Homeland star Damian Lewis has revealed that he asked Hugh Laurie for advice about taking the role of Nicholas Brody.
The British actor explained that he was concerned about the implications of joining a long-term US drama, and decided to ask fellow Brit Laurie how he dealt with working on House, which became a huge international hit.
Lewis told Esquire: "He had become a global superstar... just like that... I just said, 'Hello, it's Damian Lewis. I'm sitting in your bedroom'.
"Then I said, 'So, what's it like making one of these TV things? Because I'm just about to make a decision'. And he gave me advice. He was very sweet."
Lewis added: "Hugh was the most honest, but nobody was particularly honest about what it means to go and work in American TV. You do 70-hour weeks and you don't see your family. It's sweatshop hours.
"There were a couple of times when I was driving down the Interstate 405 at 4am and the whole freeway started to swim in front of me."
Lewis returns as Nicholas Brody in the third season of Homeland on September 29 on US satellite channel Showtime and soon after on RTÉ Two.