Golden Globes nominees Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight have a busy morning

Jon Voight, left, and Liev Schreiber, costars in the Showtime series "Ray Donovan," were both nominated for Golden Globes Awards.
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The bustling morning that Golden Globes nominations brings has Liev Schreiber, the lead of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” who scored a nomination for the role, deep in thought about one thing while holed up in a hotel bathroom.

“Why do they have to do this whole thing so damn early in the morning?” he whispered, noting he was in the doghouse for waking up the kids due to the early morning kerfuffle his nomination sparked. “It’s really uncivilized, right?”

Schreiber stars in the dark drama as a professional fixer for the rich and famous of L.A. -- a fixer with his own set of problems.

“You’d think that there wasn’t any new perspective on contemporary masculinity,” Schreiber said of taking on his first lead TV role. “But then you meet Ray. I think notions about masculinity and toughness and ideas about that stuff -- what I find most compelling is getting to the vulnerability and emotions of someone like Ray and how you hold a family together without that.”


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It’s a gig that fellow nominee and costar Jon Voight, who plays Ray’s ex-con father Mickey, is happy came to fruition.

“I think he’s one of the finest actors,” Voight said. “He had not been given a leading man role to date, which always astounded me. I’ve always talked about him as a leading man. He’s very charismatic, he’s sexy, he has this power to him. Having this role really shows him off.”

The show, to be sure, left room for Voight to show off a bit of himself too -- a scene of Voight dancing in a towel drew a lot of ribbing from his pals.

“It still remains a vivid, vivid scene for me,” he jokes. “It got an awful lot of attention.”

“Ray Donovan” starts production on its second season in late January. Until then, the Golden Globes pals are spending the day shooting a Super Bowl commercial for Time Warner Cable.

“How’s that for celebrating?” Voight said.


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