Ray Romano says in a multiplex full of superheroes, his new film "The Big Sick" is "a human story"
(NEW YORK) — Ray Romano stars in the critically acclaimed film The Big Sick, in theaters now. He tells ABC Radio it’s based on a real-life couple who turned their unusual love story into a movie.
“It’s based on a Pakistani comedian, who fell in love with an American woman,” explains Romano. “His parents wanted him to have an arranged marriage just like everybody in the family did and he didn’t tell them…that he’s in love with her.”
“And then she went into a coma!” he laughs. “It’s a comedy! It’s the funniest movie with a coma in it you’ll ever see!”
The Lionsgate movie was written by Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, and Kumail stars in the film, essentially playing himself. Romano and Holly Hunter play the parents of Emily, Kumail’s girlfriend-now-wife, who’s played by Zoe Kazan.
“It’s got comedy, heart, drama, everything,” Romano tells ABC Radio, joking, “I never thought it would get this kind of response when I did it ‘cause I’m in it! But they actually like it.”
Romano says the movie is for those who want to see “a human story,” rather than just “superheroes and Transformers and Spider-Man.”
“Sometimes you wanna just see a story about human connection and relationships,” he says. “The message, without trying to have a message, is how we’re all the same and how love transcends all…and it’s very funny.”
Romano also stars in the new EPIX series Get Shorty, which debuts next month. He was most recently seen in the HBO series Vinyl, in which he played a record executive in the “sex, drugs & rock ‘n roll” era of the 1970s.
He says of his character, “I had a threesome. I think that’s why we got canceled: once I got naked, the show was doomed!”
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