We love Dr. Preston Burke. Sometimes, we even wonder if the surgeon/cook/musician/caring lover is human.
But how much of that is the tremendous writing of Shonda Rhimes and company? And how much is the heartfelt performance of Isaiah Washington every week?
It's hard to say, but we ask such a question because of an admission by Washington during the release party of the Grey's Anatomy Season Two DVD.
The actor said he originally auditioned for the role of Dr. Sheperd. He also disclosed the alternative choice for Dr. Burke, one that came very close to a reality: Paul Adelstein, who currently portrays creepy Secret Service Special Agent Paul Kellerman on FOX's Prison Break.
Fortunately for fans, producers chose Patrick Dempsey for the role of McDreamy, while inserting Washington into a role he's truly made his own.