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TV Guide interview with Bryan Dattilo
Topic Started: Feb 24 2012, 10:22 AM (7,726 Views)
Ellie


http://www.tvguide.com/News/Days-Lives-Scoop-1043759.aspx

Feb 24, 2012 10:06 AM ET
by Michael Logan

Longtime audience favorite Bryan Dattilo returns to Days of Our Lives Feb. 29 as prodigal screwup Lucas Horton, a character who left Salem two years ago to take a high-powered job in Hong Kong. The reason for Dattilo's exit from the NBC soap is quite another story! The actor gave TV Guide Magazine the juicy scoop on his termination, his comeback and the latest chapter in the Lucas-Sami sexcapades.

TV Guide Magazine: There was buzz that your ouster from Days in 2009 was due to un-professional behavior. What's the truth?
Dattilo: I was definitely sending out the message I didn't care. I was burned out and not giving my all. I felt the development of my character wasn't going anywhere. I was cracking a lot of jokes. It all came off like I was mocking the show and the work everyone was doing. It was just my insecure way of handling the pressure but it was stupid of me to burn a bridge like that, with a show that's done so much for me, a show that's been my life. It was just the dumbest, most egotistical thing. And I really regret it. I want to prove I can make the most of this second chance.

TV Guide Magazine: Your appearance at the Days 45th anniversary panel event at the TV Academy sure didn't help.
Dattilo: No, it didn't. Days was very nice to invite me even though I was no longer on the show but I showed up feeling pretty bitter. I said some things to cast members I shouldn't have. My attitude really rubbed people the wrong way, and I didn't represent the show properly, either. The next day I was so disappointed in myself. I was like, "Why did I do that? Why did I flick James Scott's ear? Why did I make fun of Ari Zucker's name? Why did I have that glass of wine before I went?" It was horrible.

TV Guide Magazine: How did it feel to see so many other former Days faves, like Melissa Reeves, Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn and Matt Ashford, being invited back to the show with great fanfare?
Dattilo: It just made me even more bitter. To tell the truth, I was on the verge of quitting the business. But my managers said, "Just stick it out a little bit longer. Don't make any strong, rash decisions." So I didn't.

TV Guide Magazine: You wound up taking construction work at Sony Studios. How'd that feel?
Dattilo: The tour groups would come by and there I'd be with my gloves and my kneepads sweating my ass off. People would say, "Hey, aren't you...?" And before they could get it out I'd say, "Nope, I just look like him." It was very funny, but also very humbling. My winding up doing construction at the studio that does Days was no coincidence. It was just God's way.

TV Guide Magazine: Let's get back to the future. How will Lucas react to the news his son, Will [Chandler Massey], is gay?
Dattilo: He's in shock when he sees Will flirting with another guy, but I'm really proud of the way the writers are handling this. They stayed true to Lucas' past, so he's still a very loving and accepting guy. He's really there for Will, though he's worried his son will be heckled. He's worried about hate crimes and would do anything to protect him. [Laughs] The last thing Lucas needs is to try to kill somebody — again!

TV Guide Magazine: What about Lucas and his ex-wife Sami [Alison Sweeney]? Will they be friends or foe?
Dattilo: Lucas always seems to show up when Sami is at her most vulnerable. It doesn't take long for her to start admitting her mistakes. Like, within the first five minutes she says, "I slept with EJ again! I had a moment of weakness!" That annoys the hell out of Lucas. He'd be fine with anybody but EJ. But he and Sami discover they still have feelings for each other. [Laughs] Oh, who am I kidding? It's all sexual tension with them. It doesn't take long before they're jumping into bed!

TV Guide Magazine: Any chance he can make this dysfunctional threesome a happy family? Or is that mission totally impossible?
Dattilo: We have some scenes where Lucas tells Will that he and Sami are getting back together and Will's not happy about it, so they're all going to talk it out. It's at that point that Lucas is feeling so vulnerable and exposed that he lashes out and says, "Well, you know what? I'm gay!" And let me tell you, that Chandler just rips up every scene. What a great actor! Before I left the show we'd worked together in only one or two scenes. When I came back I'm going, "Who the hell is this guy?" I didn't know it was the same kid!

