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24: James Morrison On His On-Screen Death--And Someone Else Joins The Cast

If there's one thing that cast members of 24
should live with, it's death. Lots of them. You can either die by
gunshot, or by nerve gas poisoning, or by explosion, or by a needle
somewhere in your blood stream—and we very well know that didn't work.
Sure, we were shocked to see Bill Buchanan (James Morrison)
die in last week's episode, and in just a snap: he throws himself to a
bomb, it explodes, and he's dead along with a group of terrorists, if
only to save President Taylor (Cherry Jones). It was unexpected, it was unwarranted, and it was quick. Collective gasps, please.

But here's something 24 fans already know: death, and lots of them. So feel free to skip this part… or maybe not. “The moment you step aboard 24
you're taught to expect that you're going to bite it,” the 54-year-old
actor said. “In this solar system you have one sun. The rest of us
are just planets that are invited to orbit, and sometimes we're just
yanked out of the sky.”

And, of course, there's the off-screen tributes for a cast
member who's about to leave, or in this case, about to die. The whole
cast and crew celebrated with cake on the set, marking three seasons
for Morrison, who was only supposed to be a one-off guest star. “I
spent a moment with them basking in their appreciation of what I felt
like was sort of a family member leaving the fold,” he said. “It was
the most familial set I'd been on.”

(It's something you've probably heard from many other cast members whose characters died on 24, so there.)

So what's next for Morrison? First, he guarantees he is really dead,
so there aren't any hopes of a Tony Almeida-styled resurrection.
Second, he's bent on recording his music—“blues, folk stuff,” he
describes—and finish his work on a documentary that he's co-producing
with his wife, about the audition process for actors. And then there's
his role in the final two episodes of ABC's Private Practice.
“I can only reveal that I play someone who comes in to shake things up
at the clinic,” he said. “It was so great to do something where
there's no angst, where you're just having a conversation with somebody
and the safety of the world is not at stake.”

As for 24, well, it gets another cast member: Tim Guinee, who's appeared in both the CSI and Law and Order franchises, and in films such as Iron Man and Synecdoche, New York,
will appear as Ken Dallao, a news reporter with ties to First Daughter
Olivia Taylor (Sprague Grayden). It's just a recurring role, but I
hope he's ready for the possibility of on-screen death.

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Post on Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:35 pm by kane

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RIP Bill Buchanan

It was a great ride. Thanks to all of you who've supported the work on 24 and those who've sent letters of condolence.
As I've said before, working on 24
was a gift. I'm grateful to the forces that conspired to make it
possible for me to participate. I'm honored to have worked with such an
amazing collection of artists and craftspeople and I made some friends
for life.

When I showed my son Bill's death scene (he's
been to the set a few times, of course, and played chess with Kiefer,
but he's never seen the show and since was just 5 when I joined the
cast I only showed him my first entrance into CTU so he'd have a frame
of reference) he sat silently watching Jack mourning Bill's body and I
said, "How many sons can watch their dads die and then sit and laugh
about it with them afterwards?" He grinned and said, "You wanna hear
the new song I wrote?" And off he went to the piano. So, there's the
larger truth of it - and thank you, Seamus, for showing it to me
continuously - that was fun, now let's get on to the next thing!

truth is, I've been "on to other things" since last summer. I wrapped
my final episode as Buchanan in June of '08 and have been pretending I
was still on the show since. That was the hardest acting job I've ever

Riad and I have (almost) finished principle photography on Showing Up and have started editing in earnest. I make periodic updates to the Showing Up site so check back. We're looking to have a (really) rough cut by late April.

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