Tom Selleck talks grey hair, wearing a uniform, and yeah, mustaches
CTV.ca recently sat down with the star of “Blue Bloods” and picked his brain on a wide variety of subjects.
Read on to find out what the former star of “Magnum: PI” and “Three Men and a Baby” had to say.
ON HIS AGE-DEFYING SECRETS
“I don't do much. I mean, I was always athletic and played a lot of sports. And that's kind of evolved into just manual labour at my ranch, which is very good. It's also good for my brain.”
“I have some grey hair. But it doesn't show. So I spend 20 minutes every day in the makeup chair getting greyer and a little grey,” says Selleck.
“And then I just saw a show the other night, and this high-def camera doesn't show it all the time. If this show goes eight years, that's a big chunk of my life. So I think I'll get grey pretty quick, maybe out of necessity.”
ON THE DRAMA OF THE FAMILY DINNER SCENES IN “BLUE BLOODS”
“The audience, hopefully, likes the people they're watching, sees the stresses and strains that they're under. It's kind of the audience's secret. They know what's going on in these people's lives. And they kind of know ahead of time. And certainly before somebody blows up at the family dinner, they know it's going to happen. Not in a predictable, dramatic way. “
“They just know he's not going to be able to get through dinner tonight without yelling at somebody, because -- it's that secret and getting inside of people's heads that I think addicts people to character-driven drama, which is what I like to do.”
ON RETURNING TO PRIMETIME TELEVISION
“I'm fortunate enough, I'm kind of going back and forth where the best jobs are for me. And it's features or TV. And my biggest concern was I really liked the script, but I'm also in love with the character "Jesse Stone."
“I said, "I won't do this show at the expense of 'Jesse Stone.' So if that's the case, then I'm going to do 'Jesse,' because I'm not done. We've done six ‘Jesse’s’ in the U.S. on air. Seven is ready to go and finished. And eight I'm writing now. So obviously they wanted ‘Jesse’s’ and this, so that's a nice problem.”
ON HIS MUSTACHE, AND QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MUSTACHE
“Well, I was born without it. So I'm okay. I don't know. You know, I've had enough success with work without it that I don't think it's the only reason I've succeeded.”
“It just doesn't fit for some characters. When I played General Eisenhower, I wasn't going to have a mustache. Frank Oz was afraid to ask me, in ‘In & Out,’ ‘Would you shave it off?’ So he kept saying, ‘Would you trim it a little?’ And we went through this whole thing for, like, four hours where he says, ‘No, trim it a little more’ and ‘Trim it a little more.’ And it was looking horrible. And then he says, ‘What would you think without it?’ I said, ‘Why didn't you just tell me? I don't care.’”
“I considered Frank Reagan might be interesting if he didn't have a mustache because he’s a new character. And the director of the pilot, Michael Cuesta, said, ‘That's a good idea. I like that.’ And I said, ‘But I think you better check with CBS because I have a hunch they're going to have an opinion.’ And they did, and they wanted a mustache.”
“So it's fine. It's a little different. It's more trimmed because you can't go below -- you can't go fu manchu on the New York City Police Department.”
ON BEING IN A COP UNIFORM
“Frank wears it, as he did in the pilot, ceremonially because it's very important that his fellow police officers know where he came from. He came from them. And so he wears it at funerals, graduations, dedications. But I like wearing a uniform. I was in the Army. I'm a veteran. I'm proud of that. I know how to wear a uniform. Some people don't. Because it's very similar to the military.”
“There's a certain bearing. There's a certain way you stand -- when you're wearing it, or should. It's taught in the military and the police. There's a way to salute.”
ON WORKING WITH HIS “BLUE BLOODS” CAST
“You know, you’re cast by other people. You're approved by a network. And it doesn't always work. In fact, most of the time it doesn't work.”
“It's not forced in our case -- I just like them all. And that came over time. So I love working with them and the fact that they're all really good actors. These are all trained actors, so I -- you know, Amy Carlson, who plays Donnie's wife, and -- I'll leave people out if I start naming them, but Len Cariou, who has had a wonderful career, who plays my dad, I just sit at the table in between takes, you know, and I go, ‘Boy, we're really lucky.’”
“Look, you can't have a character-driven drama without trained actors who know what they're doing. And this group really does.”
ON BEING A DETROIT FAN, DOING A SHOW IN NEW YORK
“I'm very happy the Yankees weren't in the World Series. If you grow up in Detroit and they play -- and that was always one of the big rivalries -- you know, you hate the Yankees. And I don't dislike them. I just hate them.”
“But in a sports benign sort of way. So yeah, I have to root against the Yankees. It's one of the rules. I don't have the same problem with the Mets. One of my college fraternity brothers, Tom Seaver, was a Met. So I can root for the Mets. But the Yankees, no, I'm sorry, I can't. I don't wish them ill beyond losing, though.”
ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A “MAGNUM: PI” REMAKE (AND A “THREE MEN AND A BABY” SEQUEL)
“I keep hearing about it, and it never happens. Actually, in terms of stuff I've done, you know, look it, ‘Magnum’ was a character-driven show. It's still in a hundred countries. And from what I hear, they're thinking of recasting it. So they may be having a problem with that.”
“But they haven't called, and they haven't written me. So, we'll see what happens. The realest thing right now, because they checked my availability and they're writing a script, I know, is ‘Three Men and a Bride,’ which is a good idea.”
“I don't want to rip off that franchise because it was very good to Steve and Ted and I. I don't want to do something just for a paycheck. But if they come up with a good story, I think that's a potentially really interesting arena.”
Tyrone Warner has been with CTV.ca since 2005, covering news, entertainment and everything related to CTV. When he’s away from the computer, you can find him writing, recording and performing his own music, running his own record label and dabbling in photography, painting and creative collage. Follow Tyrone on Twitter!