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  • ♪ ♪ ♪ >> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY.

  • WE'RE BACK WITH THE CREATOR AND CAST OF "THE WEST WING," ALLISON

  • JANNEY, RICHARD SCHIFF, MARTIN SHEEN, AARON SORKIN AND

  • BRADLEY WHITFORD.

  • HOW MUCH DID THE ACTORS THEMSELVES INFLUENCE THE

  • CHARACTERS?

  • YOU KNOW, I UNDERSTAND, RICHARD, YOU MADE SOME CHOICES.

  • I UNDERSTAND RICHARD MADE SOME CHOICES THAT WOULD SOMETIMES BOX

  • YOU IN A CORNER.

  • >> YEAH.

  • IT WAS WHILE WE WERE SHOOTING THE PILOT, MAYBE FOUR OR FIVE

  • DAYS IN.

  • I NOTICED HE WAS WEARING A WEDDING RING.

  • AND I WENT TO HIM BETWEEN TAKES AND SAID, ," YOU KNOW, I JUST

  • HADN'T THOUGHT THAT TOBY WAS MARRIED."

  • AND RICHARD SAID, "YEAH, ME NEITHER."

  • I SAID, "YOU'RE WEARING A WEDDING RING."

  • HE SAID, "YEAH, I WAS GOING TO LET YOU FIGURE THAT OUT."

  • >> OKAY, I HAVE TO TELL MY VERSION OF THE STORY BECAUSE

  • IT'S FASCINATING HOW WE REMEMBER THINGS.

  • >> Stephen: OKAY.

  • >> BECAUSE-- BECAUSE AARON CAME UP TO ME, KIND OF DESPERATE,

  • ACTUALLY, AND A LITTLE FRANTIC.

  • "YOU'RE WEARING A WEDDING RING."

  • AND I WENT, "YEAH."

  • AND HE GOES, "ARE YOU MARRIED?" AND I WENT, "NO."

  • WHAT I SAID WAS, "TONE IS A-- I DECIDED THAT HE WAS A WIDOWER,

  • WHICH IS WHY HE'S SO MUCH-- SO INTENSE AND SO FOCUSED AND MAYBE

  • A LITTLE BIT SAD AND GAVE HIM SOME DEPTH, THAT HE LOST SOMEONE

  • VERY CLOSE TO HIM."

  • YOU REMEMBER IT AS "YOU FIGURE IT OUT" BECAUSE YOU WERE

  • THINKING, "DAMN, I HAVE TO FIGURE THIS OUT NOW," BECAUSE

  • YOU HAD WRITTEN MY EX-WIFE.

  • >> RIGHT, RIGHT, I GUESS YOU'RE RIGHT.

  • BUT MORE TO THE POINT, YES, OF COURSE THE ACTORS INFLUENCED THE

  • CHARACTERS AS WE WENT.

  • THAT'S-- IT'S ONE OF THE REALLY NICE THINGS ABOUT DOING SERIES

  • TELEVISION, ABOUT STAYING WITH SOMETHING.

  • YOU KNOW, I STAYED WITH IT FOR FOUR YEARS, THAT YOU'RE KIND OF

  • ON YOUR OWN WITH THE PILOT, AND THEN WITH THIS GROUP, STARTING

  • WITH EPISODE TWO, YOU KNOW, YOU START TO GET TO KNOW THEM A

  • LITTLE BIT, AND THEY'RE REALLY FILLING OUT THESE CHARACTERS,

  • AND IT JUST STARTS TO WORK.

  • I MEAN, I THINK THAT WE HAD SOME VERY GOOD EPISODES IN THE FIRST

  • SEASON, BUT I FEEL LIKE IT TOOK US THE FIRST YEAR TO LEARN HOW

  • TO DO THE SHOW.

  • SHOW.

  • >> Stephen: ALLISON, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE EPISODE?

  • .>> OH, GOSH -- >> Stephen: YOU GET THE TOUGH

  • QUESTIONS ON "THE LATE SHOW"."

  • >> IT'S HARD FOR ME TO PICK BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY

  • MOMENTS OUT THAT I LOVE.

  • ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING FOR ME AND JUST EMOTIONALLY-- AS AN

  • ACTOR WAS WOMEN OF KUMAR, WHICH WAS-- I BELIEVE, AARON, LET ME

  • SEE.

  • SEASON THREE, EPISODE NINE.

  • >> OKAY.

  • >> WAS I RIGHT?

  • OKAY, I DON'T KNOW.

  • I THINK IT WAS THAT.

  • BUT I LOVED IT BECAUSE IT WAS C.J., YOU KNOW, HER PERSONAL

  • BELIEFS AND CONVICTIONS COMING UP-- COMING IN CONFLICT WITH

  • WHAT THE BARTLETT ADMINISTRATION WAS PUTTING OUT, BECAUSE THEY

  • WERE SELLING ARMS TO THE FICTIONAL COUNTRY OF KUMAR, THAT

  • WAS ABUSIVE TO WOMEN.

  • AND IT WAS VERY-- C.J.-- IT COST HER SOMETHING EMOTIONALLY.

  • SO THAT WAS A GREAT STORYLINE TO SEE, YOU KNOW, HER CONFLICTED

  • AND SHOWING-- THAT WAS AN AMAZING EPISODE TO BE A PART OF.

  • AND THEN, YOU KNOW, CONVERSELY, I LOOK THE SILLY THINGS I GOT TO

  • DO.

  • MAKING BARTLETT PARDON TWO TURKEYS ON THANKSGIVING, OR

  • WORKING WITH OTHER BARNIARD ANIMALS I GOT TO WORK WITH.

  • I ALWAYS LOVED DOING THE SILLY COMEDY THINGS.

  • BUT THEN AN EPISODE LIKE "THE WOMEN OF KUMAR" FULFILLED ME AS

  • AN ACTRESS.

  • SO IT'S HARD TO ANSWER THAT SUCCINCTLY.

  • >> Stephen: WELL, YOU NAILED IT.

  • YOU NAILED IT.

  • MARTIN, BARTLETT WAS THE SECOND CATHOLIC PRESIDENT THE YUT EVER

  • HAD.

  • AND I THINK IT'S KNOWN THAT YOU WANTED JOSIAH BARTLETT TO BE A

  • CATHOLIC.

  • WHY WAS THAT IMPORTANT TO YOU AS A PERFORMER?

  • >> YOU KNOW, WELL, I'M A PRACTICING CATHOLIC.

  • I STILL HAVEN'T GOTTEN IT RIGHT, SO I CONTINUE TO PRACTICE.

  • I WANTED BARTLETT TO HAVE A PERSONAL REFERENCE OF MORALITY

  • SO THAT IT WENT BEYOND THE NORMAL COURSE OF POLITICS OR

  • PUBLIC LIFE, THAT HE TOOK IT PERSONAL.

  • THERE WAS REWARD AND PUNISHMENT.

  • BUT I ALSO WANTED HIM TO HAVE A NOTRE DAME DEGREE, FOR OBVIOUS

  • REASONS.

  • I DIDN'T HAVE ONE.

  • SO I'M GRATEFUL THAT AARON GAVE ME BOTH.

  • >> Stephen: WE HAVE TO TACK A QUICK BREAK BUT STICK AROUND

  • WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE OF "THE WEST WING."

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