Your Morning Man: Damian Lewis


I thought he was great in the ironically short-lived Life. You might love him from Wolf Hall, or Homeland, or The Forsyte Saga.

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But whenever I see Damian Lewis’s face, I sigh, “Hiiiii, Lieutenant Winters.” (Even though I know he was promoted higher than that title.) Because he was so wonderful, so smart, so tactical, so engagingly empathetic, in Band of Brothers. I just… it’s where I first met him, and it’s how I will always, always remember him best. It’s my belief that to watch that miniseries is to love him forever. Although Band of Brothers has a lot of special powers. Rufus Humphrey was unwatchable by the end of Gossip Girl, but I will always love Matthew Settle, because of Captain Speirs. Remember when Neal McDonough was in those TRULY obnoxious car commercials? Can’t hate him, because he’s Buck freaking Compton. And Donnie Wahlberg married Jenny McCarthy — a celebrity I find… extremely, prohibitively challenging, on her best day and mine — and yet I can’t be too mad at him because he was Sgt. Lipton. Band of Brothers is magical.

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Even Anna is kind of like, “Tee hee, Dick Winters!” She’s right.

I didn’t intend for this to become an elegy for Band of Brothers; just Damian Lewis. And you are so welcome to stick to that topic. But if you want to broaden the scope: Why not! Because every two seconds I remember a guy I loved. Luz! Malarkey! Joe Toye and Bill Guarnere! Perconte! Bull Randleman! It goes on and on…

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  1. Sarah
    +10

    He’ll always be Soames to me. That was where I fell in love (despite how despicable that character was, which I think speaks volumes about DL as an actor) and Band of Brothers was just icing on the cake.

    • Little Bow Wow
      +1

      HE was Soames? Wow. I see someone far more like EvilButler.com from Downton as Soames.

      • Vanessa
        +1

        He was a GREAT Soames; both pitiable and revolting.
        Does anybody remember Boomtown? Donny Wahlberg can do no wrong for me because of that.

    • Deborah
      +2

      Poor Soames, poor deluded delusional OCD Soames. Such a great series.

    •  KarenG958
      +5

      I always felt a little sorry for Soames. At first I really disliked Reny and thought she was kind of mean to Soames. After all, she agreed to marry him, and he was always trying to please her. He didn’t know, at first, that she despised him, and he certainly didn’t know why.

      Of course, I changed my mind later what with the rapy, stalkery behavior, but it was still hard not to feel sorry for him.

      • Jessica
        +7

        I hated them both! That version makes her very very irritating, I thought.

      •  Ellie
        +1

        A thousand times YES!!! I found the series a wee bit hard to watch as I couldn’t, believably, be repulsed by Soames…not even a little bit! I’d seen the original, read the book, etc…just came in my wildest imagination find Damian Lewis as a human specimen that horrible!

  2. Dee
    +29

    Life was such a good show, especially in its first season. And with so many great Deadwood alums.

    • Deborah
      +8

      I came to it for Damien Lewis, and stayed because the show was just so good. Gutted that it didn’t get another season.

      • AM
        +7

        Yes, to “Life!” Ha Ha. I started watching because of him too, and that was a great show. Also, if you haven’t seen Band of Brothers, go to the library and check it out. He’s a very good actor, and my nominee for Sexiest Man Alive.

        • Petrova Fossil
          +2

          We have watched Life over and over. Sarah Shahi has been wasted in everything she’s done since. A shame.

          • Jiya
            +1

            Her role in Person of Interest isn’t Life-level good, but it isn’t a total waste of her talent. And you can watch her first episode (“Relevance”) pretty much as a standalone if you want.

      • Lisa
        +1

        I agree! At least the plot was wrapped up at the end of the second season. Lewis’s character kissed a dog in the first episode, which means I would have watched “Life” until the end of time.

  3.  Kathleen Trail
    +23

    Oh man, Band of Brothers just gutted me with each episode, in the best possible way. And how weird was it to see Ross Geller turn from a goober into a total arsehat?

    • greatwhitenorthchick
      0

      I know, right? He was so busted back.

      • Meghan
        +4

        I watch BoB usually once every year and for some reason it’s usually right around Christmas. Even though I know what is going to happen, I’m still drawn in to the story and after I’m done with all the episodes, it takes me a while to come back to reality. It’s just THAT good.

