Ray Romano: Martin Scorsese had never heard of me before 'Vinyl' audition
UPI News Service, 08/10/2018
Ray Romano told UPI that filmmaker Martin Scorsese had no idea who he was before Romano auditioned via videotape for the pilot of Scorsese's 2016 "Vinyl" drama series.
"I put myself on tape and then the feedback came back a day or two later from the casting director, 'He likes it and he's never heard of him.' So, my agent thought, 'Well, you mean, so, he's never seen the show ('Everybody Loves Raymond.')' And the casting director clarified: 'No, no, no. He's never heard of him.'"
"It was scary. It was very frightening. ... It was crazy fun. It's not going to be out for a year and a half."
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Romano's most recent roles, including his critically acclaimed turns in "The Big Sick" and "Men of a Certain Age," mark a shift toward a more serious tone for the 60-year-old standup comedian.
When did he realize his talents extended beyond comedy?
"What time is it? I'll let you know...
"Am I comfortable with it yet? Yeah, I think I'm experiencing as we go and I'm learning and getting better as we go. So, I think it's a work in progress," he said. "I still like doing comedy. I like the mixture. I like the dramedies now. I know this show is labeled a comedy, but it has its moments. So, the answer is, I'm still getting comfortable."
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