'Homeland' Season 4: Mandy Patinkin asked the writers not to tell him anything

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Actor Mandy Patinkin recently sat down with "Access Hollywood" to talk about his new movie, "Wish I Was Here," but naturally, they also had to ask him about "Homeland," the hit Showtime drama on which he plays CIA chief Saul Berenson.

"I'm about to go to South Africa for seven months. We'll be based on Cape Town, we begin shooting in June all the way through November. It goes on the air, like the other seasons, about the end of September," says Patinkin, but as for actual details, he isn't divulging anything -- chiefly because he doesn't know anything.

"I specifically asked the writers to not tell me what's going to happen because my attitude is -- I'm going to know seven to 10 days ahead of time to learn the words, but I don't know what's going to happen in Mandy's life five minutes from now, five seconds from now, why should I know what's going to happen in Saul Berenson's life?" says Patinkin.

He goes on to say that he's very excited about shooting in South Africa, though, particularly because he has a cousin there he has never met who is basically a local Mother Theresa figure and he's looking forward to seeing the world there through her eyes, saying it will be "an extraordinary view of an extraordinary place. I'm sure I'm going to meet extraordinary people and that's just the tip of the iceberg, so I cannot wait."

"Homeland" Season 4 returns to Showtime in September.
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