        • Melissa
          +1

          Meghan, I feel you completely. I watch it so much, you would think my family wouldn’t still respond by saying “You’re watching Band of Brothers again?!?” YES! I am.

      •  Kate
        +1

        Well guess what I have on for a re-view RGHT NOW? Lt Winters et al are about to take the gun emplacements in E2.

        I am team Luz and Spears always.

    • Third March Sister
      +2

      That series adhered so closely to the real story told in the book, it was so respectful of the source. The acting was SO good. It was my intro to Damian Lewis, too, and I get sucked into it every time I see the series. SO so good…

  4. ashleym
    +10

    Band of Brothers IS magical, you are completely right! (And now I know what I’ll be watching while printing on Sunday…)

    • m_
      +4

      God even just the music gets me blubbering every time.

      • ashleym
        +1

        Soooo good! And such a good cast. Uh, is it Sunday yet?
        (Hm. it *is*on Listentoamovie.com… starting it now.) :)

  5. greatwhitenorthchick
    +2

    Loved BofB with Lewis and the whole cast. David Schimmer was a pleasant surprise, cast against type. Lewis is almost always well turned out. He does look like he’s making AW’s day here.

  6. greatwhitenorthchick
    0

    I meant ‘Schwimmer’. argh.

  7. KJ
    +20

    I can’t believe you forgot Nixon! The scenes between him and Winters were everything.
    (And Ron Livingston really rocked the fatigues.)

    •  Jen from Cincy
      +1

      Nixon! I loved him.

      • Heather
        +1

        I didn’t forget him! I just feel like Ron Livingston was such a known quantity by then and a lot of those other actors weren’t.

        • Norene
          +2

          I will say his role in Band of Brothers got me to forget about his Office Space character. That’s no easy task!

        • Carolyn
          +2

          Simon Pegg has about 2 lines in BOB, also a very young Tom Hardy.

  8. Brooke
    +13

    I absolutely love Band of Brothers. I watch the miniseries at least once a year, usually at the holidays with my family because there is almost always a marathon of it on some cable channel. I have loved Damian Lewis ever since. Band of Brothers is so good that it didn’t bother me that Burger broke up with Carrie on a Post It (although my favorite Ron Livingston role will always be Peter in Office Space).

  9. CassandraMortmain
    +7

    I love Damien Lewis in everything you mentioned (except that Wolf Hall lost me after the first episode, I’m not intellectual enough I guess) and I am glad to see some love for the series Life which I found quirky and enjoyable – Adam Arkin adds a lot to everything he’s in, and Life introduced me to Christina Hendricks. He is Soames to me also, although the series made Soames much more repugnant than he was in the book. If anyone is looking for a wonderful read, I can’t recommend The Forsyte Saga highly enough.

    This comment is already rambly but Band of Brothers…my husband and I watched it for a second time last winter, and it is SO good and awful and gut wrenching…Adam Goldberg was a standout to me with that jittery craziness.

    • rachelee
      +2

      Yeah, I really didn’t think I was going to get into Wolf Hall because of the first episode but I forced myself to continue and it gets so much better – just in case, you ever want to give it another go. And it’s not so much that it’s over your head (trust me), it’s that the first ep is explaining stuff that doesn’t make sense until you get into the 2nd and 3rd episode. Then it starts to fall into place. By the end of it, I was upset that it was over. But, holy cow, that first episode.

      • filmcricket
        +1

        I haven’t watched Wolf Hall yet, but I was so, so pleased for him that he got to be in it. He is a major Mark Rylance fanboy, so getting to work with him on something like that must have been such a kick.

      • CassandraMortmain
        0

        Hmm, well given my affection for Mr. Lewis, I guess it’s worth another try, next time it shows up on PBS. Thanks for the insight!

    • audrey
      +1

      You’re confusing Band of Brothers with Saving Private Ryan. Adam Goldberg was not in Band of Brothers.

  10. Louise
    +7

    Band of Brother is my favorite miniseries of all time. He was fantastic in it.

  11. akg
    +7

    His deranged hug in Wolf Hall was truly bone chilling, which – considering the exceptionally strong acting all around and the brutal subject matter – is really saying something.

  12. elizabeth
    +26

    I loved Life! I didn’t think anyone else watched it but me!

    • Meghan
      +6

      I loved it too – was so bummed when it was cancelled.

