Mandy Patinkin on his role as Saul, its growth and prepping for itA�
FROMA� head of CIA to private investigator, Saul Berenson is shifting gears and actor Mandy Patinkin will have a vastly different role to play in Homeland Season 4. He talks about the change in storyline, shooting in Africa and why the show is a hit.
Saul beyond the CIA.
Part of his journey certainly is about not being in a particular seat of power. He is the sort who likes to do things. That is why he found Carrie a�� to mentor her, to take on that job in the field because thata��s where the work is really done, not around a conference table.
Getting involved with writers.
I dona��t get involved much here because theya��re so good. But when there are objections, sometimes they convince me and, on occasion, they embrace stuff Ia��d improvised.A� And thata��s very fun, because thata��s my way to write and I like messing around on the set.
Preparing for the role
You wake up in the morning and you read the paper, and it feels like youa��re doing research for the daya��s work because ita��s overwhelming, therea��s so much material in this broken world that wea��re living in.
What makes the show popular?
They often say a picture is worth a thousand words. If you create the right image of two hands, you put a wish out there for what you wish the world to be.A� So thata��s what I hope our show is somehow consciously and unconsciously doing.
Your ultimate role
The next role that I play (is the ultimate), because if this is it, then what do I have to live for tomorrow?
What is next for you?
Ia��m working on a new play. I have a new vaudeville show, The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, with a performer named Taylor Mack.
Shooting in South Africa.
Aside from the overwhelming beauty of this place, I find it an extraordinary community, given its history. With Homeland being rather political in nature, South Africa is a very powerful place to be at a very powerful time.
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