‘Homeland’s’ Mandy Patinkin Says Doing ‘Criminal Minds’ Was His Greatest Mistake

Mandy Patinkin, 'Homeland' (Photo: Showtime)

Now safely secured as a key member of the “Homeland” cast, actor Mandy Patinkin says that his run on “Criminal Minds” marked the biggest mistake of his career.

After the second season of “Criminal Minds,” Patinkin suddenly quit the series, telling New York Magazine that the show was “destructive” on his soul.

“The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do ‘Criminal Minds’ in the first place,” he said in the interview. “I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn’t think I would get to work in television again.”

Fortunately, he did land another role, playing Saul Berenson, and working with co-stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes on the Showtime series.

“Homeland” marks Patinkin’s fourth television series. In 1995, he left “Chicago Hope” in its sophomore season to spend time with his kids. He subsequently starred in Showtime’s “Dead Like Me,” which was axed after two seasons. The following year he took on “Criminal Minds,” before finding his groove on “Homeland.”

“It’s a true serial, not a procedural,” he said of the show. “It’s cumulative, and you will negatively impact your experience if you cheat [by watching episodes out of order].”

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