Steven Bauer is a happy man. The Miami-bred actor has a steady gig on new Sunday night showtime series Ray Donovan, playing the title character’s right hand man, Avi.
“It puts me on TV every week in a great vehicle,” the Scarface star says. “It’s an amazing show, good American drama. I think it could go for years.”
Bauer, 56, is also relishing playing an Israeli, with full-on accent.
“I have a really good ear for language and worked with a voice coach,” he explains. “You see me in a totally different light. I play a tough guy, kind of a no-nonsense guy. But I really do provide some of the humor because the show’s very serious, very dark.”
Avi is indispensable to celebrity “fixer” Donovan (Liev Schreiber).
“He calls me and says, ‘Avi, I need you to go to this place and have a conversation with so-and-so.’ We’re together a lot. He gives me missions. I’ll meet him at a crime scene, we’ll knock on doors or I’ll go interrogate someone or get some forensic evidence, deliver some ransom money. I get a lot done.”
Bauer also gets to work with top-rate actors like Jon Voight, who plays Donovan’s father.
“The father and son have a big problem between them. You’re going to see it develop. There are hints, then you’ll see it blossom right before your eyes. Like any great writing, you have to be patient with it.”
As big as he gets in Hollywood, Bauer comes back to roost at the family home on Eighth Street, near the Coral Park Shopping Center.
“Mom still makes the best coffee. She’s got the secret recipe.”
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