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Marcus Patrick talks about his exit; soaps.com interview
Topic Started: Nov 6 2007, 02:05 AM (1,219 Views)
Angie79
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When I called Marcus Patrick (Jett, Days) to conduct our phone interview, things started out normal enough with him telling me he was preparing to audition for the primetime series Cold Case. Things took a turn however when he said he was going to use the restroom while he continued to talk to me. I thought he was kidding until I heard the flush of the toilet! It was definitely a new one for me, but I quickly learned it was all just part of his philosophy of "keeping it real."

While fans may be upset to learn Marcus is leaving the role of Jett Carver, he looks at it in a positive light. Throughout our conversation I learned that Marcus has very specific ideas about what roles he'd truly like to play and why he isn't exactly unhappy about leaving the world of soaps.

Upon hearing the news he was being let go, Marcus was at first taken aback, but as it started to settle in, he realized that moment had been coming. A self-described free spirit, the actor, whose front cover issue of Playgirl magazine had just come out in September, had a sneaking suspicion his risqué layout had something to do with the decision.

Even though, according to the actor, executive producer Ed Scott simply told him he was being dropped because, "That's show business," Marcus recalled, "I wondered if there was going to be some people who were far too conservative with a stiff upper lip, looking at Playgirl and taking offense to nudity."

Joining the NBC sudser in June of this year, Patrick had hoped, "I was going to catch some sort of meaty, youth, cultural, interesting, theme topic to get right into as a role and grip people into it." Unfortunately that didn't exactly happen as his character was immediately thrown into a contrived human trafficking storyline.

Although he feels, "It was good for what it was. I had fun with the disbelieveable Touch the Sky storyline; that was fun for a minute," Marcus saw the writing on the wall, "I knew something wasn't right when [my character] was shot on an undercover operation and instead of getting a medal of honor for working hard on the situation, they wrote that my character had failed and he became a flashlight cop at the University."

But apparently leaving Salem suits him just fine, as he doesn't exactly feel like he fits into the world of soap operas anyway. Describing the directing in soaps as old fashioned and the storylines and acting as forced, Marcus refused to conform to their standards. As he explained, "[Daytime is a] world of fantasy that's supposed to exist where no one curses, no one is sexual, no one ever dies because they always come back from the dead and yet, with all that being said, they're trying to create storylines around all of those topics. Drugs, incest and death is the theme constantly in daytime and yet you can't really cross the line and express it in it's true form."

For him, Marcus says he takes a more realistic approach to acting, stating, "You give me a piece of material and I look at it and think 'Where's the truth here?' I want to keep it real. I want to make it raw so I feel it. When I feel it I enjoy it; if I enjoy it then my fans will enjoy it."

Photo courtesy of MySpace.com/MarcusPatrickHis other disillusionment with the genre comes from the lack of ethnic representation. As he marveled, "There's not really very visible African American characters for the public and communities who are African American and support the show to really watch and that's kind of disappointing when you're looking at the year 2007."

Born and raised in Bath, England with Jamaican, English, Irish and French blood in him (that's for you Sunnydaz!) he doesn't understand a world where all walks of life aren't represented. "The ethnicity on a soap is like, 'Where's the Latin people? Where's the Latin contract players? Where are the African American contract players, and why aren't there any ethnic faces on the cover of a magazine?" He questioned.

For now he's interested in working on shows that he feels accurately portray life. As he stated, "I'm probably much more geared towards HBO or Showtime where they can say a curse word and they can do a nude sex scene and it looks very realistic."

Feeling that soaps need to bring in more realism if they want to compete with primetime series such as Lost, Californication, Weeds, Heroes and Prison Break, Marcus thinks soaps and Days of Our Lives in particular need, "Lots of ethnicity. It does need youth, it does need to be a little bit braver about different issues that are going on in the world."

But overall, Marcus feels the main problem stems from fear, as he observed, "It's like panic that the show is gonna go off the air, so everyone's scared as to what to do and how it's gotta be and I was just like, you just gotta create entertainment and you gotta push boundaries back and you gotta {bring} stuff that the current culture of the day can understand."

So for fans like bubble303 who wanted to know how he liked working on Days, it's pretty clear from reading this that it wasn't exactly his dream job, but he did let me know that the experience wasn't a total wash. "I think I learned something every single day from everybody and from every situation," Marcus reflected.

And while I didn't really get an answer to moma's question of who he'll miss working with, he did tell me, "Blake Berris (Nick) and Rachel Melvin (Chelsea) are very good actors. They were doing a scene in front of me and I would think "'Wow, they're really good.'"

Even though Marcus wasn't exactly thrilled with the workings of daytime, he assured me he has nothing but love for the fans. "I love the daytime fans that have embraced me and they write to me at MySpace and they write to me at my website Marcus-Patrick.com and they're very supportive and I hope they follow me to wherever I go."

And where he's going appears to be in the starring role in comic book icon, Stan Lee's (Spiderman) latest project that Marcus is also co-producing, tentatively titled Wolfman. Marcus will also appear in the clothing store Ross Dress For Less' upcoming Christmas commercials and as a dancer in the Chippendale-like male review Hollywood Men.

