Crushable visited the set of USA’s Royal Pains, currently shooting at a soundstage in Brooklyn, where we chatted with star Mark Feuerstein in between scenes. For Mark, the chance to return to his hometown of NYC to work and see Sharpie pen scrawled all over his face on the subway is a badge of honor and mark of success — and he wants to see more of it.
“I will give $5 to anyone who puts a booger in my nose, a mustache on my face, a monocle on my eye,” Mark told us. “It’s like the hero returning from battle. I’ve been in L.A. for 12 years, I’ve had my good experiences and my not so good experiences on TV shows, and I get to come back to my hometown, New York City, where I was born and raised, and there are defaced posters of me. I love it.”
Mark also talked to us about what it’s like for him to be on a hit series, after a series of misses like Good Morning Miami. “What’s it like to be on a successful show? It’s great. It’s a lot more fun,” he said. “You get to come back in the second season, as opposed to reading crappy pilot scripts. I think of Jackie Mason when he does his standup comedy shows on Broadway, which my family has gone to as a thing, he would make this sort of genuine heartfelt speech about gratitude for being on Broadway and doing his show because he was banned by Ed Sullivan for 35 years from the comedy circuit and he’s so grateful. It’s not like that for me. I wasn’t banned by anybody, except the American viewing audience. But to have experienced the near hits and misses and the truly not even close misses, and to be on a show that has been so well received and done so well in the ratings, it fills me with gratitude.”
But Mark says he also avoids blogs and fan comments about him, fearing the worst. “I’ve only heard of bad experiences when actors go onto their websites and look for comments,” he told Crushable yesterday. “You could read a hundred glowing compliments and you read one that says, “Is he still around?” or “Hasn’t he killed enough shows?” … And you’ll never want to read another thing that’s ever written.”
As we head close to Royal Pains’ season 2 premiere on June 3, we’ll have more from our set visit, including some insider tips on what we can expect from the first episode and the coming season (hint: there’s a new love interest for his character, Hamptons doc Hank).
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