Lewis homes in on Lau­rie’s ex­pe­ri­ence to de­cide on TV role

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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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