Thursday 22 February 2018

Danson: CSI corpses put me on edge

Ted Danson plays team leader D.B. Russell in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Ted Danson plays team leader D.B. Russell in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Ted Danson has revealed starring in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has given him a new appreciation for those in the profession.

The former Cheers star, who reprises his role as lead crime scene investigator D.B. Russell in the hit crime drama, admitted he still gets the jitters around corpses.

"Do I feel more familiar around dead bodies? No. And I hope I'm not tested any time soon," the 66-year-old said.

While he's had to get used to dead bodies and gruesome murder scenes, Ted revealed the show has given him a different perspective on death.

"Clearly, I am a Southern Californian actor, pampered beyond belief, but there are people that have to deal with that side of life that we hire to do these jobs. It [the show] gave me a huge amount of respect," he said.

"One of the first days I was at work, I came up to a man named Larry Mitchell who is a real CSI. I said, 'How can I look at life through rose-tinted glasses, how can I identify with this kind of work, this character?' And he said he had seen so much death that he realised how delicate life is, and how easily that strand of life can break. He said it taught him to enjoy and value every second, and he learned to cherish life in a very real way."

Ted - who joined CSI in 2011, taking over from William Petersen (Gil Grissom) and Laurence Fishburne (Raymond Langston) - joked he's playing a version of his Cheers persona Sam Malone.

"My standard joke is that I basically play Sam Malone over and over again. I'm just now doing Sam Malone sees dead people," he said.

:: The 14th series of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation begins on Channel 5 on June 3.

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