‘Homeland’ Star Mandy Patinkin Calls ‘Criminal Minds’ His ‘Biggest Public Mistake’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 17th, 2012 at 7:58 am,

Mandy Patinkin Criminal Minds Biggest Mistake Homeland Star Mandy Patinkin Calls Criminal Minds His Biggest Public Mistake

Mandy Patinkin has been a staple of film and television for several decades now, but audiences should know him best as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride. The swashbuckling swordsman with the trademark quip (“My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die”) has followed Patinkin around since the late ’80s, but in recent years he has made a name for himself as a critically acclaimed TV actor as well.

Currently Patinkin can be seen on Showtime’s Homeland, where he plays Saul Berenson, supervisor and mentor to Claire Danes’ character Carrie Mathison. But before ending up on the Golden Globe-winning Homeland, Patinkin was one of the main cast members on CBS’ Criminal Minds – that is, before he abruptly quit the show.

In 2007, when Patinkin failed to show up for a table read, it was presumed that contractual differences were involved. But once he had officially left the show, the actor revealed his distaste for the violence depicted in Criminal Minds.

For a while after his departure, Patinkin stuck to lighter fare (musicals and such) while still making guest appearances in dramatic roles – and then in 2011 he landed the gig on Homeland.

Now that Patinkin has found a new home on Showtime most viewers don’t think twice about his sudden departure, but for those interested the actor has given somewhat of an explanation. More so than that, he tells The Hollywood Reporter his time on Criminal Minds was his “biggest public mistake.”

Patinkin says that when first approached for Criminal Minds he had no idea that the series’ writers were going to “kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year.” Obviously with a show that seeks to examine the serial killer’s perspective there was going to be some death, but apparently Patinkin didn’t know the extent to which he and audiences were going to be exposed to it.

Mandy Patinkin in Criminal Minds Homeland Star Mandy Patinkin Calls Criminal Minds His Biggest Public Mistake

Patinkin says that working on Criminal Minds “was very destructive to [his] soul and [his] personality,” and after leaving the show he “didn’t think [he] would get to work in television again.” A major actor abruptly leaving a TV show isn’t something new (i.e. Charlie Sheen and Two and a Half Men) but the way in which Patinkin made his exit must have given him the impression he burned a lot of his Hollywood connections.

As we’ve already revealed, though, Patinkin has found success again on Homeland, a series he says works as a perfect counterpoint to Criminal Minds.

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

Patinkin might not be as recognizable in the latter part of his career as he was post Princess Bride, but his presence on award-nominated series has always garnered him recognition. Though it’s Homeland stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis that have been getting all of the attention from the Emmys and Golden Globes, Patinkin more than holds his own.

Homeland returns to Showtime on September 30th at 10 PM.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Alright already. This is the fourth article referring to his displeasure with his previous employment. We get it. He didn’t realize a show about serial killers would be so brutal. Did he not read any of the scripts?
    Give me a break. Better yet, stop giving him a forum to air his displeasure. Maybe he should have said something five years ago.

    • Agreed.

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        • What the hell are you saying? You make no sense. Every one of your posts is incoherent. Please, get off the internet.

    • Ohh ok the Terrorist in this World today would need an Episode like that to happen the CIA etc. on the last Show to even have any get backs from Osama’s Death and that Star Spangle you know Golf,Nascar,and Tennis OHH YEA!!! ANY COMEBACK ON THAT YIP! FDC DOWN STAIRS THE HOTTEST OK.Thoe Shadows though teh Terroist cold not anything like anything uhm my Book all those Episodes Whelp enough of commercials “YEA GEZZELLE THE EVIL INDUSTRY” ***.*** UUNDER ***.***5 OHH I HAVE STORYS I HAVE STORYS TO SELL HERE FROM MY HOUSE LIKE HOUSE.

    • Jesus Christ the T.V. has a NIP! ON ALL AGE 26 what im saying is untill Hell Freezes over got out.Well I have to End this here DA ROME ON ANY ISSUE.

