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Interview with Mark Harmon of "Certain Prey" on USA
I am heartbroken that I was unable to do this interview
because I had to go out of the country...I'm sure you'll agree that it
is a great interview anyway. I love Mark Harmon, ever since I first saw
him on TV back in the 70's. He is not only still gorgeous, and a great
actor, but he's such a huge star again on NCIS. It's amazing that a show
that has been on the air that long is such a hit again, and that it
stars actors over a certain age.
I hope you get to see his movie on USA Network, "Certain
Prey". It's a fun little movie, and he plays a great character that is
quite unlike his Gibbs character in NCIS. It is a testament to his
acting ability that he makes it all look so easy.
Moderator: Brad Bernstein
November 3, 2011
9:54 am CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to
the Mark Harmon conference call.
During the presentation all participant will be in the listen-only mode.
Afterward we will conduct a question and answer session. At that time if
you have a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your
If at any time during the conference you need to reach an operator
please press star 0. As a reminder this conference is being recorded,
Thursday October 3, 2011.
I would now like to turn the conference over to Brad Bernstein, USA
Network. Please go ahead, sir.
Brad Bernstein: Great. Thank you, everyone, for joining todayís call.
And thank you, Mark, as well for joining.
Mark stars in John Sandfordís Certain Prey this Sunday on USA Network at
9:00 pm. If you have any further questions or need any information
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can provide you with
At this time I will turn over the call to Mark Harmon. Thank you very
Mark Harmon: Hi everybody. Hello? Oh. Hello?
Operator: Mr. Harmon, we can hear you. Go ahead.
Mark Harmon: Hi.
Operator: Sir, would you like to take questions?
Mark Harmon: Would I like to take questions? If you have questions,
Operator: Thank you, sir. Our very first question come from the line of
Jamie Steinberg. Please proceed with your question.
Jamie Steinberg: Hi. Itís such a pleasure to speak with you.
Mark Harmon: Hi. Thanks for the question.
Jamie Steinberg: Iíd like to know if you notice any similarities
between Lucas and your role as Gibbs and if thereís any more plans for
Mark Harmon: Well, you know, Jamie, I was a fan of John Sandfordís,
you know, going back into the Ď80s. Iíve read his books. And when the
opportunity came to meet with people who had the rights to the stories I
was excited by it just because I like this author and I admire this
I think there are certainly similarities. But theyíre very different
people to me. Otherwise, you know, I - the attraction as an actor to
play something different is always there. But itís not so far outside
the box that itís hopefully shocking unbelievable. I mean Davenportís a
very different guy than Gibbs certainly.
But I just hope we honored the book and the material and did it right.
And thereís opportunities here obviously because this is the tenth of 22
books so far written about this character and this piece. And USAís been
a great partner. And together weíre kind of putting our foot in the
water here to see whether it can work. You know?
Jamie Steinberg: Wonderful. Thank you.
Mark Harmon: Yeah. Youíre welcome.
Operator: And our next question come from the line of Paul Ocker.
Please proceed with your question.
Paul Ocker: Good morning, Mark.
Mark Harmon: Hi.
Paul Ocker: I just want to say - start off by saying Iím a huge fan of
NCIS and I canít wait to see Certain Prey.
Mark Harmon: Well Iím glad. I hope others share your opinion.
Paul Ocker: I actually have two fairly short questions. The first one
is: did you have to go through any special preparation to play Lucas on
Mark Harmon: Well we had to grow my hair as long as it could be given
the schedule on NCIS. So we kind of - we cheated a little bit at the end
of last year.
But aside from that, you know, I just - Iím a fan of the book and
certainly a fan of the character because of that. But we so tried to be
not only respectable but, you know, honest with the material in the
book. And we tried to do that right, you know, up front. That was a
walking order so to speak. And I hope we did that.
I just think itís a different role and certainly one I enjoyed playing.
Whether we do more of these or not I donít know yet. But right now I
feel good about the experience.
