Raymond Alongi, an acting veteran and a native of Quincy, takes the cliché "there are never small parts, only small actors" to heart. The 48-year-old is a featured player in an upcoming action-packed episode of Justin Timberlake's "The Phone" hitting MTV on 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. The premiere is set in Seattle, however, Boston is expected to be featured in an upcoming episode.
"Yes, I had a blast doing the show," muses Alongi, who runs the Purple Eggplant Pizzeria in Halifax, MA with his wife Michelle when he's not pursuing acting gigs. "When you see it, you'll know what I mean by blast!"
As previously reported in Loaded Gun, crews from the new MTV reality series "The Phone" shot scenes in Charlestown, South End and East Boston two months ago with John Fiore, a former mob boss from "The Sopranos," acting in one of the reality show's scenarios.
In the Boston-shot sequence, two teams are challenged to "take down the mob before an assassination takes place." The goal in the mob smack down is to save the life of a police officer.
Alongi, a former student of the Actors Studio in Los Angeles and a Quincy High grad, plays the Boston officer in the scene.
"The best thing was the phone call the next day from one of the producers telling me how much they enjoyed my performance," Alongi spills to Loaded Gun Boston. "That is huge for any actor. Recognition! We thrive on making every part believable."
Based on a Dutch idea that juxtaposes "The Bourne Identity" with "The Amazing Race," the show kicks off with two strategically hidden cell phones ringing in opposites sides of a city. Several scenes were shot in Boston for the six episode, one-hour-long series. Winners snag a $50,000 prize.
Click here for the latest on Timberlake's "The Phone." Also, click here for the lowdown on Alongi.