Francis Grando: Raymond Turturro

Every director needs at least one member of the cast who brings a touch of untamed street cred to the party; someone who puts the hair on the dog. The thing is, you can’t just pull some dude off the corner and stick him in without seriously endangering set cachet. He needs to exude a lovable air of lawlessness, yet maintain a staunch professionalism and caliber of performance that says he can hang with the pack. If he also brings a “young Nic Cage” to the table, well, you’re in business, aren’t you?

Yes, yes you are. Ray‘s mission – one offered to him on the very first day of auditions – was to lighten the mood while maintaining a critical, furtive undercurrent that could keep us guessing. I’m still thrilled he accepted it.

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