Why The Bear's Ebon Moss-Bachrach Came Very Close to Not Playing Richie

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Ebon Moss-Bachrach gives an electric, career-altering show connected FX's The Bear—but it astir ne'er happened. Find retired wherefore the histrion had to beryllium convinced to work for the part.

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Ebon Moss-Bachrach astir said "No, chef."

Moss-Bachrach—who plays the antagonistic, yet oddly charming Richie connected FX's breakout The Bear—revealed that helium came precise adjacent to missing retired connected the task altogether.

"They sent maine [scripts] the archetypal 2 episodes, and to beryllium honest, I was starting to marque the Star Wars amusement [Andor] and I didn't adjacent work it," the histrion told Entertainment Weekly Aug. 3. "I was truthful overwhelmed...It was COVID, I was getting my household implicit to the U.K. [to sprout Andor]. It conscionable benignant of slipped done the cracks."

The Bear without Moss-Bachrach's Richie is similar an Italian beef without giardiniera—it conscionable doesn't marque immoderate sense!

"My agent, to his credit, called maine 2 weeks later," Moss-Bachrach said. "He's like, 'Listen, I truly deliberation you're making a mistake by not speechmaking this.' I mean, this quality of Richie was written truthful well. It conscionable was truthful beautifully formed, and determination was truthful overmuch beingness connected the page."

We beryllium a indebtedness of gratitude to this agent.

Moss-Bachrach past did a Skype audition with Jeremy Allen White, who plays Carmy, Richie's "cousin" and newfound brag connected The Bear.

"We were staying successful this chill loft successful London, and my girl was successful the different country doing fifth-grade Zoom school," Moss-Bachrach said. "I was connected the different broadside of the loft successful similar a small undershirt, going F--k this! F--k that! Are you f--king retired of your f--kin' mind?' You know, conscionable screaming."

Listen, it paid off. 

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Moss-Bachrach revealed that play 2 of The Bear volition "probably commencement shooting sometime aboriginal adjacent year."

While we await much of Richie's shenanigans, you tin catch Moss-Bachrach successful Andor, premiering Sept. 21 connected Disney+.

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