Saturday, March 10, 2007
CRIMINAL MINDS: THOMAS GIBSON SHINES
The above picture of Mandy Patinkin as Jason Gideon, Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss and Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner on Criminal Minds episode "Ashes and Dust" is copyrighted by Cliff Lipson/CBS and reproduced on this blog with their expressed permission.
Criminal Minds: Once the meeting Mandy Patinkin problem was taken care of I was able to go back into the studio and continue watching the cast and crew shoot the remaining scenes of "Ashes and Dust". During a set change I had my first real conversation with Thomas Gibson. Thomas had been on the set since very early in the morning and was obviously tired but he was gracious, kind and very funny. He asked me a lot of questions about the blog and admitted that he has not been all over the internet but was actually starting to wet his feet. A friend of his from college had produced a student film decades ago and someone had sent him the link to it on Youtube. He watched the video and it encouraged him to reconnect with the friend he hadn't spoken to in so long. He commented on how amazing the internet is. I told him that I was having a wonderful day and would be returning the next day to meet Mandy. I told him that there was a box of gifts and letters in his trailor from our group. I knew he did not have much time before they were going to call him back onto the set so I pulled out of my bag the things I most wanted him to sign which he did graciously. When he found out there were more things needing his signature he promised to make more time for me in the morning. He talked about his wife and children and how much he was looking forward to the hiatus. Hiatus is a word you hear all over the studio right now. They are all ready for a break from working such long days. We spoke for a few more minutes and then the set was ready and they resumed filming. Watching Thomas Gibson at work is a treat. It is watching the best of the best giving his best take after take after take.
I was watching the filming when Andrew Wilder (I will DEFINATELY be talking about him some more soon) walked over with a gentleman he wanted me to meet. One of the two guest stars in "Ashes and Dust" is Sean O'Bryan. Sean is amazing and I will be talking about him tomorrow as well. :)