The Mentalist's Simon Baker in His 5 Best Films
Those of you who knew Patrick Jane on the TV series The Mentalist will have no worries associating his TV character with the real life personality he owed such characterization. Born on the 30th of July 1969, Simon Baker is an Australian actor who had made earlier appearances on TV as in E Street, Home and Away, The Guardian and Smith before he was made famous by the current running CBS TV crime drama series The Mentalist. Starting to work with films since 1997 via the top grossing crime fiction LA Confidential based on a novel of the same title by James Ellroy, Simon Baker’s career spanned with other noted remarkable performances in more films. Here were five of his best films if you haven’t known them yet.
Red Planet (2000) – A sci-fi film directed by Antony Hoffman set in near the future has an assemblage of credible stars with Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix trilogy) as Commander Kate Bowman, leading her crew of astronauts on a mission to Mars. Other part of the cast include Val Kilmer (Batman Forever) as Robby Gallagher, Tom Sizemore (Black Hawk Down) as Dr. Quinn Burchenal, Benjamin Bratt (The River Wild) as Lt. Ted Santen and Simon Baker as Chip Pettengill. The plot follows the lead of overpopulation causing pollution of Earth. The alternative of finding a habitable planet was the focus of ongoing exploration of the red planet by sending probes packed with bio-engineering agents to make the planet habitable which later made good results until the oxygen levels being propagated suddenly dropped. A crew of astronauts and scientists were sent to Mars to check what went wrong.
Land of the Dead (2005) – Simon Baker had the time of his life when he got the break to lead in the 4th film of George A. Romero’s “dead film series”. He took the role of Riley Denbo, leading an army equipped with state of the art armoured vehicle with armaments (Dead Reckoning) designed to cross the outside of the protected city amidst the walking dead. Tasked to protect the city where the rest of the living humankind still live surrounded by a protective barrier restricting the dead from the outside to come in, he soon relinquish his command conflicting with the whims of Paul Kaufman (Dennis Hopper) the self-proclaimed ruler commanding the city with his access to an army with devastating firepower . In this sequel, the dead were led by a leader figure (Eugene Clark) a former gas station owner who seem to have retained some sense of reason and lead the dead to an entrance to the protected city.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) – A film based on Lauren Weisberger’s novel with the same title, has Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt on the cast as staff of a fashion magazine headed by Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Anne Hathaway played Andrea “Andy” Sachs, a lucky new graduate who earned the position as co-assistant to a highly meticulous magazine editor with whom her fate was predicted by her colleagues to be just the same as those who used to be in her position who had been sacked but she stayed long and gained the admiration of her boss instead. Simon Baker played Christian Thompson, a famous writer who just happened to get hold of a copy of the unpublished manuscript of the next Harry Potter in the series which was assigned by Miranda for Andy to produce for her daughters to read. This comedy drama film raked a gross profit more than nine times its estimated production budget which made it successful.
Sex and Death 101 (2007) – This was another special break for Simon Baker playing alongside Winona Ryder (Girl, Interrupted) in this romance comedy film by Daniel Waters. Baker played Roderick Blank, an executive at a prestigious restaurant chain who gets a mysterious e-mail listing all the women he had slept with and those he is predicted to share the bed in the future. With 101 names on the list and his fiancée being just the 29th, he has a long way to go to find his fate at the end of the list. Winona Ryder played Gillian de Raisx alias Death Nell, the sexually abused vigilante who seduces men to bed and leaves them in coma with a sedative. Blank’s life had been taken over by the list which unfortunately listed Gillian de Raisx/Death Nell on the 101st (last list). This was another successful film with a happy ending grossing four times its estimated budget which isn’t that bad consequence compared to other films.
Not Forgotten (2009) – A thriller film featuring Simon Baker teaming up with Spanish beauty Paz Vega (Sex and Lucia) tells a story of Jack Bishop (Baker) happily married to a second wife Amaya (Vega) with his daughter Toby from his first marriage. Toby got kidnapped which sets the course of the story back to Jack’s past he was trying to hide and forget. The local police and the FBI joined the search which unfortunately led Jack to recall his participation as a former member of a dreaded Mexican underworld group actively participating in the religious cult Santa Muerte.