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Bryan Dattilo On Frances Reid (Sony article)
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Bryan Dattilo on Frances Reid

It's only been a few months since Lucas moved to Hong Kong and Bryan Dattilo returned to the role of father and auditioning actor. "Full-time dad takes up about 80% of the life," Bryan told us. "Cooking, football and a practice game a week and then homework. And getting him to school. And picking up." Like any full-time parent, there's always something to do for son Gabe. But he's also an actor and that means auditioning, as well as going to class, which Bryan describes as "interesting and fun." And, because Bryan is Bryan, "staying out of trouble is a full-time job!"

When Lucas first arrived in Salem, he was a young man who was just finding out that his heritage wasn't quite what he thought it was. He was, in fact, a Horton, but not everyone was thrilled with that fact. Alice, as ever, could be counted on to make things right. As Bryan told us, theirs "was a special connection because Alice kind of let him into the family. He had the whole realization of being a Horton at the age that Lucas was, and the lack of identity. You know, when you're at that age – 18 to 22 – it's that first peek at who you're going to be or who you are, really. So for him to find out that he was a Horton at that time, Alice was really there for him."

Lucas and Alice had a special connection, and Bryan believes his connection with the beloved matriarch was no less special. "We had really cool scenes because I used to watch the show with my grandmother," Bryan told us. "So to have scenes with the grandmother of the show … You know, my grandmother identified with Alice so much and loved her so much and when I was growing up watching the show, the Horton living room to me was like heaven, almost. Then to be there and to have scenes when I first started out, and to have her kind of help me, because I had a lot of trouble memorizing dialogue when I first started and making things right in scenes. I would always play the victim or my voice would have such a whine to it. She would tell me to calm down and she would help me. She was very studious about knowing lines. To her, if an actor came on set and didn't know their lines, she couldn't imagine that. You have one job. Know your lines. And be professional. She used to laugh at me because sometimes I wasn't so professional. But I used to smother her with kisses so she had to love me!"

"She used to call me Lucas," Bryan continued with a laugh. "Lucas, please, stay focused, honey. Please. For the director. For the show. Then if I didn't, or someone didn't know their lines very well, she always had kind of a funny thing to say, whether it was 'actors who don't know their lines are like lost dogs.' She used to say that! Don't you mean like a lost puppy? No, I mean dog. Then the director would tell her to do something, and she would say, wait a minute here. How about this? And she would say something totally different and the director would say perfect! I was thinking that Frances. Because whatever she wanted to do was the right decision, so it didn't matter what the director had to say!"

Thanks to Frances's direction and advice, Bryan certainly grew as an actor. And that helped him in his return as Lucas for Alice's funeral. "It's always fun to be dramatic," Bryan told us, "to see how far you can go with it without going too far. I think that's the tough thing with scenes like that. Obviously, you have the emotion there, but my mistake in the past, I think, has been just playing the emotion too raw and not having composure. It's fun to watch someone go through an emotional experience but you don't want someone to overdo it to the point where it ruins the validity of the scene. So I tried to do that."

And returning to Salem can't have been easy for Lucas. There are a lot of tough memories there, particularly with Sami, and also with Chloe. As Bryan said "whenever you go home because of the death of a family member, it's never very pleasant. But it's something you have to do to honor their memory and their existence. So he did that. But it's kind of hard to run into Sami with the daughter situation, and Will and leaving his child. There weren't many happy moments."

Bryan was impressed with the way Alice's funeral was handled. "I had a cool speech during the funeral, which I thought was very well done," he said. "I expected the typical set-up with the church with everyone at a podium doing their speeches, crying, but it was cool to have it pseudo outside with that kind of feel and all of us laying the flowers on her coffin and all saying our special pieces about her and our own connections. I thought it was very realistic. I was happy to be there. Happy to be upset!"

