Thursday, September 25, 2014

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 10 - "What We Show Is Not Fantasy" - Interview by Smashing Interviews Magazine

by Melissa Parker

Chicago native Joe Mantegna is best known for his current role in the CBS series Criminal Minds as David Rossi, Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, and for film roles in Three Amigos, The Godfather Part III, Forget Paris and Up Close & Personal.

Mantegna's numerous other film appearances include Elvis, Big Shots in America, The Money Pit, Homicide, Searching for Bobby Fischer, State of Emergency, Above Suspicion, Underworld, The Simpsons Movie, Hank and Mike, Witless Protection, Cars 2 and Compulsion.

“We portray a real organization. We are the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI. This is not some pretend, made-up kind of program. In other words, what we show, what we depict, is not fantasy. We don't glorify it, and we don't show things any more intense or gruesome just for the sake of doing it or than what it would really be. Yet on the other hand, we don't shy away from it.”

Television appearances are: Bosom Buddies, Archie Bunker's Place, Simon & Simon, The Twilight Zone, Saturday Night Live (host), The Simpsons (Fat Tony, voice), Frasier, The Last Don (miniseries), Rugrats, The Sopranos and First Monday.

The actor has been nominated for Emmys in three miniseries: The Last Don (1997), The Rat Pack (1999) and The Starter Wife (2007). He starred in the CBS family drama Joan of Arcadia with Mary Steenburgen and Amber Tamblyn from 2003 to 2005.

The tenth season of Criminal Minds will premiere on October 1, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. eastern.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Joe, how does it feel to have such a successful run on television?

Joe Mantegna: Well, it's great. It's what I had hoped for. It happened at a time in my career when I was looking to get a little more stable. I'd been traveling all over the world, but as I got older and my children got older, it was attractive for me...

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