During a conversation with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, “Blue Bloods” star Tom Selleck explained why his character doesn’t speak with a New York accent.
Selleck said the episode began two days before the cast was going to begin filming. The producers had gone back and forth with Selleck about whether to include the accent. Then, 48 hours before filming, they made the final call to include it.
This decision “captured” Selleck’s attention for the next two days, he added. At some point, he realized he was devoting too much time to a small piece of his character. So, Selleck brought his concerns to the producers.
“I don’t mind a challenge, but not two days before this [show] starts,” Selleck recalled. “I also have seen actors who are pretty well-known that try and take on something that can be extreme and whether or not that is accepted is sometimes doubtful. This is your instrument; it’s something you work from,” Selleck added, motioning to his gut.
“But, taking on something just to prove you can do it might not be the best thing, especially when you’re doing a character that the audience needs to connect with right away,” he continued.
“Blue Bloods” is a police procedural drama about a multi-general family of law enforcement officers with the New York Police Department. The show airs on Friday nights on CBS.
Challenges Lie Ahead for “Blue Bloods”
It’s a good thing Selleck isn’t afraid of challenges because his character, Frank Reagan, faces plenty of them.
During the opening of Season 7, it’s revealed that Danny Reagan is under investigation for his involvement in the shooting of serial killer Thomas Wilder. Robert Lewis, played Michael Imperioli, of “Sopranos” fame, a prosecutor for the state attorney general, has his doubts about Reagan’s story. Reagan asserts he shot Wilder in self-defense. Lewis opens an investigation anyway.
Season 11 itself presented myriad challenges because it was filmed during the pandemic. According to a report by Deadline, the show’s cast said COVID-19 greatly influenced the show’s eleventh year.
Similarly, the Season 11 finale carried the same tone as well. The Reagans tore open some old wounds after the surprise return of grandson Joe Hill.
Kevin Wade, a showrunner, said the episode could have served as a series finale, “if need be”.
Season 12 is scheduled to air this fall.
The Most Famous Mustache in Show Business?
Alongside famed cowboy actor Sam Elliott, “Blue Bloods” star Tom Selleck wears the most famous mustache in Hollywood. In an interview with AARP Magazine, Elliott said that he and Selleck were the first two actors to wear facial hair regularly.
“I was one of the early guys from my generation to have hair on his face. Me and Tom Selleck, and I was first. I shaved clean and combed my hair straight back for a show called Justified on FX this year. It was fun transforming my look, but I did feel naked without the mustache.”
However, an article by Beardohaulic.com claims that Selleck’s mustache is the most famous piece of facial hair in Hollywood. The article goes on to say it belongs in the “Facial Hair Hall of Fame.”