Ray Romano (‘Get Shorty’) on the dirty, gritty, and dangerous Epix series about mobsters [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

“It has this Coen brothers-esque tone to it, but it’s also dangerous. It involves mobsters who are funny but dangerous, which is such a thin line to walk there,” says Ray Romano about his role in the Epix drama series “Get Shorty.” The series is based on the 1990 crime novel by Elmore Leonard, which was turned into a 1995 film starring John Travolta. Watch our exclusive video interview with Romano above about “Get Shorty” as well as his 2017 big-screen turn in “The Big Sick.”

“One thing I will say: the movie has one certain tone, the book has another tone, and ‘Get Shorty‘ the TV show has its own tone, and it’s a little blend of both. It’s a little dirtier and grittier than the movie was,” Romano explains about the series, in which he plays Rick Moreweather, a down-on-his-luck film producer who becomes entangled in the world of organized crime after a mobster (Chris O’Dowd) brings him a promising script.

Romano is best known for his Emmy winning work in the CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which ran for nine seasons from 1996 to 2005, but since then he has also established himself as a dramatic actor in “Men of a Certain Age,” “Parenthood,” and “Vinyl.” It was through “Vinyl” and “Get Shorty” director Allen Coulter that Romano became involved in this series: “He sent me the script, told me the people involved. It’s something really unique.”

The series premiered in August for its 10-episode first season, which ended on October 8, but it’s been renewed for season two. “We start filming in February,” says Romano. “There’s a lot of good work in there. Chris O’Dowd is in there and Sean Bridgers. It’s really a pretty unique show.” And as for Epix, the premium cable network established in 2009, “I love being on that network because they are backing the production and they’re really putting a lot of time and money into it … I just wish DirecTV would get it so I could watch it in my own house.”

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