Thursday, June 09, 2011


Criminal Minds article about directing: When actors step behind the camera to shoot an episode, it’s twice the work—and twice as rewarding On a soundstage in Hollywood, veteran actor David McCallum reaches into a corpse and pulls out a gushy-looking organ. Kidney? asks his NCIS co-star Michael Weatherly. Liver, McCallum responds, plopping the glob onto a scale.

As the scene ends, instead of standing in his place on the set with the rest of the cast to see if the scene needs another take, Weatherly dashes over to a TV monitor and watches a playback. Print it,” he declares, and the crew moves on to the next shot.

Wait a minute—is this guy an actor or the director? Today, on set of the episode called “One Last Score,” he’s both.

“I was so excited to get to work, I actually had to go for a run this morning to burn off some energy,” says Weatherly, the latest member of an elite group: actors directing episodes of their own shows.

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