10:55 am - 09/11/2012

Mandy Patinkin calls Criminal Minds "biggest public mistake I ever made".

The actor - who currently appears in Showtime's Homeland - told New York Magazine that joining the violent CBS drama in 2005 was the "biggest public mistake I ever made".

"I thought [the show] was something very different," said Patinkin, who left Criminal Minds after two seasons in 2007. "I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year.

"It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn't think I would get to work in television again."

However, the 59-year-old Princess Bride star defended the violence in his current show Homeland, on which he plays CIA operative Saul.

"I'm not making a judgment on the taste [of people who watch crime procedurals]," he insisted. "But I'm concerned about the effect it has. Audiences all over the world use this programming as their bedtime story. This isn't what you need to be dreaming about.

"A show like Homeland is the antidote. It asks why there's a need for violence in the first place."

Criminal Minds enters its eighth season on September 26, on CBS in the US. The series airs on Sky Living in the UK.

tiarlynn 11th-Sep-2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
i tried to get into criminal minds and couldn't for those very reasons. it was too dark and oppressive for me, and i have some pretty dark tastes to begin with. it was definitely not the show i was expecting.
xbellaxmiax 11th-Sep-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
the show is called "criminal minds"...
what were you expecting?
tiarlynn 11th-Sep-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
i dunno, i watched wire in the blood and fucking loved it, something about criminal minds was just too bleak for me. sorry for rustling your jimmies with my different taste in tv shows there.
xbellaxmiax 11th-Sep-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
i'm not rustled, i'm really just curious. the show is about getting in the minds of the worst criminals- its dark tone seems fitting.
tiarlynn 11th-Sep-2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
i really can't explain it too well. the dark tone i was expecting, but the level of violence and horror there seemed to be...well, i wasn't. wire in the blood is a similar kind of show, dealing with similar awful criminals and themes, but something about it was more palatable to me, maybe because there seemed to be more variety? i got the sense that there was a disproportionate amount of violence toward women on cm (i only watched about half a season so this could be admittedly off) and that definitely didn't help.
tiarlynn 11th-Sep-2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
of course now that i think back on it witb had a hefty amount of violence towards women as well so wtf do i or my tastes know
get_gone 11th-Sep-2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm loving how annoyed ppl are getting in here
tiarlynn 11th-Sep-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
she wasn't rly annoyed, i think the tone of her first comment just came across that way accidentally

but ya some of the comments in this post in general do seem like that
septimus 12th-Sep-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
"rustling your jimmies" just made me laugh out loud
mynamehere07 11th-Sep-2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Same here. The ads for it looked like it was going to be a variety of crimes. But every episode I saw was about some mentally ill person kidnapping/raping/killing women.
know 11th-Sep-2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
notoriousreign 11th-Sep-2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Same. My sister loves the show, we have all the DVDs because of her, but even she says the show gets to her often.
romp 11th-Sep-2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. There's violence and death and then there's listening to a woman scream as she's tortured. That's a whole genre IMO and I swore it off after Seven.

I can enjoy some police procedurals like the Inspector Banks books because the crime is mentioned but it's not lovingly detailed, you know? The entertainment is in the mystery, not the sadism.
sheesusnat 12th-Sep-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
My parents love it, but when I lived at home I just couldn't watch even half an episode with them because I wouldn't be able to sleep for a few nights. Just way too dark and intense for me.
leopard_legs 12th-Sep-2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
For me, it's just a little too hammy. The characters and the cliche speeches and shit...I'll just stick with SVU even though that's worse.

Not to mention my sister watches it constantly so I hate it by default for that reason.
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