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'24's Bill Buchanan Was Originally Cast For Only One Episode

James Morrison, who expertly played Bill Buchanan for over two seasons on '24', says he wasn't totally surprised when his character suddenly exited the show last week.

In fact, he was surprised that his character lasted as long as it did -- 75 episodes -- after he debuted in 2005, considering he was only supposed to be in one episode of the series.

"I was only supposed to be there for one episode," Morrison tells the 'Deseret News'. "There was no indication of history or future, and that's what made it so much of a challenge and so exciting, actually."

James almost didn't audition for the show because he was about to fly to Hawaii on a family vacation: "I said, 'I can't go. I'm heading out in the morning,' My agent said, 'No, you'll have to send your family without you and come and audition for this.' And so I did."

And a single episode turned into three seasons as Bill went from CTU head to a man of action.

"I think, knowing Jack Bauer, you can't meet that guy and spend much time with him without being changed — irreparably."

He didn't necessarily see Buchanan's end coming when it did, but he also knew it could happen at any time.

"It's Jack's world and we just live in it. It's a one-character, plot-driven experience, and the satellites like myself, they're just making it up as they go, but I've had a great time. It's been a great experience."

Morrison will be appearing in the final two episodes of this season's 'Private Practice'.

March 17, 2009 |

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