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Damian Lewis on Billions

With the Subprime crisis spreading suffering worldwide and rising inequality at the center of the political zeitgeist (and the current elections), it is no surprise that Hollywood has put the world of financial speculation front and center. In the years since financial Wall Street gambles threatened to bring down the economy, we have seen films like Margin Call, Inside Job, Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short tell the stories of the modern day Masters of the Universe who sit in their glass towers and toy with our destinies like (greedy) gods of Olympus. None, perhaps more horrifyingly compelling than Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, the hugely ambitious and powerful hedge fund manager who plays a game of chess with equally flawed and compelling Chuck Rhoades Jr. (Paul Giamatti), the U.S. attorney who has sworn to indict him for illegal financial dealings. The show (presently awaiting the second season) is Showtime’s Billlions and the antihero is played by Damian Lewis (Homeland). Here’s what he had to say about it when we spoke to him.