Paul Ocker: Okay. And my second question is: being on NCIS for so long
how do you keep things from becoming routine for you?
Mark Harmon: Well itís just never happened. I mean we, you know, this
role originally attracted me because it was about character and there
was humor. And yeah there was a case but the case wasnít what drove the
series. And I think thatís still true.
And youíve got a gathering of actors on this show who all like each
other. And we all are continually challenged.
This show continues to grow. And it continues to do better now than it
did even last year. You know? Weíre doing better now. And so obviously
weíre doing something right.
But itís our job to try to keep it there, you know, to try to keep
raising the bar. And really from the beginning on this show that hasnít
changed. Itís always been about the work.
In the beginning when we werenít a hit and we were kind of in the
midline somewhere there what moved us along the line was just
concentrating on the work to try to get a handle on what we were doing,
try to figure out a way to do this better every day. And that continues.
Thereís nobody bored here. You know? Thereís nobody phoning it in. And
thatís - that goes in front of the camera and behind the camera. And
that makes this rare I think for all of us.
Paul Ocker: Just wanted to make sure you werenít board. But...
Mark Harmon: No.
Paul Ocker: Thanks again and keep up the good work.
Mark Harmon: Yeah, pleasure. Thank you.
Operator: And our next question come from the line of Tiffany Bock.
Please proceed with your question.
Tiffany Bock: Hi Mark. Thank you for taking our calls.
Mark Harmon: Oh sure, pleasure.
Tiffany Bock: So what is it about Lucas Davenport that attracted you
to this role?
Mark Harmon: Well I just - I mean heís a - heís an interesting guy. You
know? Heís a very successful businessman who, you know, dresses nice and
drives nice cars and chases the ladies and yet what he likes more than
any of it is just being a cop.
And then thereís the other side of it which is unintelligible. I mean
heís as nasty as anybody heís chasing. You know?
So thatís fun to play. And thereís a darkness to that and to defining
And then certainly Sandford gives so much information about that over
the course of these 22 novels that itís a field day for an actor, so
much to lean on and to know about a character youíre trying to portray.
I just, you know, more than any of it want to do it right. You know?
And to do that you jump off and you take an opportunity to develop a
project. And you do that based on the book. And I think collectively
when we were all sitting in a room a couple years ago talking about
which direction to head in this I think straight across the board we
targeted Certain Prey as the place to start.
That doesnít mean there wonít be more on the back side of that. But for
right now to jump off in this direction with this character and to try
to just be honest with the material was the target of what we were
trying to do.
Tiffany Bock: Okay. And for my second question, how would you describe
Lucasís relationship with Clara and Carmel?
Mark Harmon: Adversarial. I mean they - part of what drew the appeal too
is youíve got two really terrific female bad guys here. You know? And
casting those people and finding the right people to play those people
was part of that. You know?
But, you know, in a day and an age when those kind of roles are rare
this project had two of them. And one of them will continue. You know?
One of them continues into other books.
So I think the setup for this is, you know, the bookend novel to this -
Sandford actually wrote four novels distant from where we would go if we
had the opportunity to do a second one but this is a continuing story.
And many of these characters will continue from book to book.
Tiffany Bock: Okay, great. Thank you very much.
Operator: And our next question come from the line of Rex Sint.
Mark Harmon: Okay.
Operator: Please proceed with your question.
Rex Sint: Hi.
Mark Harmon: Hello.
Rex Sint: Thanks for taking the call.
Mark Harmon: Sure.
Rex Sint: Since you played many cops over the years in what ways did
Lucas Davenport give you something new as a character?
Mark Harmon: Oh Iíve never played a guy like him before. Itís - I mean
just physically. Heís, you know, I think Sandford does such a great job
of setting that up.
And I have the advantage of knowing his background, having read all the
books. But where we pick up this story is ten novels in. You know, from
the way he dresses to the cars he drives to the - to what he is, you
know, personally, itís all very different from what he is as a cop.
