In the early scenes Snipes is terrific actually in setting up Raymond particularly in regard to when the conversation turns to his wife early on. When speaking on the matter Snipes brings such a false confidence in every word portraying an desperation in Raymond that he's doing all that he can to cover it up. This is in contrast to when we actually meet Raymond's wife who only shows up, despite his earlier claims of her great affection for him, to try to force him to sign divorce papers. Snipes's quite good in the scene though as he plays it a bit as Raymond still trying to put on his charm as he avoids facing her directly. He's rather moving actually though as Snipes reveals this facade buckling in the moment, as he depicts the attempt to maintain the charm in the man yet he quietly reveals the overwhelming sadness within the man as he still tries to connect to his family even as they are disregarding him. As they basically abandon him Snipes is terrific as he reveals the collapse of any solace in faking any happiness, revealing just the angry anguish underneath the man as he finally fully faces his own situation.
Although Joel has a form of support, the only support ends up being the other guys in the hospital in particular the injured biker Bloss (William Forsythe) despite their original antagonism due to Raymond's boisterous nature. This relationship could seem contrived but Forsythe and Snipes make it wholly believable through the unique chemistry they strike up. Past that initial antagonism the two of them are effective in the way each show that the men connect on their mutual misery by supporting each other as they essentially say "screw the world" together. The two of them find a certain warmth actually within the anger just through the way they share it together, and this friendship that develops ends up being the most poignant element within the film. The difficult connection is earned by both actors. I love their final scene together where they come together after Raymond has gone through a particularly rough patch. Snipes is wonderful by finding Raymond completely without his bravado showing just the modest man searching for happiness beneath it all. Bloss offers a bit of comfort by reaffirming an old, perhaps minor, success with a woman. Snipes brings just the right bit of confidence back in the man in the moment, and suggests that he hasn't given back to the delusion but rather almost fakes it a bit in an earnest appreciation for what his friend has done for him. Snipes and Forsythe, despite given secondary focus and less importance, quietly steal their film in their convincing and heartfelt depiction of two unlikely friends finding solace in one another.