"('Homeland' co-creator) Alex Gansa told me about it and said I have to watch it," Patinkin said over the phone Nov. 16 while driving in Los Angeles. "I just loved it. It's quite a thrill and honor to have them make fun of us. I just want to have a scene with (Hader). Maybe I could play his father."
The sketch was the second time "Saturday Night Live" referenced "Homeland" this month and further proof of the Showtime series' popularity — not that that was ever in question. Ratings for the season premiere of "Homeland" in September were up 60 percent over last year's series premiere. Of course, it helped that the terrorism thriller won the Emmy for outstanding
(Danes, you may recall, referenced Patinkin in her acceptance speech. Asked if Danes said "Mandy Patinkin, holla" or "Mandy Patinkin, challah," the 59-year-old Jewish actor said only: "I think that wasn't for me to explain, but to receive. I interpreted it as a personal hug.")
Patinkin — who sings in concerts and musicals in addition to acting and will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with
"I read the pilot and loved it," Patinkin said. "When we did the first episode, we knew we were involved in something special. Everybody's attitude was, 'Who knows if people will embrace it? Let's just enjoy it while we can.' To have it embraced by everybody, we felt like (you do) when you bring the love of your life to meet your family and (your family) feels the same way you do."
And yet, as much as he enjoys acting on the show and in film (he famously played Inigo Montoya in 1987's
"If you told me I could only do one thing, I would choose live concerts," Patinkin said. "There's something about singing that I just love. It makes me feel freer than anything in the world. I get to be the mailman for songs written by
Been there, done that: Evanston-raised screenwriter Patrick Melton and Macomb native Marcus Dunstan feel some pressure writing the script for "God of War" — the long-awaited film adaptation of the popular video game franchise — but nothing like what they felt taking over writing duties on the "Saw" franchise after the third film in the horror series. "The 'Saw' movies were huge and had a lot of fans," Melton said over the phone from Los Angeles last week while promoting the duo's horror sequel
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