And then the other personal side of that is almost the personal path he
goes on his own, you know, to try to solve these things, to try to push
through these cases. Heís a driving force and yet I think all these
characters in these books are every bit as important as his character.
And we tried to put that together and cast that accordingly, that these
will be characters that should we do more than just one will continue
But for me, you know, Iím looking to play something certainly somewhat
different than what Iím doing on the series but not so much different
that itís, you know, blaringly shocking.
You know, actors are attracted to characters they want to play. And that
was true to me with Davenport. Whether I pulled it off or not is going
to be up to you when you see it.
Rex Sint: And since Certain Prey is later on in the series of books
can you talk about the decision to introduce Davenport with this
Mark Harmon: Well it just was in a room with, you know, five or six
people sitting there talking about the whole series of books and talking
about where do you start. Certainly some of the earlier books have
Davenport as a blue shirt. And it would also drive him younger.
And we were trying to jump off here, you know, directionally also
story-wise with something that wouldnít conclude in a one-movie format,
something that would continue on. And thatís, you know, there also you
have to give credit to USA because thatís not something that movie-wise
is normally done where you kind of leave it open-ended and you let
people know that this has the potential for continuation to it, that
really the end of the movie is just the start of the movie.
Rex Sint: Great. Thanks, Mark.
Mark Harmon: Youíre welcome.
Operator: Our next question come from the line of David Martindale.
Please proceed with your question.
David Martindale: Thank you. Hi Mark. Thanks for take...
Mark Harmon: Hi. How are you?
David Martindale: Iím good. Thank you.
This isnít my question. But my sister-in-law has two rescue dogs and
their names are Gibbs and McGee. And what I think...
Mark Harmon: No kidding.
David Martindale: Is funny about that is that McGee is the boss of the
Mark Harmon: Well you know dogs. But yeah.
David Martindale: But Gibbs does have a stink eye which I...
Mark Harmon: Oh thatís good. Thatís nice. Thatís a nice thing to hear.
David Martindale: I interviewed Sandford a couple of months ago when his
latest book came out, Shock Wave. And he is so dry. To hear him talk he
barely knows who you are.
Mark Harmon: Thatís okay.
David Martindale: I think that he said he saw you play Ted Bundy and
that he thought you were pretty good in that so he figured youíd be
Mark Harmon: Tell him thank you. Yeah. I mean tell him what - I donít
Iíve never met John. I, you know, I - itís funny because I watch a lot
of interviews heís done and read a lot of interviews heís done. And I
donít get the feeling heís someone who hangs out on a movie set. You
David Martindale: Yeah. He is very dry. And I thought it was interesting
how hands-off he was about this. Would you have liked him to be in the
Mark Harmon: Iíd like to meet him. You know? I - and I think thatís just
a common interest. I mean, you know, Iíve read these books for a lot of
years and admired the character and admired the author. You know?
And then as an actor you develop something and you - youíre in the room
and youíre really just going on the books on - and some cases itís very
pure. You know? You - everybody has a different interpretation. Itís one
of the great things about reading is everybody has a different idea. You
And certainly when you start casting people to put to these characters
that youíve spent a lot of time with, you know, I think most actors
would be excited by the opportunity to try to play someone like
Davenport. And I - and as an actor, you know, I donít know what, you
know, heís making a parallel between Bundy and Davenport. I donít know.
Thatís kind of weird.
But, you know, listen. I hope we, you know, from the beginning we went
in trying to honor the material. You know? We...
David Martindale: Yeah.
Mark Harmon: We were trying to do it right. And I hope we pulled it off.
David Martindale: Okay. Well Bundyís what he saw.
Mark Harmon: Thatís all right.
David Martindale: USA runs such a heavy diet of NCIS reruns that
sometimes it could be like the NCIS channel.
Mark Harmon: Yeah.
