Saturday, September 13, 2014

Scott Bakula Talks About Filming 'NCIS: New Orleans''

You're already correcting people's pronunciation of "New Orleans." It's not "Nawlins," right?

The locals, they cringe at that. And they cringe at New Or-LEANS. It's "New OR-lins."

You're not a Louisiana native, so how did you work on the accent?

Well, I work with a dialect coach whom I've worked with for probably over 20 years, Jessica Drake. She's pretty famous in the business. We've done New York cops, we've done Appalachia. I've always loved dialects. I did it many times in the theater.

You started shooting in the middle of summer, when the Louisiana heat and humidity were at their peak. How are you dealing?

It's difficult. It has been difficult on the crew. We've had people with heatstroke; we've had many different challenging situations already. You just melt. I mean, it's not pretty. You're chasing somebody, and when it's over you're completely saturated. I grew up in St. Louis, and I don't know if you've ever been to St. Louis in the middle of summer. There are days in the summer sometimes, weeks in the summer, where the temperature can be over 100 degrees and the humidity can be 100%. I'm not a stranger to this. But I haven't lived in it for this amount of time for a very long time.

You're in New Orleans shooting for five days a week, but your family is back in L.A. How's that working out?

Well, we're all discovering that. It's a process. We're in the middle of shooting our fourth episode, and we've all agreed that we're going to be flexible and try and determine how this is going to work. Nobody is talking about what this will be long term. We've got an order for 13 episodes, and we're trying to make this 13 as great as we possibly can and see what happens. I don't know that I would ever move here, but if we get picked up for longer I would get more of a permanent kind of residence that I would go to when I was here.

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