Q: I was Googling and came across an image of a Tom Selleck birthday cake on which the chest hair was made out of chocolate sprinkles. Chest hair is such a crucial part of the Tom Selleck brand that I have to ask if you've ever done any waxing.
A: No. No. Nobody asked, and I didn't. I wouldn't have done that. I saw an actor once on the beach when I was a kid. He was in a series; I won't say who it is. He was doing a Western show. Everybody on the beach said "Ooo! What's-his-name's over there!" So we all ran over. I must've been 10 years old. And the guy was talking to all of us and stuff—it was down at Santa Monica Beach. He had his trunks on, and he was pretty fit, but I think I said to my brother, "Ewww! He shaves his chest!" He had ugly stubble all over—I guess that's what actors did in those days. It just never occurred to me.

Q: You got attention for playing an openly gay man and kissing Kevin Kline in the film In & Out.
A: The kiss is not really a passionate kiss. It's kind of a slap-in-the-face-wake-up-you're-gay kiss. And that was easier to play. We shot that scene at a public intersection, and the cop directing traffic was a big Magnum, P.I. fan. He had to watch that scene all day, and I don't know what he said to himself.

Q: You're enjoying a TV resurgence, making the sixth installment of the Jesse Stone detective series.
A: CBS kind of hated the first one when we delivered it. We were set to air between Spring Break Shark Attack and Category 7: The End of the World, so they didn't think it fit their format. But I'm real proud of Jesse. I hate to say it, but I've never done a movie that got all good reviews—and we kind of did for No. 5 in the series. I don't want to jinx anything, because usually there's somebody whose point in the review is that I should've never been born.

Q: I love how damaged the Jesse Stone character is.
A: Oh, he's a mess. He's an absolute mess. CBS just wanted a movie, frankly, from me, and they said, "Okay." Anyway, we did really well with the first one, but they didn't get it—they read the script and said, "You have a three-page scene here where Jesse comes home, pours a drink, sits around, thinks, and drinks. Nothing happens." And I said, "Well, a lot happens." It puts you inside the character's head, which is where you have to get.