      • Melissa
        +4

        I love Life so much that I bought episodes on iTunes and have them always on my ipad to “listen” to at work. That show was so amazing. And Bull crossed over from Band of Brothers to be on Life. It was so amazing.

        • Petrova Fossil
          +2

          I met Bull Randleman/Michael Cudlitz recently (long story). He is the sweetest man on earth. Hugged me twice. I considered it a hug at one remove from Damian Lewis. I loved him on Life, and Southland, as well as BofB. He’s am amazing actor.

          DL was Soames to me first, where he used his small mouth to make himself look mean. (Remember the SNL skit where they made fun of Homeland and kept talking about his mouth?) But I fell in love with him on Life. Still rewatch those episodes while doing housecleaning.

    • Third March Sister
      +1

      Life is totally worth binge watching. Even though it is wish fulfillment for guys, I was so entertained. Humorous dialog elevated a serious show. Shahi and Lewis played off each other well. Adam Arkin and Christina Hendricks were great, too.

  13. Steph
    +3

    My husband watches Band of Brothers almost every holiday season, so I’ve made a lot of dinners with it on in the background. And I was all prepared to dislike it, as I’m not always a fan of war dramas. But it’s so engaging and well-acted! Go Easy Company!

  14.  attica
    +13

    I remember the TWoP recaps of BoB being quite splendid, and they’re still cached. It’s amazing to remember that it first aired in the fall of 2001, so 9/11 happened during its run. I sometimes think of that when I’m watching “Bastogne” and eating empathy chocolate with Roe.

    It’s also my first exposure to McAvoy and Fassbender, who had small roles.

    Lewis said nice things when the real Dick Winters died, iirc.

    • Jessica
      +14

      Heather wrote those! Fun fact.

    • Heather
      +13

      Yay, thank you! I was still a fairly new recapper — like, I think that was the second thing I ever covered? After MAKING THE BAND, of all things — and it makes me cringe to remember, because you can tell when I started covering BoB, I was in the mindset of, “We all hate what we recap, because that’s how it works, right?” So I came at it very cynically and skeptically, and what happened in the course of those recaps — pretty fast, I believe — was me learning the opposite: that you CAN recap a show you love, and lovingly snark on it where snark is appropriate, and cry with it, and not everything sucks. I wish I had the first two or so back, but whatever.

      Sorry, Liebgott. I STILL feel bad for killing you prematurely.

      • Sarah
        +1

        Making The Band! I can’t believe I’m actually admitting to the internet that I watched (and not for work purposes).

      •  attica
        0

        Ack! I couldn’t remember if it was you, and now they all say ‘admin’ as the recapper. I’m glad to (re-)know it!

        • Jessica
          +4

          If you go to Brilliant But Cancelled instead, that will give you the proper bylines, and also the complete recaps. (For everything!)

      • Sandra
        0

        The thing I loved best about your BoB recaps was your referring to Speirs as Lt. Evil/Gorgeous. So true!

        And I am HERE for the Damian Lewis love!. I’ve always had a penchant for redheads and then Lt. Winters came along and sealed the deal for all time. If I hadn’t already known that DL was British, I would have testified under oath that he was from rural Pennsylvania.

  15. Morgan
    +2

    I wish I could get through Band of Brothers but I just can’t do it. It seems like an obligation to see what humanity is capable of, both good and bad, but everything about WWII so gutting to watch. I think Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List within a couple of years of each other was too much to take.

    Damien Lewis is Brody to me, and I didn’t like Brody. But I like him!

    • Heather
      +10

      It is gutting, but it’s also WONDERFUL. There is lovely humor in it as well, and so much grace. And the casting is kind of a HEY IT’S THAT GUY fest (Fassbender is in it also). I recommend treating yourself soon, and if it helps, the first episode they’re not deployed yet so it eases you into the war horrors.

    • Dee
      +4

      I feel like what I need is a version of Band of Brothers without all of the depressing war stuff.

  16. Lena
    +13

    Band of Brothers unfortunately fell right into my problems when differentiating faces – everyone had the same uniform, a helmet, and dirt on their face for long parts of the show and I annoyed those watching with me with repeated questions of “Is this the guy who did that thing last episode? Or is it the guy who did the thing the episode before that?”, which meant the emotional punches didn’t hit quite as hard as they could have, because I was concentrating on recognizing individual characters.

