Ray Romano

  1. Bruno Kirby, City Slickers, 1990.   Facing 40, three Manhattan dudes book into a dude ranch and join a cattle drive and… a perfect comedy!  Kirby, Jason Alexander, Buddy Hackett, Bill Murray, Ray Romano were in the frame for Ed Furillo… while  Robin Williams  was offered his choice of  the trio but was Hook-ed by Steven Spielberg. Jack Palance stole the movie and Oscarnight – winning a support award 38 years after his only nomination (for the Shane gunman). He celebrated with one-arm push-ups on the Academy stage – and the 1993 sequel.

  2. Joe Rogan, NewsRadio, TV, 1995-1999.     Ray was selected by NBC for the industrious frat-boy repairman but his own sit-com was nearing fruition at CBS – and Everybody Loves Raymond ran much longer, 1996-2005.

  3. Adam Godley, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, 2005.      Among the top TV dads considered by director Tim Burton for Mr Teavee. Ray was Ray Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond, 1996-2005.
  4. Greg Kinnear, Little Miss Sunshine, 2005.   Bill Murray and Robin Williams were first/second choices for Richard Hoover, trying to teach nine-step programmes when he’s barely at three. And father of little Miss Abigail Breslin, teaching her co-dysfunctionals about life. National Lampoon’s Family Vacation with soul, said Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers.  Romano, Alec Baldwin, Thomas Hayden Church, David Duchovny nearly Hoovered.  Michael Ardnt quit his job as Matthew Broderick’s assistant to pen the script – and won the for best original screenplay. His next credits included such pears as Toy Story 3, Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens!
  5. Scott Adsit, Big Hero 6, 2014.  “We didn’t set out to be superheroes. But sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned.”  Jason Bateman, Josh Gad, Dennis Leary, John Leguizamo, Danny McBride, Ray Romano and Jason Sudeikis were seen (and heard!) for voicing Baymax in Disney’s first Marvel subject – winning the best animation Oscar. It unfurls in 2023 (we all know that computer battery number, right?) in San Fransokyo (‘Frisco rebuilt by the Japanese after an earthquake) and deals with a super-troupe behind the titular collective name… that nobody ever uses.  “I wanted a robot that we had never seen before,” ordered co-director Don Hall  “Something wholly original.”  He sure got it.  Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers said the film “would be a ton less fun without this irresistible blob of roly-poly, robot charisma.”



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