With his corduroy jacket and his friendly “How are ya?”, he hardly projects the air of one of the world’s biggest TV stars.
The same year that he signed with Bruckheimer and company, Dourdan played Malcolm X in the telemovie Muhammad Ali: King of the World.
As mentioned, Dourdan is also a prolific alternative musician (with solo albums to his credit) and a record producer.
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We’ve seen a lot of theatre.” Petersen himself is an experienced stage actor and, since leaving his on-screen role in CSI last year, has returned to the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company in his native Chicago.
“I hadn’t been able to do any theatre for 10 years because of the show, and I thought, if I don’t do it, I’ll never do it,” he says.
“I didn’t want to become afraid to do theatre.” His two roles since leaving CSI – in Conor Mc Pherson’s Dublin Carol, at the Steppenwolf, and David Harrower’s Blackbird, also in Chicago – stretched acting muscles long neglected on the TV show.
“It’s a three-dimensional world in the theatre,” he says.
It’s weird, most places didn’t change the whole title – but they did.” He shrugs, as if to say that whatever French network TF1 does is fine by him – after all, they’re helping pay for his trip to Europe.