That said, everyone concurs that Kyle Chandler was a champ, destined for the kind of fame he’d later find on Friday Night Lights.
“I remember thinking Kyle Chandler was amazing,” Ellen says. “I wasn’t surprised his career really took off after that because he was so natural.”
Even Shonda didn’t want Dylan to die once she met Kyle, but she still prioritized the story.
“He would pitch me ideas on how Dylan, his character, could maybe not explode, and I would show him the line in the script that said, ‘Dylan explodes,’” she recalls. “That’s literally all it said.”