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Damian Lewis says new role ideal for era of Brexit and Trump

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/6/2017
In this handout photo made available on Thursday, April 6, 2017, Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo act in the play ‘The Goat’ in London. Damian Lewis is back on the London stage in Edward Albee's "The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia," a tragicomedy about a happily married architect struck by a sudden passion for a farmyard animal. An emotionally draining exploration of love and the limits of tolerance, the play drew laughter and shocked gasps from its opening-night audience Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (Johan Persson via AP) © The Associated Press In this handout photo made available on Thursday, April 6, 2017, Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo act in the play ‘The Goat’ in London. Damian Lewis is back on the London stage in Edward Albee's "The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia," a tragicomedy about a happily married architect struck by a sudden passion for a farmyard animal. An emotionally draining exploration of love and the limits of tolerance, the play drew laughter and shocked gasps from its opening-night audience Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (Johan Persson via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Damian Lewis says his latest role as a man in love with a goat is perfect for our unsettled times.

The "Homeland" and "Billions" star is back on the London stage in Edward Albee's "The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia," a tragicomedy about a happily married architect struck by a sudden passion for a farmyard animal.

An emotionally draining exploration of love and the limits of tolerance, the play drew laughter and shocked gasps from its opening-night audience Wednesday.

Lewis says the shock "feels a little bit like we're experiencing now" after upheavals including the election of President Donald Trump and Britain's vote to leave the EU. He says, "I think we're all feeling a bit battered at the moment."

"The Goat" runs to June 24 at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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