"They gave me this great moment," Bryan continued, "where I was kind of looking back on the living room before I left and I kind of stole the picture of Tom. I thought that was a really nice touch. And for me it was great to play. Unfortunately, my best take they didn't take because I kicked the table that was on some apple boxes and made some noise. So we had to do it again and I didn't feel like I really did it like I did the first time. But maybe less is more."

As everyone in Salem is feeling the loss of Frances, so are all the fans, and Bryan still considers himself one. "Even though she wasn't on the show so much towards the end," he said, "she was such a backbone and a backdrop that we could always fall back on. Certain characters would refer to her. I just think that it's such a loss. When Macdonald Carey died, she sort of took over his identity. So now that she's passed away, it's like they're both officially gone and with them both gone, I feel like the book is closed. Now when I watch it - because I watch Days every day - when I watch it now, stepping back as a third party, I can really kind of evaluate how things are going. It's a different show. There are different characters. You really have to kind of search through the characters to find the links to the old Days. I think the people who have the jobs now are doing a great job, it's just to me a little different. But I think as long as it's still a good show and it's still got people interested, I think that's a good thing."

A very good thing and we hope that Salem can continue to grow and look toward the future, even with the loss of this link to the past.
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So Bryan watches the show...we need to get his commentary on it. Why on earth is that what I took away from this interview?
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Its the same thing I took away from it. It was the most unexpected (surprising) thing.
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I think he answered that didn't he? see quote below....

"But I think as long as it's still a good show and it's still got people interested, I think that's a good thing."

Lol...do you think he realizes that it's really not a good show and it doesn't have people interested anymore...falling ratings, pacing, no vets, too many newbies, show sucks all around.
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A couple of quick things. Loved Bryan's stories about Frances, also really impressed with him talking about working on his acting. You can tell he is trying to get better and working on his craft. But, when he talks about how he doesn't really recognize the show anymore, I don't really agree. I remember Billy Warlock saying years ago (around 1995), how he didn't know DAYS anymore, and it wasn't the same show. Truly, the only difference I see is Marlena and John are gone, and Rafe has taken Lucas's place in Sami and EJ's story. Every other story is tied to a long term character.
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LuvingLumi
Jun 22 2010, 12:00 PM
I think he answered that didn't he? see quote below....

"But I think as long as it's still a good show and it's still got people interested, I think that's a good thing."

Lol...do you think he realizes that it's really not a good show and it doesn't have people interested anymore...falling ratings, pacing, no vets, too many newbies, show sucks all around.
Oh, I meant on a daily basis.

Is he team MAGSTOR or Team whatever Victor/Caroline is? How would he feel about HENDERLINE? How would he kill off Mia? CHILL...yay or nay? Things like that. The important crap.
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lysie
Jun 22 2010, 12:06 PM
LuvingLumi
Jun 22 2010, 12:00 PM
I think he answered that didn't he? see quote below....

"But I think as long as it's still a good show and it's still got people interested, I think that's a good thing."

Lol...do you think he realizes that it's really not a good show and it doesn't have people interested anymore...falling ratings, pacing, no vets, too many newbies, show sucks all around.
Oh, I meant on a daily basis.

Is he team MAGSTOR or Team whatever Victor/Caroline is? How would he feel about HENDERLINE? How would he kill off Mia? CHILL...yay or nay? Things like that. The important crap.
Lol....man it would be great to get his take on all the stuff that is happening in Salem...could you imagine that interview? lol... ;)
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You know, this is the second time datillo has commented on how different the show is now, and how "old Days" has faded due to new faces. When looking objectively as a long time fan...I agree that it has changed from the Days he starred on, but I think compared to most soaps, and even Days in times past, there is a great deal of heritage on screen.

Maggie is front and center.

Vivian is back and scheming up a storm!

Doug and Julie are still around from time to time, and are featured more than they were in the 90's.

Stefano is on a great deal, and bringing Anna back into the mix gave the show a boost, and reminded longtime fans of how huge a role she once had on Days.

Bo and Hope have a big story now, and though apart, they are seeking comfort with Justin and Carly respectively, two characters that were around far before Lucas came to town.

