Sofia Vergara has more than ambitious plans when it comes to her role in ABC‘s “Modern Family.” As a matter of fact, the Emmy-nominated actress toldWENN that she would love to go after living big-screen legend Al Pacino to play the character of her father:
“In some other season, we should go to Cartagena and meet Gloria’s family in Colombia. I was telling [the producers] that they need to [cast] Al Pacino [as] my father, talking like Tony Montana.”
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays uptight lawyer Mitchell Pritchett — one half of the show’s gay couple, which has Facebook clamoring for a big kiss — on the ABC hit, is back in New York City to appear on the airy stage of ‘Shakespeare in the Park.’ He is featured in both summer productions — ‘The Winter’s Tale,’ and ‘The Merchant of Venice‘ with the one and only Al Pacino.
PopEater has an interview with Jesse and here are the highlights:
Are you going to offer Pacino a few acting pointers?
Yeah, Al really needed a good long summer with me to learn how to act. This is my third ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ and the first time I was offered it. That’s never happened before; I’ve always had to jump through hoops and audition for these roles, and this was the first summer that they trusted me enough to do it. I guess I’ve paid my dues.
I still don’t get how people memorize Shakespeare.
I’m always so intimidated by it, thinking I’m never going to learn this, and for some reason I end up learning it quicker because it’s like poetry. Once you understand what you’re saying, it’s very easy to memorize. It’s getting over that hurdle. I bought the ‘No Fear Shakespeare’ version of ‘Merchant of Venice.’ Basically, on one side of the page it has Shakespeare’s dialogue, and on the other is plain English. I was ashamed to have it until I saw Al Pacino carrying around the same book on the very first day of rehearsals. I was very comforted.
What do you think of the ‘Let Cam & Mitchell kiss on Modern Family‘ Facebook campaign?
I’m all for progressive movement within the show. I appreciate the passion that some of the fans have. The fact that there is even a campaign on Facebook just shows how many people really love the show and the characters and want to see them happy. I think the writers are proceeding in a very wise way. There’s a great PDA episode they’re writing about Mitchell’s issues with public displays of affection. Viewers shouldn’t be expecting a big, ‘Gone with the Wind’ romantic kiss. It’s very beautiful and poignant. The writers are so good, they’re really taking that criticism and they’re going to run with it and try and create a talking point with it.
Chazz Palminteri will guest star as “Shorty” in an upcoming episode of “Modern Family” on ABC. The episode, titled “Fifteen Percent” begins when Mitchell plants the seed in Jay’s head that he thinks one of Jay’s old buddies, Shorty, might be secretly gay. Jay doesn’t believe it for a second… except for all the questionable signs he now keeps noticing. Meanwhile Gloria gives Manny’s date a makeover and Claire faces off with Phil’s universal remote.Chazz Palminteri has over 50 movies to his credit including The Usual Suspects, Bullets over Broadway, Analyze This, Hurly Burly, Mulholland Falls and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. He has also directed the HBO series Oz (episode, Unnatural Disasters), Showtime’s Women vs. Men, and the feature film Noel, starring Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Robin Williams and Paul Walker. He was also seen on the New York stage in the play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring with Al Pacino, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Billy Crudup.
Most recently Palminteri brought his show “A Bronx Tale” to stages across the US during its national tour.
This episode of “Modern Family,” will air WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sof’a Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy and Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado.
Guest cast will also include Kristen Schaal as Whitney and Reid Ewing as Reid.
“Fifteen Percent” was written by Steven Levitan and directed by Jason Winer.
Source: Broadway World