In a new interview with actor Jesse Spencer, he revealed that they originally shot a different opening scene for the pilot episode. With the show approaching its milestone 200th episode, he couldn’t help but reminisce on the early days of the show, before it was even picked up to series order.
The pilot episode attempted to grieve after losing firefighter Andy Darden. The loss creates a rift between Kelly Severide and Matthew Casey as they blame each other for his passing. The two end up working together after their colleague, Christopher Herrman is in trouble. Matthew Casey is trying to mend his relationship with his fiancee, Hallie. Meanwhile, Gabriela Dawson attempts to save a girl by doing an untrained procedure on her. Finally, Peter Mills joins the team for his first day.
Spencer still can’t believe that it’s been a decade since Chicago Fire premiered.
He reminisced about the debut episode of the series. He believes that the situation is unusual.
“It’s just amazing thinking that we’ve come you know from this pilot that we did you know 10 years ago and we’re all new to Chicago. We were trying to learn the ropes to ten years later where it’s still going strong. It’s great it’s a great achievement and it just wouldn’t have been possible without the people here.”
When it comes to the pilot episode, he revealed that they shot another variation.
“I just remember shooting the opening scene because originally it was a different opening to our show,” he shared. “Then we changed it to the where Andy Darden is killed in the flashover. So that day, it was just the most we were shooting in March. It was one of the hottest days it was an unusual weather pattern.”
The day was actually 105 degrees. The cast wore real firefighter coats, complete with the insulation. No air conditioning and hot gear? They made each cast member drink roughly 18 bottles of water to stay hydrated.
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For Spencer, it’s all about the cast and crew when it comes to its success. Having people mesh well both on and off-screen is quite a rarity.
“It’s not every day that a cast and crew can like really gel like this,” he said. “That’s been probably one of the best things about it is that the friendships are on and offset. I’ve made friendships here that I’ll keep forever. It’s just been an iconic time it’s been a wild ride and I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Chicago Fire star Kara Killmer believes that the show is special because of its producer, Dick Wolf.
“200 episodes is like an insurmountable paramount that we’ve reached here,” she admitted. “This is exactly the kind of thing that Dick Wolf does. So I’m not that surprised that we’re here.”
Wolf went on to create the Chicago Med and Chicago PD franchises that were introduced on Chicago Fire.
“He’s kind of notorious for having 200 episodes [in a series],” she added. “We’re really excited. Obviously, I haven’t been here since day one but it’s really cool to see all of the original cast get to celebrate this moment. To be a part of it and be here with everyone [speechless].”