Maron Plays Male Lead on Netflix Comedy GLOW

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Maron Plays Male Lead on Netflix Comedy GLOW


Moore, Frazier, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)


NEW YORK When Marc Maron heard about a role that might be right for him on GLOW, a new Netflix comedy about women pro wrestlers in the 1980s, he got busy. Well, he was already pretty busy as a stand-up comic and the host of a popular interview-based podcast, WTF. And he was just wrapping up four seasons as producer, writer and star of Maron, a TV comedy largely based on his life.

Now he was bucking for the role of Sam Sylvia, a chain-smoking, washed-up B-movie filmmaker whos launching a last-ditch project: a bare-bones cable show to feature his so-called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Among the odd-lot GLOW dozen he rounds up are an elfin struggling actress (Alison Brie) and a has-been former soap star (Betty Gilpin). The 10-episode series debuts Friday.

I know the owners of an eyeglass store up the street from me, Maron said. I pictured the character in aviator frames, so I borrowed a pair. I put on a Lacoste shirt and shot an audition scene on my phone.

We watched it, said GLOW co-creator Liz Flahive, and that was it for us. We didnt even need to bring him in.

I dont THINK Im that guy, mused Maron, who during a recent visit to Manhattan isnt wearing those aviator frames but, instead, his own pair of what he calls almost-round thinking glasses.

Sam Sylvia isnt fundamentally neurotic and not very self-reflective, which I am compulsively, said Maron, teasing out similarities and differences. But he IS a little grandiose and delusional. Ive been THERE!

The way I approached the part, he summed up, was to honor the script, listen to the director, and do what I know how to do as an actor the best I can.

Despite some 30 years in show biz, Maron, 53, readily conceded that his dramatic career is in its infancy.

But hes a really good actor, said Flahive, speaking by phone from Los Angeles. He has so much depth and humanity, it was a deep well we got to keep drawing from. He has real chops.

So much of it was a new experience for me, Maron said. For one thing, Ive never been around that many women! They were writing, behind the camera, all the other positions. And the women in the cast had already been working together for weeks to learn how to wrestle.

Since GLOW is set in the mid-1980s, its female cast members were further taxed by their characters attire: unforgiving Jane-Fonda-Workout-era spandex. …

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