In case you missed Part I, which is mostly about the actor, the play and the fans, you can read it here.
I, of course, have no idea about how stage actors organize their lives. I just know they work during prime time, that is, they WORK as we go out and eat and watch TV and go to the movies and thereby their routine should be different from us. I also remember Damian commenting on this very thing in the 5 Minutes with Damian Lewis interview:
So, I was really curious if life would sort of stop for our guy during his crazy 10 week long theater run with 8 performances a week — would he just shuttle between home and work?
Some actors may just do that, but not Damian Lewis. He is such an energetic guy that he filled those 10 weeks with a number of extra-curricular activities including one that is said to score 9 out of 10 in terms of stress levels.
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Just before American Buffalo previews started on April 16, Damian Lewis accompanied his wife, Helen McCrory to the premiere of her movie, A Little Chaos and had a lot of fun 🙂
Theater run did not stop him from playing sport, either! He practiced during the week and played on the weekend!
Oh, he can hit a ball! He, in fact, can hit a lot of different balls. You name it, Damian does it: football, golf, and cricket… Damian played in the classic rivalry match Actors vs Authors on June 7 as the captain of the Actors, no less! The actors eventually lost to the authors, but it seems Damian played quite well. I have no clue about cricket, but my partner JaniaJania does and she has written about Damian’s match!
What else? Oh yeah, Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory, along with John Goodman and his wife, had a very British day at the Royal Ascot, too! I believe Damian was wearing the morning suit he wore at his OBE ceremony back in November and completed his very dapper British look with an Oliver Brown top hat. Man, who looks good in a top hat? Well, this guy looks pretty pretty pretty good to me!
Then I saw this picture and laughed out loud. Not because Damian is overexcited — he’s exactly my type of spectator, you should see me at any game 🙂 I just thought Damian Lewis and John Goodman are sort of in character here; they both look their parts from American Buffalo. The slow-moving, calm Don and the energizer bunny, overexcited Teach!
It seems Damian is pulling an “Eliza Doolittle” here — “Move your bloomin’ ass!” 🙂 But… seriously, just mentioning My Fair Lady, wouldn’t Damian make a GREAT Professor Higgins on stage? Just an idea 🙂
Damian and Helen also attended a tea party for the launch of KidZania in London.
Oh, and that stressful activity I was talking about earlier… It’s moving, of course! What else can score 9 out of 10 at stress levels? I moved 6 times in 15 years, and I know a thing or two about how much stress it involves! So, GREAT JOB, Damian and Helen, for both completing a move and for taking good care of the movers 🙂
Here we are at the end of 10 weeks! Having delivered such an intense performance 8 times a week over 10 weeks, I imagine Damian is pretty tired. We all know NEXT for him is flying to New York to shoot the new Showtime Wall Street drama Billions that will last for about six months. And, I really really HOPE he will be able to have some time off and get some rest before he becomes our “Englishman in New York.” 🙂