    • WAY TO GO MARGIE…A REAL SELF-ABSORBED, ARROGANT VILE INDIVIDUAL (WHO, BYE THE WAY, PICKS HIS NOSE OFF SCREEN…(REALLY/JUST WATCH ANY OF HIS INTERVIEWS ON YOU-TUBE) ACTORS OUT THERE WOULD KILL FOR A ROLE ON TV AND HE THROWS 2 ROLES (DON’T FORGET CHICAGO HOPE) AWAY LIKE GARBAGE. DID YOU SEE THE INTERVIEW WHEN HE TOLD EVERYONE THAT HE DOES EVERYTHING THAT HIS WIFE TELLS HIM TO DO. SHE’S ANOTHER ARRAGANT, SELF-ABSORBED INDIVIDUAL. THE BOTH OF THEM SHOULD GO BACK TO BROADWAY AND TAKE THEIR GI=NORMOUS EGOS WITH THEM……CRIMINAL MINDS IS IN ITS 8TH SEASON…HOMELAND WILL NEVER-EVER LAST THAT LONG……

      • I agree whole heartedly – he is one arrogant Jewish fellow. Probably left the show because of the competition – he is not the only star. He had to shine or nothing. Notice he is closeup most of the time, and also in almost every scene. He was most likely made aware that the show was not only about him. I got sick of looking at his arrogant know-it-all attitude. He is not missed at all.

    • This guy is a JERK. WTF did this Moron think a show about FBI agents would be about DUH. Hey PESTINKO if you want to work in a day care then try and read a few scripts before you start whining about you karma, you sniveling twerp

    • Absolutely,

      Manny actually classed up Criminal Minds, and I loved the first 2 seasons with him in charge, but they still did a great job with David Rossi picking up the slack (David Rossi)

      Truth be told, Manny would have succeed at anything he did, and with criminal minds, I’m sure he’d be making about 200K per episode.

  2. Mandy had to follow his heart. And knowing his heart he had to.

    Mandy knows all about the dreams that you dare to dream.

    • Why don’t you Guy’s write about Terrorist in South America.A burning brigde a lonely Highway,,if I can make it to the Border,,if I can make it tot he Coast,,,if I can make it to the Border ill be in the arms of the Girl I love the most uhm.

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      • Will you please shut up and get off the internet.

  3. It would be one thing if he left a show and it tanked. It’s almost like it scarred him for life. Really? I mean look at the episodes. Men get killed just as much as women. And what does it say about the rest of the cast that stayed on all these years? I just think he should move on.

    • nip!

  4. Mandy Patinkin is nothing more than a self-centered, self-absorbed prima donna hypocrite. If he really cared about the subject “destroying” him, maybe he should have thought about that when season 2 ended, instead of letting the writers write 8 episodes, he shows up first day, then disappears without telling anyone – leaving the writers to scramble, and nearly costing everyone their jobs as they wondered if the show could literally go on.

    • I agree. If it was so bad why did he stay for, was it 3 years? He is an extremely intelligent man and even if, as he says, he didn’t realize that it was going to be so violent why didn’t he leave sooner? Sometimes people should just keep quiet and as the French say, il ne faut pas cracher dans sa soupe….

    • Way To Go Blue SunFlower….I agree! Mr. Patinkin is not only a quitter, but you are correct…he is a self-absorbed, vile, arrogant individual with a wife (kathryn grody) who is worse than he is. Criminal Minds is in its 8th season!!!!! Homeland will NEVER, EVER last that long. If Showtime needs a show with all those unnecessary sex, violence (which Mr. Patinkin dislikes so terribly)and the vile language to keep an audience interested, it should be taken off the air and send Mr. Patinkin and his oversized ego back to broadway (that’s if they desire an Al Jolsen wanna-be) where he belongs. Gosh…I have never seen such an ungrateful actor in my life. there are people out there that would kill for the roles (2) he left. Less we forget Chicago Hope….He and his JAP wife should just GO AWAY!!!!!!

    • Hi Blue Sunflower, a reply is better late than never but I have to agree with your description of MP. One would have thought he might have learned by now about NOT letting people down, but not him. He suddenly cancelled his Ravinia Festival performance for July 2014, after the tickets had gone on sale and overseas fans had made arrangements they could not cancel without financial loss – this attitude to fa’ns is intolerable and unjustified and comes with no apology from himexcept to say its all down to Homeland Series 4. Why then did MP go out of his way to say how good Homeland had been about fitting in around his other arrangements? This conduct is not acceptable.

