Khandi AlexanderWhat’s your favorite thing to do in Miami? “Walking along the beach. I like the fact that it feels so multicultural. With all these different cultures, it reminds me of New York by the water.” What doesn’t the public know about David Caruso? “He is so funny, and I really mean that. And you’re talking with someone who sparred with Phil Hartman, Andy Dick, Joe Rogan and Dave Foley (on “NewsRadio”). This job is very heavy — we’re dealing with death and homicide and murder — and David will say the most hilarious things that will keep the tension down and the day moving.” Is it true that actors on procedurals are often stifled? “I haven’t been. I’ve been fortunate because I play a doctor and have the opportunity to do different things. I’m a little off-kilter, especially when you look at the history of medical examiners. If you consider the fact that they have an African-American woman who gets to be glamorous while cutting up bodies, we’ve come a long way since ‘Quincy.'” Where do you want to see your character go this season? “I would like more gore. I wasn’t a big fan of that when I first started because I had never worked on a show that was graphic in terms of special effects. When I cut open a body, it should be exactly what a body and organs look like. One of my favorite things about the whole ‘CSI’ series is the blood and the gore.” Rex Linn What’s your favorite thing to do in Miami? “I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but dining out is in the top two. Miami has one of the best restaurant scenes on the planet. They have a complete variety, and there’s such a mixed culture in Miami that you can just about pick whatever food from any country in the world and they’re going to have it.” What doesn’t the public know about David Caruso? “He’s one of the most intelligent guys I’ve been around as far as acting. You don’t come to work unprepared. Your ass better be prepared because he knows your lines. If we’ve got seven people in a scene, he knows everybody’s lines.” Is it true that actors on procedurals are often stifled? “I’m not sure. We’re going to try to get more character-driven things happening this season, rather than plot-driven, but I don’t think we can veer too far away from the style of the show.” Where do you want to see your character go this season? “I hope they put me in a position in the workplace that somehow challenges me to compromise my integrity. I’d like for them to explore my character a little bit more.” Emily Procter What’s your favorite thing to do in Miami? “It’s all things beach-related, and I love to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. It was something just so wonderful to be under the water and have that kind of company.” What doesn’t the public know about David Caruso? “He has a very dry, yet connected sense of humor. Sometimes he makes it hard to deliver the science. If I’m in the lab and he’s coming in to ask me what I’m doing, I will have a lot of complicated dialogue and he’ll be making jokes with me.” Is it true that actors on procedurals are often stifled? “You know how you get older, and you sort of see things from the opposite side? I think I was very naive when I started the show, and four years ago I would have said yes. Now I would say they aren’t.” Where do you want to see your character go this season? “Calleigh is a lot more physical, and I’m getting to do stunts and be more of a cop. I feel like she was pretty much just in the lab last year. I guess where I’d like to see Calleigh go is outside.” Jonathan Togo What’s your favorite thing to do in Miami? “Go to the pool. There’s so much toplessness that goes on at the pool, it’s insane. Miami is sort of a place that doesn’t have a lot of rules.” What doesn’t the public know about David Caruso? “He’s relentless in doing the best work that he can do. There’s no throwaway scene, no throwaway line. He’s completely focused and committed at all times.” Is it true that actors on procedurals are often stifled? “If anything, there is sort of a ‘Groundhog Day’ nature to the shows because they follow a formula that’s tried and true. Your function is to help be a conduit for the story to the audience — the solving of the crime.” Where do you want to see your character go this season? “I’d like to continue to examine the gray zone of the character — someone who’s so ambitious that sometimes he acts not entirely morally appropriate.”
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