'Homeland': Mandy Patinkin On Taking Season 4 To South Africa

Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in 'Homeland' Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in 'Homeland'

“Homeland’s” Carrie and Saul will be going abroad for Season 4 of the hit Showtime series and heading to South Africa.

Mandy Patinkin, who plays Saul Berenson on the series, chatted with Access Hollywood about the show’s new international stint.

“I’m about to go to South Africa for seven months,” he told Access. “We’ll be based in Cape Town…we begin shooting [and it will last] all the way through November.”

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Fans of the series will remember that Saul’s future with the CIA was left in limbo at the end of Season 3, and even the actor himself doesn’t know what will happen with the man who helped capture Abu Nazir.

“I specifically ask the writers to not tell me what’s going to happen because my attitude is… I don’t know what’s gonna happen in Mandy’s life five minutes from now, five seconds from now, why should I know what’s gonna happen in Saul Berenson’s life?” he explained.

Mandy’s upcoming trip to South Africa also presented the actor with a surprising small world instance.

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“I found out I was going to South Africa and everyone I know knows somebody or is in South Africa or has a relative in South Africa, including myself,” he told Access. “I found out that I have a relative on my mother’s side that I’ve never met named Helen Lieberman. So I mentioned this name to somebody and they went, ‘Oh my God! She’s known as the Mother Theresa of South Africa.

“When Mandela got out of prison he heard about the work she’d done for people in need, children, elderly people in communities. She was a white Jewish woman who went to prison many times because I gather it was illegal to help people back then and I find out she’s my cousin,” the actor continued. “I’m gonna see the world there through her eyes, which 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. I’ve been in touch with her.”

“Homeland” is slated to return later in 2014 on Showtime.

-- Jesse Spero

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