Romany Malco is currently skating on some nice ice when it comes to his career.
Perhaps best known for his role as Conrad, the dope man, on Showtime’s “Weeds” and his for his supporting roles as a womanizer in “40 Year Old Virgin” and Tina Fey’s doorman in “Baby Mama,” Malco will next appear in “Love Guru,” where he plays a goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Now, that’s a stretch.
Romany, who was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian parents and had scored a No. 1 hit on the rap charts (Victim of the Ghetto) with the College Boyz before getting into acting, had never ice skated before even though his fiancée, Taryn Dakah, who he met on the set is a former figure skater.
“No, I couldn’t skate,” the 39-year-old actor said. “I’d never skated before but the trainer that they hired was really detailed and once you get on the ice and feel what it feels like—the speed of going around—you get addicted man. I skated for like six hours a day, every single day and never missed a day of practice. That was like Monday thru Saturday and on Sundays I would play a pickup game. That’s the one thing I can say that I have a knack for—skating, that’s it.”
He got that down, but when it came to keeping his on-screen wife Meagan Good happy, Darren was always skating on thin ice. Prudence (Good) steps out on her man and has an affair with super stud Jacques Grande from the Los Angeles Kings.
Good normally doesn’t do comedies but Malco said she was a natural.
“She’s good at it,” he said. “She has really good instincts.”
The same can be said of Malco. Even though his role on “Weeds” has been cut, the former rapper/music producer hopes to return to TV this year in another comedy that he’s currently developing with folks whose names he can’t mention.
“Conrad is gone,” Malco said. “Conrad’s not coming back for Season 4 and that’s it. I was in Toronto filming the movie when that decision was made. But I’ll be back on TV shortly with “Tijuana Jackson.” He’s an ex-con who’s under house arrest and being forced to get a legal job. He’s also being forced to support three women. It’s basically a mockumentary about his life and what he has to deal with.”
If that doesn’t work, maybe he can fall back on that skating now that he’s so smooth on the ice and a big time NHL fan.
“I love hockey, I play all the time,” Romany said. “What a brother can’t play hockey?”
"The Love Guru" hits theaters on Friday.