    Before you judge me for this, please consider that it took me 2 episodes to figure out that Jon, Robb and Theon on GoT were in fact THREE people and not two. I don’t even know. I’m bad with faces.

    • rachelee
      +9

      Oh, girl, you’re not alone. I can’t watch anything with uniforms without getting confused. And the number of white men who look similar on GoT is ridiculous. The only way I can tell Stannis and Davos apart is when they’re on screen at the same time. :-)

      • Kristabelle
        +4

        Wellll, (spoiler)

        you won’t be having that issue any longer…

      • Heather
        +10

        When I recapped it, I bought the book and read along with the series, so that I could be authoritative on which guys did what, how to spell their names, which battles were where, etc. It really helped. Not that everyone needs to do that, though. But I feel you — in the first two or three, it was tough. This is how I killed Liebgott by accident. I just didn’t keep track of which one he was properly until it was too late, and then he was so heartbreaking in the concentration camp episode I’M SORRY LIEBGOTT I REALLY AM.

        • Linda
          0

          I bought the book for my father, and when he passed away I got it back. I watch BoB on Netflix and look up the parts I’m watching in the book to see how if the show follows the facts.

          I will never forget the beginning of the second episode, D Day and those planes. And then “Why We Fight”.

          A former co worker and I talk about it occasionally. His latest comment was “BoB is absolutely perfect and nothing will ever come close to it”. And I have to agree.

          And I remember your recaps they were fantastic!

        • TinaF
          +8

          Way back in the day, before the mini series, I was managing a bookstore, and strongly recommended BoB to a lady who wanted to read a book about WWII. She was kind enough to come back in the store and yell at me for wasting her time because it was the worst book ever. I bring it up because I use it all the time when I am stressed about my current job – well at least I am not standing here getting yelled at for recommending BoB.

          •  papersitter
            +2

            what the what? Who hates a book so much they come back to the store and yell at you about it?

          • Third March Sister
            +2

            That was such a good book. No accounting for taste–or rudeness.

    • Lise
      +1

      I’m generally good with faces, and I had trouble figuring out who was who sometimes.

      And +1 on Stannis and Davos. OMG please cast people who look different!

    •  Jenni
      +3

      I always have that problem in shows where people wear uniforms! You are not alone in this.

  17. maryloubethune
    +18

    I can watch Band of Brothers over and over until the last battle is won again. My father was in the Battle of the Bulge and I cry the entire time. The most heartbreaking part of the show was the C company men interviewed in the end with their names finally revealed. Now they are all dead, just like my own dear dad.

    • Silb
      0

      Donald Malarkey is still alive and others who were not portraited in BoB.

  18. rachelee
    +6

    So my first experience with Damien Lewis was the Forsyte Saga, which is an excellent series. But Lewis’ character is supposed to be really unlikable and, because Damien did a great job infusing the role with pathos, it was hard to reconcile the character’s horrifying behavior and my instinctive sympathy for him. So I fell in love with Damien Lewis a little. Also, I love a handsome ginger.

  19. Caroline
    +2

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    Did that show up? I went to Normandy this summer and that is me next to the Dick Winters statue. We just randomly drove past in on a little country road one day!

    BoB was the pinnacle of Damian Lewis awesomeness, I agree. He is wonderful always (though he drove me nuts in Homeland).

    How could you forget Nixon, though? It’s hard for me to decide who I love more, Nixon or Winters.

    • Heather
      +3

      I didn’t forget! I loved Nixon, but I always prefer Winters because Nix was kind of a coward at times and Winters was just so wonderful. But Ron Livingston was a more known quantity at the time and so less of a delightful surprise to me than most of the other performances.

      Fun fact: Rick Gomez, who played Luz, is a) the brother of Josh Gomez, aka Morgan Grimes from Chuck; and b) the voice on Bravo that does all the “ONLY BY BRAVO” promos.

  20.  Jen from Cincy
    +4

    Did you catch the Jimmy Fallon bit part in BoB? He’s in there, briefly. I rewatched the miniseries a few months ago and laughed when I saw him.

    •  Jen from Cincy
      0

      It’s in the 5th episode, Crossroads. He drives in on a jeep.

      • Heather
        +5

        Oh yes. I recapped the hell out of that. He is TERRIBLE in it. Comically so. Unintentionally so.

  21. babay
    +2

    Yes to all things you said about Band of Brothers!

