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Polished Edge: Alfred Molina of ‘Monday Mornings’ on TNT
Q: Your “Monday Mornings” character is the central interrogator of the surgeons at weekly meetings. How do you view that aspect of the show?
A: They’re very private, those meetings. Each department in a hospital has its own, and whatever is said in there is absolutely confidential. My character says at one point, “The real crime isn’t making the mistake. The real crime is refusing to learn from it.”
People do die in hospitals, and doctors do make mistakes, but the effort to make sure the same mistake doesn’t happen twice is the whole raison d’etre of those meetings.
Q: How has CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, an executive producer of the show and the author of the novel on which it’s based, been for you as a resource?
A: Having Sanjay there was fantastic. In him, you’ve got the nearest thing to a Renaissance man that I know of ... he’s a doctor, a writer, a broadcaster, and he does incredible things like run marathons. The list is so long, it starts to become a little bit tedious, actually!
Q: Did working with “Monday Mornings” executive producer David E. Kelley as a guest on “Harry’s Law” lead to this?
A: I suppose the fact that I turned up in three episodes might have planted a seed, but even before that, he got in touch and asked if I was interested in getting involved in a pilot he was developing. It was a cop show that never happened, but we created a connection.
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