Mandy Patinkin

  • Aired:  12/12/12
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Emmy winner Mandy Patinkin describes his character on "Homeland" and shares a comprehensive perspective on terrorism. (6:34)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> STEPHEN: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT PLAYS A TERRORIST HUNTER ON SHOWTIME'S HIT SERIES "HOMELAND." I'LL ASK HIM NOT TO SPOIL THE

FINALE OF "SEINFELD"-- I HAVEN'T SEEN THAT EITHER!

PLEASE WELCOME MANDY PANTIKIN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

MANDY, SO GREAT TO SEE YOU.

>> GOOD TO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU.

>> STEPHEN: I'M AN ENORMOUS FAN.

THANK YOU FOR COMING ON.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> STEPHEN: STAGE SCREEN, TONY WINNER, EMMY WINNER YOU ARE A LEGEND IN YOUR OWN BEARD.

[ LAUGHTER ]

LET'S TALK ABOUT SAUL FOR A SECOND.

YOU ARE ON THE HOTTEST SHOW RIGHT NOW "HOMELAND." YOU ARE ONE OF THE STARS YOU PLAY THE C.I.A. CHIEF NAMED SAUL.

HOW -- DID YOU GROW THE BEARD FOR THE PART OR DID YOU SAY, I GOT THE BEARD I'M JUST GOING TO

GO WITH IT?

IT MAKES YOU LIKE ALMOST LIKE A BIBLICAL PROPHET?

>> I WAS DOING A PLAY AT THE TIME CALLED "COMPULSION" AND I GOT THE CALL ON MY BIRTHDAY

NOVEMBER 30, 2010 FROM MY AGENT.

THEY SAID THEY WANTED ME TO DO THIS.

ALEX CALLED AND SAID WOULD YOU GROW A BEARD.

I DIDN'T HAVE A BEARD FOR THE MY.

I GREW IT FOR THE PILOT AND I IMMEDIATELY SHAVED IT OFF AND GREW IT BACK FOR THE BEGINNING

OF THE FIRST SEASON.

>> STEPHEN: HOW MANY HOURS DID IT TAKE YOU TO GROW THAT BEARD?

>> IT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

IT TAKES MEEL-10 WEEKS TO GET IT UP TO SPEED.

>> STEPHEN: REALLY?

REALLY?

>> YEAH.

>> STEPHEN: DO YOU TRY SPIKES TO JUICE IT AT ALL?

>> JOB SPIKES.

>> STEPHEN: MIRACLE GROW?

>> MIRACLE GROW, JOB SPIKES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> STEPHEN: OKAY.

NOW, YOU'RE BURSTING, THIS CHARACTER IS LIKE THIS LOW KEY SIMMERING IF YOU AREY TO HIM.

BUT YOU ARE BURSTING WITH THEATRICAL ENERGY.

I'VE SEEN YOU PERFORM.

WHEN ESTES IS LEANING ON YOU TRYING TO GET YOU TO DROP SOMETHING YOU ARE SNIFFING OUT

DO YOU WANT TO SAY DON'T TELL ME HOW TO LIVE --

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> I THINK -- I THINK.

>> STEPHEN: YOU THINK THAT ALL THE TIME.

>> I DO.

TO BE HONEST I DO.

>> STEPHEN: BEING IN THE SHOW ARE YOU LESS OR MORE FRIGHTENED ABOUT TERRORISM?

DOES IT CALM YOU DONE OR KEY YOU UP?

>> I'M NOT FRIGHTENED TERRORISM.

>> STEPHEN: YOU ARE NOT?

IF YOU ARE NOT FRIGHTENED ABOUT TERRORISM, THEN AREN'T YOU THE PROBLEM?

BECAUSE YOU'RE LULLING -- IF YOUR EXAMPLE IS NOT TO BE FRIGHTENED AREN'T YOU LULLING

THE REST OF US INTO A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY AND THE TERRORIST HAVE WON?

I'M FRIGHTENED ABOUT THE ROOTS WE CALL TERRORISM.

>> STEPHEN: LET'S BLAME AMERICA LET'S HEAR IT.

>> I DO BLAME AMERICA PARTIALLY AND I BLAME THE OTHER SIDE EQUALLY.

