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SIMON BAKER
The Mentalist Quote: If you can't be proud of what you do, go and sell shoes. Do something else.
The Mentalist Quote: (on maintaining an American accent)
Simon Baker: It's a bit tricky. You have to keep on top of the accent. Sometimes you can slip back. What happens is you develop quite a good ear for yourself. I can hear when it's flat. But it's not easy. It's not necessarily a technical problem, it's trying to act at the same time, to make it be truthful and honest and come from deep within you, and come out of your mouth in a different way.
The Mentalist Quote: (on changing his name back to Baker)
Simon Baker: There was nothing Hollywood about me changing my name. It was about wanting to find out where you fit in the world and where you come from. A lot of that became more potent for me when I was about to become a father myself. So that was the beginning of the saga and it took me to 30 to change back to Baker.

It was really a process of letting go a lot of emotional baggage and guilt and all that sort of stuff and realising I am of my own self who I am. So it was going full circle. Who you are and the moments that you have just before you go to sleep-if you're at peace in those moments, then nothing else matters
The Mentalist Quote: (on his character in the TV series "The Guardian")
Simon Baker: I like the fact that he's imperfect, which is like everyone. Everyone's a bit imperfect in his own way. He's imperfect in an interesting way. He means well and wants to be a good person, I just think he's overcoming a lot of his own baggage. That's what drew me to it. It didn't seem usual. It seemed like a throwback to a period where we used to have leading characters that weren't genetically, spiritually perfect. Remember those days?

Leading men were regular guys, someone you could identify with. Steve McQueen was a regular guy. Charles Bronson was a regular guy. Clint Eastwood's a regular guy.
The Mentalist Quote: (on his career)
Simon Baker: Every time I'd do a film, I'd come back and have to hit the pavement again and audition for other films. I didn't get the Hugh Jackman ride, or the "Heath Ledger" ride: one movie and click. In America, it has so much to do with money.

If you're involved in a film that makes a lot of money, suddenly you're a star. But you never know how a film's going to turn out when you're making it. You always hope for the best. People don't set out to make shitty movies. You do the best you can and you hope.
The Mentalist Quote: (on the Aussie way)
Simon Baker: I love the stoic nature. Growing up in Australia, I saw so many of those people. You watch a football game in Australia and someone scores a try under the post and you don't see too much self-congratulatory behaviour. It's sort of, well, OK, put your head down, try not to smile. You're playing pool and you sink the black after sinking seven balls, and the other guy hasn't sunk a ball yet, and you put the black down with a tremendous shot, you don't go 'Yeah!' and Tom Cruise-ify it.

That, to me, is interesting. I think Russell Crowe played a South Sydney footballer in "Gladiator". You know that shot where he runs on to the field? He was a bloody footballer going out for the Grand Final. For me, it was fantastic. I loved to see that. It's so Australian. I mean, c'mon, high-fives and all that crap? It's not our way
The Mentalist Quote: (on his success)
Simon Baker: People always say I was an overnight success. No way! I've done nine movies – some of them were good and some of them were ----. When I left Australia, I was unemployed. Now I’m gainfully employed and fortunate to be working on something that’s successful and of which I’m extremely proud. Truth is, I’ve worked d---ed hard over there for eight years.Was it an easy ride to get here? No. Was it a fairytale existence? No. It was a d---ed hard slog.

At times, a really tough struggle. I wasn’t here on my own. I’ve always had a family to support. So in a practical sense, the greatest feeling that comes with being associated with a successful show is one of relief.
The Mentalist Quote: I've never, ever looked at this like, 'I'm on a hit TV series in America: I've made it.' I've never approached it like that. For me it's always been about the personal fulfilment in what I'm doing at the time.
The Mentalist Quote: From my early TV days here I always had this sense of being second-rate. That what I was doing wasn’t much good. That it was inferior. To be honest, I had a chip on my shoulder. I found it difficult to accept a compliment.
The Mentalist Quote: I miss meat pies – they don't have them in LA. Actually, all I think about the whole time I'm in America is what I'm missing out on in Australia.
The Mentalist Quote: I have a certain element of self destruction, self-loathing and the fact that I have a family and a wife has given me a sense of responsibility and a purpose and I owe a lot of where I am to that. My wife has always been a real rock for me.
The Mentalist Quote: I didn’t grow up with money, but I grew up with a lot of space. All I did was surf. I was committed to the ocean. That’s one thing about Australians – we have the capacity to embrace life.
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MadelineElaine Simon 0 Dec 29 2012, 1:52 PM EST by MadelineElaine
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Unf he really is quite perfect, no matter how 'self-destructive' he may feel. I'm from New Zealand so I feel as if I'm especially close to him.
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