Damian Lewis quotes

  • We are not telling Tudor history; we are creating ' Wolf Hall ' from novels, which are already a rereading of Tudor history.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Creating #Tudors #Rereading

  • For me the rehearsal period is the part I most enjoy. It's the creating of the story.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Creating #Stories #Rehearsal

  • My heroes were all in the theatre.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Hero #Theatre #My Hero

  • People need revelation, and then they need resolution.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #People #Needs #Revelations

  • The best shows succeed because they tap into a national conversation,
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Succeed #Conversation #Shows

  • 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

    #Girl #Brother #Eye

  • It was pretty daunting. Normally, I never go to a gym, but before we started shooting, I thought I'd better. I reckoned I was in really good shape, and then I looked around and I was half the size of everyone else. 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.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Running #Men #Views

  • 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

    #Attitude #Hard Work #Play

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

    #Scripts #Unfair #Stage

  • 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

    #Work Ethic #Intellectual #Roles

  • I've done classical theaters. I played Hamlet myself and Romeo.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Done #Theater

  • Temperamentally I'm not a natural producer, because I don't have the patience.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Patience #Natural #Producers

  • You have to go where the good writing is.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Writing #Good Writing

  • You know, I think I am faintly spiritual.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Spiritual #Thinking

  • 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

    #People #Important #Different

  • 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

    #Quiet People #Fun #Emotional

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

    #Government #Long #Foreign Policy

  • 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

    #People #Giving #Acting

  • 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

    #Reality #People #Acting

  • My parents were incredibly inclusive.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Parent

  • I think you can't be really posh and be an interesting actor. I'm a bit of a posh rough.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Thinking #Interesting #Actors

  • 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

    #School #Successful #Degrees

  • I love playing sport.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Sports #Playing Sports

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

    #Growing Up #Swim #Height

  • 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

    #Butterfly #Sleep #Night

  • I think people like to be scared. I think people like tension and suspense in a movie.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Thinking #People #Suspense

  • 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

    #Kids #Balls #Noses

  • 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

    #Running #Latin #Party

  • 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

    #Jesus #Believe #Son

  • 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

    #Hair #Red #England

  • 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

    #Morning #Home #Years

  • 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

    #Mother #Buddhist #Loss

  • 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

    #Play #Two #Roles

  • 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

    #Jobs #Writing #Film

  • You just have to take control of your own performance.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Performances

  • 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

    #Good Life #Class #Long

  • 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

    #Independent #Class #Ideas

  • Acting can be a narrow and isolated experience, because you only examine your particular part.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Acting #Isolated #Particular

  • Dramatically it's always more interesting to conceal rather than reveal things.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Interesting

  • 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

    #Mean #Intention #Bigs

  • 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

    #Eye #People #Lucky

  • Seeing a man praying to Allah is enough for some people to assume he is a terrorist.
    -- Damian Lewis

    #Men #People #Assuming