  5. I think Manet is a wonderful actor. Hid remarks are a little off putting however. If Tv fans remember he Aldo left Chicago Hope very suddenly and the shoe never fully recovered. Luckily Criminal Minds is an ensamble and the actors work well together. For ne id is about getting into the minds of the criminals andbribginv safety and closure to the victims.

  6. He’ll always be Rube from “Dead Like Me” to Me. Very unfortunate that DLM was cancelled so soon. Great show, great writing, great acting.

    • That show has become a bit of a legend.
      I’ll have to track it down and give it a go.
      I have heard nothing but good things of it.

  7. Wow! Didn’t realize Mandy hated Criminal Minds so much!! But the show isn’t ONLY about women getting raped season after season!! Kids get kidnapped and murdered! Parents get murdered! Men get murdered! Victims are reunited to their families! Murderers get arrested and put in jail! We learn about serial killers and their motives! We learn about the backgrounds of all of the characters and what makes them tick! And most importantly this show is about the actual stuff that goes on in the world!! This stuff is real!! Sure the show gets a little gorry at times, but things like that happen in the world!! And I’m sorry Mandy if the real world scares you, but that’s what’s out there!! And I think Criminal Minds is a FANTABULOUS show!! And the writers and actors to an OUTSTANDING job bringing it to life!!

  8. Criminal Minds isn’t about “killing and raping all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year.” But it’s fine. I hated his character; I was happy when he left. Criminal Minds is still one of the most watched television shows averaging at least 12 million viewers a weeks.

  9. Give me a break. This guy!

  10. Sounds like he’s a quitter. Just wait until he realizes how much torture and gratuitous sex we saw on Homeland. He’ll probably bolt again.

  11. I remember him most fondly as Huxley on Elmo in Grouchland!

  12. An actor quits. So what? He claims he was mislead
    and was not comfortable with the shows direction.
    Mandy didn’t get paid and risked his career leaving.

  13. 5 years. Everyone has moved on but him. It seems these comments always seem to get him press though. What I have never understood is how someone who claims to be this sensitive could have so little empathy or respect for his castmates and colleagues. I really wish the people that give him a forum to bash the show would press him for the reason he left the show in the manner he did. If he had gone to the showrunners at the end of Season 2 and said he simply could not continue I am sure people would be more understanding but to leave some 200 or so people waiting for you at the first table read with no notice is just inexcusable. Thank goodness the professionals (cast and crew) went on to work furiously to get shows on the air.

    • Hi GCG, you are right MP has not moved on from upsetting people and more particularly fans. When he drops out of TV series it is no only the show that suffer but also his dedicated fans. His latest coup de grace has been to drop out of the Ravinia Festival in July 2014 after the tickets had gone on sale – a lot more than 200 people have suffered from that mean act, and not only US fans, but also those overseas who have carefully saved up their hard earned cash to come and see him in concert in the US – he might be well oiled financially but a lot of fans are not…… Get a life MP and show fans how much you care, not how much you do not……

  14. Man I thought he quit cause the show sucked!

  15. He has left every show he has been in; starting with Chicago Hope. Now it’s rumored he even wants to leave “Homeland” now.

    • LUCY-LU..I TOTALLY AGREE. HE IS SO SELF-ABSORBED WITH AN EGO AS BIG AS THE GRAND CANYON…SINCE THE POOR DARLING HASN’T GONE HOME WITH ANY GOLDEN GLOBE; EMMY OR SAG AWARDS FROM HOMELAND LIKE THE THE REST OF THEM, I’LL BET YOU A NICKEL (I’M CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED) THAT HE IS NEGOTIATING OR TRYING TO NEGOTIATE A HIGHER SALARY. HE THINKS HE CARRIES THE SHOW! WHAT A GI-NORMOUS EGO…I WISH THAT CLAIRE DANES NEVER DID THE “HOLLA” NONSENSE. MR. PATINKIN MUST THINK HE WALKS ON WATER. REALLY, LUCY-LU….HE SHOULD TAKE THAT UGLY BEARD, HIS NASTY, ARROGANT, BITCY WIFE AND GO BACK TO BROADWAY!

