David Boreanaz Talks About the 100th Episode of BONES

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I had an opportunity to join a conference call with David Boreanaz who graciously took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions from the media. Instead of regurgitating a ton of facts that you can find in the Gazillion articles written on that call, I decided to let David speak for himself and just post a few of his answers to some interesting questions. (Note: I have edited some of the questions and answers to make them easier to read and also to remove the major spoilers. Warning: I cannot guarantee that this is spoiler free so read at your own risk.)

What was it like to shoot the 100th episode?

David Boreanaz : I didn’t necessarily look at it like a hundredth episode. I looked at it as an episode that I was really fortunate to, again, be able to direct like I did last year. To me it’s just the work in taking care of that as best as I possibly could and as creatively as I could. The insight that I had going into it, knowing the storyline [redacted], I think that the audience is going to be really pleased. I certainly was for [redacted], and I think we see both those characters grow in a way from the past where they came from, some insight, and also in the future to see what’s going to happen with them next. It was entertaining and a lot of fun and I enjoyed the challenges.

Do you think there’s another 100 episodes in the show and in you?

David Boreanaz : Wow, that’s an interesting question. I think that there are plenty more episodes. I started this venture with the pilot and didn’t even think about where it was going to go and just take it show-to-show, episode-to-episode. The future’s very bright for the show. I see it as a show that’s really found its legs and can really go to some really unique places. We’re now actually shooting the season finale, so I take it episode-to-episode, show-to-show, and don’t set myself up too much for discouragement if it were to end tomorrow.

How come you got to direct the 100th episode, which is the flashback?

David Boreanaz : It pretty much worked out in rotation, and at the time, we didn’t necessarily know if it was going to be a flashback. I wasn’t privy to know what the episode was going to be about until about six episodes into the start of the season, so luck of the draw, just wanted to be pushed back as far as the episodes and rotations were concerned. I knew the 100th episode was coming up and I graciously talked to Hart about it and it just so happened to be this is the way it happened. I fell in a good spot.

You’ve directed a couple episodes of TV before, so I was wondering, how does the process change with practice? Does it get easier?

David Boreanaz : It doesn’t really get any easier. I think it’s always challenging to look at a script and make it your own while maintaining the sense of what the style of the show is. It’s a challenge whether depending upon the genre and what it’s all about. Each has its challenges and what you bring to it is your touch and what you see as far as your vision is concerned. You do the homework and you prepare. I have a very clear vision as to what I want at the end of my prep, and then I throw it out and let the creative process take over.

Do you think Booth and Brennan should be together eventually?

David Boreanaz : I see the two characters and they really pretty much are together, and how you want to see them and how the fans want to see the two of them together, I have my views on it. I think that the two of them worked really great off of each other and I’m not saying that I didn’t want to see them together. I think everybody wants to see them together in a different way, whether that’s as a couple, in a relationship. They work very well together and it’s great to see them solve these crimes. It’s also great to see them get into their personal lives, but for right now, I think I still maintain that they should be partners and let’s see what happens after this season, where they go, because it’s a pretty good season ender.

How it was having Eric Milligan back on for this episode and if there was any chance that he’d come back?

David Boreanaz : Yes, he was great. He worked out really wonderful. It was great to have him back, and he had to be wearing [redacted]. He was a real trooper. I think his character is very valuable, was and has been since the beginning. As the story has evolved, unfortunately he went his own particular way, as far as what the writers wanted to do with him. But he was a great addition to have in the 100th, and going back and seeing his relationship, how that evolved with Hodgins was a lot of fun. I thought he did a great job and it was great to see him back in his scrubs.

Do you get recognized as Seeley Booth more than you do as Angel?

David Boreanaz : I think you get recognized as whatever you put out there. It’s funny, we were at an event Saturday and everybody was screaming Bones at me. Well, I don’t play Bones, I play Booth so you know, you recognize what you’re doing and that show, Buffy was so long ago, as well as Angel so it was a great time on all those shows and I seem to be recognized for David as an actor, and they particularly say, yes, you do great work in Bones we’d loved you in Angel, or we loved you in Buffy. It’s a blessing to be a part of such great shows that they’re so recognizable. They’re definitely historic. I love the following of the fans and they’ve supported me for a long time and I continue to, hopefully, give them back more of Bones and I’ve got a lot more up my sleeve, so I look forward to giving them even possibly maybe another show down the line, and more characters for them to love. I really appreciate their support.

You said that you didn’t watch the first episode before directing the 100th episode. Would you suggest that fans don’t watch the first episode before watching the 100th episode?

David Boreanaz : No, I wouldn’t suggest that or say that they have to do anything. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. I didn’t watch it because I didn’t – you know, I shot it and I knew about it. I didn’t want to really study anything that was already done by the director who did that, Greg ., who did a great job directing that. I just wanted to see the script for what it was and bring the characters to a place that my vision was with it. But for fans out there, you can either watch the pilot episode to get an idea or not, it’s really up to them.

Who would be your ideal guest star for the show that hasn’t appeared yet, and why?

David Boreanaz : I always wanted James Garner. It was a nice correlation between what he could bring to the table, obviously, and how it could relate to Booth’s character. It would be nice to have him onboard. Brian Dennehy would be a really great choice, too. It would be fun to see him make a mark in through Booth’s family somehow. Also, Elaine Stritch, Broadway actress, she would be great. I’m open to anyone, pretty much. Stephen Fry, I loved having him. Let’s see who else I’d love to have on – I guess off the top of my head, that’s about it.

Is there a little tidbit of information that you can talk about in regards to one of the characters in an upcoming episode that the viewers can look forward to seeing?

David Boreanaz : Obviously the disappointment from Sweets will be . in the 100th episode because all of his findings are going to be unrealistic. But in the season finale, there’ll be a big shift, change, not only for the two characters here, but with everybody. I think it’s a really great season finale. We shot the last scene last week, at the end of the episode, and it was very moving. It was hard to get through, but I think that it’s going to elevate these characters even more so for the next seasons to come.

Overall, I have to say that this was an interesting call and David Boreanaz was a true professional in how he tackled all these questions. Having seen the 100th episode, I can’t tell you how excited I am to see the fan reaction to the earth shattering final scenes.

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