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Damian Lewis is go-to bad guy actor

British actor Damian Lewis has secured his position as Hollywood’s top villain.
In his new U.S. show Billions the 45-year-old plays ruthless Wall Street anti-hero Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod, the latest in a long line of movie and TV bad guys.
The financial mogul finds himself in a battle royal with the New York state attorney, portrayed by Paul Giamatti.
Damian has a history of playing immoral characters, from his turn as King Henry VIII, to disgraced British MP Jeffery Archer and his career-changing role in TV drama Homeland, in which he portrayed United States Marine Corps scout sniper-turned-terrorist Nicholas Brody alongside Claire Danes.
The bad guy-turned-good character was killed off at the end of the third series.
“Fallible characters are more interesting than superheros in the end,” Damian reveals to British newspaper The Independent.
“My character (in Billions) is from Yonkers, just north of the Bronx, so he’s a blue collar guy made good. He’s a very American animal and New York animal in his pugnaciousness, his focus and the way he speaks. He’s not a generic hedge-fund guy.”
To research his role as the ruthless, tough-talking New Yorker, Damian shadowed hedge-fund kings Daniel Loeb, Larry Robbins and Bill Ackman.
Co-creator of the show, Andrew Ross Sorkin, was impressed by Damian’s method style of acting, praising his ability to really get to grips with technical side of hedge funding and immerse himself in that lifestyle.
“Damian can do power better than anyone else,” he said. “He can do it in a hard way and, more uniquely, he has a soft power.”
The actor’s villainous roles could soon be a thing of the past if rumours suggesting he’s in the running to play the next James Bond are true.

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