am hoping someone did indeed discover Damian in the Escapist, but I digress.
We all knew, that being quite new to Damian Lewis fandom, it was very likely that we all discovered Damian Lewis from the same TV show because of the same character, which is one of the reasons I am looking forward to reading your stories from next Tuesday onwards. Damianista is the only one who has read them so it is quite exciting.
Speaking of Damianista, a big thank you to her and Lady Trader for conceiving the idea. And stay tuned next week as the reader’s fan stories start rolling out, as well!
We may have discovered Damian via Homeland, but not necessarily the same way…
While watching Homeland, in the early episodes of s1, I knew that I recognised Damian from somewhere, but just couldn’t think where.
There is quite a lot of season 1 of Homeland to look back at and eulogise about Damian’s performances, but his scene in the corner of the room in ‘Grace’ as he flits back and forth in his mind is simply heart-breaking and wonderful (performance wise) at the same time. The wounded soldier retreating to the perceived safety of the darkest corner in the room. It wasn’t even the first time he reeled us in on Homeland -he managed that for me in the Pilot when the first person he asks for is ‘mom’ – but it certainly wasn’t the last either. As his performances in s1 of Homeland captivated me more and I began to look back at his earlier works, it suddenly became clear where I knew him from…
With Charlie Crews’ penetrating gaze seeing right through me, I have a confession to make. I used to be a very big fan of NCIS (that is not the confession) and I was watching NCIS religiously at this moment in my life. The adverts were on and one of the programmes being advertised was Life. I recall feeling that it sounded vaguely interesting, but was not compelled to watch…not so much the cleverness of me (as Peter Pan would say) but the stupidity of me. No throwing tomatoes, people! That would be a waste of perfectly good fruit!
I sometimes wonder now if I might love Charlie more than Brody had I watched Life first and whether I would be quite as annoyed with how the storylines for Brody developed in Homeland had I already been through hating that Charlie was taken from us. I might love Charlie more than Brody anyway…hmm…two wonderful characters with some very startling similarities, but who dealt with and handled the circumstances they were thrown into very differently, all given to us by the same fine actor.
I have had great fun adding to my Damian collection since finally noticing him. Finding Damianista and this blog has been the icing on the cake, not least because I was absolutely desperate to find someone to chat to about Wolfhall and the rest, as they say, is history!
“I don’t care how you get here, just get here if you can.”
It’s all my husband’s fault.
So my husband and I had just moved in together, and were sitting down together one evening to watch TV and relax. He had pulled up a new show to watch, something called “Homeland”. He asked if I wanted to try it, as he would buy a single episode on Amazon Prime and then decide after that if he would spring for the series. He listed who was in it, and I was already interested just based on hearing that Claire Danes was in it. As a teenager during “My So Called Life” and “Romeo and Juliet”, I had been a fan of hers for some time, already. But then he mentioned a name I didn’t know.
“It’s also got a guy that I’ve been watching since ‘Band of Brothers’, you’ll probably like him, he’s just your type, he’s got red hair.”
The rest, as we say, is history. After powering our way through “Homeland”, we watched his season 1 DVD set of “Life”. It was jarring to see his playful goofiness in Charlie after seeing the intensity he brought to Brody. But it was just another wonderful example of the range that Damian has, and I came to know it more and more as I started watching more of his work.
Googling his name brought me to Fan Fun, and now I have the honor of writing about this man who has become my favorite actor. And I’ve made all these wonderful new friends, both the writers of the blog, and you all, the readers! Cheers to one of the most wonderful group of fans out there, we cannot wait to read all of YOUR stories next!