The only real changes have been surrounding the on going "Sami can never be happy" saga. Now she's Miserable with Rafe and EJ, instead of being Miserable with Austin and Lucas. I miss Lucas, and think the show dropped the ball when it didn't leave him in this mix. Once married to Nicole, he has two children with Sami, was married to Chloe, and I could go on and on.

However, I think he's wrong saying the show is so different. There are more nods to history, and more involved TRUE vets, than there has been in a decade.
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Some people are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them.

Loved his stories.
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dntdropthesoap
Jun 22 2010, 12:03 PM
A couple of quick things. Loved Bryan's stories about Frances, also really impressed with him talking about working on his acting. You can tell he is trying to get better and working on his craft. But, when he talks about how he doesn't really recognize the show anymore, I don't really agree. I remember Billy Warlock saying years ago (around 1995), how he didn't know DAYS anymore, and it wasn't the same show. Truly, the only difference I see is Marlena and John are gone, and Rafe has taken Lucas's place in Sami and EJ's story. Every other story is tied to a long term character.
The show isn't the same as it was 5 years ago, let alone 3 years ago...it has a lot of new faces and I think his point is very valid. Remember he use to watch with his grandmother so he knows Days of yesteryear. For example...it's not only John and Marlena that aren't around, but the Horton's are not around either, that is the founding family, WTF? You also have a bunch of new characters and that is fine, but you have them ALL IN frontburner storylines. Bo and Hope the only remaining iconic supercouple left isn't together, Bo is being written like he doesn't have a care in the world (but lately I guess he's coming around). And what other long term characters are left? They got rid of all of them in a matter of a year? John/Marlena, Kayla/Patch, Tony, Lucas? and before that Jack and Jenn/Austin and Carrie and has replaced those salaries with people that weren't in Salem 5 years ago...look at all the characters that are currently on that weren't 5 years ago:

Rafe
EJ
Melanie
Chad
Nathan
Gaby
Arianna
Kinsey
Dan
Madeline

then you can add those that have come in to reprise old rolls or are recasts with ties to Salem:

Brady
Carly
Vivian

even if the stories are connected to long time characters it's hard to be invested in new characters when they have virtually no ties to Salem. I think he's right, it's not what it use to be anymore.
Edited by LuvingLumi, Jun 22 2010, 12:25 PM.
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Daysfanatic79
Jun 22 2010, 12:12 PM
You know, this is the second time datillo has commented on how different the show is now, and how "old Days" has faded due to new faces. When looking objectively as a long time fan...I agree that it has changed from the Days he starred on, but I think compared to most soaps, and even Days in times past, there is a great deal of heritage on screen.

Maggie is front and center.

Vivian is back and scheming up a storm!

Doug and Julie are still around from time to time, and are featured more than they were in the 90's.

Stefano is on a great deal, and bringing Anna back into the mix gave the show a boost, and reminded longtime fans of how huge a role she once had on Days.

Bo and Hope have a big story now, and though apart, they are seeking comfort with Justin and Carly respectively, two characters that were around far before Lucas came to town.

The only real changes have been surrounding the on going "Sami can never be happy" saga. Now she's Miserable with Rafe and EJ, instead of being Miserable with Austin and Lucas. I miss Lucas, and think the show dropped the ball when it didn't leave him in this mix. Once married to Nicole, he has two children with Sami, was married to Chloe, and I could go on and on.

However, I think he's wrong saying the show is so different. There are more nods to history, and more involved TRUE vets, than there has been in a decade.
I agree with Bryan. There are vets involved, but the vets that are involved are vets that have been used as tertiary characters for the better part of twenty-five years. Nothing about the way they're being used now is a reflection of how they once were. And Vivian may be scheming, but she sucks at it now so I can't even see that as how it used to be. Shows have to move on to a new generation, and I'm fine with that. I'm even fine with the way they're using the current vets for the most part; however, I'd prefer the vets be a part of their own children's lives instead of these random people who staggered into town or as opposed to the lives of the children of other vets who were fired.
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I don't think he's saying it failed. Only that its different. And if he watches the show like everyone else and is a fan, then this is not the first time I've heard a viewer say the same thing.

