SORKIN - Up until the pilot aired, no one knew that the abbreviation for President of the United States was POTUS. Sam says it at the beginning.
WHITFORD - I thought it was some sort of sexual euphemism.
SHEEN - I said, ”I don’t really know how you want me to play this — and who is this guy, Jed Bartlet?” Aaron said, ”He’s you, Martin. You don’t have to go anywhere. You just have to go inside.” That’s what I did.
MOLONEY - During my first scene, Leo comes in and asks for Josh, so I turn around and scream ”Josh!” without getting up from my chair. Leo replies, ”I could have done that, Donna.” We did a couple of takes, and afterwards John said, ”You’re going to be here until the curtain comes down. ” He was the first person to say that.
SCHIFF - I had to recite all this aeronautical nomenclature to the stewardess on a plane after she told me to shut off my cell phone. It was the beginning of a tradition of both drinking in Allison’s trailer and being ambushed with a four-page monologue that you’d have to shoot that day after lunch.
JANNEY - Martin was always eating. I think he took the job for craft services, because he always had food in his mouth while they were trying to shoot.
God, I love The West Wing. It had the best pilot episode of anything until Sherlock.