I used to be additionally actually wanting ahead to the the primary look of John C. McGinley on the podcast. McGinley, in fact, performed Dr. Cox, the gruff physician and mentor to J.D. Despite his penchant for ranting monologues and brutal insults, Dr. Cox not-so-secretly had an enormous coronary heart beneath his defensive posturing. How did McGinley handle to get that throughout in every episode, at the same time as he was delivering irate monologues on the expense of Hugh Jackman?
As it seems, McGinley — who usually needed to ship prolonged, two-page, single-space monologues — saved composition notebooks, which he used to memorize his traces by writing down these monologues. In every of the composition notebooks, McGinley additionally wrote a transparent mission assertion: “Find a place below the text in every episode where you can say ‘I love you’ to Max.”
Max is McGinley’s son, who was born with Down’s Syndrome a few years earlier than Scrubs premiered. “I made a decision beneath all of it, so it’s not too drippy, that in each episode there needed to be one spot the place I, John (not Dr. Cox) obtained to say ‘I love you’ to Max.”
By approach of instance, Dr. Cox gives up an change he was with Carla on the seventh episode of the collection, “My Super Ego.” “In this episode,” he says, “it’s proper the place I’m speaking to Judy [Reyes], and I say, ‘Just because a guy has problems doesn’t imply he doesn’t want,’ after which there’s this lengthy pause and it’s as a result of I saved getting an apple in my throat, after which I stated, ‘you.’ [The scene] jogged my memory that I took the whole lot so goddamn severely, this mission assertion I wrote to Max. And it informs the whole lot that Cox does [over the course of Scrubs].”
“I always consider the camera an x-ray machine,” McGinley continued. “It can see through an actor’s bullsh*t… so when an actor actually brings a mission statement that demands he find a place somewhere just underneath the text to say I love you to a kid who was just born with challenges, that pops. The camera goes, ‘It’s his truth!’”
And that is why John C. McGinley was so superb at enjoying the hard-ass with the center of gold: Because he took a second in each single episode to precise his affection to his son.