Ray Romano talks golf and being of a "Certain Age"

Sun Nov 7, 2010 12:31pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ray Romano has a stack of acting awards and a decent golf handicap. But for his TV show "Men of a Certain Age," playing a character who is worse at golf than Romano is, is where the real pressure lies, he says.

Romano, 52, portrays good-natured and friendly guy, Joe, in the television show that mixes elements of drama and comedy. Joe once had dreams of being a professional golfer, but now owns and runs a party store.

"Men of a Certain Age", also starring Andre Braugher as a stressed-out car salesman and Scott Bakula as a handsome but struggling actor, makes its DVD debut on Tuesday (November 9) and returns to cable network TNT on December 6 for a second season.

The deadpan comic, whose "Everybody Loves Raymond" TV comedy won three Emmys during its 1996-2005 run, recently talked with reporters about "Men of a Certain Age", golf, and where the second season is heading.

Q: Did you always have yourself in mind for this show?

A: Yes, but I didn't know if I could get myself on the phone (laughs). I wanted to work again in front of the camera so this was for me. My character is 49 -- every TV character I play is three years younger than me."

Q: What is the appeal of "Men of a certain Age"?

A: "People identify with it. You don't even have to be that age, or that sex. What we try to do is write what we know and what we live. That's what worked with 'Raymond'. We want to make these characters real...We didn't want to make them heroes or villains. These are three guys who are flawed but who are trying to make their way the best they can."

Q: You have written golf into your TV character. How far is that going to go?   Continued...