The CTV.ca Insider: A duet with Jim Belushi
Saturday at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, the usually press-shy stars of CSI came out to chat with the international press about their series and how they think things are going.
VIDEO BLOG #1 "Welcome to LA"
VIDEO BLOG #2 "Protein Style"
VIDEO BLOG #3 "Grissom Would Approve"
VIDEO BLOG #4 "The Secret Garden"
VIDEO BLOG #5 "Viva Las Vegas"
VIDEO BLOG #6 "Ahead by a Century"
VIDEO BLOG #7 "That's a Wrap"
George Eads, who originally stopped doing press when his father suggested that it made him too angry, was warm and open and the very picture of a Southern gentlemen when he sat down with our table. I had the chance to ask him a question relayed to me from a CSI fan on Twitter, who wanted me to ask him about why we haven’t seen Stokes get “loved up” on the series.
Eads responded and said that keeping Stokes all business suits him just fine, and would rather not see his character head down that road. Eads was also forthcoming with experiencing “burnout” after being on the series for so long, but found inspiration to keep going from his new CSI co-star Laurence Fishburne.
Another “CSI” star, Marg Helgenberger fielded lots of questions about her status on the series, and has revealed only that her contract covers this season, and seems to think that this time around will be her last. The actress says she’s looking forward to doing more charity work.
“CSI:NY” star Gary Sinise got fired up when our group asked him about his Twitter account, and nearly posted a photo of us interviewing him on his own popular feed: too bad he was foiled by a bad signal in the hotel! That didn’t stop him from posting it online later though. (That’s me on the far left).
Of course, I was extra excited about meeting the stars of the new series “The Defenders” -- I even wore a tie for the occasion! I`m glad I did, because Jerry O`Connell and Jim Belushi both were dressed like they just stepped off the set of the show, blinged out in their sweet suits and cufflinks and watches.
As a Canadian, I felt like it was my duty to ask O`Connell about his time on “My Secret Identity, “ and he obliged, telling me about his affinity for Canada and especially Toronto and Vancouver.
The final highlight of the day for me came when Belushi, asked why he was singing the chorus of “Viva Las Vegas “ to another group, started in at the beginning of the song for us. While he tried to remember the words, I joined in... he was sitting beside me, so it felt like we were old pals singing Elvis songs together. It was so cool, and I have my dad to thank for ensuring that I know the words to almost every Elvis song imaginable.