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The Mentalist Scoop on Henry Ian Cusick’s Character

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 11/30/2012

The Mentalist Scoop on Henry Ian Cusick's Character The Mentalist: Scoop about Lisbon’s Red John Played by Henry Ian Cusick



Here’s some new scoop on The Mentalist from show boss Bruno Heller’s Interview with’s Matt Webb Mitovich



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Dipping into the reader mailbag, Charlie asked for “something about Henry Ian Cusick’s character on The Mentalist. His first appearance was fantastic, and he has been so evil!” Not surprisingly, series boss Bruno Heller shares your enthusiasm for Lisbon’s own Red John. “It’s fun to take Lisbon down a path that Jane knows so well,” Heller shares with us. “She’s usually the voice of reason, keeping Jane in check when his Red John obsession goes too far, but in this case Lisbon is the one with the obsession. She feels responsible for the death of a woman that Volker killed and she’s determined to bring him down.” As for giving Cusick the choice role, Heller says the Lost alum has been “a revelation as Volker. He plays a titan of industry, a powerful figure who fancies himself untouchable due to his wealth and connections. Cusick has found a nice balance with the character, playing both the charm and the darkness underneath.”



The Mentalist returns with 5×10, ‘Panama Red,’ on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 10pm on CBS. In this episode, the death of a young botanist leads the team into the lucrative world of medical marijuana, while Cho’s work with the rapid response team brings him back into contact with Summer.


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