  22. nedian
    +5

    Yeah, no matter what else I see him in, and no matter how amazing he is in those roles, in the back of my head, Damien Lewis will always be Winters. Band of Brothers is fantastical. I don’t know whether it’s better the first time or the second (or, I don’t know, twelfth). By the end I am ALWAYS crying, but it’s a good cry. If the actors don’t get you, the real vets will.

    Also, the first season of Life is amazing. And since I just thought to check, woo, it’s on Netflix streaming.

  23. Caroline
    +2

    Meh, my pic didn’t work. And it’s super cute! I’m putting it your fb page if I can. Not that anyone cares, why am I doing this? :)

  24. Lori-Anne Cohen
    +2

    Oh my…everything Heather said about Band of Brothers! Yes! I actually bought the DVD set and I have never bought a WWII anything in my life for myself (I can say it was for the ex, but I’d be lying and I kept the set when he moved on). But I loved him in Life. I own the first season (I don’t think the second ever came out? Maybe? I don’t know). But he’s a delight to my eyes. And ears really.

  25.  JenniferA
    +2

    I liked Band of Brothers, but I didn’t love it as much as my husband stepdaughters too. So nonetheless, it gets lots of airtime in my house whenever a marathon is on.

    Howevah, I’ve been binge watching Homeland (I’m only through seasons one and two so far) and he is just freaking amazing. Love or hate the character (and I still don’t know?!?) you have to appreciate him (and Claire Danes) as just an amazing actor.

    I’m enjoying the pictures above, he is dang charming when he smiles, right? Not something he does very often on Homeland, or if he does, you have no idea if it is real or not. :)

  26. Chelsea
    +5

    When I saw this thumbnail on the mobile homepage, my reaction was, “Hiiiiiii… Lieutenant? Major? Sargent? What was his rank??”

    And lo and behold, we had the same reaction, Heather.

    Also, “Band of Brothers” is worth watching just for Baby James McAvoy. I missed it the first time around, but my did has it on DVD and on one of our first dates found out I hadn’t seen it and almost ended our dinner so we could go back to his place and rectify this egregious oversight in my cultural education.

    • Heather
      0

      Fassbender is in it also.

    • ashleym
      +6

      Baby Tom Hardy is in it too. It’s so fun to see all these faces, that we are now so familiar with, in one of their first “big” roles.

  27. Katie
    +12

    Gah, Life was so good. So so good.

  28. Jenny V
    +2

    Fun fact, the Band of Brothers recaps on TWoP is where I first encountered Heather’s fabulous writing! I adored that series and adored the recaps. I still giggle over Heather accidentally killing off Leibgott in one of her recaps only to find out he didn’t really die and she had confused him with another character.

    And I will never not tear up over the small montages of the real soldiers at the beginning and end of each episode.

  29.  Anne
    +42

    I met Damien Lewis briefly in Stratford when he was less famous – he was playing biggish roles at the RSC, but this was pre-Band of Brothers.

    He was nice enough then, but what REALLY endeared him to me was when I ran into him again at a party a few years later AND HE REMEMBERED MY NAME. That’s class.

    •  DianeN
      0

      That’s an amazing story, and it’s clear from all the comments that he’s much beloved and with good reason. But my problem with Damian Lewis is that I had never heard of him or seen him in anything until Homeland, and I just flat out hated Brody. As a result I’ve found that I actually can’t look at Damian objectively because he played that part. I really should watch BoB to see if that helps.

  30. Prathi
    +4

    And Tom Hardy as Jankovic, I think! And Eion Bailey!

  31. Geri Lama
    +4

    Speirs/Settle comes first — that crazy run against enemy fire was what did it for me.
    But Damien Lewis is a very close second — and I just loved “Life.” He was so much fun in that.

  32. snorgler
    +3

    He is truly an amazing actor. He was astonishing in Homeland, and even more astonishing when he held his own in scenes with the master, Mark Rylance, in Wolf Hall.

  33. Tina
    +11

    I also adore his wife, Helen McCrory. She’s a fantastic actress and the way they try to alternate work (so that someone is always at home with the children) is just a lovely equal thing to do. (I understand that James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff do the same thing, and they’re both great too).

    • Third March Sister
      0

      Helen McCrory was great on Life, and every scene she shared with her RL husband Damian Lewis–it was like he lit up whenever he looked at her. What a show. I hope she gets better parts–she’s so typecast as bitches…

      • Tina
        0

        She gets good stage parts, at least. Her Medea at the National was absolutely astonishing.

