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Receive press releases from By Email PDF Version RSS Feeds: Interviews Michael Lombardi, One of the Stars of FXs Controversial Dramedy Created by Denis Leary, Rescue Me

PR.coms Senior Editor, Allison Kugel, comes up with another compelling and bold interview with Michael Lombardi from FXs Rescue Me, about FDNY Firefighters. Interviews Michael Lombardi, One of the Stars of FXs Controversial Dramedy Created by Denis Leary, Rescue Me
New York, NY, July 05, 2006 --( Known for their bold and fearless interview style, delivers another compelling interview with Michael Lombardi, one of the series regulars on the television show “Rescue Me,” the FX dramedy about FDNY Firefighters who have extraordinarily complex and often dysfunctional personal lives.

In this frank interview, Michael Lombardi discusses his character’s need to please the more experienced firefighters, including Denis Leary’s character, Tommy Gavin, and his experimentation with homosexuality with his male roommate.

The interview covers the topics of Lombardi’s training at Proby School and many visits to New York City Firehouses to properly prepare for his role as Mike “The Probie” Silletti on the FX show, Rescue Me. His character, Mike Silletti’s ongoing sexual relationship with a male roommate is discussed in detail and in a real manner. Also covered in this interview are the details and media backlash of a rape scene that took place in episode four of Rescue Me’s current season, where Denis Leary’s character, Tommy Gavin, rapes his soon-to-be ex wife in their home.

Being that the show is about the daily lives of New York City Firefighters, or the FDNY, Michael Lombardi discusses his sincere respect for these men and his experiences in learning about their training, their job and their lives.

Some memorable quotes from the interview:

“I went to Randall's Island, which is a Proby School (training school for firefighters), to train for this part…a guy took me to the training facility, and he's been to over a hundred fires. This guy is basically like a living Popeye…His lungs were really badly infected in 9/11 and he comes from a long line of firefighters. Two of his brothers died in 9/11.” - Michael Lombardi describing his awe at meeting the real FDNY Firefighters

“There's a funny act that Denis [Leary] and Peter [Tolan] have. They talk about baseball and [oral sex]. Like if you were dating a guy, or being gay, it would be so much easier, because you wouldn't have to deal with all the stuff that you have to deal with in a normal relationship with a woman.” – Conversation that came up in writing Michael Lombardi’s character as experimenting with homosexuality

“My character does not think he's gay, no. You'll see that dealt with over the course of the next few episodes. Obviously this is a gay act that's happening (oral sex with his male roommate). But there's no, like, kissing… it's only… that. He's getting serviced by this guy.” – Michael Lombardi describes his character’s rationalization in getting oral sex from a man

“In the [New York] Post today there's a huge article on it as well. Here's what I have to say about that. I think obviously, rape is wrong. I think the thing about that scene is there's going to be a lot of twenty year old kids who may walk away thinking that they can force themselves upon their girlfriends or whatever. Hopefully not. I think people are smart enough to know that it's television. But I think if you really understand the dynamic of the relationship between these two characters, how flawed they are and what they've been through, then that scene makes sense.” – On the infamous rape scene in this season’s fourth episode of “Rescue Me”

The entire interview is available at or go to and click on “Articles.”

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