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POLISHED EDGE: Celebrity Q&A
Brian Dietzen of ‘NCIS’ on CBS
Q: You originally were hired to fill in for another actor on “NCIS,” right?
A: I was taking over for a character who had been shot, but he supposedly was coming back. He didn’t, and I guess it was because of me. I thought, “Man, I hope that doesn’t come back karmically and bite me.” But years later, the cast still seems to be clicking very well.
Q: Do you realize how huge your colleague David McCallum was during his years on “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”?
A: Yeah, he couldn’t go out of his hotel room in certain cities because he would be totally mobbed. That’s wild, but it’s also awesome. I saw a tape of him hosting this old show called “Hullabaloo,” and he did this song called “Double-O Soul.” It was kind of like spoken word with this rhythmic coolness to it as he strutted around talking about secret agents. It was absolutely fantastic!
Q: You made your stage debut playing an evil elf. What the what?
A: It was a play about how kids get a great gift on Christmas morning, and then 10 minutes later they’re playing more with the box. So Santa gets the idea that maybe he should just give kids boxes for Christmas, and I’m the condescending elf who warns him not to do that and he didn’t listen to me. He sends out empty boxes for Christmas, and I’m the one who makes him feel like crap about himself for the rest of the show.
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