Lewis homes in on Laurie’s experience to decide on TV role
HOMELAND star Damian Lewis turned to fellow Brit Hugh Laurie for advice when he was offered a role in the hit drama as he was wary of quitting theatre work for a US TV show. The actor’s first love is taking to the stage in classic plays and he admits he was uncertain whether to say yes when he was offered the part of war veteranturned-congressman Nicholas Brody. By an odd coincidence, he had recently moved in to Laurie’s former house in London when the Brit headed to America to star in medical drama House. Lewis (pictured) decided to call him to pick his brains about the pitfalls of transferring to the US market. Lewis tells Esquire magazine, ‘‘He had become a global superstar . . . just like that . . . I just said, ‘Hello, it’s Damian Lewis. I’m sitting in your bedroom . . . so, what’s it like making one of these TV things? And he gave me advice. He was very sweet.’’ Lewis accepted the job, but despite Laurie’s words of wisdom, nothing prepared him for the workload he faced when he arrived on set.
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