RAY BREAKS THE MOULD FOR NEW ROLE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES - By Anna Cald­well

LEG­ENDARY film­maker Martin Scors­ese asked “Ray who?” when the idea of cast­ing ’ 90s sit­com star Ray Ro­mano in his star- stud­ded TV pro­ject Vinyl was first put to him. Ro­mano’s sit­com Ev­ery­body Loves Ray­mond had some­how passed Scors­ese by – a

bless­ing for the ac­tor still try­ing to shake au­to­matic as­so­ci­a­tion with the dad he played for nine years.

Al­most un­recog­nis­able as a shaggy- haired ’ 70s mu­sic ex­ec­u­tive – ex­cept for his unique voice – the role is set to pro­vide the break from the past Ro­mano’s been look­ing for.

Ro­mano re­calls how Scors­ese’s cast­ing agent told his agent the film­maker had never heard of him. But the ac­tor in­sists he wasn’t in­sulted.

“It ended up be­ing the best thing,” Ro­mano says. “Be­cause he’s just look­ing at it clean. He doesn’t need to erase the pre­con­ceived stuff .”

Ro­mano says his nine years on Ev­ery­body Loves Ray­mond has since been in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to how peo­ple view him as an ac­tor.

“I did a cou­ple of things af­ter … but the ma­jor­ity of the pub­lic has not seen any of those,” he says. “So they’re go­ing to go from here to there and that will be a huge diff er­ence. But I think that’s the goal.” SHOW­CASE, MON­DAY, 3.30PM; 7.30PM

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