  34. Other Emily
    +7

    Also, he is married to the badass Helen McCrory and there’s a super cute red carpet clip where they laugh over how their kids make fun of his tiny mouth. So he’s handsome, talented, has a sense of humor, and was smart enough to marry well. He’s a dream.

  35.  laura
    +7

    A friend of mine would not watch “The Forsyte Saga” because she refused to watch “Dick Winters” act in a cruel or unkind manner (as Soames). She and I refer to Damian Lewis only as “Dick Winters”. He is and always shall be Dick Winters.

  36. A.J.
    +8

    I thought I was the only one who loved Band of Brothers now! OMG, I binged-watched that thing over a weekend while my BF wandered in and out. I ended up buying the series for my uncle and was like, “WATCH. THIS.”

    For any of your Sherlock fans out there – Andrew Scott (who plays Moriarty) was in this as well – he plays John Hall, who lands close to Winters when they first do the drop-in and basically lose all their weapons. I spent a large portion of that episode staring at him and thinking, “I’m attracted to you and feel like I shouldn’t be, why is that?” until it dawned on me who it was.

    • MamaZinga
      +5

      OMG how have I never made that connection before! It’s totally Moriarty.

      FFS now I gotta watch this. Oh darn.

  37.  cdbs
    +9

    Hearing the theme songs to Band of Brothers and The Pacific (also an incredible series, though sadly/obviously lacking the dreamy Lt. Winters) result in Pavlovian-style tears every.single.time.

    • Sarah
      +2

      I was just going to chime in about The Pacific. In some ways I liked it better than BoB because there was more about what was happening at home/with people other than soldiers. BoB, while lovely, is a total sausage fest.

  38.  Laura W.
    +5

    I share your love of Damian Lewis as Capt. Winters, and Band of Brothers as a whole. (Man, I haven’t watched that in years….maybe it’s time I queue it up again.) I remember being SHOCKED when I heard his British accent in the interviews afterwards. He was so convincing as an American!

  39. CDB
    +2

    I really haven’t seen much of Damian Lewis’s TV work, but I saw him in an Ibsen play at the National (Pillars of the Community) and he was so good that he made me forget I had a migraine. Now that’s acting.

    • Sandra
      +1

      Ohmiggawd I saw that too! Me and a couple of other fangirls spent the whole first act wishing for him to take that d@mned frock coat off. We nearly died of hysterical giggles when the theater gods smiled upon us and he made his entrance for the second act without it. Personally, I cannot stand Ibsen; all the angst that people cause themselves by reacting stupidly and never taking time to THINK about what they’re doing until too late. But when we planned our trip to London and found out DL was going to be onstage, we scheduled the whole thing around that. Also saw Ewan MacGregor in Guys and Dolls, which was fabulous, and Richard E. Grant in Otherwise Engaged, which was the most miserable comedy I have ever suffered through.

  40. Reina Jayne
    +7

    Thank you for making me remember how much I LOVED Band of Brothers! And Dick Winters. And all of the members of Easy Company. I read the book first, which made the miniseries a little bit easier to tell people apart. Even though he really doesn’t look anything like him, Damian Lewis totally captured the essence of Winters’ character and spirit in BoB. An amazing American hero played by a lovely, talented British actor.

  41. Jamie
    +9

    This is why I love you Fug Girls. You just GET me.

    My family and I have been having a love affair with BoB for years. I remember we showed parts of it to my grandfather who fought in WWII and lost a bunch of friends, and he started crying uncontrollably. That is a testament to how deftly the miniseries combined the atrocities of that terrible war with the humanity of the characters.

    I try to watch it once a year–usually on Veteren’s Day. I never truly loved Brody, because how could I? Once you play Captain Dick Winters, American hero and total bad-ass, there’s really nowhere to go but down.

    As for the rest of it–I love everything about it. I love ALL the dudes. I am also unable to hate Donnie Wahlberg just because he was Sgt. Lipton. I love all the babies in it too: Baby Fassbender, Baby McAvoy. I would also squeal whenever any of them showed up on Law and Order (Garnuere, where you at?!?) . It’s a magical mini-series and I am in love with it. Now I want to leave work and go watch it.

    Currahee!