With so much going for him, we at Soaps.com have no doubt Marcus will land a role he can really sink his teeth into. I'd like to thank Marcus for talking with me (even if he was using the bathroom) and can't wait to see where he ends up next.

http://www.soaps.com/daysofourlives/news/1..._Exit_From_Days
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Mason


God, get over yourself already.
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Kenny
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He's not altogether incorrect about some of his assessments in regards to daytime in general, but this man acts like he's Agnes fucking Nixon! Like he's studied soaps all his life and he knows exactly what they need... HIM!

Gag me. Doesn't he ever get tired of doing the same old song and dance? He's like a car stuck in a mud pit, constantly spinning his wheels while getting absolutely noplace in the process.
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Going to the bathroom WHILE on the phone with the interviewer?

That is just SICK.

That's not 'keeping it real,' JERK.

That's ill-mannered, FUCKFACE!!#@%34%#223623#
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Seriously, he's been in soaps for all of what, 5 minutes? And all of a sudden he's the Messiah of all things soaps? GMAFB.
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Where are the African American contract players, and why aren't there any ethnic faces on the cover of a magazine?" He questioned

he had his ethnic dick on the cover of a magazine, does that count? :lol:
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Kenny
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I think the only reason he keeps bringing up the nudity issue and his Playgirl spread is so that it'll sell more copies. It has nothing to do with Days, and yet he keeps mentioning it.
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so... i kinda love him. esp after this.
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Angie79
Nov 6 2007, 08:05 AM
Drugs, incest and death is the theme constantly in daytime and yet you can't really cross the line and express it in it's true form."
For now he's interested in working on shows that he feels accurately portray life. As he stated, "I'm probably much more geared towards HBO or Showtime where they can say a curse word and they can do a nude sex scene and it looks very realistic."


I completely agree with that. That's one of the main reasons why I hate most US shows, they never curse or show real nudity. That's why I love HBO shows.
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Nov 6 2007, 08:48 AM
Seriously, he's been in soaps for all of what, 5 minutes? And all of a sudden he's the Messiah of all things soaps? GMAFB.

So you have to be on a soap to know things about it? How long have you been on a soap?
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Things took a turn however when he said he was going to use the restroom while he continued to talk to me. I thought he was kidding until I heard the flush of the toilet! It was definitely a new one for me, but I quickly learned it was all just part of his philosophy of "keeping it real." :lol:


OMG! This guy is nutz! :drunk: Thanks Angie! This had me rolling.
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Nov 6 2007, 11:31 AM
Mason AKA Hogan
Nov 6 2007, 08:48 AM
Seriously, he's been in soaps for all of what, 5 minutes? And all of a sudden he's the Messiah of all things soaps? GMAFB.

So you have to be on a soap to know things about it? How long have you been on a soap?

Um, drop the attitude, please. If you're gonna try and start an argument with me, at least try to make it over something that's not completely stupid.
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GET EM STEPH!!

Someone put a muzzle on Marcus PLEASE!!

I have never been so happy to see someone get fired like I am for Marcus. I have no sympathy for him at all.
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He annoys the hell out of me, but I say let him run off his mouth. The more he does, the less of a chance there is that I'll have to see him anywhere on my TV screen again.
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man what a delusional jackass. His head is bigger then his muscles. I saw him on csi: miami and he made david caruso look good. when you can do that, you really are a bad actor.
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He's a loser.

And PS disbelieveable isn't a word, Marcus.
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When I called Marcus Patrick (Jett, Days) to conduct our phone interview, things started out normal enough with him telling me he was preparing to audition for the primetime series Cold Case. Things took a turn however when he said he was going to use the restroom while he continued to talk to me. I thought he was kidding until I heard the flush of the toilet! It was definitely a new one for me, but I quickly learned it was all just part of his philosophy of "keeping it real."


I stopped reading after that last part. He is an idiot.
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This is one exit i'm looking forward to...
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Y'know, there's an art to making things real and meaningful without swearing or nudity.

Greeks had plays about violence without depicting violence on stage. Movies in the 30s, 40s and 50s depicted sex and romance with strict limits on showing sexual contact (Hays Code, right?). And television hasn't really used swearing or nudity until pretty recently. Yet things endure, things resonate, and undeniable classics were created that audiences still appreciate.

If you need to flash your ass and swear to feel like you're truly acting- like that's the only way you can represent reality- then you're not really an actor, imho, you're a prop. And good luck to him with that.
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Sindacco
Nov 6 2007, 12:30 PM
Angie79
Nov 6 2007, 08:05 AM
Drugs, incest and death is the theme constantly in daytime and yet you can't really cross the line and express it in it's true form."
For now he's interested in working on shows that he feels accurately portray life. As he stated, "I'm probably much more geared towards HBO or Showtime where they can say a curse word and they can do a nude sex scene and it looks very realistic."


I completely agree with that. That's one of the main reasons why I hate most US shows, they never curse or show real nudity. That's why I love HBO shows.

But why is real nudity NEEDED?! I swear it's gratuitous. And it cheapens the experience. I don't want to watch a porno, or stroke some actor's ego while watching what SHOULD be art. I want good dialogue and a strong story. Not Michael Douglas giving graphic anal to a girl.

It's not needed.

It's just sick.

So Marcus? You didn't win me that way. There's NO need for nudity! That doesn't make the story stronger or more realistic. It just makes us all voyeurs. I think Julia Roberts was the one who said she wouldn't do nudity because then it's not a movie, but a documentary. And that's true.

It's SICK.
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