  16. Mandy Patinkin is brilliant at whatever he does. I watch everything he’s on. His voice is liquid gold. I preferred Chicago Hope over E.R. But not every actor is a dimwit 18 year old picked for pecs. Some spend a lifetime exposing their souls for public examination. You have no right to judge his motives.He rejected the money and and sabotaged his own career to do what he felt what was right. And he has 2 daughters and great passion.

    • Am I missing something? Where did Mandy get two daughters from, have I missed an affair?

  17. I so miss Mandy in Criminal Minds, I do however understand & respect his decision to leave the show. I have not watched Homeland yet, but now knowing he is in the show I juat may start.

  18. I am happy to see some one speak up about what is right and wrong. We have violence every day in this world. We live in a greedy world. People should be learning about Jesus, not violence!

    • I would prefer a story about Ra, or perhaps Odin. Or we could have a show about Zeus and to keep the christian crowd we could call it “Hey Zeus”!

    • janet ferreira….im glad you buy into what Christians are selling…but not everyone dose. This country has so many religions and im thankful for that. But what irks me to no end is when people try to say that watching a Christan show would be peaceful and lovely. Go ask the Indians the witches(im one BTW) the Muslims and any other group you deemed unfit to live. If they were to have a real show with EVERYTHING that has been done in the name of Jesus it would be 10 times worse then ANYTHING allowed on TV.

  19. Just listened to Mandy’s interview on CBC this morning and I was blown away by his views on fear. He came across as a very interesting and soulful man. The kind of guy that I would dearly love to know as a friend. He’s very engaging and insightful. I wish him all the best in his career. Anyone who is ready to stand behind his ethics, no matter what the cost to their career, is a hero to me. Wether you agree or disagree with his views, you have to hand it to the man for standing his ground.

  20. Criminal Minds is a great show. Patinkin was good on the show. Too bad he didn’t read the scripts before joining the cast. I don’t care much for actors that leave successful shows. They are lucky to have the job given the number of good actors that don’t get a break in the first place.

  21. You people getting off to this rape/murder stuff need some help. Stop defending this garbage. The only reason you watch it is to satisfy your own sick fantasies. Seriously, Criminal Minds is for weirdos who enjoy watching women get raped, and raped often. Seriously. That’s what every episode is about. They should just call the show “The Rapist Hour”. Then people would at least know what they’re getting themselves in to.

    Also, kudos to Mandy for actually having some morals, unlike a lot of you weirdos who defend this garbage show. Did I mention he was the only one who could act?

    Bad acting+bad dialogue+Joe Montegna+unreasonably violent rape = garbage television = Criminal Minds

    That’s a new formula I came up with. Patent pending.

    • ”You people getting off to this rape/murder stuff need some help. Stop defending this garbage. The only reason you watch it is to satisfy your own sick fantasies”

      MY PERSONAL FEELINGS/OPINIONS and its a long one ;)

      I LOVE CRIMINAL MINDS, I love profiling. The character diversity is brilliant.
      Very Feminist characters. A show that highlights the ugly of the world and the mindset
      behind it, without it being shown, the show heavily implies everything. It relies
      heavily on emotion and compassion of the Audience …

      ‘Jay’ You speak asif this was some show from HBO aka ‘GoT’ which glorifies
      Rape/molestation, not to mention Objectifies women under the guise of being historically referenced drama/fantasy..! Now thats what i would refer to as sick fantasies!

      Criminal minds is so so Far from that!

