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Steven Weber's Favorite Type Of Scene To Shoot On Chicago Med Might Make You Squeamish

The TV shows that make up the "One Chicago" franchise–"Chicago Med," "Chicago Fire," and "Chicago PD"–are some of the most popular shows on TV, partly because they offer up a tried-and-true formula: multiple "stories of the week," usually emergency-based, as well as stories that delve into the personal lives of the main characters.

Steven Weber plays Dr. Dean Archer, the head of emergency surgery at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. It's another role in a long career that began in 1981 and currently includes 174 credits (via IMDb). In that time, Weber has appeared in practically every kind of TV series and movie, from sitcoms, ("Wings"), to soap operas, ("As the World Turns"), to horror miniseries, ("The Shining"). He's played cops, lawyers, criminals, and yes, even doctors, although none of them quite like Dr. Archer.

Weber has described Dr. Archer as a "dark" character, someone who's seen considerable violence in his past job as a Navy surgeon (via One Chicago Center). Even so, Weber still finds a way to have fun on set.

Steven Weber loves doing fake surgery

Weber revealed his favorite kind of scene during One Chicago Day, a YouTube event for fans of the "One Chicago" franchise that took place on April 6, 2022.

"I don't have one favorite scene on 'Chicago Med,'" Weber explained. "I just love all the actual surgery scenes that I'm allowed to do. To get in and root around inside somebody's torso and rearrange organs just for the heck of it, is a blast," Weber continued, laughing.

While that comment might sound like Weber just shows up on set and lets it fly, there's actually a lot of preparation and expertise that goes into these surgery scenes. In an earlier interview with One Chicago Center, Weber talked about the challenge of playing a doctor believably. Portraying medical professionals involves learning esoteric terminology and saying it in a way that sounds natural. When it comes to surgery, Weber said, "I had to learn how to hold the scalpel and approach it, again, in a way that seems credible. We have great tech advisers on the set as well,"

But even though a lot of effort might go into it, Weber clearly enjoys both his actual profession as well as his pretend one.