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DAYS: Roscoe Born fired!
Topic Started: Aug 18 2008, 03:09 AM (6,393 Views)
brimike


I said this on another board, but I'll repeat it here. I honestly think the last time Born actually played a real three-dimension character was Robert/Quinn on SB. Otherwise? Terrible Tom, Mitch Laurence, and the prison warden on Passions (ETA: add Jim on AMC to that list) might as well be Trent, just with different wardrobes. He lost his appeal to me a long time ago.

That being said, I still think his portrayals of Robert Barr and Quinn Armitage were nothing short of AWESOME.
Edited by brimike, Aug 18 2008, 03:13 PM.
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Kenny
Aug 18 2008, 03:20 PM
brimike
Aug 18 2008, 03:11 PM
I said this on another board, but I'll repeat it here. I honestly think the last time Born actually played a real three-dimension character was Robert/Quinn on SB. Otherwise? Terrible Tom, Mitch Laurence, and the prison warden on Passions (ETA: add Jim on AMC to that list) might as well be Trent, just with different wardrobes. He lost his appeal to me a long time ago.

That being said, I still think his portrayals of Robert Barr and Quinn Armitage were nothing short of AWESOME.
I never saw him as Robert/Quinn on SB, but you're right in saying that he always plays the same "type" of character. In his defense though, he plays that "type" damn well. He creeped me the fuck out as Mitch Laurence. He reminded me of a cult leader or something, LoL. Then as Terrible Tom, he was just such a smarmy, no good bastard and as usual, it seemed as if he played the part a little too well.

Trent Robbins has definitely been his weakest role yet.
Kenny, he managed to play two characters who were both villainous, but COMPLETELY different in their villainy. Robert was manipulative and dark and edgy, but romantic... whereas Quinn was just psychotic. It was a much different from the usual soap double role of "hero/villain" that usually happens. And somehow, Born played them VERY differently, even in terms of their mannerisms.

I might be biased, because I saw it in my youth (and we all know how we idealize the soaps from our youth), but I remember it being VERY suspenseful, and completely believable. He genuinely CREATED two very different characters, and it worked on-screen. That's the only reason I know underneath all of his personal BS, he's definitely got talent. I just wish he could tap into it again. Such a shame...
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Grandpa Hughes
Aug 19 2008, 11:09 AM
Drew
Aug 18 2008, 09:17 PM
brimike
Aug 18 2008, 03:11 PM
Terrible Tom, Mitch Laurence, and the prison warden on Passions (ETA: add Jim on AMC to that list) might as well be Trent, just with different wardrobes. He lost his appeal to me a long time ago.
That statement is just sooo beyond wrong.

The difference between Tom Fisher and Mitch Lawrence is like night and day. Tom Fisher was very three dimensional, he just wasn't a good guy. Those are the best kinds of characters.
I've got to agree with that! Just because an actor is playing a "bad guy", it doesn't mean he's playing the same role over each time! Judith Chapman's Gloria is MILES away from her Natalie, Charlotte, Anjelica etc! They were all villainess roles but she brought something different to each one IMO! I didn't see Born on PASSIONS or the other short term roles so I can't speak to those! His work on THE CITY was great and he WAS a good guy back then! His Joe Novack on RH was layered too! I agree that the scenes with Trent and Nicole were getting repetitive and were damaging to her character but even as Trent, I thought Born VERY occasionally made you wonder if the guy had a soul in there! The scene with Max where Trent spoke of watching Shawn Brady with the child Max was one of those moments! It degenerated into snarling and verbal abuse but there was that instant of ambiguity!
True enough, but there are different ways an actor can delineate the characters they play that have nothing to do with writing OR with whether they're good guys or bad guys, and that's what I was basing that on, in terms of voice inflectiion, mannerisms, body language. Born used to deliver on all three counts once upon a time. I haven't seen him put forth much of an effort since... probably around the time he was on AMC.
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