eveningtimes.co.uk – IT’S seven years since Simon Baker debuted as TV’s Patrick Jane, the fraudulent – and successful – psychic who uses his skills to help the California Bureau of Investigation solve murders.
But now the series is coming to a close, and the 45-year-old actor admits it’s the right time.
The dynamic of the series changed, he notes, after his character’s quest for revenge – against the serial killer who murdered his wife and daughter – was concluded last season.
“That’s all he was living for,” says the Australian star, who had roles in Aussie soaps Home And Away and Heartbreak High before moving to the US.
“Once he catches the bad guy and exercises revenge, what has he got?”
Instead, The Mentalist’s seventh and final season will delve into Jane and FBI agent Teresa Lisbon’s much-anticipated relationship.
“We’re now going to shift the dynamic of the show, to the perspective of two adults who work together,” explains Baker.
“Can they succeed in having a relationship at the same time, or are they too selfish, too self-destructive?”
After being colleagues for almost a decade, he admits the change in their fictional relationship took a bit of adjusting to.
“It’s a little bit like kissing my sister,” confesses Baker, who’s been nominated for two Golden Globes during his career; in 2002 for US TV series The Guardian, based on a Pittsburgh law firm, and later for The Mentalist.
The ending of the show might already have been dictated, but the actor, who has three children with his wife, Australian actress Rebecca Rigg, confesses he was hoping for a “slightly different” finale.
“I think the most tragic endings are more romantic in a way. I also think about the character that I signed on to play,” he adds. “He was a tragic character from the beginning, and to me, it only ever felt right that there was sort of a tragic ending to it.”
In real life, Baker has been happily married to Rigg since 1998.
“It was pretty crazy, in that I was as young as I was,” says the actor, who was 29 when the couple tied the knot. “It’s not that young, but I was unemployed and didn’t have a pot to p**s in! But you’ve got to take risks.”
Despite spending most of his career on the small screen – though millions will also recognise him from 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada – The Mentalist star admits he believes that TV series can sometimes patronise audiences.
“The audience should be treated with a certain level of intelligence, and I get very upset when we talk down to them. It annoys me,” he reveals.
“The audience is savvy, they know the characters, they’re going to get those leaps, and even if they don’t, they’ll enjoy the speculation about it. We don’t need to force-feed them.”
Baker, who was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013, doesn’t deny that his starring role in The Mentalist has taken a toll on his private life.
“Everyone misses privacy, whether you’re in the public eye or not. But there are a lot of positive things that are exchanged. I’ve had a fantastic experience,” he adds.
He’s excited about enjoying some downtime with his nearest and dearest, now that filming’s over.
“I’m looking forward to enjoying the simple things socially, actually reconnecting with friends and family that I’ve been a little bit out of the loop with for the last seven years.
“I’d love to be the assistant coach of my kids’ soccer team, and actually be able to go to practices, or just go camping,” adds Baker, who, as Patrick Jane, reportedly became one of the highest paid actors in TV.
But he doesn’t want to lose momentum either, and is keen to further the producing and directing skills he also honed on the series.
“I like the idea of developing and producing something from the beginning, maybe a mini-series. I’m interested in finding material to do that with, and also partnering up with the right people.”
As for the keepsake he’ll take from his memorable time on The Mentalist, that’s easy…
“I might take a suit or two. They’re made for me and have my name on them,” says Baker. “I’ll keep them for my sons.”
l The final series of The Mentalist begins on Channel 5 on Thursday, February 12.
Jane worries for Lisbon’s safety when the team puts itself in the line of fire to protect the witness in a murder investigation from a skilled assassin.
The Mentalist > Season Seven (2014-2015) > Episodic Photography > 7.08 – The Whites of His Eyes
The Mentalist > Season Seven (2014-2015) > Episode Screencaptures > 7.08 – The Whites of His Eyes
cartermatt.com – With the series finale of “The Mentalist” only a mere matter of weeks away, isn’t now the time to be a little bit reflective? We like to think so.
With this in mind, the newest video below released by CBS features many of the show’s cast members, including Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, and more, going through the list of notable guest stars and pointing out some of their favorites. Our favorite response here has to come from Tunney, who claims that it was quite the thrill for her to be working alongside both Simon and “Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal, and having both men fighting over her in some form. We always love our comments with a big side of cleverness!
There are some significant guest stars ahead, and two of them in Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman are especially memorable, given that they were former cast members who departed the series last year. The producers went into the season with the mindset that this would probably be the end of the road for the show, so of course they wanted to create as special of an environment for the cast and the fans as possible.
We still have a few more weeks to go until we get to that point, but we do hope before that time that we have a little more when it comes to the cast looking back at what made this show in particular so special. It’s had quite the run.
A murder investigation becomes personal for Lisbon when she learns that her underachieving younger brother, Jimmy, is being sought as a key witness.
The Mentalist > Season Seven (2014-2015) > Episodic Photography > 7.07 – Little Yellow House
The Mentalist > Season Seven (2014-2015) > Episode Screencaptures > 7.07 – Little Yellow House
The FBI is brought in to consult on a botched DEA raid, but when Abbott’s former boss tries to blackmail Abbott into keeping the agency’s missteps quiet, he is forced to choose between his career and morals.
A chance encounter with a military colonel leads Jane to believe the soldier is hiding something, leading him to dig into closed murder case of the man’s wife.
The Mentalist > Season Seven (2014-2015) > Episodic Photography > 7.05 – The Silver Briefcase
The Mentalist > Season Seven (2014-2015) > Episode Screencaptures > 7.05 – The Silver Briefcase