Monday, April 6, 2009

Ben McKenzie Down With The LAPD

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Former O.C. actor Ben McKenzie is down with the LAPD.

McKenzie plays a rookie patrol cop in the Los Angeles-based series Southland, premiering this Thursday (Apr. 9) on NBC, and has gotten chummy with the real LAPD as a result of his new role.

Thus far, he’s been on several ride-alongs and has had many conversations with LAPD advisors about their profession.

It also helps that every cop extra on Southland is an actual police officer, and make themselves available whenever castmembers have questions.

McKenzie has gotten so acquainted with police, they’ve even told him stories about typical rookie initiations.

He’s learned that old school cops are “brutal on their trainees” and often make them ride in the trunk of the squad car if they can’t answer simple procedural questions.

McKenzie says the LAPD is definitely “hierarchical” but knows exactly how a newbie should handle it.

He explains, “An ideal rookie has big ears, big eyes, and no mouth. Just shut up and take it.”

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