Friday, April 8, 2011
NCIS strange casting.
One of the strangest things last year was to learn that Robert Wagner was going to play the father of agent Tony DiNozzo’s (Michael Weatherly) father, Anthony DiNozzo Sr.
In 2004, Michael played the role of actor, Robert Wagner, in the made for television movie "The Mystery of Natalie Wood." In 2010, Robert Wagner was cast and appeared as Michael Weatherly's NCIS character's father.
According to the NY Post, the two hadn’t met prior to filming “NCIS” and Weatherly admits to having been starstruck in Wagner’s presence. Odd, being he knew he was in a movie based on Suzanne Finstad's book that first questioned the viability of Wagner's account of the night Natalie Wood died. The CBS production, Lana Wood told me, was constantly threatened by Wagner's attorneys, thus the production ended up presenting the "banging dinghy" theory in spite of the fact Finstad had promoted the first evidence that accurately questioned the lame theory.
So how did Weatherly and Wagner become paired together? (Later, they became "buddies")
NCIS was created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill. According to reports, Weatherly met NCIS producer Bellisario when Weatherly was filming The Mystery of Natalie Wood. I suppose they both didn't realize the significance or purpose of The Mystery of Natalie Wood, or simply did not care. NCIS has over 21 million viewers who are led to believe Weatherly played a real good guy in The Mystery of Natalie Wood.
Natalie Wood, the true legend, has truly been marred over and over again. I want to give her a louder voice.