'Royal Pains': Henry Winkler on Ed Asner, Reshma Shetty and 'the boys'
In the Wednesday, July 27, episode of USA Network's "Royal Pains," titled "A Man Called Grandpa," the secret behind a 40-year rift in the Lawson family comes to light.
Apparently there's some bad blood between recently paroled Eddie Lawson (Henry Winkler) and his father, Ted Roth (Edward Asner), and Eddie's two sons -- Long Island concierge Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) and his business partner and brother, Evan (Paulo Costanzo) -- are about to get an earful of family history.
While Eddie and Ted are at odds on the show, things couldn't be better between Winkler and Asner.
"My first job in Hollywood -- Ed Asner," Winkler tells Zap2it. "Five days after landing on terra firma, Los Angeles, in 'Mary Tyler Moore.' Ed Asner, as adorable as you think he is, times it by ten. He really is dear and loving. He just doesn't suffer any fools.
"But he is, in his very core, mushy."
As fans know, the Lawson feud isn't the only family drama on "Royal Pains."
Hank's physician's assistant, Divya Katdare (Reshma Shetty), rejected the man her very traditional Indian parents had chosen for her to marry.
In asserting her independence, Divya found herself cut off financially from her parents and forced to become roommates with Hank and Evan.
Says Winkler, "There is not a town, a plane, a train, a sidewalk, that I am not on or in, that someone does not say, 'How's Divya?' She moved out, and I loved that she stood up to her dad. I really loved that. I was so proud of her.
"I called Reshma. I hadn't seen her all season; all of my stuff was without her. I called her up and said, 'Your scenes, with the angst, but the strength, to finally stand up and take your place in the world, I thought you were incredible, handling these two emotions at once.'"
Winkler's also pretty impressed with Feuerstein and Costanzo.
"The boys," he says, "my sons, they are not only sweet, they are great together. They have found a rhythm together that you cannot find anywhere else on USA. They are fantastic."
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