Like many other actors, Mark Ruffalo and David Schwimmer began their careers with a less important work that had nothing to do with their acting profession. During recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Ruffalo and Schwimmer felt that they both worked at the same restaurant and the experience was bizarre to say the least. Before making it big in Hollywood, the two actors waited tables at Ed Debevic’s restaurant. Talking about his first gig, Schwimmer said, “My first gig was as a roller-staking waiter at this really cool place in Chicago called Ed Debevic’s.” He was then interrupted by Ruffalo, who said, “I worked at Ed Debevic’s!”.
Ruffalo worked at an outlet in Los Angeles, while Schwimmer worked in Chicago. The stars revealed on the show that the waiters working in the restaurant would have to play a character and according to Schwimmer they played “Romeo the romancer.” He said that his character was similar to John Travolta based in Grease. “It was a ’50s diner so I had, you know, a pompadour and bigger muscles at the time,” she said Graham. Ruffalo’s character name, on the other hand, was Frankie. However, just to say that Ruffalo became easier was because the gig was particularly difficult for Schwimmer.
At the Chicago outlet, he had to wait to wear roller skates and that’s not all. He revealed that since the gig did not pay very well, he would perform odd stunts to get generous suggestions. . “I would line up people’s kids and they would kneel next to each other in a line and I could probably jump over three or four at a time. The parents would be like yeah go for it. I would take off and jump over them and then skid to a stop. I would get all this fancy tip from doing it,” he said.
Let’s face it, this is one of the weirdest first gig stories we’ve ever seen. However, Schwimmer did not back down from describing his experience. In fact, he felt very proud that even then, he did what he believed in – entertaining people.