Another Turn: Homeland Fanfic
Chapter 1

Actors sometimes don’t know what they’re doing posing for pictures together. There they are, a part of a cast, at some event, posing with their cast mates, all to do their bit to promote their project and get folks excited about seeing it and them on the screen. Little do they realize, one actor posing with another actor, even on opposite ends of the pose, even when the characters those actors play in that particular project don’t have any time together on screen or intersect at all really in that project, can spark all sorts of ideas in those of us on the other side of the fourth wall.

Such a thing happened to this viewer upon seeing Damian on one end and Costa Ronin on the other in a promo shot from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. You see, Costa Ronin as Yevgeny Gromov in Homeland, Season 7, created the worst hell imaginable for Carrie Mathison. The same Carrie Mathison who Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody had loved so untenably in Seasons 1 – 3 of Homeland. Brody, Carrie’s one true love and the father of her child, and Gromov, her most recent and most violent nemesis on stage together? How could such a juxtaposition not light a match on the imagination? A fanfic must be written! And it was. Here’s Chapter One of a multi-chapter treatment, with a chapter posted every Friday till it’s done. A window into what it might have looked like had Brody and Gromov intersected in Homeland and Brody and Carrie had another turn.

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Throwback Thursday to Damian Lewis at the New Yorker Festival

I‚Äôve been reading¬†The New Yorker¬†quite¬†religiously for more than a decade now. I don‚Äôt remember how many subscriptions I gave to friends as gifts over the years and it is still one of the few subscriptions that I receive in the mail every week. And, the¬†New Yorker Festival¬†feels like the pages of the magazine literally coming to life for a¬†weekend throughout the city¬†with¬†talks, conversations, readings, performances, panels with individuals that are at the top of their game in their respective fields ‚ÄĒ including arts, sciences, politics, sports, theater, music, literature, film, TV, food and more‚Ķ As someone that attended¬†quite a few¬†events at the festival over the years, I can confidently say that, independent of the context,¬†all events share one characteristic: intelligence.¬†The festival participants¬†are without exception¬†endowed with some real brainpower. They are,¬†in¬†The New Yorker‚Äės own words,¬†‚Äúsome of the most talented and influential thinkers about topics ranging from politics to pop music, science to cinema, and so much more.‚ÄĚ

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Well, it is the New Yorker Festival time of the year again! And I cannot help go back to my most favorite New Yorker Festival moment ever. It was exactly four years ago today that JaniaJania and I were extremely lucky to attend the fabulous conversation New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins had with Damian Lewis at the festival.
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Happy Birthday, Homeland!

Homeland premiered on Showtime on October 2, 2011, exactly eight years ago today.

Happy Birthday!

None of us on Fan Fun had any idea about the show when it premiered. However, it is Damian Lewis’ mesmerizing portrayal of Nicholas Brody that brought “almost” all of us to the fandom at some point. And, well, the rest is history!

I know that Season 3 finale was the series finale for many Brody fans who protested Homeland and quit watching the show after Brody died. And I am not going to lie to you, I was desperate enough to jump on the “No Brody, No Homeland” bandwagon in my own way¬†when Season 3 was over and stayed there until a certain ginger told me to keep watching it ūüėÄ So I did, and thanks to the healing powers of time, and Damian tackling other fantastic roles in Wolf Hall and Billions, I came to accept that, as Brody told Carrie, it was over.¬†It still makes me happy to know no one can take Homeland¬†Season 1 and 2 away from me, but I also recognize the fact that¬†Homeland is a show about the CIA and, in particular, about one CIA agent, Carrie Mathison, one of the best written female characters on TV. And I cannot agree more with Damian who praises Claire Danes’ portrayal of Carrie in an interview with Hunger Magazine:

“Can you imagine if the part had been played by¬†any other Hollywood actress, anyone with an¬†ounce of vanity about them as a performer? Claire¬†has no vanity. She‚Äôs committed to making sure¬†she represents the story in the best possible way. Her performance is totally and utterly committed,¬†terrifyingly so at times.”

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Hey Damian, I Loved You as Soames Forsyte… There I Said It :)

Damian Lewis, at Times Talks London in May 2014, laughs and says:

What you don’t know, Damian, is, one of those dark horses is writing on your fan blog!

I LOVED YOU AS SOAMES FORSYTE!!!!!

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Prop Improv with Damian Lewis – Redux

L: Tardis from Dr. Who; C: Wonka Bar from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, ghost trap from Ghost Busters, Wilson from Cast Away; R: Marauder’s Map from Harry Potter

According to Wikipedia, a prop, formally known as theatrical property, is an object used on stage or screen by actors during a performance or production. In practical terms, a prop is considered to be anything movable or portable on a stage or a set, distinct from the actors, scenery, costumes, and electrical equipment. Based on that definition, clothing, shoes, hats or scarves would typically be out of play, but we are going to bend the rule just a bit and allow it! Interesting enough, consumable food items appearing in a production could be considered props, too.

So you know what all this means? It’s game time! Name three stage or screen props you would most like to own from the set of any of Damian’s theatre, film or television series and explain why. As an added bonus, some of us came¬†up with an original or funny use of the¬†prop, without using the prop the way it was intended. Let’s play Prop Improv with Damian Lewis.

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