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28 February 2008 @ 12:13 am
More from the Day 6 Companion...  

I sat down and started to get into even more of the Day 6 Companion today and wanted to share some more parts that feature our favorites, Karen and Bill and/or Jayne and James. I also realized that I have the season 5 Companion too and that definitely has more behind the scenes stuff that I could write up if anyone is interested. So let me know!


James Morrison returns for a third season as Bill Buchanan, the Director of CTU, Los Angeles. Often left to fight the bureaucracy within the CTU chain of command while Jack’s in the field. Morrison says season six opened strongly for Buchanan. “I’m excited that they gave me some teeth right off the bat. It’s nice to have one person in charge. I also think the stakes are a little higher. The stakes are always high on the show but this was the gravest threat we’ve ever faced.”
Buchanan also starts the year having to trade Jack for the greater good. Morrison reflects, “I think Bill has always been willing to do what he has to do to get the job done.” He explains that Bill is just more adapt at subtly bending the rules, “just like non-violence is not passive, it’s active. When you are working within the rules to change the way people think about the rules, it’s a very active thing. No matter what you are doing, you have to learn the rules in order to circumvent them or even break them. I know sometimes, Bill has a level of compassion that is unusual for people in his position, that may be [seen as] a sign of weakness or indecisiveness, but that’s not the case. He’s a warrior—you can be non-violent as a warrior. Your moral fiber can run counter to the orders you’ve been given, but you still have to carry out the orders; though you do it with a different light in your heart. When Jack asks Bill in that scene about dying for something, he hasn’t, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t. Frankly, the decision that Bill is making is every bit as difficult. He probably volunteered to [trade Jack]. He wasn’t about to send someone else to do that. They cut a line in the final version where he’s talking to Karen and he says, ‘I don’t think I can do this.’ It’s very revealing because it’s the hardest thing he’s ever done, but he has to do it.”

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Jayne Atkinson returned for her second season playing Karen Hayes, but this year she was facing some distinct personal and contextual changes for her character. First off, Karen was now married to Bill Buchanan but working across the country in Washington DC as Wayne Palmer’s National Security Advisor. Atkinson says in some ways it was like starting again on a new series. “It was brand new because I was in a different group set. I was handling a crisis, but it was as an advisor to the President, so it was a real step up for me, one that ultimately gave this character the arc that they eventually came up with—to be National Security Advisor as a woman and to be the liaison of that interest to the President…on all those levels it was different.”
Her new White House location also ensured that Hayes would be right in the thick of the political intrigue, especially when it came to her eventual nemesis, Tom Lennox (Peter MacNichol). Diametrically opposed in their policy approaches, the pair found themselves continuously sparring throughout the season, with both of their careers on the line. “What Howard [Gordon] was able to do beautifully was to go talk with Peter so they were on the same page—Howard wanted the gray zone [with Lennox]. So Peter would talk to Howard and then we would work on the scenes together. We had so much fun. I like to say we were worthy opponents. And I think that happens all the time in real life. The people who are involved in making policy don’t agree and they have to figure it out. They do things like how they got rid of me. People make mistakes but one mistake can cost thousands and thousands of lives. So we were worthy opponents and it was tremendously fun to play.”
 
 
 
24fanatic824fanatic8 on February 29th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
Why do they have to cut the cute, mushy stuff out!! lol I wonder how that line would have affected the scene though. They could have put it in as a deleted scene! :D

Thanks as always for typing this up. :)