      Murders and Sexual attacks in Criminal minds is very much Implied, barely anything is suggested or implied anymore and its a shame because where is the mystery of things? the fun of using ones imagination?. I personally feel the art in Tv/movies is in the Suggesting/implying of things, leaving the audience something to do, creating that connection and interaction; I feel this is where CRIMINAL MINDS does it tremendously the comment”You people getting off to this rape/murder stuff” as you put it is not shown. You’ll see the victim, you’ll see them in some situations being held hostage, you may see them in the morgue, their death/attack vaguely described but solely with the intent to explain why the attacker would do this an what it represents for them, the Victim-ology

      Im very much a prude, apparently ;) I very much Love sex, But I don’t want/need to see
      other people doing it, it adds nothing for me to a story or character development no more than watching them go the toilet does ;) ,But with sex scenes/pointless gratuitous nudity; its barely ever done to equal male/female gay/straight measures its always about the T&A .. the women pretty much always full frontal and the guy pretty much covered, maybe the occasional guy butt shot, if hes paid enough and usually more than the female actor who went all out??? So for those who need to see people have sex in order to see/understand the character development then that says alot about a person and not in a good way.

      We live in a very sexist, hyper-sexualised
      society. And regardless of how great a show/film sounds or closely connected to my
      interests, if it contains sex/nudity especially rape of men, women, children I WILL
      boycott it because I refuse to support a movie/show that does that to get arses in seats! It looses all creditability for me! I know that’s not how many will see it, but I’m a consumer and a member of the ‘sexist, hyper-sexualised society’, so its whats
      important to me.

      Feminist Rant over! ;)

    • you are talking a load of nonsense it is not all about women getting raped and it so happens that the programme looks at every aspect of criminal activity that this sick world has. By the way brilliant series.

  22. I loved Mandy on Criminal Minds, but I do agree that there is too much depiction of sadistic crimes against women. And, I think that show actually is indirectly responsible for a lot of the crime we see against women today. That being said, I have never seen Homeland but picked up a DVD of the complete first season, and am looking forward to seeing him again. I do miss him on CM. He was one of my favorite characters.

  23. I like him as an actor but seriously, what did you think a program on serial killers would show?

    • It’s not a show on serial killers though, it is a show on criminal profiling; the minds of killers. Also it is defined as a ‘police procedural’ show. This probably isn’t the best example, but from what I remember of watching Agatha Christie’s whodunnit television programmes, working out the profile of the killer didn’t usually require the violence to be depicted on the television show.

      NOT defending Mandy’s ignorance entirely because he did stay on Criminal Minds for two seasons, but I do feel the length of his stay was due to a sense of loyalty to fans and colleagues, once he realised what he’d got himself into, and I can understand how he would have been mislead initially too (Criminal Minds wasn’t what I was expecting it to be either when it premiered, but I grew up on Buffy and Supernatural and I’m a big Grey’s Anatomy fan so… )

  24. I don’t think anyone knew why he left Criminal Minds at the time and it’s what… seven years later that we’re now getting an explanation? It’s probably really hurtful to his fellow cast members and the fans, what he did, I personally couldn’t watch Criminal Minds again for a long time after he left because his character seemed to be the only one I related to, in terms of not being (seemingly) desensitised to violence despite being surrounded by it, and it would have upset me if they replaced him with a mimic character (a Jason Gideon wannabe/stand-in so to speak, kinda like what they did with Elle Greenaway)

    BUT I don’t think any one has a right to make a judgement on his personality without personally knowing him. In my opinion, from what he’s said, he just seems to be the kind of guy who couldn’t deal with the conflict of explaining what got to him on set – at the time. It was a hit tv show, the fellow cast members seemed unsympathetic, he had a lot going on and because he can actually ACT, he had fans, the show had fans, Jason Gideon as a character alone had fans. Some people excel at dealing with conflict, he clearly wasn’t one of them.

    I personally am surprised he ventured back into television knowing that this was a question he would be asked and risk upsetting people with his answers.

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  26. DLM was cancelled in large part because Mandy quit after season two. Chicago Hope.. Quit. Criminal Minds.. Quit. I used to think it was all related to him wanting more screen time or being the central “star” of anything he did. Homeland disproves that with him obviously in a supporting role. Maybe supporting is all he can get anymore given his track record?

  27. Mandy Patinkin advised when he quit ‘Criminal Minds’ why he did so. Too deep & dark & with his religious convictions, he is Jewish, he just felt it was not right for him. At least he had the courage of his convictions. Shame more people in the world don’t have a backbone. I’ve seen him twice on stage, & his voice is just superb, in every way. Good on him & hopefully he will musically tour here again soon.