January 26, 2023

Native country star Damian Lewis has discussed his double role in ITVX’s new series A spy among friends.

Adapted from Ben Macintyre’s book of the same name, the series follows the true story of MI6 spy Nicholas Elliott (Lewis) and his friendship with KGB double agent Kim Philby (Mare van Easttownby Guy Pearce).

In addition to playing Elliott, Lewis also served as an executive producer on the series.

“I was in charge of the donuts,” the actor joked Digital spy.

Damian Lewis, a spy among friends


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“No, when [executive producer and writer] Alex [Cary] asked me to come and do it, he said, ‘Do you want to produce this with me?’. So I guess my involvement with that from the start was that of an EP — an executive producer. Alex sent me his first sketches. I sent back notes and thoughts. He ignored them. And so we went on.”

Despite his attempts to downplay his EP role, Lewis was heavily involved in the making of the series.

“I helped him develop it. And then, of course, all the others came along. And everything. Everything. Putting through to department heads, to doing recon when I could get there, and location scouts,” he said. .

Damian Lewis, a spy among friends


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Recently seen inside Once upon a time… in Hollywood and drama series BillionsLewis accepted the challenge, using “two very different” parts of his personality to complete the tasks.

“The question is interesting because actually it’s the first time I’ve taken on a full production producer role and played a lead role. There’s a point where you just have to put everything down and focus on playing Nicholas Elliott. are you selling yourself short,” he explained.

“It’s kind of interesting, it’s two very different parts of your personality that you pull up to those different roles. And there’s always a childish — not childish, hopefully — but a childish, playful quality that you have to keep in touch with.” with when you act. You just have to. That may be why it takes us longer to mature than others.

“But when you’re producing, you need something different: a different part of your brain. It’s kind of hard sometimes to do it at the same time. So I found myself during the five or six month shoot just performing and acting , and then I was able to be a producer again for the past six, seven, eight months that we were in post-production.

A spy among friends premiered on ITVX on December 8.

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