'Sound of Metal' star Paul Raci thrilled by Oscar nomination at 72

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
'Sound of Metal' star Paul Raci thrilled by Oscar nomination at 72
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Paul Raci knew he'd found the role of a lifetime with "Sound of Metal," a story that resonated personally with him.

Of the 20 performers up for this year's Oscars, 11 are nominated for the first time.

One of the oldest of the bunch is also, perhaps, the youngest at heart.

"I'm 72," said "Sound of Metal" star Paul Raci. "There was a point in my life my wife - my agent - would say, 'Don't tell people that! Don't tell people you're 72!'"

Raci is now being celebrated for playing a guy who runs a sober house for the deaf.

He had his own demons once upon a time but he is now in the happily-ever-after part of his life.

He credits his wife, Liz, for helping him get the role that's been life-changing.

"She's the one who made the phone call to the casting directors to take a look at my tape, which was at the bottom of the pile there. Because they were inundated with tapes. Everybody and his uncle wanted to play this part," said Raci.

Liz Hanley Raci has enjoyed this nomination day.

"I can't stop crying," she said. "I just keep crying. That's all I'm doing today. Thank God it's raining. Nobody knows."

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Thanks to "Sound of Metal," Raci, the son of deaf parents, is ready to pay it forward with ideas he's got in the works for the deaf and disabled in the business.

"I've got some projects that are happening," he said. "People are interested in them. And we're going to open some doors here."

Acting is actually only one of Raci's jobs. He's often in court for another.

"I've been a legally certified interpreter for 30, 35 years and that's what I do every day. That's how I bought my house and every once in a while, I'll do some acting," Raci said.

And singing.

He's the lead singer and signer for the Black Sabbath tribute band Hands of Doom.

The next thing he'll be rocking, though, is a tuxedo when he attends the Oscars on April 25.