Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

No Sweeney thrills for Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis missed out on all the action in The Sweeney

Damian Lewis has revealed why he decided to take his "small but dull" role in The Sweeney.

The Homeland star plays the head of the Flying Squad, Frank Haskins, in Nick Love's big-screen adaptation of the hit 1970s TV series, but joked that he was chained to the office desk.

"I didn't get to jump up and down in Trafalgar Square and chase cops, I didn't get to shoot anyone and I didn't get to bonk Hayley Atwell in a toilet cubicle. Frankly, it was quite dull - I was in the office, sitting behind a desk and occasionally picking up the phone and talking to Regan," he said.

"But it was fine, because it was fun to just be part of it all."

Damian - who reprises his role as Sergeant Brody in the second series of Homeland, which returns on Channel 4 in October - said that the opportunity to work with Nick and the cast including Ray Winstone, Ben Drew (aka rapper Plan B) and Hayley Atwell proved to be the draw.

"Actors choose jobs for many different reasons. I'd been away for five months in America working very hard," he recalled.

"This was a week's work and I had a small part in this. But I was interested in Nick Love, who pitched it to me in an interesting way, and the cast they had already assembled. I especially wanted to work with Ray, who I met previously but never worked with before."

The Sweeney opens on September 12.

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