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DR Day of Days Interview with Drake Hogestyn
Topic Started: Nov 11 2013, 12:38 AM (3,328 Views)
lysie
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No1_ILoveLucyFan
Nov 23 2013, 12:10 AM
But isn't it up to Tomlin & his typing chimps...err...writing team, to explain John's actions & reactions to what was going on with Brainless, Kritter, Marlena, etc? To fault Drake for that - although I'll grant you some of his scenes were less than stellar - is just silly.


SILLY I say!!
Their writing sucked. So did his performances. He's not the only actor on the show to get less than stellar writing. It's also not like this is the first time he's had bad writing. He's also not the only one to put in a poor performance, though typically it's just bad acting and not non acting. That's on Drake.
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Granted & point taken. I'm just glad he's back & I hope the writing they have in store is in-character for the REAL John Black.
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You know, as someone who was trained as an actor, this is true. But man, soaps were so much better when the long-term actors could say "What a minute. Are you fucking kidding me?" No one knows their characters better. Certainly no writers do. It should be a collaboration. In soaps, the veteran actor's opinion should come above a writer because the actor bears the burden of telling the complete story and no writer will have been around for the telling of it. The writer should be like, hey, so this is where we are going next. And the actor can say all right, well keep this, this, and this in mind. And more often than not, a better story will arise.

And then you have Ali Sweeney being the only actor they seem to do this for.
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Keith
Nov 23 2013, 07:41 AM
You know, as someone who was trained as an actor, this is true. But man, soaps were so much better when the long-term actors could say "What a minute. Are you fucking kidding me?" No one knows their characters better. Certainly no writers do. It should be a collaboration. In soaps, the veteran actor's opinion should come above a writer because the actor bears the burden of telling the complete story and no writer will have been around for the telling of it. The writer should be like, hey, so this is where we are going next. And the actor can say all right, well keep this, this, and this in mind. And more often than not, a better story will arise.

And then you have Ali Sweeney being the only actor they seem to do this for.
This is so true. Sadly so. Sad and true, and it makes me so blue. :drunk: ^o)

Seriously though, it's absolutely the truth. And Drake has said that in the past. HE knows John Black, and he wishes the writers would see that.
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