Gallery Update: New Photoshoots & Appearances

Hey guys. I apologize for the lack of updates. I have been busy with real life and its been hard but I have been able to update missing photos. I have added new appearances and shoots of Simon from the past couple months. Check them out in the gallery.

Denmark’s location hits spot for Baker

AU.NEWS.YAHOO.COM – From his first look at Denmark, Australian actor Simon Baker knew it as the location for his film adaptation of Tim Winton’s acclaimed 2008 novel Breath.

What he didn’t know until dinner with Winton two days later was the novel was actually set in the South West town and its Ocean Beach.

“It just felt right,” the star of The Mentalist TV series said.

“It was a gut feeling. There was obviously the incredible beauty, but also an attachment to nature.”

It was just what he wants to capture and he says the location will be important for the film, just as it was for the book, a very personal story set against the power and scale of the setting.

As he read Breath, a Miles Franklin Award winner, Baker was taken with it as a film he had to make, so he bought the rights in 2009 to wait for the time and the self-belief required.

Not only will he produce and star in the film, it will be Baker’s debut as director.

“Denmark is a gem of a town with a unique community and it holds a very special place in my heart,” Winton said.

“I hope it reaps the benefits of having the production based there and that Simon’s film will show the rest of the world what they’re missing.”

The State Government put in $2.3 million to secure Denmark as the film’s location.

Culture and Arts Minister John Day said that it was an opportunity that could not be missed.

“The majority of the key production creative and 100 crew will be West Australian,” he said. “In addition, 150 Great Southern locals will be employed as actors, extras and surfing doubles.”

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the production would directly generate about $4.3 million, with further economic benefits expected to flow to the local community.

Breath focuses on the lives of two teenage thrillseeking boys.

Hungry for discovery they form an unlikely bond with reclusive older surfer Sando (to be played by Baker) and his mysterious wife.

Baker said he hoped to start work on the film by the end of year, with pre-production expected to last six weeks and filming up to seven.

During the work, he said he expected his Sydney-based wife Rebecca Rigg and their three children Stella, Claude and Harry to pay regular visits.

Beach boy Simon Baker’s biggest role yet

THEAGE.COM.AU – Simon Baker’s star status in Hollywood has taken a back seat to a new Australian-based project that seems as natural as sun-bleached hair and sand between the toes.

Simon Baker doesn’t want to sound like an idiot. He’s sitting in a brightly lit restaurant on a sunny afternoon, hands on his knees, worrying about it – which makes a nice change in a celebrity. And though it’s hard to imagine from someone who looks like the literal embodiment of every laid-back, blue-eyed surfer dream we’ve ever had, it seems as if this might not be an unusual state for him. “I am a worrier,” he admits. “Worry and self-doubt. It’s sort of my due diligence.”

Most of what he’s worried about today is his first film as director – an adaptation of Tim Winton’s lyrical, disturbing novel Breath. He will also star in the film and co-produce it. “God,” he says, “how cheesy does that sound? I knew it would sound vain … this is why I never wanted to even suggest it. I never felt brash enough to bring it up: ‘Oh yeah, I’ll star in it, and produce it, and direct it.’ ” Yet here he is, doing all those things. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I try to point out. Lots of people do it. “But I’m not that big a star,” he objects. “Most people just identify me with The Mentalist, that show that’s on Channel Nine sometimes. It’s not sexy, it’s not fashionable. And it’s a bit hard to go, ‘Actually, I’ve done 20-something films, I’m brilliant.’ ” Well, that’s true. So let it be said, for the record. Simon Baker is not an idiot.

Baker is 45. He’s never starred in a huge box office hit; he’s done no edgy HBO series; no major theatre. For most of the past decade and a half, he’s played two quiet, conflicted men, in two American TV crime series – The Mentalist, and before that, The Guardian. So he’s been big in the US, certainly, and even bigger in Europe, where The Mentalist is huge. But in Australia, as he himself says, he’s always been a low-key, middle-of-the-firmament kind of star.

And yet, most people – certainly most women – know exactly who he is. This may have something to do with the way he looks. In person, despite shaggy hair (which he once claimed to cut himself, “by feel”) and a scruffy ginger beard, he has one of those slow smiles, involving laugh lines and white teeth, that really does light up a room. He also possesses that trait rare among men – and women, for that matter – of great natural elegance. You can see exactly why luxury brands such as Givenchy and Longines – not to mention ANZ – have hitched their wagons to his star. Not that he seems to do much to cultivate such elegance; perhaps, indeed, the reverse. Today he’s wearing jeans, a casual shirt and chunky boots. On any other person this outfit would look totally unremarkable; on him, he might be disappointed to hear, it looks like couture.

It must have been odd growing up looking like this as a working-class boy on the NSW north coast. Baker was born in Launceston, Tasmania; his mother was a high school English teacher, his father a mechanic. Along with his older sister (now a Melbourne GP) the family relocated to New Guinea when Baker was nine months old. His parents’ marriage ended when he was still a toddler and much of his childhood and teenage years were spent in Lennox Head, near Byron Bay. A second marriage (from which the name Denny came: Baker began acting as Simon Denny, then Simon Denny Baker) also ended, and Baker was out of contact with his biological father until adulthood.

His escape from these family complexities was the beach, where he was part of a close-knit circle of surfing mates. (Baker himself still surfs regularly.) “It feels like such a cliché,” he says apologetically. “But the beach gave me a place to go to figure out who I was.”

