I put up this additional part of the artice because this was too crazy too read about.
- May 4 2009, 12:53 AM
Real life got busy but earlier I meant to put up some additional quotes from the interview:
Digest: Do you feel there were missed opportunities with your characters?
Stephen: "Yes, but isn't that always the case? Howver because the history of Patch and Kayla was so rich, I hoped there would be someone with a true vision for our return based on that history....Unfortunately, that was not to be. That was a big disappointment. When I returned we could see immediately how much the show itself and the way it was produced had deteriorated. Early on, a producer told Mary Beth and me that there would be no more second takes for acting. One day, I stood in the booth soon after that and watched two actors in a highly emotional scene do five takes because the producer thought he saw a boom shadow, which no one could identify. Five takes for a phantom boom shadow! If the acting had been off, they would have moved on. Another actor reported that this same producer had told him that he did not care so much about the acting and that the audience would understand enough about the story by simply hearing the words. Can you imagine? Yet the crew and any actor who cared about what they were doing felt a renewed energy and expressed that to us both. It turned out to be an uphill battle all the way."
Mary Beth: "I wished it could have gone in a different direction, but I wasn't really all that surprised...I thought that Stephen and I brought value to the show, and I certainly know there was a fan base, and I thought we brought things to the canvas that other people didn't, but it just didn't seem to matter when it all came down. They had to make their bottom line."