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    15 Fan-Demanded "Scrubs" Questions Answered By Zach Braff Himself

    "Rowdy? Funny story about Rowdy. I tried to take him home — he was our dead, taxidermy dog — and the network wouldn’t let me have him."

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    Jon Premosch / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Zach Braff has accomplished so much in Hollywood over the course of his two-and-half-decade-long career, from starring in big-budget films like Oz the Great and Powerful and Chicken Little, to writing and directing the indie classic Garden State. But, of course, he is probably best known for his role as the lovable J.D. on Scrubs. Braff recently stopped by the BuzzFeed offices in celebration of Scrubs making its Comedy Central debut and in between playing the game Operation, he answered your most burning questions.

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    1. First things first: How good do you think you'll be at Operation?


    Zach Braff: I haven’t played Operation since I was a child, but I do feel like as an adult I’ll be able to nail this. I also, as you know, played a doctor on television for many years and have done some very light procedures on friends and acquaintances, so I think I should be able to do some basic operation.

    2. What was your impression of Donald when you first met?

    ZB: Not a very good actor. Phoning it in. Handsome, of course. Sexually attractive to people of all types — but I think he would say that I taught him everything he knows.

    3. Would you say your real-life bromance with Donald is as perfect as your onscreen bromance?


    ZB: Donald and I do truly love each other — you can cut right now and show pictures of us through the years. We’ve been on speedboats, we’ve been in hot tubs, I attended the wedding to his lovely bride, CaCee [Cobb]. We do love each other. We love each other very much, I can’t lie. You’re going to ask me if it’s ever crossed certain taboo lines and I’m going to say no, it hasn’t. [Nods, then mouths, "It has."]

    4. What happened to Rowdy after the show?

    ZB: Rowdy? Funny story about Rowdy. I tried to take him home — he was our dead, taxidermy dog — and the network wouldn’t let me have him. I thought as a price for doing eight and a half years of the wonderful show that I should be allowed to have Rowdy in my house, but they didn’t agree. Although I did ask them if I could put him in my film I Wish I Was Here and have him do a cameo, and he’s in the background of one of the shots. They said they would only allow me to do it if they sent him with a bodyguard. I’m not kidding — the studio literally thought that I was going to steal the dead, taxidermy animal and they sent a security guard with the dog who was his bodyguard for the day because they were right... I would’ve stolen his ass.

    5. What was your favorite Scrubs fantasy?


    ZB: My favorite Scrubs fantasy? Oh man. There were so many, I don’t even know where to begin. I like the ones that were so random and stoner-y, like Donald dressed as a goat — he was a half-goat man. And he was trying to hit on, I think he was hitting on Keri Russell. Goat Turk was hitting on Keri Russell, and she was dressed as a mermaid and I think I remember saying, “Goat Turk, that’s my mermaid!” And I don’t know, it was just so random and weird, but I loved a lot of it! I can’t even begin to think, but that’s the first one that comes to mind.

    6. Did you keep anything from set after the show wrapped?

    ZB: That’s a good question. I don’t think they let me. I think I tried to take things and they wouldn’t let me. Rowdy was the most important to me and I didn’t get him. Oh! I have — if you remember from the pilot when I was a deer in headlights, I wore those foam deer antlers. You wouldn’t know they were foam, but they were foam, so they would sit on my head, and I have those in my house. To this day I have the deer antlers. One of the first fantasies we ever did when I was a deer in headlights in the pilot — I have those at my house.

    7. Did you know the Janitor’s name from the beginning, or did you find out when J.D. found out?


    ZB: Bill Lawrence, our show’s creator, thought the Janitor might just be a figment of J.D.’s imagination. He thought that it would be funny because we didn’t know how long the show was going to go. In fact Neil [Flynn], who played the Janitor, didn’t even have a major role in the show — he was doing a cameo in the pilot. Neil was so incredibly funny that Bill made him a regular and then the whole first season Bill thought, Wouldn’t it be funny, like, he might not even exist. Like, he’s just in J.D.’s imagination. And then once the show started becoming successful and being on for so long, for more seasons, we realized he had to interact with other people besides me. In terms of his name, no one knew his name — I think Bill made that up the last season, and to this day there’s controversy over his name, whether it really is Glen Matthews. We don’t know.

