Homeland

'Homeland' star signs Obama gift, 'from one Muslim to another'

Nov. 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM ET

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Damian Lewis, right, as Nicholas Brody and Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on the Showtime series "Homeland."

Many Americans are big fans of "Homeland," and specifically, Damian Lewis' Emmy-winning portrayal of double agent Sgt. Nicholas Brody. President Barack Obama is no exception, and has expressed that the show is a must-see for him. Lewis was even a dinner guest at the White House in March.

The actor, appearing on the British talk show "The Jonathan Ross Show," explained that he was recently given the opportunity to sign a "Homeland" box set for Obama, and needed to think of a message to pen to the president.

"Claire Danes (who plays CIA agent Carrie Mathison) had written something really lovely and sweet, saying, 'I was a fan of yours long before you were a fan of ours.' And I thought, got to think of something great and funny ... something classy. And I went, 'From one Muslim to another' in an indelible Sharpie. And I couldn't take it back."

The birther reference was meant to be a joke, playing off of the religion of Lewis' "Homeland" character, but Lewis appeared to have some regrets about doing it.

"I was then writing emails for the whole of the next week, going: ''I do hope he understands irony.'"

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