Monk: Season 5, Episode 1

Mr. Monk and the Actor (7 Jul. 2006)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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A method actor gets in the way as Monk tries to solve a case.

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A TV producer has gotten the idea of developing a movie based off of the events of Monk's capture of Steve Wagner in "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut." They have hired renowned actor David Ruskin to play Monk. However, to get into the role of Monk, Ruskin shadows his character for a couple of days as Monk investigates the linked homicides of a young woman killed in her apartment and a pawnshop owner shot dead during a robbery. However, things get bad when Ruskin gets a little too into the role of Monk. Written by dmcreif

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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The original script for this episode called for a kid dressed in a cowboy suit to find the murder weapon. The "little cowboy" was to be played by Nicholas Stargel. This was his first booking at the age of 5. The "little cowboy" uses the gun to play the Cisco Kid and fires on Monk and Natalie. Due to time, the scene was cut and the murder weapon was found in a downspout. See more »

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When Tucci and the others are doing the scene impersonating the Monk characters, the arrangement of the knick knacks goes back and forth several times between shots, even when Tucci has his back to them. See more »

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Dr. Charles Kroger: That must have been a traumatic experience for you Adrian. And they cancelled the movie?
Adrian Monk: He said he wanted to play a character who wasn't so dark and depressing. He's in England doing Hamlet.
Dr. Charles Kroger: How about the little getaway you were planning? The weekend away?
[Adrian shakes his head]
Dr. Charles Kroger: All right, okay, maybe another time.
Adrian Monk: I guess I'm back to square one.
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Adrian Monk: It's good to be home.
Dr. Charles Kroger: Adrian, please don't be hard on yourself. I think we should go back to three days a week for just a little while. That...
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Spoofs Monk: Mr. Monk and the Astronaut (2006) See more »

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Stanley Tucci tries to out-Monk Tony Shalhoub
30 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, I haven't been following Monk so this is one of the few episodes I caught and I have to say Stanley Tucci deserves the award he received for playing his character, David Ruskin.

In this episode, Stanley Tucci plays a method actor who will play Monk in a movie based on a previous case. Tony Shalhoub has made a name for himself playing the very peculiar Monk and to have someone to attempt the role and succeed really shows the strength of these two actors.

I was hooked at the beginning when Tucci showed up on set and I could already see that he can pull off the Monk look and the rest of the episode made me truly applaud his outstanding portrayal. And I have to remember the actor that help brought such a wonderful character to life.

I'm glad that of all the episodes I caught, I was able to see such talented actors. I guess the only downfall would be the lack of shine from the supporting cast. It's like the two amazing actors took so much of the attention that the others sort of fade into the background.


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