With a name like “The Motherf—— With the Hat,” an early role of Bobby Cannavale’s was bound to be a unique experience.

Cannavale, who sat down with Sarah Paulson for Variety and PBS’ “Actors on Actors,” remembered an early role of his in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play alongside Chris Rock. It was a challenge, he said — but one that more than paid off.

The two-part fourth season premiere of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” airs June 12 and June 19 on PBS SoCal. Presented by Shopbop/East Dane, the episodes will also be available to stream on Variety.com.