The model of masculinity he learnt there sounds like the classic Australian archetype: strong, emotionally undemonstrative, and extremely, almost obsessively, self-deprecating. “Growing up in Australia, I saw so many of those guys,” he once said. “You watch a football game and someone scores a try under the post and you don’t see too much self-congratulatory behaviour. It’s sort of, well, okay, put your head down, try not to smile.”

As he points out now, grinning, “There’s a lot more self-congratulation these days! But yeah, that was my model, I guess. I grew up kind of – not literally, but sort of – fatherless. My stepfather raised me, but we didn’t get on that well, and I pulled away. I was pretty close to my mum, but my environment at the beach, which was a male environment, was really my community. That was a lot of what formed me. And I’ve maintained those relationships. I still go back there now – to that place, those people. It’s incredibly important to me.”

Not that it encouraged his teenage dreams of thespian self-expression. “No,” Baker agrees, smiling. “Wanting to be an actor, that was not something you could ever talk about as a bloke from that background. So I had this artistic sensitivity, but it was hidden.”

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The Mentalist: Simon Baker Used the Popular Series as Film School, Plans to Direct Breath on Screen!

DAYHERALD.COM – Simon Baker, who is known for his iconic role of Patrick Jane in The Mentalist, was spotted at the recently held YMCA’s The Mother of All Black and White Balls on 30th May. He was accompanied on the red carpet with his stunning wife, Rebecca Rigg.

Simon Baker has opened up about his plans to direct. He said that he didn’t want to act after ending his stint with The Guardian, but then The Mentalist happened. He had decided to take The Mentalist as a film school.

In an interview with Good Morning Britain where was live from Canne, he said that since he knew that The Mentalist will continue for a large part of his career, he decided to use this opportunity to learn and grow.

The Mentalist saw 151 hours of shooting and he said that it was like a speed dating of film production. The pieces have to be put together very fast and everything from the script to the cast to scouting for the location of the shoot needs to be done at a fast pace. In order to get a hang of the directorial role, Simon Baker directed as many people as he could on the set of The Mentalist.

With the last and final season of The Mentalist wrapped up, Simon Baker is now focusing on adapting Tim Winton’s Breath on screen. The Australian actor has been working on this idea for a while now and he feels he is ready to take the place the behind the camera to shoot his first feature film.

In order to launch his directorial debut, Simon Baker was in Cannes recently during the Cannes Film Festival. He said that it’s difficult being in the festival as a director and not an actor. He is meeting marketing heads, distributors and sales executives. Baker said that it’s a whole new world out there and it’s something he has never seen before.

Simon Baker bought the rights of Breath way back in 2009. Ever since he read the Miles Franklin Award winning book, he knew that he had to make a film adaptation of it. The storyline along with the rugged setting of the plot came across as very romantic for him.

The filming for Breath will start in the second half of 2016. Simon Baker will be joined by Mark Johnson, the producer of The Mentalist and Australian producer Jamie Hilton. They will be getting help from the Screen Australia and Screen West as well.

Breath will see The Mentalist star take the role of a writer, director and actor. This news has gathered a lot of excitement and his fans are waiting for the film to go on the floor.

The Mentalist, which had started way back in 2008, has seen a successful run. It was one of the most watched TV shows of all time. The producers of the series felt that the time was right for the show to be wrapped up and they gave a fitting end to this popular series.

The ending left the fans with no regrets except that the show could have continued forever. It answered all the unanswered queries and gave a happy ending to Lisbon and Jane’s relationship, where they are shown getting married.

Stay tuned for additional news, reports and updates from the world of entertainment!

Two locals among the most loved Aussie celebrities

NORTHERNSTAR.COM.AU – TWO Northern Rivers locals, Olivia Newton-John and Simon Baker, have been included in this year’s list of most loved Australian celebrities, known as the Encore Score.

Hugh Jackman topped the list as the most popular celebrity, followed by fellow home-grown Hollywood success stories Cate Blanchett (2) and Eric Bana (3).

Singer and Newrybar business owner Olivia Newton-John was placed as number 4 in the list, with Nashua actor Simon Baker closing the top ten list.

Both Baker and Newton-John have been placed in the top ten of the most-loved celebrities in the country in each of the three occasions the survey has been conducted.

The study, compiled for the third time by Pureprofile and commissioned by Focal Attractions, reveals the popularity of Australian personalities.

Launched in 2012, and commissioned by Focal Attractions, the Encore Score uses a list of more than 1000 local and international names that have graced Australian screens, radios, magazines and billboards.

It asks 3000 everyday people whether they’ve heard of the figures, and how they rate them on a scale from those they consider to be their favourites to those they hate.

Kyle Sandilands has been dethroned as Australia’s most hated public figure, in the 2015 Encore Score survey gauging the popularity of Australia’s personalities.

The most hated person in the public domain is disgraced television personality Rolf Harris.

While Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a new figure to the list since it was last produced in 2013, is the second most disliked person in the country, joined by fellow politicians Joe Hockey, Clive Palmer and Pauline Hanson in the bottom 10.

The Top 10 most popular
Hugh Jackman
Cate Blanchett
Eric Bana
Olivia Newton John
Anh Do
Hamish Blake
Rebecca Gibney
Amanda Keller
Nicole Kidman
Simon Baker

The Top 10 most hated
Rolf Harris
Tony Abbott
Kyle Sandilands
Joe Hockey
Clive Palmer
Pauline Hanson
Ben Cousins
Tom Waterhouse
Brynne Edelsten
Lara Bingle