Dan Bucatinsky on being killed off Scandal: “To their credit it was also beautiful and emotional and very well done”
Emmy winner Dan Bucatinsky, one of the few openly gay actors playing a gay role on prime-time television, was killed off of ABC’s Scandal last night.
Bucatinsky found out in mid-January that his character of James Novak, the journalist husband of the President of the United States’ often questionable Chief of Staff, was a goner.
“The threat of death on a show like this, if it doesn’t pay off occasionally, the audience begins to scream bulls–t. I feel like I understand the decision,” Bucatinsky tells The Wrap.
Bucatinsky also said he was proud of the way the episode unfolded, including James and husband Cyrus’ very public declaration of their love during a White House event.
“To their credit it was also beautiful and emotional and very well done,” he said. “I thought that if you’re going to have to die, then you definitely want the episode to tell a story the way that one did. It wasn’t only respectful to me as an actor and my character, but it also tells almost a complete story, like a movie, of Cyrus’ coming out.”
Still, Bucatinsky hates to see one less gay character on TV.
“That’s just personal, you want there to be as may depictions as possible of gay characters,” he said. “But, Cyrus is gay and is still very much alive and kicking in Washington, and it will be very interesting to see how he plays out being a single dad and a widower and how they dramatize that. But, the show has a subversive way of telling a tale that has everyone in the world seeing themselves reflected.”Bucatinsky leaves the show as its only Emmy winner which he won over the likes of Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane and Harry Hamlin.
He’s got plenty else to keep him busy
as a consulting producer on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, is a producer and actor on Showtime’s Web Therapy, and co-produces the documentary series Who Do You Think You Are.
‘It’s wild that they are all happening at the same time but I’m going with it,’ he told me last fall.