Tony Danza? In a Tony Award-winning Arthur Miller play? The idea initially seemed odd even to Danza himself.
"I get a call from my agent and he says, 'We're going to see A View from the Bridge. There's interest in you'," Danza recalls. His incredulous answer to his agent: "There's interest in me for A View From the Bridge? Wait a minute. Doesn't Arthur Miller have to okay it?"
Danza has made something of a career speciality of playing nice guys. But, in A View from the Bridge, his character is quite the opposite.
"I do a lot of yelling., My voice takes a beating - my beautiful voice!" Danza tells CBS 'This Morning' Co-Anchor Mark McEwen.
According to Danza, playing Eddie Carbone isn't that much of a stretch. Like his character, he is from Brooklyn. And you may remember Danza was first discovered more than 20 years ago at a boxing gym. And as luck would have it, the character of Eddie is a boxer, too.
"We do [a] mock fight and he hit me," says Danza. "Out of doing all those pro fights, I never got cut. I get cut doing Broadway."
During the play's run on Broadway, Danza also has served as something of a ticket salesman during the day.
"I go down to the ticket booth in Times Square ,and I hand out flyers and sort of solicit tickets, and I tell people 'Listen, come see an Arthur Miller play; it ain't Lion King, but this is something you'll enjoy'."
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