Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Damian Lewis Quotes

1. I'm very lucky.

2. I'm always forming bands.

3. I've always been a narcissist.

4. My parents were incredibly inclusive.

5. You have to go where the good writing is.

6. Seeing a man praying to Allah is enough for some people to assume he is a terrorist.

7. I'm no more or less antisocial than the next person.

8. You know, I think I am faintly spiritual.

9. You know, this idea of going around the world imposing democracy by growing a middle-class, a trading merchant class that is independent of your faith, is a good notion, but we're all partially different - it's no good imposing systems on people that it doesn't suit.

10. I'm sponsored by Audi, so I have this rather lovely rather arrangement where they just insist that I'm always in the latest model.

11. I'm not very good at strategizing.

12. If you only do issue-based drama, you can become a boring wanker.

13. People need revelation, and then they need resolution.

14. I've done classical theaters. I played Hamlet myself and Romeo.

15. I'm one of those pesky Brits.

16. A lot of these American actors have this - in my view - misplaced view that they have to look like Action Man. The trouble is, they all run the risk of being interchangeable.

17. In the end, there's something of the puritan work ethic about me that roles really must sustain me on an intellectual level.

18. I'm not an American, but I have this weird connection to America in different ways through my dad living here for five years, my godfather being an American who I'm very close to.

19. Of course the lower classes have always felt downtrodden and aspired to a better life. But there is this theory that people respond to a class structure in England - there was a time when people knew who they were and knew whom they served and as long as management wasn't abusive, it was a good life for people.

20. I want to make a clear distinction between people who take acting seriously and people who call themselves actors because they've been on reality TV or something.

21. L.A. still ranks as one of my guilty pleasures, along with butter-pecan ice cream and Coldplay albums.

22. I've always had a "Work hard, play hard" attitude to life - I still do - but sometimes you get involved in something that needs a calm, methodical approach.

23. You know what it's like to feel anxious - it's horrible feeling anxious. It's stressful having that feeling, having butterflies in your stomach, even for a day, and you don't sleep at night.

24. I've discovered just how symbiotic the relationship is between writers, directors and actors. They ask the same questions and strip down texts in exactly the same way.

25. It's an unfair comparison because when things are developed in the UK, they're developed at script stage only.

26. If you think you don't want to play another psychopath, but the script is amazing, and the director is fantastic, and the story is incredible, then you may end up playing your third psychopath in a row.

27. Dramatically it's always more interesting to conceal rather than reveal things.

28. I think people like to be scared. I think people like tension and suspense in a movie.

29. I don't mean this grandly, but it was never my intention to live in L.A. and do a big network show.

30. Quiet people, people who aren't given to emotional outbursts, people who are economic with words - they're also fun to play, but you find yourself needing a laser precision in those roles. Otherwise you just sort of stand around, looking slightly brain-dead. You worry about being uninteresting.

31. A cricket ball broke my nose when I was a kid so I couldn't breath through it. Before I had it operated on I used to stand on stage with my mouth slightly open.

32. For me the rehearsal period is the part I most enjoy. It's the creating of the story.

33. I don't believe Jesus was the son of God, although I'm inclined to think he might have been a great prophet.

34. There are ways of avoiding becoming tabloid fodder and therefore giving people license to pry into your private life. And there's a distinction between being an actor and being a celebrity. You may become a celebrity through acting, but you don't need to do so.

35. I guess I'm just good at playing repressed individuals. I'm lucky because those are often the roles that catch people's eyes.

36. When I'm working in America, I wake up with an American accent and stay with it all day till makeup comes off. I just want everyone to be at ease, and not have the show's creators think: "Oh my god, he's so English, why did we hire him?"

37. In England we burnt redheads at the stake, because we thought they were witches. There are still young redheads in Britain getting ripped for having red hair. "Oy, Ginger!"

38. I love playing sport.

39. I have a three-year-old and a four-year-old at home, and my mornings are about just dealing with the fact of that. I oddly enjoy it.

40. I love going for a swim. Growing up in England, anywhere with a pool seems like the height of glamour to me.

41. It's certainly true that I was brought up in that British amateur tradition, the one which always held that if you were reasonably good at cricket, knew one or two Latin texts and a few zingy Oscar Wilde quotes for dinner parties, you were pretty much ready to go and run some outpost in Hindustan.

42. You can't be sent away to prison for life and feel OK about it.

43. I think you can't be really posh and be an interesting actor. I'm a bit of a posh rough.

44. I've had loss in my life, and I like to think my mother's energy lives on in some faintly Buddhist way. I do find some comfort there.

45. Why do you think so many actors are only half-developed people? It's very easy when you're a young actor to have these intense, explosive friendships for short periods of time, because you can control what's shown of you. Then you go on to your next job and reinvent yourself again. I think it's important to find something constant.

46. Writing and directing might be a red herring, and really I'm just re-examining what it is to act, to do it well and do it properly.

47. There's something important, as an actor, about allowing yourself to be approached by people to do roles. People see different things in you.

48. I was, if you like, a successful schoolboy in that I had a degree of talent in all the required things that make you a success at school.

49. What I do believe in is the moral code of Christianity.

50. It's good to be busy on a film set because there is a lot of sitting around, so if you've got two roles to play at one time, then that's great to do.

51. There are lots of different reasons to choose roles.

52. My heroes were all in the theatre.

53. I'd feel guilty just doing gags.

54. The best shows succeed because they tap into a national conversation.

55. You can't do something that is morally vacuous or dysfunctional and then write it off saying: "It wasn't my film, I was just doing a job in it."

56. The lesson I learned is that sometimes the task you have at hand needs all of your concentration and focus.

57. I'm a slow starter.

58. Temperamentally I'm not a natural producer, because I don't have the patience.

59. You just have to take control of your own performance.

60. No Western government has ever played the long-term in terms of foreign policy.

61. Acting can be a narrow and isolated experience, because you only examine your particular part.

62. Producing is a world of compromise and actors are utterly spoiled all the time.

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