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    I want to make a clear distinction between people who take acting seriously and people who call themselves actors because theyve been on reality TV or something.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: people  reality 
     
    My parents were incredibly inclusive.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: parent 
     
    I think you can't be really posh and be an interesting actor. I'm a bit of a posh rough.
    — Damian Lewis
    Theres something important, as an actor, about allowing yourself to be approached by people to do roles. People see different things in you.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: people 
     
    Temperamentally I'm not a natural producer, because I don't have the patience.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: patience 
     
    The best shows succeed because they tap into a national conversation,
    — Damian Lewis
    You know, I think I am faintly spiritual.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: spiritual 
     
    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.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: live  loss  energy  comfort  mother 
     
    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.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: time  film 
     
    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.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: kids 
     
    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.'
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: job  saying  film  write 
     
    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.
    — Damian Lewis
    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.
    — Damian Lewis
    Acting can be a narrow and isolated experience, because you only examine your particular part.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: experience 
     
    You never know when you're taking a job, ever... but you try to take good scripts. That's all you can do as an actor - take the best thing available. Even then, it's not [really] in your control. Certainly not in film and TV, because there are so many other elements. You just have to take control of your own performance.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: control  job  film 
     
    My heroes were all in the theatre.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: hero 
     
    People need revelation, and then they need resolution.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: people 
     
    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.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: sleep  night  butterfly 
     
    I think people like to be scared. I think people like tension and suspense in a movie.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: people  suspense  movie 
     
    No Western government has ever played the long-term in terms of foreign policy.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: government 
     
    I always resented Tom [Hardy] for turning up on Band Of Brothers and getting the girl - in fact, the only girl in a cast of hundreds of smelly men! I, on the other hand, spent eight months with my face squashed up against someone else's backside in one sodden trench after another. And it looks as if Tom might have got the girl again [in Colditz], damn his eyes.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: girls  eyes  facts 
     
    For me the rehearsal period is the part I most enjoy. It's the creating of the story.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: stories 
     
    We are not telling Tudor history; we are creating ' Wolf Hall ' from novels, which are already a rereading of Tudor history.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: novel 
     
    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.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: quotes  true 
     
    It's an unfair comparison because when things are developed in the UK, they're developed at script stage only.
    — Damian Lewis
    In the end, there's something of the puritan work ethic about me that roles really must sustain me on an intellectual level.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: work  ethics 
     
    I've done classical theaters. I played Hamlet myself and Romeo.
    — Damian Lewis
    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.
    — Damian Lewis
    I love playing sport.
    — Damian Lewis
    I love going for a swim. Growing up in England, anywhere with a pool seems like the height of glamour to me.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: england 
     
    I guess I'm just good at playing repressed individuals. I'm lucky because those are often the roles that catch people's eyes.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: eyes 
     
    I don't mean this grandly, but it was never my intention to live in L.A. and do a big network show.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: live 
     
    Dramatically it's always more interesting to conceal rather than reveal things.
    — Damian Lewis
    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.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: facts 
     
    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!'
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: thoughts  young  witch  england 
     
    I don't believe Jesus was the son of God, although I'm inclined to think he might have been a great prophet.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: believe  god  jesus  son 
     
    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.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: work  attitude 
     
    There are ways of avoiding becoming tabloid fodder and therefore giving people license to pry into your private life. And theres a distinction between being an actor and being a celebrity. You may become a celebrity through acting, but you dont need to do so.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: people  giving  celebrity 
     
    Quiet people, people who arent given to emotional outbursts, people who are economic with words - theyre 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.
    — Damian Lewis
    You have to go where the good writing is.
    — Damian Lewis
    tags: writing 
     
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