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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

TOM SELLECK ON JESSE STONE!

TOM SELLECK ON JESSE STONE!

DOUG NYE OF MERCURY NEWS.COM INTERVIEWS SELLECK ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF JESSE STONE . . .

Jesse Stone is a guy with a lot of baggage. He drinks too much and his personal life has had its share of wrecks. But Tom Selleck likes him.

"He's a pretty darn good policeman and dedicated to his job," Selleck said during a recent telephone interview. "We also like to show his humanity."

Selleck has played Stone in five made-for-TV movies, the latest being "Thin Ice," which is now available on DVD. A sixth one, "No Remorse," has been completed.

The Stone films, each pulling in stellar ratings, are more examples of the drawing power of Selleck, who became a full-fledged star in the 1980s with his "Magnum, P.I." series. Still, he wasn't really looking for another character to develop until CBS approached him five years ago.

"They asked me about doing a movie with them," Selleck said. "I wasn't crazy about the idea because I didn't want to be involved in another one of those movies of the week. They look like TV movies. I told them I would do it if we could do something that looked like a feature film that had been sold to television."

CBS agreed and production began on the first film, "Stone Cold." Robert Parker, who is the author of the Stone books, was brought in on the project and Selleck had nothing but praise for Parker's efforts.

"The book was 350 pages and Robert Parker trimmed it down to 90 pages," Selleck said. "He changed so many things to make it a screenplay. He seemed pleased with the results. We did so well with the first one that we decided to do another and then another."

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