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James Pickens Jr. — Richard Webber
"I did a standard audition. I had just come off a show that had gone all of five episodes on NBC. It hadn't been long after that that I got this call to go audition. I thought it went OK — uneventful, nothing earthshattering. I received a callback to come back in, and I was the only one who was called in for Dr. Webber. I remember going to Disney and Shonda and Peter Horton were there. I had gotten a couple of notes from Shonda, and I actually did a monologue for the scene that opens in the pilot where he's standing in the operating room telling the interns that the majority of them won't make it. I did that monologue and they asked me to step out for a minute and they discussed. I came back in and Peter Horton said, 'Well, what are you doing for the next five years or so. Do you want to have this role?' I said, 'Oh my God yes!'"