Time to fight crime

Gary Sinise has made a ca­reer of fight­ing crime in movies like For­rest Gump and on TV in Crim­i­nal Minds: Beyond Bor­ders.

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Gary Sinise en­joys his role as Jack Gar­rett be­cause TV work keeps him close to his fam­ily. Sea­son 1 Thurs­days M-Net (*101) 21:30

When US cit­i­zens get in trou­ble on for­eign soil, who do they call for help? The fic­tional In­ter­na­tional Re­sponse Team of the FBI, headed by Jack Gar­rett (Gary Sinise) in ac­tion show Crim­i­nal Minds: Beyond Bor­ders (2016- cur­rent). Jack and his elite team are there to swoop in and save the day, even in Jo­han­nes­burg in episode 10 (on Thurs­day 25 Au­gust) – and here’s how and why they do it, ac­cord­ing to se­ries star Gary, who’s best known to TV fans as De­tec­tive Mac Tay­lor in all 197 episodes of CSI: New York (2004-2013).

What’s the idea be­hind Crim­i­nal Minds: Beyond Bor­ders? Jack and his team help Amer­i­cans trav­el­ling abroad with the same pro­fes­sional spirit as the moth­er­ship [Crim­i­nal Minds, 2005- cur­rent]. Re­search shows that 68 mil­lion Amer­i­cans leave the United States an­nu­ally and there is crime that hap­pens to them. The show is about FBI he­roes who could save them. When we watch the news and see in­ter­na­tional cases in­volv­ing any Amer­i­cans, we tend to lean for­ward and say, “How did that hap­pen to them?”, “That could’ve been me. Or my neigh­bour who trav­els. Or my brother or sis­ter or loved ones…” What at­tracted you to it? I was drawn to the part of Jack Gar­rett, a 20-year FBI vet­eran and father of six, be­cause of the show’s sub­ver­sive por­trayal of law en­force­ment. What I liked about this when I talked to [ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers] Erica [Messer] and Mark [Gor­don], quite of­ten on TV, you see these char­ac­ters who’re con­stantly bro­ken and be­cause they deal with such a dark world, there are mul­ti­ple di­vorces and they’re go­ing through pain in their per­sonal lives. On the other hand, there are sev­eral law en­force­ment in­di­vid­u­als in this coun­try that have found a way to have a suc­cess­ful fam­ily life, to raise kids, to keep their mar­riages to­gether and all that. I know sev­eral of those peo­ple The show takes Jack and his team ev­ery­where from Joburg to the Far East. per­son­ally, so we de­cided to do that with this char­ac­ter, to show some­body who is able to bal­ance home and work de­spite deal­ing with a dark world. Did be­ing on CSI: NY pre­pare you for this role? Well, I had some great suc­cess on CSI: NY for nine sea­sons. Mac was a great char­ac­ter to play – a de­tec­tive and a very pro­fes­sional guy. There are sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween my two char­ac­ters. So what are the dif­fer­ences be­tween them? On CSI: NY, you had an in­di­vid­ual who lost a fam­ily mem­ber. He lost his wife on Septem­ber 11th. He was griev­ing for nine sea­sons and found love again at the end. Jack is a bit dif­fer­ent and as time goes on, we’re go­ing to ex­plore that as­pect of this char­ac­ter and the per­sonal lives of the other char­ac­ters as the au­di­ence gets to know them. He does his job and I think that you want that kind of guy run­ning the team. What did you do when CSI: NY ended? I’d started my foun­da­tion dur­ing the last two sea­sons and I poured two-and-ahalf solid years into trav­el­ling for the mil­i­tary and help­ing our vet­er­ans. The pro­duc­ers came with an of­fer of a spinoff for Crim­i­nal Minds. I wasn’t sure, be­cause I kind of missed do­ing movies, but with where my life is, the sta­bil­ity of a TV se­ries fits very well. And how does do­ing TV al­low you a more sta­ble time than do­ing movies? Part of the ap­peal is be­ing close to my fam­ily. Go­ing on lo­ca­tion when they were younger, es­pe­cially dur­ing the school year, got tougher and tougher. I would go away for three months at a time. Your band’s also named af­ter your For­rest Gump (1994) char­ac­ter. What does mu­sic pro­vide that act­ing doesn’t? The band is called The Lt Dan Band – it’s part of my Oper­a­tionIraqiChil­dren.org [which has closed down since we spoke to Gary]. We do hu­man­i­tar­ian work, send­ing school sup­plies to kids over there.

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Mar­garet Gar­diner is a mem­ber of the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion. Born in SA, the for­mer Miss Uni­verse win­ner now lives in LA. She’s writ­ten two books and reg­u­larly in­ter­views show­biz’s big­gest stars.

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