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Dec 19 2012, 12:41 AM
I've always felt the blinking was actually done purposely in his acting. If you notice, Scott only does it when EJ is lying, trying to pull the wool over someone's eyes, distract them, or "hypnotize" them. IMO, it's an acting choice and a very creative one at that. He's done it ever since he started on DAYS in 2006 and I watched him on AMC and he never did it there.
I never watched AMC, so I can't really dispute your comment about what he did there, but I've read plenty of comments from other people who watched AMC who claimed that he also blinked incessantly there. :shrug: I don't know which is true.

I'll have to respectfully disagree with the observation that James only blinks when E.J. is lying or trying to charm someone -- I've considered that in the past, and I've certainly seen him blink incessantly when he wasn't trying to do any of the things that you mentioned, so I remain unconvinced that that's true. He blinked incessantly when he was telling Nicole off in the Horton Town Square just a few weeks ago; I don't think that he was trying to lie, pull the wool over Nicole's eyes, distract Nicole, or hypnotize Nicole in that particular scene. He also blinks incessantly when he's angry or upset -- like every time that he learns that he's been deceived or that one of his plans has backfired.

However...it's kind of a futile debate, since one could argue that E.J. is always lying, trying to charm someone, or doing something else that would, according to that theory, warrant incessant blinking. It's basically like saying that blinking incessantly is simply a trait that the character was born with, like being right- or left-handed, and James is simply displaying that trait. (Perhaps a better example would be Joe Mascolo's rolled "R"s when he's portraying Stefano, but either way, you get the point.) Short of asking James, there's no real way to prove or disprove that claim, so that debate's always going to end in a stalemate. :lol:

I can believe that using everyone's full name -- Samantha, William, Alexandra, etc. -- is a character trait / acting choice, but I'm not sold on the idea that the incessant blinking is.

In any case, his blinking is certainly not the only thing that makes me believe that he is a terrible actor. It's simply one of the most glaring examples.
Edited by Will&Sonny, Dec 19 2012, 01:51 AM.
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