CSI Files: So, the question that’s on everyone’s mind right now is, why did you decide to leave CSI: Miami?
Rory Cochrane: Doing a one-hour drama is very long. I’m
originally from New York and my family’s back here, and a lot of my
friends. I felt [the show] was never-ending and the grind was a lot.
It’s nice being on a hit show and the viewers are very supportive, but
I couldn’t really take it anymore.
It’s hard to sit there and complain when the pay is good and
most people make what we make in an episode, in a year. It wasn’t a
money thing. I didn’t like someone having control of my life for most
of the year.
CSI Files: Were you happy with the way your character, Tim Speedle, was written out?
Cochrane: No, I actually thought it was pretty lame to be honest with you. They have all these creative ways that people die [in Miami].
A main character on the show–I thought they could have come up with
something a little more imaginative. Getting shot–anybody can think of
CSI Files: Did you have any ideas that you suggested to the writers about how to write your character out?
Cochrane: I suggested something to them. I forgot what it
was, but it got shot down. It was like I’m the one who wants to leave,
so I couldn’t really ask.
And I was like, "Can I at least get to shoot somebody?" And they’re like, "nope."
CSI Files: What do you think about Speedle’s failure to clean his gun?
Cochrane: I gotta be honest with you, I thought it was totally lame, but what can you do? It’s not up to me.
CSI Files: Did Speedle ever fire a successful shot?
Cochrane: No. Never.
I guess that answers that …