The film is an origin story

Ray Donovan, the dark trouble-fixer for the rich, rarely leaves things hanging. So it’s only fitting that Liev Schreiber, the man who played him in Showtime’s 2013-2020 drama, was forced to finish the story after the network canceled the series. “I felt like we owe it to the fans,” Schreiber says.

Ray Donovan: the movie wraps up the story of Ray, his runaway ex-con Mickey (Jon Voight), and the rest of their complicated clan, while showing flashbacks to Ray’s teenage years in Boston. Schreiber, who co-wrote the screenplay with executive producer David Hollander, talks tough with us.

The film picks up where the series left off, but is loaded with flashbacks to Ray’s difficult teenage years. Why?

Liev Schreiber: It was originally my idea to do a sort of origin story. The actors who played Ray and Mickey in their youth [Chris Gray and Bill Heck] in the last season were so good. I was thinking A), it would be amazing not to have to work so much [Laughs]and B), they could carry the story in a new and refreshing way.

What do we learn about Ray and Mickey’s relationship?

Ray needs to come to terms with the damage he’s done to his father, a charming handsome guy who could destroy your life. We explore the conflict and love between the two.

Was it hard to find Ray’s mannerisms and Boston accent?

It was easy, but we mispronounced the last name for seven years! any southerner [South Boston resident] will tell you that it is dunNot put ona van. Somehow we missed this for [so long].

Despite the intensity, did you have fun on the set?

Everyday! In the movie, [the Donovan brothers, played by Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok and Pooch Hall] all get drunk. We had to do an unchoreographed dance number, so we just did different versions of the electric slide.

Ray Donovan: the moviePremiere, Friday, January 14, 9/8c, Showtime

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