Mr. Lewis dazzled during casting, but his listless performance in the early days of the production puzzled the filmmakers. “Damian seemed terribly distracted and not really on his game,” said Christopher Menaul, the initial director of the series. “We thought: ‘Oh my God, what’s wrong with him? Is it the pressure already?’ ” Fortunately it was only acute appendicitis. The actor was taken to the hospital to have his appendix removed, and production stopped for several weeks while he recuperated.
I have watched it three times, start to finish. I love it. The scene where the Philip is run over by the horse and buggy is horrifying. Ioan Gruffud and Damian Lewis are best friends in real life which is cool. If you haven’t check out Horatio Hornblower. It’s awesome!