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Aug 6 2008, 05:08 PM
To add to my reply above: take the case of Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans. Now, there are people who don't like them, but I think there are few who would deny that "Patch" and Kayla definitely brought a positive vibe to Days. However, when there was an attempt to recreate the romance between two new characters on General Hospital, it failed miserably. Same actors. Same natural vibe. So, can you explain that if not the writing and the situation?
I personally don't think SN and MBE generate on screen romantic chemistry together on Days either (which is part of why I don't like S&K). I've watched 80s clips of them online, and yes they were on fire together then, but that was in a different decade. They were reunited years later on screen they didn't have the same spark on GH or on Days during their return. To me, it's not an issue of writing, it's just that they've lost their sparkle together as screen partners over the years. That's why I didn't like Stefan and Katherine together, no chemistry and they were boring together (although I did like Stefan himself, he was a Cassadine afterall :P ).
I've seen couples with sizzling chemistry even if the writing is not up to par. Lucky and Sam on GH are a good example, they kept getting the same bland, repetitive dialogue, it was so awful that Kelly said she and Greg tried to edit their lines when they would shoot scenes as much as they were allowed to (which obviously wasn't much since they were still saying the same thing to each other in almost every scene). They weren't intended to be a long term couple or a couple to "root for", and the writing for them showed. However, the actors had the palpable chemistry to sell it. It's in their touches, their eye contact, the way their body language is in sync, the way they delivered their lines together, etc, that made Lusam a hot couple I enjoyed watching, and still do. They have a natural vibe between them, whether they're performing love scenes or doing angry scenes, that can't be created by a script.
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