The only vet being written in character is Maggie and Victor.
Edited by Aliaron, Jun 22 2010, 12:32 PM.
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I think we've all been saying it to some extent for the better part of this year....
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Jun 22 2010, 12:21 PM
dntdropthesoap
Jun 22 2010, 12:03 PM
A couple of quick things. Loved Bryan's stories about Frances, also really impressed with him talking about working on his acting. You can tell he is trying to get better and working on his craft. But, when he talks about how he doesn't really recognize the show anymore, I don't really agree. I remember Billy Warlock saying years ago (around 1995), how he didn't know DAYS anymore, and it wasn't the same show. Truly, the only difference I see is Marlena and John are gone, and Rafe has taken Lucas's place in Sami and EJ's story. Every other story is tied to a long term character.
The show isn't the same as it was 5 years ago, let alone 3 years ago...it has a lot of new faces and I think his point is very valid. Remember he use to watch with his grandmother so he knows Days of yesteryear. For example...it's not only John and Marlena that aren't around, but the Horton's are not around either, that is the founding family, WTF? You also have a bunch of new characters and that is fine, but you have them ALL IN frontburner storylines. Bo and Hope the only remaining iconic supercouple left isn't together, Bo is being written like he doesn't have a care in the world (but lately I guess he's coming around). And what other long term characters are left? They got rid of all of them in a matter of a year? John/Marlena, Kayla/Patch, Tony, Lucas? and before that Jack and Jenn/Austin and Carrie and has replaced those salaries with people that weren't in Salem 5 years ago...look at all the characters that are currently on that weren't 5 years ago:

Rafe
EJ
Melanie
Chad
Nathan
Gaby
Arianna
Kinsey
Dan
Madeline

then you can add those that have come in to reprise old rolls or are recasts with ties to Salem:

Brady
Carly
Vivian

even if the stories are connected to long time characters it's hard to be invested in new characters when they have virtually no ties to Salem. I think he's right, it's not what it use to be anymore.
But then 3 to 5 years ago, you could say the same about the show, 3 to 5 years before that. Carrie, Austin, Jack, Jennifer, had all been off the show, and then all returned. The show has a history of replacing long term characters with other long term characters. Philip, Chloe, Vivian, Stefano, Nicole, Carly, and Justin had all been off the show and then returned. Anyway, as someone who has watched the show for 26 years now, I remember when Datillo joined the cast with a whole bunch of newbies, and everyone talked about how the show was unreconizable then. When I turn on the show, I recognize it. It still is about the Bradys, Hortons, DiMeras, and the Kiriakis families. And for the record, I would welcome Lucas's return.
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Really nice interview. I loved his stories about Frances and his early days. I am a little surprised that he watches the show.

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No matter how much we want things to stay the same, soaps change over the years. I will agree with Bryan to some extent that Days has changed since he first came on the show.

I checked out Jason47's site for 1993 when Lucas first arrived in Salem. That same year, Ali Sweeney, Deborah Adair (the first Kate Roberts) and Renee Jones all arrived on the scene and Joe Mascolo returned too. Except for Lucas, the other four characters are still on the canvas (well Lexie is barely on). However, what were fans in 1993 thinking at the time? Were they saying they didn't like all these new and returning characters taking over for characters such as Julie, Jack, Kimberly (Ariana Chase's version) Carly and Lawrence who left that same year.
Edited by dc cubs, Jun 22 2010, 12:45 PM.
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"Even iron bends"..Victoria Rowell

The show is different than it was three years ago--- we all can testify to that fact. I think sometimes actors can bet misinterpreted when they say that. As far as Billy Warlock saying that DAYS wasn't the same in 1995 as it was when he left, he's absolutely right. The show was under James Reilly's pen in 1995---and the show was ALWAYS a bit of an anomaly when Reilly wrote it!! Not that I'm badmouthing the dead, mind you. Just stating a fact.

