‘NCIS’ Star Michael Weatherly Revealed If Head Slaps on Show Actually Hurt

by Lauren Boisvert

On the past seasons of “NCIS,” Gibbs had a humorous habit of slapping McGee and DiNozzo on the back of the head when they messed up or were being ridiculous.

There was a hilarious moment in the 2006 episode “Driven” where the team had to attend a sexual harassment meeting. Tony got up to ask the question, “What if you slap someone on the back of the head like this,” and proceeded to slap McGee on the back of the head. McGee retaliated by hitting DiNozzo in the stomach with the back of his hand. “Would that be considered inappropriate behavior?” DiNozzo finished with grit teeth.

“Are you saying this has actually happened?” said the instructor. Tony shared a look with Director Shepard, who shared a look with Gibbs, who didn’t look at anyone. As a fan of “NCIS,” that’s probably my favorite moment from any episode.

But back to the head slaps. In an interview with the cast from 2009, first Mark Harmon was asked if he ever catches himself slapping people on the back of the head when he’s not on set. He answered with a short, “No.”

Michael Weatherly was then asked if it actually hurt to get slapped on the back of the head like that. He answered with a quick, “Yes.” The interviewer asked them to keep their answers short, and they certainly did.

‘NCIS’: David McCallum Talks Working With ‘Dead Bodies’

Veteran actor David McCallum has the second-longest run on “NCIS” behind Mark Harmon. He’s played Dr. “Ducky” Mallard since the beginning, and only recently took a step back from the role.

In the same 2009 interview, McCallum spoke about what it was like to work with “dead bodies” and the actors who played those dead bodies.

“I always worry about it because it’s freezing cold in there because the air conditioning’s so great,” said McCallum. “And these poor actors and actresses come along and lie on a steel table. And so our main concern with the bodies is to keep them warm, keep them happy, and let them go home in one piece.”

Cote de Pablo Drew on Her Own Experiences to Play Ziva

According to Cote de Pablo, her own experiences as an immigrant influenced her when she got the role of Ziva. She came to the United States at 10 from Santiago, Chile, and so when asked if that experience informed her character choices, she said, “I think, tremendously. It influences me every day.”

Even though she came to the United States so young, she still has that experience of leaving her home and coming to a new place. She played that part of Ziva beautifully and obviously took great care when studying her character.