Character: Vice President Noah Daniels
Most dastardly deed: Well, there was the suborning perjury to make sure the president stayed in the hospital and out of the comfy space that Daniels was setting up for himself in the Oval Office; then there was the itchy trigger finger to blow up half of the Middle East. Yeah, he's no Abu Fayed, but that terrorist is dead and this guy is stepping in as the most powerful man in the free world. How's that for scary?
Best line: Daniels returns to the bunker after a bomb goes off in the White House, ready to strike back without a second thought, and some suits chide him for moving too quickly. He snaps to his assistant: "Lisa, a bomb just exploded in the White House. If anything, we've taken far too long."
Ploy for pity: Aw, he's just trying to do what's right for the recently nuked country — which is, of course, nuking another country in retaliation — and all these danged terrorists and sitting presidents and do-gooder advisors keep getting in the way! "There's a little history to the vice president on '24' — they've all been bad guys," Boothe said. "There is a precedent there, but I only get two scripts at a time, so I'm not sure what happens next."
Inspired by: Boothe won't confirm or deny if he was inspired by a certain similarly bulky, cranky U.S. vice president. "I found myself watching stupid stuff like Senate hearings on C-SPAN," he did admit.
Trademark tic: Surveying the toys of power with an imperious air, be it the minions in the situation room or the military's weaponry. ("The scene I did getting off of Air Force Two, this giant plane, and there are two F-16s there with soldiers," Booth said, "can you imagine the reality of the power of this office? You could go to that plane and tell the pilot to go somewhere ... and it's 'Yes, sir!' "
You know you're in trouble when ... Daniels relies upon his interpretation of the Constitution for his behavior. Amendment, schmamendment, right? If it's an issue of following the letter of the law versus the spirit of the law, Daniels will take the read-between-the-lines interpretation every time. "I find what scares people is not what I'm doing but the situation," Boothe said. "If, in fact, a nuke had gone off in Valencia, would we want a presidency where someone would take action or wring their hands?"
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