Homeland star Damian Lewis makes poor taste 'Muslim Obama' joke on chat show
Actor Damian Lewis has revealed that he dedicated a DVD box set of his hit show Homeland to President Barack Obama with the words: 'From one Muslim to another'.
The actor made the poor taste gag on a British chat-show where he discussed his role of Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the popular drama series.
In the drama/thriller, his character 'Brody' is an American prisoner-of-war who converted to Islam and is believed to have been turned by al-Qaeda by one CIA officer.
The Emmy-award winning actor told chat show host Jonathan Ross about being invited to a White House dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron, and that he sat opposite the President.
According to the Daily Mail, Obama revealed at the table that Homeland was his favorite TV show.
Lewis was then asked to sign a Homeland box set along with co-star Clare Danes, who plays CIA officer Carrie Mathison, by White House staffers.
"I had to sign a box set of Homeland...apparently the President wanted a signed box set. Clare Danes had written on it [to Obama]: 'I was a fan of yours long before you were a fan of ours'", Lewis said.
"I tried to think of something classy and wrote: 'From one Muslim to another' in an inedible Sharpie. And I couldn't take it back," he said.
"I was then writing emails for the whole of the next week saying: 'I do hope he understands irony'", the actor added.