In Focus: For The Mentalist's Simon Baker, Good Looks Plus Hard Work Equals Success


Go ahead and stare at Simon Baker. Gawk at his curly golden locks and his winning smile. He doesn't mind, really.


"It doesn't bother me because I know time is ticking," the 41-year-old Baker tells us. "I've been doing this for almost 20 years, and I'm able to see myself age on film. Eventually I know what I'm going to become - I've seen my father."


When Bruno Heller was looking to cast a leading man to play the role of Patrick Jane in The Mentalist, he was won over by Baker's looks as well. But he quickly learned there was much more beneath the surface. "What Jane does is get in people's physical space and inside their heads, and in order to do that, you have to be someone that people want to be close to, whether they know it or not," Heller says. "It needed a very magnetic personality playing the part.


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