Scott Bakula’s portrayal of Dwayne Pride has helped launch NCIS: New Orleans into new territory. On the heels of its profitable “mothership,” collection, NCIS, the southern model has its personal tone and setting. Even with the rise of the New Orleans iteration, there’s nonetheless one factor Bakula struggles with (and also you in all probability gained’t guess what it’s).
Scott Bakula is a midwesterner transplanted into the New Orleans tradition
Though many keep in mind Scott Bakula from his Quantum Leap or Star Trek: Enterprise days, it’s NCIS: New Orleans that’s given him longevity within the business.
The actor commutes from New Orleans each weekend to Los Angeles the place his household stayed behind. However, Bakula’s roots are neither southern or western.
Born and bred in St. Louis Missouri, the NCIS actor grew up within the small suburb of Kirkwood the place his musical household set the tone for Bakula’s love of performing.
Though Bakula’s father and brother went the legislation route, his journey put him on the trail of leisure. After commencement, the star meant to check legislation, however in the end modified majors and ended up in theater.
It paid off. The Tony-nominated actor (for Romance/Romance) led to Bakula’s want to offer TV and movie a attempt. After plenty of smaller roles and sporadic recurring roles, Quantum Leap got here alongside in 1989 and altered the trajectory of Bakula’s life eternally.
What does Bakula nonetheless wrestle with on set?
Between the top of Quantum Leap and the beginning of NCIS: New Orleans, 21 years handed. Bakula continued appearing whereas including directing, producing, writing, and soundtrack contribution to his resume.
When the chance for NCIS: New Orleans got here alongside, government producer and star of NCIS, Mark Harmon, already had Bakula in thoughts.
“I’ve known Scott for years, and he’s worked with my wife, and we’ve known the same people and run into each other a bunch of times,” Harmon mentioned in an interview with TCA. “I believe getting a possibility to play a task like this, and definitely coming off of a profitable present like NCIS is a reasonably uncommon alternative.”
However, earlier than Bakula sank his tooth into the position of Dwayne Cassius “King” Pride, there was nonetheless one minor element to determine: how one can communicate.
The backdoor pilot episode, which concerned the crossover of NCIS to introduce the New Orleans collection, got here with lots of criticism over Bakula’s NOLA accent.
“They wrote this character who is born and bred in New Orleans, but they didn’t want the full-on accent,” Bakula mentioned in the identical interview. “We’re still working on how I’ll sound.”
Fans nonetheless drag Bakula for his try
He added that the accent remained in flux. Six seasons later, it’s clear Bakula spent lots of time molding Pride’s accent. However, it does come and go, as some followers nonetheless discover.
Others have made a joke out of it.
“*unintentionally lands on an episode of NCIS: New Orleans* Is… is Scott Bakula doing an accent?” another fan said. “Watching Scott Bakula on #NCIS New Orleans is humorous as hell trigger one minute he has a New Orleans accent after which he talks straight-up regular for a number of minutes with out one,” another viewer added.
Numerous these tweets are latest proving Bakula nonetheless has some work to do. No stress.
Bakula is stunned by this one factor
Accent apart, Bakula admitted he’s nonetheless shocked and “astonished” by the success of the franchise as a complete, particularly as a result of there’s no signal any of the three exhibits are about to finish.
“But they [the unique NCIS present] are the Energizer bunny they usually simply maintain going and going. They’ve been renewed once more for 2 extra years, which shall be their 14th and 15th seasons,” Bakula beforehand mentioned.
“I can’t imagine that. But I applaud them. I don’t understand it!”
The solely franchise to final nearly as lengthy is CSI, which satirically forged a couple of NCIS actors (akin to Vanessa Ferlito). Numerous it probably has to do with the crossover potential. Still, Bakula doesn’t perceive how his collection, or the 2 others within the franchise, are nonetheless going.
“By all rights, people should be tired of procedurals and they should be tired of that show. But they have got some magic model and they just keep going – and it’s astounding.”
He can thank the followers for that. Whether Bakula’s accent is spot on or not, individuals nonetheless tune in to look at Pride in motion as he and his group tackle the world. Again, no stress.
NCIS: New Orleans returns to CBS on Sunday, February 16.