‘Blue Bloods’: 4 Things You Didn’t Know About the Cast
1. Tom Selleck almost played Indiana Jones in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’
During a 2017 interview with the Build Series, the host mentioned Tom Selleck almost played Indiana Jones in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, but things didn’t go as planned. Popular belief is that Selleck turned down the role that Harrison Ford eventually took over, but that isn’t true. “Hollywood lore is that you passed on Indiana Jones for Magnum P.I.,” said the host. Selleck corrected him, saying, “No, I’m not that stupid.” The actor explained exactly what happened:
After I did the pilot for Magnum, I tested for Indiana Jones and got the job. Steven [Spielberg] and George [Lucas] offered me the job. And I said, ‘Well, I’ve done this pilot. And they said, ‘Thanks for telling us. Most actors wouldn’t do that, but we got cards to play with CBS. Turned out, CBS wouldn’t let me do it. They held the offer out for about a month. Harrison Ford hates to hear this. Harrison, this is your role, and you’re indelible in it; it’s just an interesting story. I signed a deal for Magnum, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I’m proud that I lived up to my contract.
2. Will Estes plays basketball between scenes
The CBS website revealed when Will Estes has time between scenes, he plays basketball if there’s a court nearby. He has a very good reason for squeezing in a game between filming. Estes told Men’s Journal he tries to stay in shape for his roles. He also tries to maintain a balanced diet. Here’s what Estes shared about his workout routine:
I try to train based on the role. I played a marine once so all I did was running, push-ups, and boxing. I did anything that was combat-oriented. I would go shoot and box and just sort of get into the whole mindset. In general, I just like to run around and stay active. I did a little gymnastics when I was a kid so I’ll run around and find a bar and try to do as many pull-ups as I can do. In terms of nutrition, I just try to eat clean.
3. Donnie Wahlberg eats the most food during Reagan family dinner scenes
During her Rachael Ray interview, Amy Carlson said Donnie Wahlberg eats a lot during the dinner scenes and sometimes even eats between takes. Wahlberg told People magazine that unlike Selleck he really eats, and he eats a lot of food. “Tom just pretends eat, but I’m the only one who really eats. I literally ate 20 pounds of asparagus today. I try to only stick to vegetables, which leads to other problems. Fortunately, we wrapped a little early today so the problems will be personal problems and won’t be affecting everyone else at the table,” joked Wahlberg.
4. Vanessa Ray waited two hours in the CBS parking lot for a chance to audition for Eddie Janko
In an interview with CBS Watch! magazine, Ray shared the story of how she snagged her dream job on Blue Bloods. The actress was persistent in her pursuit of a job on the show:
I auditioned on tape and then went to meet with CBS in Los Angeles. The day I went in for my callback, the casting director got stuck in an elevator and they were like, “Maybe we should reschedule for tomorrow.” But sometimes as an actor you’re like, No! I’m ready right now and I don’t want to come back tomorrow. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I know today I can get this job. So, I waited on the CBS lot for two hours until the fire department got the casting director out of the elevator and then I was like, “Ready?” And I got it!
Check out Showbiz Cheat Sheet on Facebook!