Wilmer Valderrama Reveals Dramatic Death Wish for NCIS Character: ‘A Storm of Bullets’

Valderrama envisions a dramatic and heroic death for his NCIS character Nick Torres

Wilmer Valderrama in a scene from 'NCIS' season 21. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, SONJA FLEMMING/CBS)
Wilmer Valderrama in a scene from ‘NCIS’ season 21. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, SONJA FLEMMING/CBS)

Wilmer Valderrama, who has portrayed Special Agent Nick Torres on CBS’s hit show NCIS for eight seasons, recently shared his vision for his character’s ultimate fate in the series.

Speaking at a panel during the 2024 Monte-Carlo Television Festival on June 14, Valderrama described in vivid detail how he would like Torres to meet his end if the storyline required it.

Valderrama, known for his role on That ’70s Show, was asked a poignant question during the event: “If your character had to die, how would you like him to die?”

His response was both gruesome and beautifully cinematic.

Drawing inspiration from Denzel Washington’s character, Detective Alonzo Harris, in the 2001 film Training Day, Valderrama envisioned a dramatic and heroic demise for Torres.

“I just see a storm of bullets just washing over me, just dying heroically with violins in the background,” Valderrama said, referring to the intense shootout that leads to Harris’s death in the movie.

Wilmer Valderrama and Katrina Law in 'NCIS' season 21. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, SONJA FLEMMING/CBS)
Wilmer Valderrama and Katrina Law in ‘NCIS’ season 21. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, SONJA FLEMMING/CBS)

However, Valderrama was clear about one distinction: unlike Harris, Torres would die a good man.

“But defending my family somehow, just in a storm of bullets, I just see a storm of bullets just washing over me, just dying heroically with violins in the background and the rain is pouring,” he elaborated.

His description paints a vivid picture of a dramatic and emotional exit for Torres, emphasizing heroism and sacrifice.

This intense scene, with violins underscoring the action and rain adding to the atmosphere, would certainly leave a lasting impression on viewers.

Valderrama’s vision underscores his deep connection to his character and his desire to give Torres a memorable send-off.

During the same panel, NCIS co-star Brian Dietzen, who plays Dr. Jimmy Palmer, also shared his thoughts on how he envisions his character’s potential departure from the show.

Dietzen, who has been with NCIS for many years, proposed a different, yet equally poignant storyline.

He suggested that his character could succumb to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a devastating neurological disease.

Wilmer Valderrama as Nick Torres in 'NCIS'. (PHOTO VIA PEOPLE, ART STREIBER/CBS)
Wilmer Valderrama as Nick Torres in ‘NCIS’. (PHOTO VIA PEOPLE, ART STREIBER/CBS)

Dietzen reflected on NCIS’s collaboration with the ALS Association over the years and how this storyline could raise awareness about the disease.

“I think that having a character come down with ALS and seeing that progression over time, especially for someone who’s a scientist, who’s a doctor, whose control of his physical faculties and trying to cover it up over the course of time, but his mind still works until he finally passes, is something that, I mean, it’s a terrible disease,” Dietzen said.

He elaborated that showing this decline would be a “beautiful, tragic, and sad” narrative, but it would also be a significant contribution to the awareness and understanding of ALS.

Dietzen’s vision involves a slow, emotional journey for Dr. Palmer, contrasting with the explosive and immediate nature of Torres’s proposed death.

These insights from Valderrama and Dietzen highlight the actors’ deep engagement with their characters and their commitment to delivering impactful storylines.

Both actors’ proposals reflect a strong desire to leave a meaningful legacy through their roles on NCIS.

Valderrama’s and Dietzen’s discussions about their characters’ potential deaths also underscore the emotional investment and thought that the actors put into their roles.

These conversations are a testament to the depth of storytelling that NCIS has brought to television for over two decades.

Gary Cole, Wilmer Valderrama, Brian Dietzen, Katrina Law and Sean Murray in 'NCIS'. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ROBERT VOETS/CBS)
Gary Cole, Wilmer Valderrama, Brian Dietzen, Katrina Law and Sean Murray in ‘NCIS’. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ROBERT VOETS/CBS)

As the show continues to evolve, fans can expect more compelling narratives and, possibly, some of the dramatic scenes that Valderrama and Dietzen have envisioned.

NCIS, which has been a staple on CBS since its debut, continues to captivate audiences with its blend of crime-solving, character development, and emotional depth.

The show is set to return for its 22nd season this fall, and viewers are eagerly anticipating the new twists and turns in the lives of their favorite characters.

As NCIS progresses, the potential storylines suggested by Valderrama and Dietzen may or may not come to fruition.

However, their ideas certainly spark curiosity and excitement among fans, who are always eager to see how the lives of Special Agent Nick Torres and Dr. Jimmy Palmer will unfold in the future.

NCIS airs on CBS and is available for streaming live and on demand on Paramount+.

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