David Martindale: Do you think that USA is - makes that - does that make
this a good home because, you know, USA viewers are already really,
really comfortable with seeing you there?
Mark Harmon: Well I see it actually twofold. I think thatís part of it.
I mean that in many ways is why USA has been a great partner in this.
Theyíre - they havenít done this since really í05. This is their first,
you know, step in this direction with - in some ways a new direction
should it work. You know? Iím thankful to be part of that. And theyíve
been great partners.
It doesnít take much to look at what they do with NCIS on USA and the
marathons to realize that this on top of that is potentially a pretty
smart business move, you know, that you run this after a marathon.
Now thatís all the positive side of it. The negative side could
potentially be that this is a very different character, you know, and
intended to be so.
So I see risk in both directions. And at the same time, you know, it
made sense to me at the time to try to develop this in hopes that
someday you could do a movie, you know, this at a time when nobodyís
getting anything done, nobody, you know, in any direction. So the fact
that USA was willing to pull the trigger on this and with me in the role
and with the idea of should this work doing more is interesting.
I donít know, you know, with my schedule at the moment how many of these
I can do a year. I mean we did this in a 20-day schedule. And that was
20 days of a basically 40-day hiatus. So...
David Martindale: Oh yeah.
Mark Harmon: You know, it gets relatively busy. But I think if the decks
were clear the formula for this would probably be four a year, you know,
if you had that. But I donít have that at the moment.
David Martindale: I have one Gibbs question for you and Iíll let...
Mark Harmon: All right.
David Martindale: You go with it. Some of the things - Gibbs things, the
back of the head slaps, the way he...
Mark Harmon: Yeah.
David Martindale: Sneaks up behind people, the caffeine addiction, the
thing for redheads, kissing Abby on the forehead when she does good
work, did those all originate in the script and in a writerís
imagination or did you have a hand in any of them or...
Mark Harmon: Oh I...
David Martindale: Did some of them...
Mark Harmon: You know, I think an honest answer...
David Martindale: Unintelligible?
Mark Harmon: To that - I mean I just think an honest answer to that in
all directions for all characters on this show, we have - so much of
what we do is based on trust. Weíve worked together for a long time. And
itís one of the great treats of this show to block a rehearsal in
general terms with actors that have been there over 200 episodes.
And you trust. You trust people jumping off in different directions to
try to mine things that may or may not work. You know?
And thatís how we work there. Thatís how weíve always worked there.
So the answer to your question is that some of those things were
scripted and some of them werenít. You know? And yet some of them stuck
and some of them didnít.
But it really brings the format to what makes this show different. I
mean we all are open. We all are - we all speak our mind. We all team up
to get this done. You know?
And I could take any episode and any direction and point to numerous
points in the episode that came from wherever they came is not as
important as that they were.
David Martindale: Yeah.
Mark Harmon: So thatís how we work.
David Martindale: Cool. Well thank you so much. Itís been a pleasure.
Mark Harmon: Unintelligible. Thanks.
David Martindale: Yeah.
Operator: Our next question come from the line of Mark Mitovich. Please
proceed with your question.
Mark Mitovich: Okay. Hi. Hey Mark. Thanks for your time today.
Mark Harmon: Sure.
Mark Mitovich: Iím good. You know, we hear a lot of actors out there,
they have these literary properties that they always dream one day of
turning into a TV show - series or movie or something. But, you know,
hereís a case where you, you know, pulled the trigger and rounded up the
troops to do it.
What was it that really motivated you to do that, to make it happen
especially in a time when, you know, so many, you know, the networks at
least have pretty much sadly abandoned the TV movie format?
Mark Harmon: Well Iím - in this case Iím glad that itís USA and in some
ways, you know, happy to be separate from network that way. This is a
project in many ways that has the benefit of being a different kind of
film on cable than it would network. You know? And thatís good.
You know, whether they do or donít do these kind of projects anymore I
donít know. I just know that, you know, I was a fan of this material
prior to getting a chance to develop or at least develop in partnership
with other people.
