NCIS: 8 Behind The Scenes Secrets
6. Michael Weatherly’s Ad-Libs
When it comes to dramas, actors are usually not allowed to ad-lib as much as they would in comedy series, but an exception was made for NCIS star Michael Weatherly. CBS said he was “one of the few actors on TV given the freedom to ad-lib scripts and make them funnier, which he does regularly.” One of his most memorable ad-libs was when talking about a woman’s looks. His character Tony DiNozzo stated, “She’s no Jessica Alba,” poking fun at his real life romance with Jessica Alba, whom he had dated and been engaged to until their split in 2003. “As far as ad libs go, I am an uncontrollable ad-libber. It is like a syndrome. I am sure it is amusing to the editors but sometimes the cast wants to kill me,” Weatherly said of his ad-libbing on set.
5. Casting Gibbs
Although Mark Harmon has now been the beloved star of NCIS for the series entire run so far, he was not the first choice for producers or the network. When it came to casting Agent Leroy Gibbs, Harrison Ford was asked to pursue the role but declined to do so and then the first actor actually offered the role was Don Johnson, but he turned it down. Reports also state that Scott Bakula was also on the shortlist for the part before it finally went to Mark Harmon, and Bakula of course became the star of NCIS: New Orleans.