Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano has been fairly busy for the reason that iconic sitcom wrapped in 2005. Taking a dramatic flip in his profession with roles in Men of a Certain Age, Parenthood, and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, the standup comic has greater than confirmed his avenue cred as an actor.
Romano’s first collaboration with Scorsese was on the short-lived HBO collection Vinyl in 2016. Playing a shady report exec within the 70s, Romano was required to tackle some appearing strikes that had been a primary for the star. The new content material territory didn’t sit properly along with his spouse.
Martin Scorsese by no means heard of Ray Romano
During his stint on Parenthood, Romano’s agent despatched him the script for Vinyl. The former sitcom star despatched an audition tape to Scorsese, who was the chief producer of the HBO collection. During the method, Romano was advised that the legendary director had no concept who Romano was and had by no means seen Everybody Loves Raymond.
“I go, ‘Oh, so you mean [Scorsese] never watched the show or he’s never seen me? I get that,” Romano recalled, in response to IndieWire. “And my agent says, ‘Let me check,’ and he checks with [Scorsese’s casting partner] Ellen Lewis and goes ‘Has Marty never seen the show?’ And she goes ‘No, never heard of him, ever.’”
Though Romano realized he could not qualify as the highest superstar in Hollywood, he was stunned his title rang completely no bell for Scorsese. On the brilliant aspect, Romano didn’t have to fret being stereotyped.
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“I’m not so pompous to think everybody has heard of me, but if you’re in the business maybe?” Romano mirrored. “But he’s Martin Scorsese, film genius. He doesn’t watch sitcoms. Truth was, he had never seen me ever, and it ended up being a blessing. Because once you see me as that character, it’s hard to see me as something else sometimes.”
Ray Barone lives on
Co-starring with Bobby Cannavale, Romano’s position on Vinyl was a powerful departure from his earlier comedic character.
“It’s a bit of a tragic figure, but I kind of identify with this guy trying to just succeed,” he mentioned relating to the position of Zak Yankovich, COO of the fictional American Century Records. “He just wants to succeed. Not at any cost, but he just wants to validate himself. I identify with that.”
Despite taking over a number of different characters since his CBS sitcom, Romano revealed he nonetheless will get acknowledged as Ray Barone.
“I did Men of a Certain Age, I did Parenthood, I did a pair motion pictures,” he mentioned. “You can throw all that out. Ninety-nine % of the general public remembers me from Everybody Loves Raymond. Just that goofy man.”
Ray Romano describes his new enterprise in appearing
In a hilarious recap with Jimmy Fallon, Romano talked about filming his first intercourse scene for cable which included not one however two different companions. The actor additionally needed to be bare aside from an aptly-placed sock. “This isn’t a plug, folks, it’s a warning,” Romano advised the viewers.
The Vinyl star commented additional on the scene on the present’s premiere after-party in 2016.
“It was a week of stress, because I not only had to be naked, I had to be drunk in that episode,” the actor recalled, in response to Vulture. “Being bare is horrible. But drunk is extra aggravating. My joke is the director’s not gonna yell, ‘Too big!’ through the bare scene. [Laughs.].”
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Romano famous that his spouse Anna wouldn’t be counting the revealing scene of his as one in every of her favorites.
“There’s an episode where things get down and dirty,” he advised IndieWire earlier than the scene aired. “And I don’t think my wife was too happy about it.”
Romano added a warning to followers of his former sitcom, saying, “Let’s put it this manner, Episode 7 — if you recognize me from Everybody Loves Raymond, don’t watch that episode.”
Vinyl was cancelled after one season.