Mark Harmon May Return to a Memorable Role and Teases His New Book

Actor/producer Mark Harmon speaks onstage at the
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Mark Harmon recently appeared on The View and spoke with the ladies about some of his most iconic roles and his new book. While Harmon shot down a potential return to NCIS as Detective Leroy Gibbs for now, he did say that he may be reprising another one of his beloved roles in a sequel as well as bringing his NCIS character to life in a new way.

Sara Haines brought up a potential sequel to the 2003 film Freaky Friday. She said, “Well, we have the perfect segway to having you here at our table. Ed Helms was just here talking about his new body-swapping Christmas movie, Family Switch. Now the last time Jamie Lee Curtis was here, she told us the sequel to her 2003 hit Freaky Friday is going to happen.”

Freaky Friday Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon, 2003

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She added, “You are in the original. Will you be in the new one?” Harmon did not give a clear answer but explained, “I think talking to Jamie is where you got to be on this, and if she wants it to get done it’ll get done.” He continued that he has known her for a long time and that she is very tenacious. For fans hoping for a sequel, it might be time to start bugging Jamie Lee Curtis on social media! Not only that but Harmon will return to the NCIS Universe in the new CBS series NCIS: Origins, where he will narrate and executive produce the show based on a younger version of his NCIS character.

The new show was actually his son, Sean Harmon’s idea. He said, “The character of Gibbs has been an important part of my life for 20 years, both in watching my father craft the role and previously having the honor to play young Gibbs myself. I always felt there was a tale worth telling about his earlier years, so I am thrilled to be stepping into a producing role alongside Gina, David and my dad as we tell this story and reveal a new side of this beloved character.”

Harmon also spoke about his new book, a historical nonfiction book titled “Ghosts of Honolulu: A Japanese Spy, a Japanese American Spy Hunter, and the Untold Story of Pearl Harbor.” After leaving NCIS, Harmon had more time on his hands and turned to his other passions: history and writing. The book follows the true story of Douglas Wada after Harmon did a plethora of research on him and uncovered some amazing stories.

NCIS, Mark Harmon, TV GUIDE cover, November 12-18, 2012

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Harmon shared, “This is the first story (leading) to the birth of what became (the real) NCIS. These agents are really a different breed. I hope that there’s a story revealed here that you don’t know. It was important work they were doing, and no one knew about it.” The book was co-written by Leon Carroll Jr., who was a real NCIS agent for 20 years until he became a technical advisor for the show NCIS. Harmon added about Carroll Jr., “I was always asking him about the right way to do something or the way he would do something. There wasn’t any interrogation I ever was part of on this show that I didn’t talk to him about. So when this idea came to me, I wanted it to be real. I said I wouldn’t touch this without him.” Purchase the book on Amazon.

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