is a fixer of sorts on the show. Did you talk to people
who had those — that type of profession
before you started doing this? -No, I talked to lawyers. I talked to — ´Cause lawyers are actually
the Ray Donovans of — Well, not entirely. But lawyers,
I talked to security guys, bodyguards, private detectives. It´s just that Ray sort of does
a little bit of everything. And there have been guys, particularly in the Golden Age
of movies, who did it all. -Yeah. -But none of those guys
are around anymore. But I think it —
You know, I really think it was a brilliant move
by Ann to kind of predict that our culture
would become so spin-obsessed. -Sure. -That a character
like Ray Donovan would — would really
be a compelling character. -No, it feels
like everyone these days — You would not be surprised
to know if anyone in politics had a fixer.
-That´s right. -You would say, “Of course. It would be silly
not to have a fixer. -It´s sort of de rigueur now.
-Yeah, exactly. -When you talk to those guys, people that were
in the bodyguard business, the security business,
are they excited to talk to an actor
who´s about play that type? -I think people
are always generally excited to talk to an actor who´s about
to play them, I think. -I guess they have a chance,
too, to try to, like, politic and make sure
you do it in a way that makes them seem cooler. -I think Marty Baron was
probably the exception to that. -Oh, right.
Sure, of course. -I took a train down
to meet Marty Baron, who I am a huge fan of
as an editor. -Right. A great admirer of his. And I don´t think there could´ve
been two more nervous guys in a room than me
and Marty Baron talking to — He´s not someone
who I think really is interested in his own story. -Well, yeah, I would imagine
because he´s so much on the side of the news
that presents it. -Right.
-Like, I — It strikes me as he´s someone who believes
the more invisible he is the better the news story. -The better he is
at doing his job, yeah. -He must´ve been psyched,
though, that Liev Schreiber was playing him, right?
-I don´t know. -Yeah.
-If I´m Marty Baron and I see Ray Donovan walk in,
I´m a little worried. -Yeah, I think so, too, yeah. No, Ray Donovan
comes from Boston. -He does.
-He´s from Southie. So you have to, as an actor — One of the great hurdles of any
actor is the Boston accent. -Yeah.
-How do you feel? Do you feel good about it? -I feel like we did okay. I fee like I´m pretty good
at it — -That´s the best grade you´ll ever get
from a person from Boston. -What´s that?
-“Okay.” Yeah, no one from Boston
is like, “You did it, bro. We´re so proud of you.”
-Yeah, yeah, yeah. “It´s all right.” -“We´re so proud a kid
from New York got it right.” [ Laughter ]
-“No, you did good.” I went to school
in Massachusetts, and I used to hang out
with a guy who was a crazy Pats fan
from Southie. And I kind of — I´m kind of
ripping him off a little bit. But we did make
one huge mistake… -Okay. -…that any Southie
probably knows, if there are any Southies
in the house tonight. We called the character
Ray Donovan. -Yeah,
that´s what I would´ve done. -It´s “Dunovan.”
-“Dunovan.” Interesting. -If you´re a Southie or Irish,
it´s “Dunovan,” and, uh… So we´ve been screwing it up
for six years, but, uh… -But I´m sure people — -We´ve got another season
of “Ray Donovan” coming. [ Laughter ]
-Well, you should — There should be a moment where,
like, you get a — You know, maybe you do
one of those shows, like Ray Donovan —
Here´s just a pitch. -You do, like, one of those
“finding your roots” shows. You know, like, the character.
-Oh, it goes back? -He goes back
and finds hit root. And then the character
finds out, they say, “Actually, it´s Dunovan,”
and then you just change it. -That´s brilliant.
-Yeah. -That´s brilliant.
-Yeah. -That´s brilliant.
-I´m gonna tell David. -Yeah, okay, perfect.
Thanks so much for being here.