Published On: Mon, Jul 1st, 2013

Steven Bauer talks ‘Ray Donovan’ and remembers ‘Scarface’ as ‘auspicious debut’

Steven Bauer is a Cuban born actor whose resume began with Scarface and includes Running Scared, Raising Cain and many other roles leading up to the new Showtime series Ray Donovan.

Talking with Media Mikes, Bauer recalled his start and getting the role in the new series which stars Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.

ray-donovan-Steven Bauer as Avi“I think it’s a great show. And I think it’s going to be one of the big ones…I have a pretty good eye for this stuff (laughs). Ray Donovan is a tough guy from Boston – Irish-Catholic – who moves his family to L.A. and goes to work for an agency that “fixes” the problems of celebrities and powerful people. His job is to take care of the situation before something like TMZ can expose it.”

The TMZ reference accurately adds perspective on the interesting show sounds like another Showtime hit.

“He can be brutal and very “take charge” but he can also be very compassionate. And that’s the interesting thing about the character that I think will distinguish him. He’s really complex. To his family he’s also an enigma because he’s not home a lot. His wife wants more out of life. They live in the suburbs and she wants to move to where the action is. So Ray Donovan is a guy with a lot of pressures. But he handles them well. I play Avi, one of his assistants. Avi is the action guy, especially when a situation requires a little “force.” It’s a very complex show…it’s about family and lifestyles…greed and corruption…weakness…betrayal…it’s really interesting. It’s very realistic. Very hard hitting. The writing is brilliant.”

Bauer briefly detailed getting the role, which may surprise fans as non-Hispanic.

“First of all, the writer, Ann Biderman, is an old friend. I was very fortunate to appear in one of her early films…one that was truly one of her shining moments…Primal Fear.. I was fortunate to be in the film and I got to meet Ann. It turns out she’s also from Miami, as I am. She remembered me and asked me to audition for Avi. He’s not Hispanic, he’s Israeli. I’ve done three films in Israel so she knew I could do the accent. All of that appealed to me. I’ve had opportunities in the past to be on network television and they’ve been very frustrating and very, very sad. I told myself I’d never do that to myself again…take a job that had “conditions.”

Bauer made his film debut as Manny Riberra in Scarface and recalled the emotions with Media Mikes of being cast in the classic Brian DePalma film.

” It was an very auspicious debut! On the first day I remember being very, very focused. My training was solid and I was prepared, mentally. I had been in Hollywood…had gone back to New York. I was working for a living. I was three or four years into my acting career and I had no delusions of stardom. But I knew I had to get into a really good, creative situation. I wanted to make my film debut in something really strong…creatively strong. And I was fortunate because I was in the right place at the right time. They were looking for me. They were looking for ME.”

Check out the full interview, tons of more details – read it all here.

Ray Donovan airs Sundays on Showtime, 10pm following Dexter.

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