‘Homeland’ fan Obama invited star to the White House
BY LORI RACKL TV Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org August 8, 2012 9:52PM
Updated: September 10, 2012 6:12AM
President Barack Obama is “Homeland’s” most famous fanboy.
Obama has made it no secret that he’s into Showtime’s suspenser. The president even invited star Damian Lewis and his wife, Helen McCrory, to a state dinner at the White House in March in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“We met the president and went down onto the South Lawn, 390 people all sat in a beautiful marquee,” recalled Lewis, who figured his seat would be tucked away somewhere obscure, near the waiters’ station. “We started looking for our place and I said, ‘Helen, you’re not going to believe this. I’m sitting next to Warren Buffett and the president is sitting opposite me.’ ”
First Lady Michelle Obama was within please-pass-the-salt range.
Flattered that President Obama and Cameron both liked the show, Lewis eventually mustered up the courage to ask how these men could squeeze “Homeland” into their packed schedules.
“Guys, when do you watch TV?” the Eton College-educated actor asked. “Between you, you’re sort of running the free world. Presumably that’s quite time-consuming.”
The president told Lewis he sneaked in the show on Saturday afternoons, while Michelle and the girls played tennis.
“He said, ‘I go into the Oval Office, I pretend I’m going to work, and then I switch on ‘Homeland.’ ”
Added Lewis, “It was kind of extraordinary.”