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DAVID FORSYTH (JOHN HUDSON, ANOTHER WORLD)
In a genre cluttered with empty chatter, John Hudson is refreshingly frugal with words. It's an economy accomplished with meaningful looks that really mean something, and maturity and history -- on the parts of both performer and character -- that render long-winded discourse unnecessary. John Hudson came to AW as a Vietnam vet haunted by his experiences in the war. David Forsyth brings his own past as a Vietnam vet tot he role, and his scenes have been textured and affecting. The embittered third party in a love triangle, Hudson's sardonic wit reveals his jaded attitude toward life and romance. But Forsyth doesn't let John wallow in self-pity. The undercurrent of anger in Forsyth's delivery, the voice of a man treated unjustly, makes Hudson a powerful and complex character, skillfully underplayed.


JOANNA JOHNSON (CAROLINE SPENCER, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL)
THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL had a formidable casting chore: Find an actress to portray a sweet, naive virgin, who, despite being played for a fool again and again, and being pursued by every eligible man on the show, could win viewer respect and sympathy. B&B was on the mark with Joanna Johnson. Her natural, elegant beauty is visually ideal for the indulged, upper-class Caroline. Given her background, Caroline could come across as spoiled or shallow. Johnson plays the character with a simplicity and artlessness that allow her to be intelligent without being worldly. Caroline is a surprisingly moving character, in very capable hands.
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SOD Best & Worst -- 1987 · Soap Opera History & Discussion