DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
WELL, well. How did he get out of that one? Hypnotise the jury? Or, the Patrick Jane equivalent, charm the pants off them? I thought for sure there’d be something coming his way. This is the US.
They love a prison term, almost above all else. But they do hate a serial killer, especially one who murders almost all of someone’s family. And Patrick Jane is attractive.
I used to have a life-size cardboard cut-out of Simon Baker in his Patrick Jane outfit, three-piece suit and one of his better hair styles — the unstructured quiff — next to my desk.
Channel 9 publicity sent them out when The Mentalist started. I think one of the angry jealous men in the office bent Baker’s head over in an outburst one day, because he had an unsightly crease across his neck which I’m certain neither Baker nor Jane has in real life, even though Baker appears to be allowing himself to age in a controversially natural non-showbiz way.
I sometimes used to think I should take him out for a drive, see what reaction I’d get, if any, the way my friend Adrian used to take his cut-out of Mr T out. We were younger
Charming: Simon Baker