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Why Simon Baker Vanished from Hollywood After The Mentalist

Why Simon Baker Vanished from Hollywood After The Mentalist

Simon Baker, initially recognized for his soap opera performances in Australia, first captured international attention in the CBS series “The Guardian.” In this show, he portrayed Nick Fallin, a role that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama. Following his three-season stint on “The Guardian,” Baker starred in “The Mentalist,” created by Bruno Heller. He shared the screen with Robin Tunney and Tim Kang in this widely acclaimed series.

Since the conclusion of “The Mentalist” after seven successful seasons, Baker has maintained a relatively low profile but continues to be active in the entertainment industry. In 2017, he directed the Australian sports drama “Breath” and went on to executive produce two more films: “High Ground” and “Limbo.” His recent work includes appearances on the Australian Netflix series “Boy Swallows Universe” and a co-starring role with Jacob Elordi in “The Narrow Road to the Deep North.”

In addition to these projects, Baker is set to appear in Taika Waititi’s science fiction film “Klara and the Sun.” The film also features Jenna Ortega and Amy Adams, with Ortega completing the project before filming Season 2 of Netflix’s “Wednesday.”

Despite stepping back from Hollywood’s limelight, Simon Baker’s career never truly waned. He made a conscious decision to exit Hollywood at the peak of his television career, solidifying his status as one of the most recognizable faces on TV. It’s commendable to see him actively participating in the Australian film industry, carefully selecting projects that resonate with his artistic vision.

While a return to his iconic role as Patrick Jane seems improbable, fans of “The Mentalist” can find solace in the array of similar shows available that capture the essence of the original series.

Source: The Guardian, Wikipedia