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Dourdan Criticises 'CSI' Scripts

By Caillan
October 19, 2003 - 12:05 PM

See Also: 'Invisible Evidence' Episode Guide

Gary Dourdan (Warrick Brown) recently sounded off on the quality of the writing on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Speaking with Ellen Gray at Philly.com, Dourdan said the actors often make on-set alterations to the scripts when the lines don't quite ring true. "I change my lines all the time," he said.

Dourdan, who praised the leadership of William Petersen (Gil Grissom) and Marg Helgenberger (Catherine Willows), went on to say that he and his CSI co-stars are "not painting by numbers. On our show, the actors are the actors and writers."

However, one recent episode did earn high marks from Dourdan: "Invisible Evidence", which was slated to air last week but replaced with a repeat at the last minute due to competition from baseball. In the episode, Warrick Brown's evidence is thrown out of court by a judge, who gives him and the rest of the Las Vegas CSI team only 24 hours to find new evidence to prove the suspect's guilt.

"I was really surprised, because the fellow who wrote it, Josh Berman, in the beginning, we were on each other's s--- list," he said, adding that he and Berman, who serves as a supervising producer on CSI, had now put that behind them. The actor praised the Warrick-centric story Berman came up with. "I was smitten," he said.

For the complete interview, in which Dourdan also talked about being "upstaged by the props", can be found here at Philly.com

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