Tony Kornheiser makes cameo in FX hit series, ‘The Americans’ (video)
ESPN personality Tony Kornheiser of “Pardon the Interruption” fame landed a pretty sweet cameo in a hit television series, appearing in a scene of FX’s “The Americans” in an episode that premiered on Wednesday night.
Kornheiser primarily serves as an extra, playing the role of a sports fan bellied up to a bar watching a boxing match, but does get a few lines of somewhat indecipherable dialogue (video via The Big Lead):
Given that “The Americans” is set in Washington D.C. area during the 1980s, the fight airing on TV is the undercard bout before the Ray Mancini-Duk Koo Kim fight in 1982 after which Kim tragically died, adds some sobering, historically accurate resonance to the scene.
Kornheiser revealed last fall that he was making a cameo appearance on the hit show and discussed what it was like filming the scene.
“We must have filmed it 50 times,” Kornheiser said on his radio show in October, via D.C. Sports Bog. “It probably took like five hours. … It’s 50-50 that I’ll even be in the scene, that I have a line.”
Speaking about the cameo, Kornheiser, who is a big fan of the show, admitted that he had “trolled for this for two years.”
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But it appears to have been a once-sided admiration society, as Kornheiser noted that Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (above), the show’s stars, apparently had no idea who he was. But Russell approached him later and asked for a photo-op … but not for her or because she enjoyed his work.
“She comes over to me and says, ‘Would you do me a big favor? Would you take a picture for me, because I’ve got a friend who watches ESPN all the time and he probably knows you,’” he said.
Tony on set of The Americans. 1 of 2.
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Hey, it’s something. She’s “Felicity,” after all.