In “Homeland’s” universe, the men and women tasked with keeping our country safe drink heavily, pop pills and view sex as part of the job. Terrorists have succeeded in capturing a Marine sergeant, keeping him in a hole for eight years and converting the church-going dad into an Allah worshipper, if not an undercover terrorist too.
Lewis, the British actor who plays Sgt. Nicholas Brody, finds himself “waiting for, I don’t know, the hostility” that some viewers might hurl at him.
“There is no greater symbol of what it is to defend our freedom and defend our way of life than a U.S. Marine,” Lewis said. “To see a U.S. Marine possibly undergoing a change of heart, a change of mind, a change of attitude, to have been challenged to a point where he questions his loyalties and replaces them with a different belief system, that’s going to be controversial and it’s going to be shocking for some people.”
So is he? Or isn’t he?
“Ultimately, we’re trying to challenge the assumption that just because Brody’s converted to Islam, he’s a terrorist,” said Gansa. “He reached out to religion because he had nothing else in the middle of this horrible experience. You’re meant to swing back and forth.”
A former CIA agent characterized “Homeland’s” version as “highly inaccurate,” but according to Gansa and Gordon, that’s part of the point.
Showtime previously had a series (Sleeper Cell – American Terror) about Muslims terrorists in the U.S. plotting to kill Americans. It was canceled after two interesting seasons and the homepage now has an Islamic dictionary and a video about Muslims in tv.
Watch the first episode of Homeland below or on SHO’s site.
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