Robert Patrick

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - BY COLIN VICK­ERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

Some ac­tors are de­fined by a sin­gle role. That is cer­tainly the case with Robert Patrick who will for­ever be known as the T-1000 in 1991’s Ter­mi­na­tor 2: Judge­ment Day.

Patrick has racked up a string of cred­its in­clud­ing TV’s The X-Files and The Unit as well as the movies Flags of Our Fa­thers and Gang­ster Squad in the years since.

But the 57-year-old has never en­tirely bro­ken free of the stereo­typ­i­cal heavy un­til he signed on as fed­eral agent Cabe Gallo in Scor­pion.

Patrick is en­joy­ing be­ing a fa­ther fig­ure to the young cast. He is also rel­ish­ing the se­ries’ gen­tle hu­mour, which shows a dif­fer­ent side to his act­ing chops.

Scor­pion is a dif­fer­ent show for you. What is its ap­peal? When I looked at the script I thought the con­cept was unique. I’d never seen any­thing quite like it. It had a great pedi­gree. The peo­ple be­hind it cre­atively in­clude Nick San­tora ( The So­pra­nos, Law & Or­der, Prison Break) and Nick Woot­ton ( Chuck, NYPD Blue). The added bonus was Justin Lin ( Fast and Fu­ri­ous fran­chise) di­rect­ing the pi­lot.

What do you make of Cabe Gallo? I think Cabe is a re­ally good guy. He be­lieves in stand­ing up for what’s right. He’s got a good moral com­pass. For me to be the guy that is lead­ing these genii in the right di­rec­tion and pro­tect­ing them seemed, to me, to be very pa­ter­nal. I felt like a fa­ther to these guys.

I as­sume you’ve been a sort of real life fa­ther fig­ure for the young ac­tors on the show. They have a lot of re­spect for the years I’ve been putting in the busi­ness. They’ll come to me with some ques­tions. It sort of par­al­lels the char­ac­ter I play on the show. These ac­tors are go­ing through a lot of new ex­pe­ri­ences. Mak­ing a one­hour drama with all the ac­tion el­e­ments … there is a cer­tain amount of stress that comes with that. We work hard.

What has been the big­gest sur­prise about the show for you? I can’t say that I ex­pected it to be as funny as it is. That has been a sur­prise. The com­edy part comes in be­cause you’ve got Cabe deal­ing with these unique per­son­al­i­ties. It has been a lot of fun for me. It is the thing I look for­ward to with each new script. It has been a great chal­lenge for me in a re­ally pos­i­tive way.

What are your thoughts about play­ing the T-1000 in Ter­mi­na­tor 2? I loved be­ing the T-1000. It is some­thing I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of. When you go back and look at that movie — I was a com­plete un­known when I got that role. The char­ac­ter ben­e­fited from the fact that no one knew who I was so the au­di­ence was will­ing to be­lieve that I was the T-1000. It cast an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion.

Ter­mi­na­tor 2 was 25 years ago. I imag­ine you have gained a new batch of younger fans from Scor­pion. I agree with you. I do feel like I’m be­ing in­tro­duced to a whole new au­di­ence. I’m pick­ing up a lot of new fans that are see­ing me for the first time.

SCOR­PION, CHAN­NEL 10, SUN­DAY, 6.30PM

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