Created the role of mother Edna Turnblad in the original Toronto production of the musical Hairspray. This role was originated in the John Waters film by Devine and on the Broadway stage by Harvey Fierstein. Jay's performance was scene stealing to say the least paying homage to both Fierstein and Divine and adding his own flair...
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When you start off in movies, you play like 'angry fat guy, 'third fat guy', 'fat guy at bus stop', 'angry fat guy at party', 'overweight man on train'. Then you build yourself up. I started getting these doctor roles on 'The X-Files' and stuff. I was very lucky. Being a character actor is a wonderful thing. Nobody goes through your garbage. It's terrific.