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Simon Baker: a good mentality
Yesterday, Simon Baker arrived at the press conference totally relaxed wearing grey suit, white shirt and with eyeglasses on his nose. There were waiting fifty journalists with connected cameras, magnetos on the record button and pens ready chopping to note the last revelations the actor who is starring in the series The Mentalist on TF1.
To the story: he stated that he’d direct one of the episodes soon. But what concerns the storyline of the series itself as a whole we’ll have to wait a little bit. Then, Simon Baker, with the smooth voice, explained at length how he’d entered into his character. “What defines him at the first place is his sense of humour and his irreverence. I gave him a little bit from my personality. Well, I am a little bit naughty, making kidlike jokes. I have a total freedom with the character. Of course, there’s the script, the dialogs and I follow them, but I can introduce more personal aspects at the same time. Another thing in which I’m involved is the choice of his car and that from the second episode. I couldn’t imagine that Patrick Jane, my character, drives a Chevrolet or a sports car. I immediately thought of a used car or an antique one. One of my favourite cars is the DS, but nobody knows it on the show. So, I had to explain that it was a mythical car, ahead of time, a kind of dinosaur that is always of its time.
And that would be perfect with the character. The model I’m driving in the show is dated
1971. Colombo had his Peugeot 403, the Mentalist has his DS Citroen. The French cars are exporting well. At least in the American film industry. You can wish to Patrick Jane the same success the inspector with the old worn-out overcoat had and who went on and on carrying out his investigations in summer and winter. He seems taking the path because his first episode aired on TF1 has been watched by 9 millions of television viewers.
But, Simon Baker doesn’t show off. “Well, obviously, my life has changed, my notoriety has grown. But when walking in the streets of LA, the city of the stars, I don’t have a horde of fans rushing over me. It’s more difficult when I get out of the city, but in general, people respect my private life. They approach me with discretion and respect. And my children make this success relative. To make the promotion of the Mentalist, the production had put a huge portrait of me on front side of a building. When my son saw it, he said to me: “Have you bought the building, dad?” The words of children bring you back to the reality.