Monday, September 29, 2008

‘Life’ Actor Has Hair-Raising Zen Experience

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Here’s the buzz: Life actor Damian Lewis can really cut it in the world of Zen.

Lewis plays an offbeat detective with a Zen-like attitude on the drama series Life, and has been brushing up on Zen – the enlightening Buddhist practice – in real life.

He jokes, “For the entire first season I had to wear a wig on the show because I ran off to a Buddhist monastery and shaved my head. I was trying to get into character.”

In reality, Lewis has been reading books about Zen to learn about its teachings and chatting with a friend who’s a practicing Buddhist monk.

Life producers even gave Lewis a set of tapes by late British philosopher Alan Watts, who specialized in the meaning of life and higher consciousness.

Says Lewis: “Watts was somewhat of a crackpot, but he’s entertaining. I wake up listening to him.”

The second season of Life premieres tonight (Sep. 29) on NBC.

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