Tom Selleck and Robert B. Parker Chat About TV Movie 'Jesse Stone'
For one generation Tom Selleck will always be Magnum. Images of his robust mustache, a red Ferrari and tacky Hawaiian shirts instantly leap to mind. But for another generation he is Monica's boyfriend on 'Friends' and now thanks to tough-guy character Jesse Stone, Selleck is forging a new image for a new generation of TV viewers.
'Jesse Stone: Night Passage' is the prequel to last year's ratings success 'Stone Cold' and in it we learn about Jesse's past as a LAPD cop and how he came to be police chief in a small town in Massachusetts.
Tom Selleck and Robert B. Parker, the author of the Jesse Stone novels, recently chatted with AOL Television editor Sean Doorly about what makes Jesse Stone tick, Selleck's famous mustache and 'Spring Break Shark Attack.'
Why do you think
the first movie was a big ratings success?
What did you learn
from the first movie?
Were you happy
with the movie?
What makes this
series of movies different?
Parker: The big explosion at the beginning of the film is Tom. You tune into to see Tom Selleck. This is not just some standard boom boom.
What were some
of the challenges?
What makes Jesse
Selleck: You've got a guy who has a tendency to brood but the audience has to watch him. That is a big challenge to show the humanity of the guy -- to earn the moments when he is sitting alone thinking. We have the arrogance to think the audience will want to watch that. I'm not knocking other movies of the week, but we were preceded by 'Spring Break Shark Attack' the week before and we are not that.
It's great to see
mustaches on TV again. Have you seen 'My Name is Earl' and what do you
think of his mustache?