    8. Are there any memorable moments that were improvised and ended up making the cut?

    ZB: Nine zillion! One of the great things about the show was that Bill Lawrence let us improvise a lot, so we would always get what was written locked down, and then we would just play around. And that’s where some of the audience’s favorite stuff over the years came from — just us all playing around and being silly. We were such good friends that it was just kind of like anyone watching who has a group of friends who would just joke around and make each other laugh and be stupid together. That’s what we were doing. So a lot of the stuff, like Eagle and all that stuff, was just us fucking around.

    9. What do you think J.D. would be doing in present day?


    ZB: I pitched to Bill that J.D. inherits a small amount of money and he uses it to make the Dr. Acula movie that he and Turk always dreamed of making. So, it’d be a small movie or a small miniseries where they’re still doctors and they’re friends, but in their spare time they’re fulfilling their dream of making their vampire, medical indie film, Dr. Acula.

    Please tweet Bill Lawrence, @VDOOZER, that you think it’s a great idea because he’s on the fence about it. Link to this and say, “Zach’s idea for the Dr. Acula movie is genius. What’s wrong with you, Bill?”

    10. Do you ever diagnose people using your Scrubs knowledge?

    ZB: No, but I often get asked by people and they’re not even kidding. They’re like, “You know, you played a doctor for so long, can you look at this?” And I think they’re joking, but they’re not! They think I somehow have some sort of knowledge. And I just say, “Put ointment on it.” No matter what it is, even if it’s like, a broken arm. Ointment. If you’re listening out there, don’t listen to my advice. Seek medical help if you have a genuine ailment…but first try ointment. "Ointment" is just a funny word.

    11. Did anything happen on set that still makes you laugh to this day?


    ZB: The first thing that comes to my mind is always — and I think I’ve said this on one of the gag reel things, and you can link to the gag reel here because there’s footage of it — it’s so funny. The Janitor’s wife had limited fingers and she had used whatever fingers she had to make me scrubs short shorts. And he wanted to me to wear them and he was very offended that I wasn’t going to wear them in the hospital because she had put all this time into making scrubs short shorts. And I had to get through the line “I’m a doctor, I can’t wear short shorts to work,” and it still to this day makes me crack up. Just looking at Neil’s face, it was really, really hilarious, and you can see the zillion takes of me trying to get through it. The line was something like, “Look, I’m a doctor. I can’t really wear shorts to work.” It was funny.

    12. Please tell me you still sing “Guy Love” with Donald, or sang it at least once outside of the show.

    ZB: We don’t really sing “Guy Love" because that would be embarrassing singing the song. At the I Wish I Was Here screening we sang “Guy Love” and it was amazing. But we don’t, like, walk around singing it. I will you tell you an embarrassing story, though. We were once at a party and had been over-served a bit, and the song ["No Scrubs"] came on and we did look at each other and go, “Ohhhhh!” and start dancing. But Donald will say that only I did that and that he looked at me like I was an idiot, but I will tell you that he too did it.

    13. Who do you think had the best character development over the course of Scrubs?


    ZB: The Todd. I really think that his range was just amazing. He went from just a heterosexual, alpha-male idiot dirtbag, to a bisexual, alpha-male idiot. No, I love that The Todd’s only real arc was you learned that he would have sex with anyone — young, old, male, female. Anything, he was down, which I think was a beautiful arc for him over eight years.

    14. Did you expect Scrubs to have such a strong cult following?

    ZB: I am so surprised. I mean, the reason we’re here is to talk about how it is now on Comedy Central for two hours a day, four episodes a day, five times a week. I’m very surprised that it’s the show that keeps on going and going and going. We were on Netflix for so long and we’ve been on Hulu, and after this many years of being off the air, one would think like, Wow, that was great. We have such awesome fans and they liked it, and I guess now it’s time for it to be over. And then we got this call saying No, nothing’s over. Comedy Central is going to put it on for two hours every single day, and that’s pretty cool. It’s a testament to how much the fans loved it and so I’m super grateful for them.

    15. What’s the biggest life lesson you took from the show?


    ZB: That there’s no greater job than laughing your ass off with your friends all day long. It was such a dream scenario to spend — I spent eight and a half years laughing with my best friends — and then hearing that we were making people around the world laugh. And of course at that time we just thought, Oh, it’s just going on in primetime. We didn’t know that we’d be sitting here this many years later talking about how it just got picked up for a run on Comedy Central. So that’s the greatest lesson: that I was so blessed to have that great, awesome job, and I just love that it made people so happy.

    Watch Scrubs weekdays on Comedy Central starting at 7 a.m. with select episodes available at any time on and the Comedy Central app.

    Jon Premosch / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

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