New York Daily News
Shakespeare in the Park star Jesse Tyler Ferguson looks to co-star Al Pacino as a ‘father figure’
Wednesday, June 23rd 2010, 4:00 AM
To some, Al Pacino will forever be the Godfather. To actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, he’s more like Dad.
Ferguson, who plays Launcelot in the Shakespeare in the Park production of “The Merchant of Venice,” says that Pacino, the show’s star, is like a “father figure” who has given him a wealth of advice on his newfound celebrity as half of the hilarious gay parental unit in the ABC sitcom “Modern Family.”
“He seems to know what I’m going through,” Ferguson told Gatecrasher at the after-party at Belvedere Castle for the Public Theater‘s annual summer gala, which was also attended by “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini, Liev Schreiber and his love, Naomi Watts.
The evening also included a surprise appearance by Bette Midler, who, an insider says, shocked event organizers because she wasn’t expected to attend.
At the gala, Pacino turned out to be pretty much an absentee father, popping out of the stage doors long enough to slide off his sunglasses and pose for a few photos before hurrying back into the theater.
Prior to the performance, “Scrubs” actor Zach Braff kept a similarly low profile beneath a straw fedora as he searched for his seats hand in hand with girlfriend Taylor Bagley.
Jim Rado, the co-author of the musical “Hair,” got some attention because of headgear he’d worn the previous summer. A “Hair” fanatic approached Rado and his scruffy-looking crew, and said: “Remember me? You let me in your show last year just because I was wearing the same bandana as you.”
“Private Practice” actress Kate Walsh probably wishes she’d worn a babushka after a number of theatergoers noticed that she used the men’s room at the Delacorte during intermission after deeming the line to the ladies’ loo too long.
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