And Iím just - Iím fortunate because I think the people that, you know,
I had the opportunity to work with on this were good at what they do.
We - I think we all have ideas of things you want to do and play. And
maybe the game as an actor all along is to hopefully someday get in a
position where you can play the roles you want to play versus the ones
you have to play.
And this is certainly, you know, 2-1/2 years ago when this idea first
came about and we started developing this toward hopefully getting a
chance, you know, to do it, it was one idea. And then last April when it
- all of a sudden they said hey letís do it, then guess what, youíve got
to go off and do it.
And thatís a different thing. You know? Thatís maybe not resting as much
as you should on your hiatus and taking the opportunity to try to work
really hard again and - on a different direction on something else.
And, you know, more than any of it I hope it works. And if it does work
then, you know, thereís reason to talk about this having a foothold and
But it was designed in kind of an exciting way I think. I think, you
know, potentially both for the people involved in front of the camera
and behind and certainly for USA as a network it is really potentially a
stepping-off point should it work, to do others. You know?
Mark Mitovich: And then I had a Gibbs question because it seems like
weíre on the cusp of a two-part episode featuring your son where Gibbs
is prompted to look back on his earlier days. Can you preview what the
catalyst is for this - these plans?
Mark Harmon: Yeah. Thereís a plane crash and a huge crime scene and
investigation that takes part in trying to identify those remains and in
some cases remains not being what they were supposed to be so that the
case kind of births with that. And then, you know, a couple of the
flashbacks itís not so much featured as it forces Gibbs to remember a
couple of things from his past and connects him towards this current
Mark Mitovich: Are they the unintelligible...
Mark Harmon: And...
Mark Mitovich: Trouble?
Mark Harmon: Well...
Mark Mitovich: Troubling things?
Mark Harmon: Well no theyíre not so much - theyíre - as always on this
show so much of what we do and certainly what we do when we do the
flashback stuff is - itís meant to give more definition of the
characters and to answer some of the questions people have.
And thereíll be some of that. But really this more than that is about,
you know, stretching this cast. And thatís what our writers keep doing,
you know, regularly on this show.
And then the - thatís a two-parter that next week and the week after.
And then the third week beyond that which was November, the month of
November would be the return of Robert Wagner as DiNozzoís dad. We all
look forward to that too so.
Mark Mitovich: Oh yeah? Thanks again for your time today.
Mark Harmon: You got it.
Operator: Our next question come from the line from Allison Nichols.
Mark Harmon: Okay.
Operator: Proceed with your question.
Mark Harmon: Hi. Hello?
Operator: Miss Nichols, your line is open.
Mark Harmon: Hello? Hello?
Operator: And our next question will come from the line of Clare Toohey.
Please proceed with your question.
Mark Harmon: Hi.
Clare Toohey: Hi. Hi from CriminalElement. Weíre all big fans of
Sandfordís as well, as well as yours of course.
I suspect that the earlier person who said that Sandford had seen you as
Ted Bundy and therefore thought you would be okay as Lucas Davenport is
because Sandford had said in earlier interviews that he considers
Davenport to be a sociopath as much as the fact heís a cop.
Mark Harmon: Well yeah. Yeah. I donít know if you can read these books
and not come away with that conclusion but yeah.
Clare Toohey: I think thatís probably true. Weíre all - we all sort of
went wow. He has this heart of darkness. You know? He does whatever he
thinks is necessary. Heís a complete utilitarian. You know? So...
Mark Harmon: Well Iím glad you like the books.
Clare Toohey: Oh I loved the books. So our first question is: do you
think Davenport is more like Gibbs or more like Dexter?
Mark Harmon: Wow, tough question, tough question. Yeah. You know, I can
only probably answer that in a general way because actors look at
opportunities to play different characters based on things that stretch
them normally. And this stretched me. You know?
