A Golden Globe nominated actor, Australian-born Simon Baker has built up an impressive line-up of credits in television and screen, which have captured the attention of audiences worldwide. Best known for his striking performance as Nick Fallin in the highly rated, CBS drama “The Guardian,” Baker starred in the series from 2001 to 2004. In the first season, Baker was recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
2007 saw Baker transition from a television star to big screen leading man with two diverse roles. In the critically acclaimed feature, The Devil Wears Prada, Baker starred opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway as the dashing Christian Thompson in this comedy directed by David Frankel. In Focus Features’ Something New a romantic comedy starring opposite Sanaa Lathan, Baker played a working class landscaper who falls in love with an uptight professional black woman.
Baker first gained attention in the Curtis Hanson’s Academy Award winning film LA Confidential, following it up with a string of memorable performances in films such as An Affair of the Necklace, Red Planet, Sunset Strip, Judas Kiss, and the DreamWorks’ horror sequel The Ring 2, opposite Naomi Watts and Sissy Spacek. Other film credits include Universal’s Land of the Dead, a critically acclaimed thriller co-starring Dennis Hopper, John Leguizamo and Asia Argento; as well as the indies Restaurant, and Love from Ground Zero. In the works for Baker is The Lodger, where he stars opposite Hope Davis, Alfred Molina, and Philip Baker Hall in a film based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 thriller of the same name.
Born in Cleveland, raised in the wilds of South Bend, Indiana with a detour to Montreal’s McGill University, Daniel Waters came to L.A. in the
mid–80’s and wrote Heathers, the brutally black, quasi–seminal comedy that temporarily crucified the Teen Film genre. From there, he went on to write a poignantly pathetic, failing–upwards–
montage of big budget studio projects–the “loved in Europe” Hudson Hawk, the Catwoman–scented Batman Returns, Demolition Man (which spookily posited Arnold Schwarzenegger as an amendment–subverting future president), and other films which helped various studio executives land independent production deals.
Waters’s widely unregarded directorial debut, the perversely R–rated, summer camp comedy Happy Campers premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival before being sold for parts to the WB network. In lieu of suicide, the increasingly Candide–like Waters went back to writing films he actually likes. Sex And Death 101 marks the now–45 year old’s hopefully triumphant return to tonally challenged, darkly comic, original filmmaking. As a safety net, he is currently finishing an adaptation of the 70’s cult novel, The Diceman, with his much more commercially successful little brother, Mark, set to direct.