When Beau Garrett first auditioned for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, she admits producers didn't think she was tough enough to play FBI Agent Gina LaSalle. Before her second audition, she recalls, "I played a little basketball, took a shot of tequila and mellowed out. The combination really relaxed me. I went in there owning it more."
Forest Whitaker fervently circles a grand dining-room table in a stately Pasadena home, swooping around to view the room's layout from different angles. While he's absorbing every detail, everybody else is focused on the fact that at the head of the table is an actress playing a corpse in a state of extreme decomposition.
Whitaker, who won an Oscar for The Last King of Scotland, stars as FBI special agent Sam Cooper in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, the new spin-off of the wildly popular CBS series. While other actors simply want to hit their marks, he's seeking out thematic nuances and offering sharp, emotional performance variations during rehearsals — for a scene featuring a decomposing female corpse.
Does it take a killer to catch a killer? CBS' Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior may try to answer that question.
One of the team members on the Criminal Minds spin-off, John "Prophet" Sims (Michael Kelly), was convicted and served time for murder. But as his nickname suggests, he's reformed.
Are two Criminal Minds better than one?
Chris Mundy thinks so.
"Believe me, you want these people out there ...