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Scandal star spent five hours filming his death scene

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 21/04/2018 Joe Anderton

Scandal season seven wasn't going to end without taking one of its major characters with it.

That character was Attorney General David Rosen, also known as the nice guy on the show. He met his doom through a combination of being smothered by a pillow and poison, which made for a pretty gruesome death scene.

Spare a thought for poor actor Joshua Malina, then, who had to spend five hours filming that scene over and over and over again. 17 times, to be precise.

"[Cyrus Been actor Jeff Perry] and I went at it for a really long time," he told TVLine.

"It was five hours of wrestling and fighting and suffocating and dropping glasses and sweating and choking.

"We had a stunt double on standby but we never used him. I was like, 'I'm going to see myself out of this life.'"

The actor also revealed that showrunner extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes broke the news of his character's death to him the night before the table read and added that he could "feel [his] heart pounding through [his chest" when he heard the news, but Shona articulated perfectly why he was the right character to kill off.

"I thought, 'How much impact would David Rosen have?'" he said. "Shonda articulated that in the world of Scandal it made sense that David had to go. And I completely saw it.

"Scandal is a topsy-turvy world," he added. "And anyone who is too trusting or too good is not going to survive in the end. Our hero, Olivia Pope, is morally dubious at best. He was the closest thing to a 'White Hat' that we had, so it kind of made sense that he would be the one to go."

Returning to Cyrus, the VP did get off scot-free - in the TV version of the episode anyway. The uncut version gave him a much more grisly fate.

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Scandal concluded on ABC earlier this week in the US. Sky Living airs the show in the UK.

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