Some of the changes on DAYS have been good, and some have been bad. That's just a fact.
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Jun 22 2010, 12:41 PM
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Jun 22 2010, 12:21 PM
dntdropthesoap
Jun 22 2010, 12:03 PM
A couple of quick things. Loved Bryan's stories about Frances, also really impressed with him talking about working on his acting. You can tell he is trying to get better and working on his craft. But, when he talks about how he doesn't really recognize the show anymore, I don't really agree. I remember Billy Warlock saying years ago (around 1995), how he didn't know DAYS anymore, and it wasn't the same show. Truly, the only difference I see is Marlena and John are gone, and Rafe has taken Lucas's place in Sami and EJ's story. Every other story is tied to a long term character.
The show isn't the same as it was 5 years ago, let alone 3 years ago...it has a lot of new faces and I think his point is very valid. Remember he use to watch with his grandmother so he knows Days of yesteryear. For example...it's not only John and Marlena that aren't around, but the Horton's are not around either, that is the founding family, WTF? You also have a bunch of new characters and that is fine, but you have them ALL IN frontburner storylines. Bo and Hope the only remaining iconic supercouple left isn't together, Bo is being written like he doesn't have a care in the world (but lately I guess he's coming around). And what other long term characters are left? They got rid of all of them in a matter of a year? John/Marlena, Kayla/Patch, Tony, Lucas? and before that Jack and Jenn/Austin and Carrie and has replaced those salaries with people that weren't in Salem 5 years ago...look at all the characters that are currently on that weren't 5 years ago:

Rafe
EJ
Melanie
Chad
Nathan
Gaby
Arianna
Kinsey
Dan
Madeline

then you can add those that have come in to reprise old rolls or are recasts with ties to Salem:

Brady
Carly
Vivian

even if the stories are connected to long time characters it's hard to be invested in new characters when they have virtually no ties to Salem. I think he's right, it's not what it use to be anymore.
But then 3 to 5 years ago, you could say the same about the show, 3 to 5 years before that. Carrie, Austin, Jack, Jennifer, had all been off the show, and then all returned. The show has a history of replacing long term characters with other long term characters. Philip, Chloe, Vivian, Stefano, Nicole, Carly, and Justin had all been off the show and then returned. Anyway, as someone who has watched the show for 26 years now, I remember when Datillo joined the cast with a whole bunch of newbies, and everyone talked about how the show was unreconizable then. When I turn on the show, I recognize it. It still is about the Bradys, Hortons, DiMeras, and the Kiriakis families. And for the record, I would welcome Lucas's return.
I don't think he's saying anything about long term characters I think it's striking the amount of new characters with no connection (yet) to Salem that have popped up and are in front burner storylines..Mel and Dan are a perfect example...Rafe and Arianna are also....Austin/Carrie/Jack and Jenn were there a long time before they left and later came back....but they have ties to Salem...Carrie is Sami's sis, Jenn is a Horton, Austin is Kate's son......We don't know who Rafe, Gabi and Arianna belong to....we don't know who Chad is (yet), we didn't know anything about Mel until very recently, we knew Dan was a feel good doctor but not much else....I don't mind the newbie teens all that much and that is why I didn't mind it when Lucas, Carrie, Austin, Sami were introduced...as they were part of the mid 90s teen scene...much like Chloe/Philip/Mimi/Belle/Shawn were...but all those had ties...or established ties right away...even Lucas within months we knew he was Bill's son....Rafe and Ari have been around for a good 2 years almost and still nothing....
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Funny. I didn't think this article had anything controversial in it. I thought it was nice.
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Aliaron
Jun 22 2010, 12:53 PM
Funny. I didn't think this article had anything controversial in it. I thought it was nice.
Me too...I think it's nice and to the point....frankly very sincere and tells what we've all been saying on this board and others....he sees what we've all seen.
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