“I can’t believe I had sex with Pete Davidson!”
It’s not something you’d expect to be applauded by a TV character played by Brad Garrett. Everyone loves Raymond. But that exclamation is just what happens during what can be among TV’s weirdest love scenes – “love”, a term loosely used here. BupkilerDavidson’s new Peacock series based (again loosely) on Davidson’s life.
For example, the first episode is full of crazy sexually explicit scenes. It opens with Edie Falco, who plays Pete’s mother, walking on Pete, who accidentally ejaculates on his chest. And it ends with that, let’s say… the unusual arrangement between Garrett and Davidson’s character.
When Pete learns that his grandfather Joe (played by Joe Pesci) is dying of cancer, he plans a “boys night” to cheer him up. According to Pete, that means “booking a fancy hotel room and hiring a prostitute for her grandfather to have sex with.” To Pete’s dismay, Joe brings along Roy (Garrett), whom Pete calls his uncle, although technically unrelated. As soon as the escort arrives, Joe quickly realizes what Pete’s plan is and cancels the plan, leading to a much-needed candid conversation about their relationship.
The escort joins them for the night as they bond, party, and in one particularly moving scene, they sing “This Magic Moment” around a piano with Joe on the keys. It’s Roy who ends up sleeping with the prostitute, but just as Pete and Joe are about to leave the hotel room, they hear Roy screaming in pain. “This is my hip dysplasia!” Roy moans frozen in the middle of copulation. “My dog had it,” Joe replies.
Not wanting the night or sexual encounter to end like this, Roy turns to Pete for help. So Brad Garrett starred in a sex scene in which Pete Davidson moves his hips back and forth to provide propulsion for him. “I feel like a Make a Wish kid!” Roy screams with joy.
Now that the episode is out and viewers have seen the sequence and are traumatized by it, we wanted to chat with Garrett about the unusual nature of the scene, the surprising poignancy of the episode, and what he learned from Ray Romano. Everyone loves Raymond That’s what he saw in Davidson.
I have to ask: Is this how you always dreamed of working with Joe Pesci?
Joe Pesci has helped my sex life many times before that. You know, that’s kind of funny. I read the script and it seemed like they definitely got the wrong guy here. But frankly, I was very excited to be able to work with Pesci, Edie and Pete. But yeah, I had to get in my head to do it. I don’t want to do many scenes like this. So I left with as little dignity as I could, just trying to get over it.
What was your reaction when this sex scene was presented to you?
I mean, I had questions. But to me, it was laughably funny when I first read it. And I knew it wouldn’t be as tense as the first scene of the pilot. [when Pete comes on his mom’s chest]. So I thought it would be okay as long as I didn’t need to show my damper, which looks like a relief map of Georgia. That’s a good vision for you, Kevin.
Thank you for that.
That scene, with all of us playing the piano at the entrance of the suite, is something that started as an improvisation. Pesci sat down at the piano while we waited for the cameras to install. He started to meditate and sing on the piano and we all kind of joined in.
This [was] this was my first scene I shot on the show so I was catatonic going into this, but Joe somehow started doing that scene and we all started singing and participating. It was a wonderful precursor to our relationship and the person we were in. show and it was really cool and hot. And then I went to the other stage.
Despite everything silly and exaggerated in that episode, there was something extremely sweet about these three men’s bonding. It also makes the stupidity of what happened next oddly sweet.
You know, he had a lot of heart. It was in the script. But if you’ve ever spent any time with Pete – and I didn’t really know him before – he wears his heart on your sleeve. He is a very emotional, talented man. And it’s so transparent that you can’t help but support it, whether in real life or in this life.
I think those who watch this series will be surprised by this. There was a lot of expectation about BupkilerBecause of Pete Davidson Saturday night live career and celebrity gossip headlines. But the spectacle’s deeper elements subvert its public image.
This is what really appealed to me the most. I was able to pre-read a few scripts and they were very autobiographical. Of course there are exaggerated theatrical scenes, but [Davidson] even in comedy it swayed very wide. But seeing that we can actually see the struggles he goes through on a daily basis, I thought, wow, this is really unique, very original. He still uses this non-cliche-like streak of comedy and tragedy that he deals with.
Yeah, I’m definitely surprised the show isn’t just sibling jokes.
I think you can see from the people who jumped on the show to join him, how he was really appreciated for the support he has in the entertainment community and for being so open about what most of us struggle with. I am a recovering alcoholic. I just passed 26 years of sobriety, so I really admire him. I think it’s very important for us to see people we care about in entertainment or in any other part of life who can be open about their ongoing struggles for all of us. We all have varying degrees of pain, depression, trauma, and addiction to varying degrees. It’s just part of the human nature, and he’s really one of the first to address this in a creative forum, not just a public forum.
So many different shows but in between Everyone loves Raymond Working with and on Ray Romano Bupkiler With Pete Davidson, you’ve developed an idea of what makes a show like this work. Not every series based on the life of its creator and/or star necessarily descends.
It comes from the top and comes from cooperation. It’s all about writing, but there has to be a shared content, where you feel part of it, where you feel respected, your voice means something, and you have that freedom that comes with it. . Pete’s show has a very cool vibe. raymond. We knew at first raymondnear the end [first] season, how lucky we were, because we felt like it just worked and hit all the notes you need.
And you felt it Bupkiler?
Here, [the showrunners] encouraged development. They encouraged us to help develop who these characters are. He was happy to be involved in anything with Roy. He was a lonely man. I mean, tonight was really a number for him. She didn’t expect her hips to stick out, but she couldn’t believe the love she got from these people.
I’m very, very curious about what the conversations were like with Pete working on the choreography for that sex scene scuffle.
The remarkable thing is that all these years I really needed someone to push me. I would probably still be in my first marriage, Kevin. It was interesting. There was now a proximity coordinator who was new to the sets. They give you different attachments to attach to make sure nothing is touching. Someone comes into the room, asks the woman if she’s comfortable and asks me if I’m comfortable. So there is another element that you consider above everything else.
As for the choreography, it was on the page. While Pete was pushing me, there was no other way to do it.
That’s right, there was no other way but to get Pete Davidson to have sex for you.
What I loved was that it was the last thing his character wanted to do. If it was in it, that would be weird. Pete has had a great way of making sure that you will eventually support him no matter what he does. It’s not just something on the page, I think it’s something an actor brings in. I look at that scene and instead of feeling sorry for me, you feel sorry for him, having to push this huge human being on this poor woman who never gets paid enough in real life or as a sex worker. having a nine-foot Jewish man on top.
It goes back to what you said earlier about the “heart”. Pete does this incredibly weird thing because deep down he has so much love for this man.
i think what is this raymond There was also. It was his heart. That’s why Marie, played by Doris Roberts, can get away with so much as a mother. In his mind, it always came from a great place. It always came from the heart. When Peter Boyle [who played Frank] he did something so incredible that he could never touch his heart so he made it twice as funny. When it comes to character rather than joke, you can get a unique level of comedy. I learned this from Phil. [Rosenthal, co-creator of Raymond] and Ray. I always said about Robert: “Raymond was an only child. They just forgot to tell Robert.
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