TV Guide Magazine: Doesn't Lucas have a fiancée in Hong Kong, not to mention a job? What keeps him in Salem?
Dattilo: No more fiancée. No more job. So he agrees to work for Sami! He's going to be co-CEO at her company Countess Wilhelmina.

TV Guide Magazine: He never learns.
Dattilo: [Laughs] Never!
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Oh man they already jump into bed, no fiance, and he works for Sami...where is Rafe going
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I can't believe they get back together so quickly! Ugh. I was really hoping for some more push-pull. I want the Lucas back who calls Sami on her shit. I don't mind them getting back together...like in 6 months....but not right away! Draw out the angst!
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LAME...Beast "no consequences" Brady gets another man pining for her ass.
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AFaithL
Feb 24 2012, 10:28 AM
I can't believe they get back together so quickly! Ugh. I was really hoping for some more push-pull. I want the Lucas back who calls Sami on her shit. I don't mind them getting back together...like in 6 months....but not right away! Draw out the angst!
I hope he was joking about that bit.

But OMG! SO glad he's coming back!

Lucas is coming back! Yay! :cheer: :cheer:

We've missed you Bryan! :wub:

Thanks so much for posting, Ellie!
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AFaithL
Feb 24 2012, 10:28 AM
Draw out the angst!
I don't think the writers know how to do angst!
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I can never tell with Bryan when he's joking or not, but if this is the way it goes down with Lumi, it sounds so rushed and half-assed. I wonder if we'll be going back to a Lumi/EJami triangle.

I didn't realize how bitter BD was towards the show. It's a miracle they asked him back. It's good that he sounds like he's in a better place.

TFP.
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Ellie
Feb 24 2012, 10:22 AM
TV Guide Magazine: Any chance he can make this dysfunctional threesome a happy family? Or is that mission totally impossible?
Dattilo: We have some scenes where Lucas tells Will that he and Sami are getting back together and Will's not happy about it, so they're all going to talk it out. It's at that point that Lucas is feeling so vulnerable and exposed that he lashes out and says, "Well, you know what? I'm gay!" And let me tell you, that Chandler just rips up every scene. What a great actor! Before I left the show we'd worked together in only one or two scenes. When I came back I'm going, "Who the hell is this guy?" I didn't know it was the same kid!
and just like that Will comes out to Lucas... sounds good!
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LMAO!!

That is all.
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Keep in mind that they are taping May or June at this point... there very well may be some sexual tension/push pull between Lumi. I'm looking forward to it! No two actors do it better than AS/BD!
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LUMI

I love Bryan's honesty, it's something I've always admired as his fan and I'm glad he realizes that maybe he screwed up and can make something of it.

On the rest of the article.....do I get the impression that his first couple of interviews were about something and then the last couple of weeks have changed completely the way they were going with this? I still don't buy that the fiancee isn't returning sometime this summer or by 'Autumn'....and I for a minute don't believe they sleep together this soon....

One other thing...remember Bryan kids around a lot....so don't take everything he says seriously, but let's see how this goes....and if it's true...so much for BFF's....bwahahahahahaha
Edited by LuvingLumi, Feb 24 2012, 10:38 AM.
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LuvingLumi
Feb 24 2012, 10:36 AM
I love Bryan's honesty, it's something I've always admired as his fan and I'm glad he realizes that maybe he screwed up and can make something of it.

On the rest of the article.....do I get the impression that his first couple of interviews were about something and then the last couple of weeks have changed completely the way they were going with this? I still don't buy that the fiancee isn't returning sometime this summer or by 'Autumn'....and I for a minute don't believe they sleep together this soon....
I think he's taking total blame for something he was partly to blame for. I remember that time. I remember how they were crapping on his character. So its not like he was given this silver platter of greatness and he crapped on it. Let's be real.