But I think going in thatís the reason you get interested in it, you
know, because youíre doing something that you havenít done before and
youíre walking a path that you hopefully have a lot of help on with
other people there to keep you on line. You know?
I hope it worked. You know? More than any of it I hope it worked.
And if it did work thereíll be more of these. But if it didnít work
there, you know, thatís the other part of it.
Clare Toohey: Well as a follow-up to that you picked Certain Prey which
is the tenth in the series obviously. And it finds Lucas at an
interesting point because heís between romances.
Mark Harmon: Right.
Clare Toohey: Heís also a little bit more self-aware than he started...
Mark Harmon: Yes.
Clare Toohey: And now very much in the upper echelon. Iím hoping that we
will see the diversity report show up because thatís a really funny
thing in the book. Itís like one of the few points of humor is this
everlasting diversity report. So itíll be fun if that shows up.
But also we thought it was interesting because in this book Davenport is
really surrounded by strong women, both heroines and villains. And it
really is a case where maybe Davenport, sometimes the spotlight goes
away from him to these strong female characters. And we wondered as sort
of the star and the executive producer how you felt about that. Did you
find it risky or did you think that was part of the appealing quality of
Mark Harmon: You know, you sound like you were in the room on that first
meeting. And I say that respectfully because yeah, the reportís
certainly in this material. And youíll see it. And thatís - itís a big
part of the plot obviously.
But I think more than that - I mean this provided certain problems for a
screenplay just because the first quarter of this book is setting up the
two gals, you know, and setting them up well. And Davenport - I mean you
- as a reader and reading the novels you donít need to know about
Davenport because youíve read the previous nine.
This was so glaringly the place to start in the room. People looked at
this, looked at the two female lead characters and said for a lot of
reasons this is the place we want to start.
And should this get a chance to do another then hopefully you get the
opportunity to follow Clara and not in a linear fashion like Sandford
did because that was four novels later. You know? But ideally I mean you
can read - you can pick up Buried Prey and you can read that and you can
put that at any place in this line of books and it works the same for a
And we tried to - we tried very hard to honor the material and honor the
author in doing this. And so I hope we pulled that off. And, you know,
someone like you will be the biggest judge because you know it as well
as you do.
Clare Toohey: Well weíre really looking forward to it because I think
there is some really fun stuff in the book. Will we get to see any of
Davenportís fear of flying? Itís kind of a fun vulnerability for what is
otherwise such a tough guy kind of character.
Mark Harmon: Well like I said, you were in the room.
Clare Toohey: Well thank you.
Mark Harmon: No. No. No. Itís interesting. Itís interesting to me
because youíre picking on things that are all so important to the
storytelling. You know? And theyíre all there. Every one of them is
So that makes me feel good. You know the material. And we hit all those.
And whether we hit them enough or the way you perceived, thatís part of
the fun of trying to take this and make a movie out of it where before
everybodyís reading it and has their own opinion. You know?
Clare Toohey: Well itís great. And of course weíre NCIS fans too. But
weíre also Sandford fans. And we did notice in the production stills
that the set has a little bit of a lighter quality I guess.
Mark Harmon: Yeah.
Clare Toohey: Is that a way of sort of making it - sort of lightening up
some of the darkness of the material otherwise to make it a little more
friendly for a Sunday night TV movie?
Mark Harmon: Iíd say itís more noir. Itís, you know, itís very
stylistic. Itís not - it doesnít look like a TV movie. Itís not intended
And we were specific about that and departed on that so really terrific
director of photography and had very specific ideas of lighting and what
we were trying to do here. And hopefully people will enjoy it.
Clare Toohey: Oh great. Well thank you very much. We appreciate the
Mark Harmon: You got it. Thank you.
Operator: Our next question come from the line of Larissa Bellis.
Please proceed with your question.
Larissa Bellis: Thank you for your time, Mr. Harmon. I appreciate it.
Mark Harmon: Oh my pleasure. Thanks for hanging in.
