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    • Carlo Rota: (On the criticism of the torture scenes in 24) I think it's an interesting point to bring up, but at the end of the day, 24 is a fantasy. I would be quite surprised if a person wakes up in the morning and decides he knows how to torture people because he's just seen 24.

    • Carlo Rota: I've played so many variations of bad people. I always end up torturing or being tortured or meeting some kind of sticky demise.

    • Carlo Rota: (Talking about his experience on the set of 24) I've got to say that the way they included me in that whole process, it was almost as if…I mean, first of all, I was lucky enough to be working with two fellow Canadians as well as the directors and the producers of the show, Brian Grazer, who I've worked with many times in Toronto and Brad Turner, who I've also worked with many times in Toronto. It was kind of like stepping into a set where I really knew people and the crew was very laid back, it was a very chill crew and it's not a stressed atmosphere on that show. Considering that they produce a show that is edge of your seat, it's not a stressed atmosphere, people work together really well. I think that the whole show is designed that way. People that don't fit in, they'll end up being killed, basically.

    • Carlo Rota: (Talking about The Great Canadian Food Show) We tried to sell the idea of the show to the U.S., but met with little success due to existing competition. At the time when we were shooting the show we very much thought that taking the show to an international level was the thing to do. Unfortunately, limited resources and budget dampened our ambitions, as well as my schedule being inconsistent and often taken up with filming other things.

    • Carlo Rota: (On how he got the part of Morris O'Brian on 24) was lucky enough to have a regular role in another American show called (La Femme) Nikita which was shot here at Toronto. That's where I'm speaking to you from right now, actually. And I got a regular role in a play, this cocky, procurer of illicit products and information. And the guy…the executive producer of that show, Joel Surnow, is also an executive producer of 24 and when I ran into the man this January of 2006, I think he phoned up everyone that I knew who I have worked with because I was at the time without a job or without representation and I just phoned people. Joel is the kind of guy who…if he says come up and see me…he said come up and see me and I did. I went up and met with the producers and they said, "Great, we'll write you into a show." I told a bunch of friends in Los Angeles what happened and everyone forewarned me that in Los Angeles people hear that all the time. But Joel came through on his word, he wrote me into the show and he wrote me in season five and it turned into season six, which is really a quite amazing way to start off in Los Angeles.

    • Carlo Rota: (Talking about Saskatchewan where Little Mosque on the Prairie is filmed) The nicest people are in Saskatchewan. And I mean really nice. Regina is the kind of town that when you mention it to people outside of Saskatchewan, they laugh and say, 'Oohhh, why go there?' Most of those people have never been to Regina. It's a lovely town and the show was made super-welcome when we shot it there. I was also told that there used to be a municipal campaign to keep litter off the streets and the slogan read, 'Keep your Regina clean', which is very funny and possibly apocryphal.

    • Carlo Rota: (On the pros/cons of life in L.A) I won't bore you with the pros. Here are the cons: Not enough cloudy days! I can never stay home with a good book and a nice cup of tea because I feel guilty. Also, whilst jogging from Santa Monica to Venice Beach, I have noticed how tiny some of the beach wear is! There are cold snaps in January. I get worried that some of those people will get chilly. My Mexican neighbours are too lovely and friendly. I'm suspicious.

    • Carlo Rota: (About The Great Canadian Food Show) I have a subtle way of conveying that information to the director of the show, so we either stop rolling, or he knows we're not going to include that in the show. Sometimes you get perfectly lovely people, who are very nice and I don't want to offend them by going, 'Jesus Christ that tastes like s**t'.

    • Carlo Rota: (On acting) It literally hit me one day, that what I really did well, was that I wasn't a food restaurateur or great business man, actually I was a pathetic business man. But what I did do well and what I really enjoyed was the performance, so that is what I decided to do.

    • Carlo Rota: (To fans of 24) I'm that guy who comes to L.A. and gets very lucky very fast and, as a result, 30,000 people think they can do it, too.

    • Carlo Rota: (On acting) I love acting, I absolutely love it. I love the process, I love being able to tell a story through a character, I love all aspects of the performance.

    • (about his new sitcom "Little Mosque On The Prairie")
      Carlo Rota: Even my well-intentioned, educated friends know precious little about what Muslims do, and it really isn't that big a secret, and it really isn't that... explosive. Ooh, that was a bad word to use, wasn't it?

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