HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 15:  Richard Lewis and Larry David attend the 7th season premiere of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on September 15, 2009 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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Curb Your Enthusiasm Bled A Little Too Much Into Richard Lewis' Real Life
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" is Larry David's semi-fictional masterpiece which can occasionally get all too real for some of the prominent cast members. This was especially true for comedian Richard Lewis, Larry David's long-time friend, who has been heavily featured on the show for many years.
The show draws quite a lot from the reality of David and Lewis' friendship who initially met at a summer camp as children and instantly disliked each other. The duo often use their contentious friendship to bring their characters to life, "Our fights are almost no different on the show except maybe in how loud they are in real life," Lewis confessed.
Unfortunately, according to the comedian, their on-screen arguments — that sometimes get truly emotional — have affected Lewis' relationship with his wife. His scenes with David would put Lewis in such a combative mood that when he got home from work he would argue with his wife too, "We've gone to counseling over this," he said.
Even though it's uncomfortable when "Curb" seeps into Lewis' reality, the comedian confessed that he still "take[s] pride" in how believable the show is. While it might make Lewis' life easier if the show was a more obvious fiction, it most definitely wouldn't be half as interesting to watch without its documentary-like style.