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Mandy Patinkin And His Reaction To “Homeland” Episode

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Mandy Patinkin has said in the past that he’s been a bit difficult on set at times during his career; the veteran actor says he has struggled with letting go of the control to directors and writers.

“I struggled with letting in other people’s opinions,” Patinkin said. “During ‘Chicago Hope,’ I never let directors talk to me, because I was so spoiled. I started off with people like Milos Forman, Sidney Lumet, James Lapine, unbelievably gifted people. So there I was saying, ‘Don’t talk to me. I don’t want your opinion.’ I behaved abominably. I don’t care if my work was good or if I got an award for it. I’m not proud of how I was then, and it pained me.”

But these days, he’s learning to let people in a little, to great effect. His turn on “Homeland” as Saul Berenson has earned him praise from critics and his co-stars, including Claire Danes.

“Mandy is obviously verging on legend,” Danes said. “He has that ineffable, magical something that’s impossible to identify, so it’s a great thrill to work with him.”

The show has even managed to break him down. Patinkin says he usually steers clear of knowing beforehand what’s going to happen in each episode, but he ended up reading the script for a well-known episode during the fourth season that included a big plot twist, and says he couldn’t believe it when he broke down in tears.

“(The writers) blow me away. When I read what happened in the fourth episode which was aired this past Sunday, I’m a very emotional person…I couldn’t get over the creativity of the writing team. I mean, I read that…I couldn’t believe what they’d done,” he said.

As for his character’s relationship with Danes’ Carrie, Patinkin says he was drawn to it from the start because of the impeccable writing.

“I felt a great deal for someone struggling with bipolar issues in the midst of trying to maneuver the world toward peace, if possible… and the writers, their ’24,’ sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat business. But it really grew as it went along.”

Mandy Patinkin And His Reaction To “Homeland” Episode


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    I can’t wait for next year and this shows fourth season to see what happens! I didn’t know that the writers write so far in advance…or else you are talking about this past Sundays show which is the shows third season. At least know what season the show is in if you are going to write about it.

  • Wallywoo

    Ohhh Maaaandy, you came and you gave without taaaakin, AND I SENT YOU AWAAAAAYYY…..Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://yahoo Marianne Brandt

    Mandy is wonderful. I had hoped his ploy to get Carrie discredited and into the mental hospital was a twist
    in order for Carrie to infiltrate the bad guys’ ploys.

  • http://www.midnightblogger.blogspot.com Judy

    I’ve always loved Mandy Patinkin in everything he has done – starting with Chicago Hope those many years ago, but it always seemed in his early series, that by the 2nd or 3rd season, just when people were getting hooked on his character and the shows themselves, all of a sudden he would jump ship. This sort of became a pattern, and I stopped watching the shows he was in, because I knew in a couple of years he would leave. Although, I must say, I am still hooked on “Criminal Minds”, and Joe Montagna did a great job replacing him. I watch “Homeland” faithfully, and my husband has to give up one hour of his Sunday night Football so we can. No one else would be able to take his place as Saul Berenson, so I hope he can settle in on this one and play the game to the end.

  • rachelle_austin

    The first time I saw Mandy was when he played the role of Che, in Evita, with Patty Lupone and Bob Gunton on Broadway, NYC. Mandy was GREAT!!!

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