  42. Heidi
    0

    And Bull is Abraham on Walking Dead!! I loved BOB beyond words. I’ve watched the series over and over-luckily my husband is on board with my obsession. Currahee!!!

  43. laurarita
    +4

    I loved Band of Brothers and it gave me great comfort knowing men like Dick Winters existed. His love for his men and country never waivered. He is my hero.

  44. Becca
    +4

    My husband and I always refer to Band of Brothers as “Band of Ridiculously Handsome Gentlemen.” I think we watched it about 8 years ago for the first time and we still do this. It is a mouthful, but also accurate.

  45.  Ellie
    +2

    “Crossroads” was the episode I fell in love with Damian Lewis…I felt his performance in that episode was life-changing television….his empathy for the German soldier, his loneliness in Paris, his inability to find any sort of peace made me feel a totally new level of sympathy for the Greatest Generation and anyone else that has ever seen combat. How Lewis was not awarded every award imaginable ha always been beyond me! I’ve often felt his recognition for Brody was just making up for him being overlooked in BOB! I watch anything with him it just because of BOB!

  46. Sewingdervish
    +5

    He will always be Soames to me. How I love the bad guy? Also, everytime I see Rupert Graves in Sherlock I refer to Lestrade as” Young Jolyon.”

    •  KerryAnn
      +3

      Haha! I only watched Forsyte Saga in the past few months, so I went the opposite way. I explained it to a friend as “Then Lestrade married Henry VIII’s wife.” I think I caused some confusion!

  47. Sandra
    +3

    Also, hands up everybody who saw that picture with that caption and thought to themselves, “I truly wish I could he could be my real-life morning man”. -)

  48. Sarah
    +5

    I will love BoB always and forever for basically all of the reasons everyone just said but ALSO because I got to meet/talk to Mr. Malarkey when I was in high school. He was an outright delight and will always remain my fondest high school memory. (This was a year or two after BoB aired, if my memory serves. Our school invited vets to come to our school and talk to our history classes every year and it was the coolest thing ever.)

    • Jessica
      +4

      That is awesome!! (I once attended a wedding with Actor Who Played Malarkey, and when my friends and I were parking, and we saw him walking into the venue, all three of us screamed, “MALARKEY!”)

      • attica
        +1

        It always takes me several minutes to remember Scott Grimes’s name. He is Malarkey, dammit.

  49. Lisa D
    +2

    I have never seen him in anything else but I watched the Billions premiere last week and I fell in love with him in 3.5 seconds. My goodness. Evil yet strangely gorgeous a-holes are my kryptonite though.

  50. Melissa
    +3

    All the actors who were in Band of Brothers have such a special place in my heart. I’m always so happy whenever I see them on anything. I love them so much. Dale Dye, I just watched you in Mission Impossible and was excited every time I saw you. Dick Winters and Lewis Nixon are my OTP.

  51. Visa Diva
    +1

    Every time I see the Band of Brothers cast I call them by their BOB names. It’s one of of three shows I have on DVD, and i watch it at least once a year and cry every time. So much talent there, including baby Colin Hanks.

    I love Damien Lewis from there, Life and Wolf Hall. I couldn’t watch Forsythe Saga as he was such a repressed jerk.

  52. cat_naps
    +2

    BAND OF BROTHERS YESSSSSS! I watched it with my dad when I was 13. Lieutenant Winters was a great anchor for the show, but my favorite episode was the one that focused on Doc the medic. SWEET CAJUN NURSE!!!

  53. Andrea
    +1

    Damien Lewis as Dick Winters = swoon.

    My husband pleaded with me to watch Band of Brothers because he loved it so and dearly wanted to share it with me, so I indulged. . . And started an insta-crush on Winters for many of the reasons listed above.

    Also, dreamy redhead. Like I said. . . Swoon.

  54. Jessica
    +2

    Late to this, but someone needs to say a few words in praise of Dexter Fletcher, a.k.a. John Martin, a.k.a. That Other British Guy Who Totally Convinced You He Was From the American Midwest, a.k.a. Spike from Press Gang (which I need to watch).

    Also my husband watched The Walking Dead and I don’t, so it understandably irritates him when I walk by his laptop and say, “Oh, good, Bull’s still alive!”

    Somebody talk to me about Buck Compton being in Arrow.

  55. Juanita
    0

    My least favorite actor of the moment x