Larissa Bellis: I was wondering. What do you think? Would Lucas
Davenport and Gibbs actually get along?
Mark Harmon: I think thereís a part of them that would totally
understand each other. But I think most of it would have to be involved
in the work part.
I think on a personal level theyíre total opposites. I mean they - what
they enjoy and donít enjoy are very, very different away from the job.
Jobwise thereís a - thereís an arc to the way they get it done that is
familiar to me from playing Gibbs though I think in many ways Davenport
can be as nasty as the people heís chasing.
Larissa Bellis: Definitely, definitely. As for an NCIS question, I
write for a blog that has a lot of shippers. And I was wondering if
Abby, McGee and Tony and Ziva were to break Rule 12 which is never date
a coworker how would Gibbs react?
Mark Harmon: You know, itís - heíd probably react the way most people
react on the job site, you know, which is thinking itís not a good idea
for a million reasons. And he knows that because heís been there as long
as he has.
And itís also personal with him to some degree. You know? He cares about
them being able to do the job. You know? And should they break those
rules which people will, you know, I donít think that would be as
surprising to him as it would be a concern about how they did their job.
Larissa Bellis: Unintelligible. Thank you very much, Mr. Harmon.
Mark Harmon: You got it.
Operator: And now our very last question come from the line of Stefan
Bleets. Please proceed with your question.
Stefan Bleets: Hi there, Mark. How are you today?
Mark Harmon: Good. How are you?
Stefan Bleets: Good. Thank you so much for doing this.
Mark Harmon: Sure, pleasure.
Stefan Bleets: My question basically is: your role in this film of the
executive producer besides being the star, how protective, you know,
obviously you work for - with the rest of - with the team and the
writers in terms of translating this character to screen but did you
have to be protective of the character on set as well? Did you find
yourself in that position?
Mark Harmon: Well I, you know, there were a gathering of people on this
show who all read the books and all were fans of the material and all
had done their homework. So my concern for the protection of this
character was probably an equal concern with everybody else. There were
a lot of people there to keep me in line. And then if I had questions
there were certainly people there that could answer them or give an
We all came to this, you know, in kind of the same manner. Michael Jaffe
and Howard Braunstein and myself, Millie Sadler, I mean we all came to
this as fans of the book.
And then it was about getting USA on board. And they were fans as well
and certainly fans in some direction of NCIS and what that has done on
And so you had a meeting of - a partnership that potentially, you know,
potentially is exciting. You know?
Whether this goes on from here or not, I donít know. But at least at a
time when so few things are getting done an opportunity to actually
develop this and be on a unintelligible to the material and the author
and try to get a script from that that both tells the story and is
dynamic enough to be like the books are as a page-turner where youíre on
a ride for a couple of hours and from that ride want to continue on and
see the next one.
That was the intent. You know? And I hope we pulled it off. Weíll see.
Stefan Bleets: My last question, my only follow-up is, you know, in
this age remaking every movie, would you reprise your role as Freddy
Shoop in a remake of Summer School?
Mark Harmon: You know, I think if you did that again Iíd be playing the
Carl Reiner role. You know?
But Iím not great at looking back. Iím good at trying to move forward.
And that certainly was an opportunity to play a role I wanted to play,
you know, very much like what Iím doing here now.
But I donít know. The chance to work with Carl Reiner, that was what
changed that one for me. And that was a script that you read and kind of
had a million thoughts about. And then all of a sudden when someone like
Carl Reiner signs on to it it becomes something different.
Stefan Bleets: Well thank you for your time today. I appreciate it.
Mark Harmon: You got it. Thanks.
Operator: Iíll now turn the call back to Mr. Brad Bernstein. Please go
Mark Harmon: Okay. Hang on a second. Brad? You got it?
Brad: Great. Thank you.
Thank you, everyone, for joining the call today. And thank you, Mark.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude the conference call
for today. We thank you for your participation and ask that you please
disconnect your line. Have a great day, everyone.
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