ONE OF THE THINGS I SAID BEFORE WE SHOT THE FIRST SEN OF THE PILOT WAS HERE WE HAVE AN

OPPORTUNITY NOT TO MAKE A DOCUMENT RIX WE'RE MAKING A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT RIGHT WING

AMERICA AND WE ASKED STEPHEN COLBERT TO BE INTERVIEW AND HE WASN'T AVAILABLE.

>> STEPHEN: WHICH I WOULD NOT BE.

>> VERY GOOD.

IN A DRAMA THAT HAPPENS IN SHAKESPEARE PLAYS OR IN HOMELAND YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO

PRESENT BOTH SIDES OF AN OPINION EQUALLY AND LEAVE IT TO THE AUDIENCE TO LISTEN AND MAKE UP

THEIR OWN MINDS.

>> STEPHEN: THAT IS CALLED PROPAGANDA.

IF YOU GIVE A MOMENT'S HUMANITY TO YOUR ENEMY, THEN HE WINS.

>> WHAT CREATES AN ENEMY?

>> STEPHEN: AN ATTACK.

>> AND WHY IS AN A-- ATTACK TAKING PLACE?

ARE YOU NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT GOES ON ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD?

YOU HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER?

>> STEPHEN: NO.

>> I DON'T BELIEVE YOU BELIEVE THAT.

>> STEPHEN: IT'S CALLED PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY MANDY PATINKIN, HAVE YOU HEARD OF THAT?

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: THEY HATE US FOR OUR FREEDOM.

>> THINK ABOUT YOURSELF.

>> STEPHEN: I THINK ABOUT MYSELF ALL THE TIME.

I THINK ABOUT ME RIGHT NOW.

>> DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

>> STEPHEN: WHO IS ASKING.

>> I'M ASKING.

>> STEPHEN: YES, I HAVE CHILDREN.

>> DO YOU THINK ABOUT THEM ON OCCASION?

>> STEPHEN: DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR SPHWHIEF.

>> STEPHEN: I DO THINK ABOUT MY WIFE.

>> YOU DON'T JUST THINK ABOUT YOURSELF.

>> STEPHEN: THEY ARE PART OF ME.

I THINK ABOUT AMERICA, TOO.

>> I DO, TOO, I LOVE THIS COUNTRY.

>> STEPHEN: DO YOU?

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: WOULD YOU HAVE BEGUN TO WAR AGAINST SADDAM HUSSEIN?

>> NO, SIR.

>> STEPHEN: OKAY.

SO THAT'S FINE YOU WITH SADDAM HUSSEIN PUT HIM BACK IN MANDY PATINKIN 2012?

YOU SAID THAT.

YOUR WORDS.

>> YOU WOULD NOT GO WAR AGAINST SADDAM HUSSEIN.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU GO TO WAR AGAINST ANYBODY?

>> WITH WORDS, NOT WEAPONS.

I WOULD EXHAUST MYSELF -- I WOULD DIE TALKING BEFORE I LIFTED A WEAPON.

I THINK THAT'S THE ANSWER TO THE PEACE UNTIL THE MIDDLE EAST.

PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST ISN'T GOING TO BE CREATED BY ANOTHER WAR OR VIOLENT ACT ON EITHER SIDE.

IT'S GOING TO BE CREATED BY SOMEONE LIKE YOURSELF AND SOMEONE LIKE ME WHO SIT IN A

ROOM WORK TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE A BELIEF AND WHO CAN TALK TO A GROUP OF OTHER INDIVIDUALS

AND GET PEOPLE TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS.

IT'S NOT A MAGIC TRICK.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> STEPHEN: YOU'VE CONVINCED ME BUT ONLY BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS SAUL TALKING FOR A SECOND.

THERE DON'T THINK YOU WON MANDY PATINKIN.

SAUL WON THAT ONE.

>> I THINK THAT THE BEST WAY TO GO THROUGH LIFE AND I'VE SAID THIS TO THE WRITERS OF HOMELAND

IS I WOULD LICK TO HIRE ONE WRITER OR TWO AND HAVE THEM WRITE MY ENTIRE LIFE.

>> STEPHEN: IT'S PRETTY NICE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[ APPLAUSE ]

MANDY, THANK YOU SO

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