The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - WITH JOE MAN­TEGNA, CRIM­I­NAL MINDS’ DAVID ROSSI CRIM­I­NAL MINDS THURS­DAY, 8.30PM, SEVEN With Tif­fany Dunk

’ I in­cor­po­rate a lot of my­self into David … He likes to cook and eat and drink wine ...'

“MY Crim­i­nal Minds char­ac­ter David Rossi was one of the orig­i­nal guys who started the Be­havioural Anal­y­sis Unit of the FBI, which will be­come more ap­par­ent when peo­ple in Australia see this week’s episode.

It’s a back­story that ba­si­cally rewinds us back to the be­gin­ning of the BAU where you learn the his­tory of how this whole unit started. We even re­visit the char­ac­ter of Gideon [played by Mandy Patinkin in the first two sea­sons], he be­comes a fig­ure in that episode. It keeps it in­ter­est­ing for me to learn more about David Rossi and the BAU along with the au­di­ence.

I in­cor­po­rate a lot of my­self into David Rossi. I pur­posely picked him to be an Ital­ian Amer­i­can char­ac­ter, be­cause I’m Ital­ian-Amer­i­can my­self. I thought this way I could pull on a lot of my own likes and dis­likes and other as­pects of my own life.

So the fact he likes to cook and eat and drink wine and smokes the oc­ca­sional cigar — th­ese are all as­pects of me too which is great. It makes it very easy for me to fall into.

I also loosely based him on a man called John Dou­glas, one of the real men who were very in­stru­men­tal in the early days of the Be­havioural Anal­y­sis Unit in the FBI.

John Dou­glas was a be­havioural anal­y­sis and then also be­came an au­thor. David Rossi has a sim­i­lar kind of back­ground.

He did it for a while, re­tired, be­came very suc­cess­ful as an au­thor and a lec­turer – he ac­tu­ally has enough money that he doesn’t have to work any­more.

But for per­sonal rea­sons or al­most be­cause he was bored he wanted to come back so he did. It’s a re­ally nice place to be in be­cause he doesn’t lead the team any­more, Thomas Gibson’s char­ac­ter Hotch does. But David Rossi is there as a se­nior ad­viser, a sec­ond in com­mand, giv­ing ev­ery­one the sup­port of his ex­pe­ri­ence and hope­fully his age and wis­dom.

Rossi plays at times al­most a fa­ther fig­ure when they’re strug­gling. He knows when to step in and of­fer words of com­fort.

I’ve found my­self play­ing a very sim­i­lar role at mo­ments where guys like She­mar Moore [who plays Derek Mor­gan] and Matthew Gray Gubler [who plays Dr Spencer Reid] will come and talk to me about things, even in our per­sonal lives, and I think I fill very much that same spot as I do on the show.

You know, it takes over 300 peo­ple to do a tele­vi­sion show like this. We re­ally do all love each other, we’re all very in­ter­con­nected. I’m as close with mem­bers of the crew as I am with mem­bers of the cast.”

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