But its nice that he's just calling himself on his actions and not others (aka non-MH). That's pretty mature.
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LuvingLumi
Feb 24 2012, 10:36 AM
On the rest of the article.....do I get the impression that his first couple of interviews were about something and then the last couple of weeks have changed completely the way they were going with this? I still don't buy that the fiancee isn't returning sometime this summer or by 'Autumn'....and I for a minute don't believe they sleep together this soon....
I think that the actors are probably authorized to give advanced spoilers to TV Guide for these. Remember that interview with Chandler where he spilled about a few months of Will's story? So I don't think it's a rewrite whatsoever, I just think that our initial interviews with Bryan covered the week or 2 that he first appears, while this is a typical TV Guide advance interview.
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nickyj12345
Feb 24 2012, 10:36 AM
Keep in mind that they are taping May or June at this point... there very well may be some sexual tension/push pull between Lumi. I'm looking forward to it! No two actors do it better than AS/BD!
I think they are taping May still
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How are y'all not jumping all over "her company"?
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Aliaron
Feb 24 2012, 10:38 AM
LuvingLumi
Feb 24 2012, 10:36 AM
I love Bryan's honesty, it's something I've always admired as his fan and I'm glad he realizes that maybe he screwed up and can make something of it.

On the rest of the article.....do I get the impression that his first couple of interviews were about something and then the last couple of weeks have changed completely the way they were going with this? I still don't buy that the fiancee isn't returning sometime this summer or by 'Autumn'....and I for a minute don't believe they sleep together this soon....
I think he's taking total blame for something he was partly to blame for. I remember that time. I remember how they were crapping on his character. So its not like he was given this silver platter of greatness and he crapped on it. Let's be real.

But its nice that he's just calling himself on his actions and not others (aka non-MH). That's pretty mature.
Yeah I know....and that's what I meant (contrary to what MH did)

The next couple of months should be pretty good....but I wish they would have prolonged the push/pull between them.....AS/BD do that better than anyone.
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lysie
Feb 24 2012, 10:40 AM
How are y'all not jumping all over "her company"?
I know! How in the hell did Sami manage to get Kate's company from her? But I've always wanted Lucas and Sami in business together. And Will. This may be so awesome!
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lysie
Feb 24 2012, 10:40 AM
How are y'all not jumping all over "her company"?
I was assuming that was a typo, but that would be quite a development if Sami somehow becomes CEO of CW.
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LuvingLumi
Feb 24 2012, 10:36 AM
I love Bryan's honesty, it's something I've always admired as his fan and I'm glad he realizes that maybe he screwed up and can make something of it.

On the rest of the article.....do I get the impression that his first couple of interviews were about something and then the last couple of weeks have changed completely the way they were going with this? I still don't buy that the fiancee isn't returning sometime this summer or by 'Autumn'....and I for a minute don't believe they sleep together this soon....

So much for BFF's....bwahahahahahaha
I really hope there is still a fiancé. I need to see jealous! Sami. And I don't want them back together ASAP. MarDar don't know how to keep "rooting couples" apart. Angst is part of the fun of soaps and rooting for a couple. I still want the love-hate relationship with Lumi explored...I don't want them in bed right away.
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Ellie
Feb 24 2012, 10:38 AM
LuvingLumi
Feb 24 2012, 10:36 AM
On the rest of the article.....do I get the impression that his first couple of interviews were about something and then the last couple of weeks have changed completely the way they were going with this? I still don't buy that the fiancee isn't returning sometime this summer or by 'Autumn'....and I for a minute don't believe they sleep together this soon....
I think that the actors are probably authorized to give advanced spoilers to TV Guide for these. Remember that interview with Chandler where he spilled about a few months of Will's story? So I don't think it's a rewrite whatsoever, I just think that our initial interviews with Bryan covered the week or 2 that he first appears, while this is a typical TV Guide advance interview.
You are right...I totally forgot when Chandler did that....still not buying that said fiancee is gone forever though....
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