Thursday, December 08, 2011
Mandy Patinkin on Homeland
I have never been a Mandy Patinkin fan. He has always seemed like a diva and I don't mean that in a sexual way but rather that he seems full of himself. Above the common masses. A Broadway baby that occasionally steps off stage. I guess I am mainly thinking about when he stepped down from--was it Chicago Hope?
But I have to say in the terrific HBO series, HOMELAND, he is bringing nuance, quietness and the creation of a real man to his role. He is able to recede into the background and still remain part of the canvas. Claire Danes is great too, of course, but Mandy's character is the best one for me. Nothing would surprise me because he has left it and himself open to anything. Wow!
If you don't have SHOWTIME, HOMELAND is worth renting when it comes out on DVD.
Any recent performances by actors that surprised you as much as this one did me?