Picks and Pans Review: Talking With...Ray Romano
updated 12/02/2002 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/02/2002 AT 01:00 AM EST
Free fish aside, not much else has changed for the Everybody Loves Raymond star. "I'm still as neurotic as I was," says Romano, 44, who lives in L.A. with his wife, Anna, 39, and their four children (Alexandra, 12, Matthew and Gregory, 9, and Joe, 4). "Just the situations have changed. Before, I used to think my cab driver hated me. Now it's my limo driver."
The actor continues to share that paranoia with his small-screen alter ego, Ray Barone. "The character has taken on a life of his own," says Romano. "He's a little stupider than me. The writers have a contest: Who's dumber, Ray Romano or Ray Barone, and he's starting to win." Fortunately fewer people compare him to the grumpy woolly mammoth he gave voice to in last March's animated Ice Age (released on DVD Nov. 26). "I just pictured myself as a lumbering misanthrope with, believe it or not, a bigger nose," he says.
Although times are good, Romano admits that Raymond's eighth season could be its last. "We don't want to overstay our welcome," he says. "We want to go out on top. You don't want to say it's our big finale and nobody's even TiVo-ing it." Amy Bonawitz