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Michael Weatherly took a mas­sive risk leav­ing NCIS but it has paid off with the lead role in Bull.

Bull is based on the early life of talk show host Dr Phil McGraw. Ja­son Bull, played by Weatherly, is a psy­chol­o­gist who heads a jury con­sult­ing firm. Bull has the skills to select the right ju­rors to get his clients ac­quit­ted.

Weatherly spent 13 sea­sons play­ing Spe­cial Agent An­thony DiNozzo on NCIS be­fore call­ing it quits in late 2015.

“Ev­ery­thing that has been won­der­ful (in life) has been a risk,” Weatherly says. “It was my choice to leave NCIS. If you (DiNozzo) are con­stantly num­ber two, be­ing groomed to be num­ber one, but you never (get there) — that is sort of sad.

“Life is an im­per­ma­nent thing and so change, while we don’t like it, has to hap­pen, and I never feared it.”

Bull has proved Weatherly’s star power. The se­ries premiere grabbed nearly 16 mil­lion view­ers in the US.

“Bull is a fas­ci­nat­ing con­ceit, be­cause you have this mas­ter of be­havioural anal­y­sis (who) knows what you will be think­ing as you see him. Be­ing smug may just be what Bull pre­sents (to see) how (po­ten­tial ju­rors) will re­act — to get them to re­veal them­selves,” Weatherly says.


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