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May 27 2013, 10:38 PM
May 27 2013, 10:22 PM
May 27 2013, 09:41 PM
May 27 2013, 09:38 PM

Quoting limited to 4 levels deepdoes know that John has loved Doc for decades. He could have shown that if nothing else.
Unless the director is telling him not to show it.

It's been a long day, so admittedly my brain isn't functioning as quickly as usual, but I'm having a hard time understanding why a director would tell DH not to show any emotions whatsoever. Would this lack of total emotion somehow make us believe that John was falling for Kristen or something? No matter how we slice it, John's motives made/make little sense, and the actor's portrayal didn't help, IMO, "director" or no director.

At least if I saw that he cared for Doc and gave a flying fig that he was/is hurting her, I could probably cut the brother some slack. As it is, I think the only thing Marlena should give him is a swift kick in the same nuts he is trying to give to Kristen.

I could see a director giving DHim coaching to be cold and insensitive as a means to explain John's actions. He knows what he has to do (bed Kristen), and so his distance is a way for him to ensure that reaches that goal (i.e., the less conversations he has with a weepy Marlena, the most of a chance he has to actually follow through with his plan.)

Alternatively, maybe Drake "emoting" was so bad that Alarr, Meng, Corday and de Cazotte all agreed that no acting was better than some acting.

Honestly, I have no idea.
That's one possible explanation. Another possible explanation is that not making John's inner thoughts clear gives the writers room to take the story in different directions. I think TPTB deliberately prefer to have characters like that. They think it's some form of "grey." So we get Sami, who can screw Lucas on Monday, profess her undying love to Rafe on Tuesday, and have hot monkey sex with EJ on Wednesday. Or Jennifer can seem completely blase about Jack's PTSD while equivocating between him and Daniel.

I wouldn't be surprised if part of the thinking is that it's cheaper. If you don't have rootable couples and don't make anyone the love of anyone else's life, you never really have to worry about contract negotiations. Every actor or couple may have fans, but nobody really is indispensable.
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