‘NCIS’: This ‘NCIS’ Role Is the ‘Worst Job’ You’ll Ever Have According to an EP

Landing a role on “NCIS” is the job of a lifetime. However, there’s one role you might not want to have. Here’s the “NCIS” role an executive producer says is the worst job you’ll ever have.

The worst job you’ll have on ‘NCIS’

David McCallum and Brian Dietzen on NCIS. | Patrick Wymore/CBS via Getty Images
David McCallum and Brian Dietzen on NCIS. | Patrick Wymore/CBS via Getty Images

According to “NCIS” executive producer Mark Horowitz, there’s one job on the show you probably wouldn’t want. During an interview with CBS, Horowitz says playing the role of a dead body is a role you wouldn’t want to take. It might seem like an easy job, but it’s quite challenging. Here’s what Horowitz tells potential job applicants:

I’m very upfront. I say, ‘Look, it’s horrible. This is the worst job you’re ever gonna have. This is a hard metal table. It’s cold. You can’t get up and go to the bathroom whenever you want. You’re going to be lying there with a towel over you. There’s going to be people looking.

So, I try to rule out the faint of heart as early as possible in the process. And if they’re going to be in one of the sliding drawers, we talk all about claustrophobia. This is not good for someone who’s got those issues. Still, they come.

Actors beg to be a dead body on ‘NCIS’

Brian Dietzen and David McCallum | Ron P. Jaffe/CBS via Getty Images
Brian Dietzen and David McCallum | Ron P. Jaffe/CBS via Getty Images

Many actors are desperate to be on “NCIS,” even if it’s the role of a corpse. “People are dying to be dead people on this show,” said Horowitz. He told CBS the producers prefer to use real people instead of dummies because it looks more realistic. “There’s something about real skin, the way light bounces off of it, what you can do with it with makeup, that just feels more real,” he added.

One actor who wanted to be a dead body on “NCIS” is former “Two and a Half Men” star Jon Cryer. He eventually landed the role of Dr. Cyril Taft during “NCIS” season 13. Cryer is a big fan of the show, so he tried to snag a role on the show. “I was excited to have a chance to do anything on ‘NCIS,’ because for years I had been bothering every cast member I could corner at all those CBS functions, and begging them to allow me to be a dead body on the show,” Cryer told CBS.  

Brian Dietzen says playing a dead body can be unpleasant

Brian Dietzen on NCIS | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Brian Dietzen on NCIS | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Brian Dietzen, who plays medical examiner Jimmy Palmer, knows what he’s talking about when he says you wouldn’t want to play a dead body on “NCIS.” However, he told CBS he meets people who are eager to play the part:

I’ve met more people that have said they want to be a dead body on this show. And I just say, ‘You really don’t want to. You’re going to be naked in a room with somewhere between 40 people, 50 people, maybe, that come in and out. And it’s really cold, until it’s not, when we put that really hot light on you. And you musn’t breathe.’  

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