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Emmy roundtable: Johnny Galecki -- 'I'd rather play the other guy'

September 16, 2011 |  6:08 pm

Johnny Galecki of "The Big Bang Theory" participateds in an Emmy roundtable discussion with first-time nominees

Way, way back in time, before "The Big Bang Theory" -- if that's even scientifically possible -- executive producer Chuck Lorre was casting for his new comedy and asked Johnny Galecki to consider the role of super-nerd science geek Sheldon Cooper.

Galecki read the script and told one of Hollywood's most successful show runners, "I'd rather play the other guy." That, thought the actor, was the end of that.

But, of course, Galecki did end up playing the other guy: Leonard Hofstadter -- a portrayal that earned the actor his first Emmy nomination this year for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.  (For more about his decision, see the video below.)

Galecki was one of four first-time Emmy-nominated actors who participated in a roundtable last week to discuss their roles and all things Emmy. Moderated by Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara, the other performers were: Walton Goggins of "Justified," Josh Charles of "The Good Wife" and Michelle Forbes of "The Killing."

ShowTracker will post additional clips before Sunday's Emmy ceremony, so check back for more.


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Photo: Johnny Galecki Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times