Liev Schreiber On ‘Ray Donovan’ Becoming More Dark Each Season And Why He Didn’t Take The Offer To Star In ‘Logan’

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Liev Schreiber is one of the most beloved and talented leading men in Hollywood. Considered the best actor of this generation on stage, he’s also still playing the popular Ray Donovan, a show with the same name on Showtime.  But he also reminds us that he was also asked to return to his super-villain role in the “Wolverine” sequel “Logan” starring Hugh Jackman.
Millions wanted to see Liev in the recent “Logan,” and the star said that he was asked to join the cast for a reunion. “There was an invitation early on from Hugh [Jackman] and [director James Mangold] and I would have loved to work on it. It was very difficult given “Ray Donovan’s” schedule, and I think they went a different direction as well with story.”
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Adding, “I think it’s a terrific movie. I’m just very proud of Hugh and the way that he handled himself with that franchise and that character. It was a great experience to be involved with one of them and to get to work with them. I had mixed emotions when I heard that he was going to retire.”

So, how long will “Ray Donovan” continue? “I have no idea. I’ve been at odds with it for a long time. It’s a hard thing to do. The schedule is really, really difficult. Having said that, I’ve also accepted that this is my job and these people are my family. I’m lucky to have a job, and I’m lucky to have such a talented family. I guess as long as I can manage it, it’s a great job.”I’m grateful, but it’s hard. It’s six months of the year. There’s nothing quite like the one hour drama for attacking your schedule.”

 

But, fans see Ray losing a piece of himself every season, “Yes. Unfortunately they are just getting darker and darker and darker,” the leading man said.

Shreiber is so unaffected by fame, he is one of the most down to earth celebs in Tinseltown. “If we believe the essential lie that I think is at the heart of fame, which is that we’re the most interesting person in the room, it’s a fairly dangerous assumption. Everyone is drawn to that kind of anonymous adoration of the mob. We’d all love to have, but I don’t think many people get to experience it, so they don’t know what a double-edged sword it can be. When you have kids, you want to find ways to teach them to appreciate the world rather than have expectations of it. The problem with fame is that it really does set up impossible expectations for children.””Ray Donovan” returns in August to Showtime.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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