AMC: A Shocking Death-TV Guide Article
Posted 19 May 2009 - 03:23 PM
by Michael Logan
Itís the whodunit that became the who-blew-it. The latest mystery killer to hit All My Children was intent on murdering Adam Chandler, the much-hated, control-freak maniac played by David Canary. Insteadóas revealed in todayís episodeóthe killer accidentally whacked Adamís sweet, mentally challenged twin brother, Stuart. Emmy favorite Canary gave TV Guide Magazine the lowdown on this most grievous boo-boo.
AMC promised to kill off a beloved character and, for once, it isnít an exaggeration. Stuartís death is sure to upset a lot of viewers.
Well, I donít want to be crass about it, but upsetting people is what they want to do. Killing Stuart gets attention. It certainly got my attention!
Howíd you find out about this? Word is, you heard it through the grapevine.
I did hear it as scuttlebutt. It was a jolt. It shook me awake, let me tell you. I tried to absorb what Iíd been told and assumed it was possibly true. Then it became reality. The same person who told me also gave me another piece of information which I donít think is trueóthe identity of the killer. I do wonder if they were pulling my leg. My lips are sealed but, for all I know, I was thrown a red herring. I guess weíll find out.
How are you handling it emotionally?
Iím not going to say Iím glad this happened, because Iím not. I will miss Stuart, and I hope the crowd really responds to whatís happened to him. [AMC creator] Agnes Nixon pretty much gave me carte blanche with the guy when she created him 25 years ago. I used my own son, Chris, as inspirationóback then he was two years old, now heís in graduate school! I built Stuart upon Chrisí sweetness and innocence. I especially looked to him when I needed to play Stuartís childlike readiness to accept everything as truth. Stuart was probably the only character in soaps who was incapable of telling a lie. Adam always used him as a crutch. Adam could be his worst self and Stuart would come in to clean up the mess.
Is this really the last of Stuart? Letís face it, weíve lost count of the ghosts, spirits and angels whoíve visited Pine Valley in the last few years. I got a hunch weíll see him again.
Iíve already shot a couple of flashback scenes leading up to the murder, and some scenes where Adam imagines that heís talking to Stuart. He swears that heíll become the kind of man Stuart wasóa kinder, gentler, more caring and honest person. Itís exciting that Adam wants to be a better man. But is it going to take? Itís doubtful. [Laughs] Iíll believe it when I see it.
So Adam doesnít want revenge?
Oh, he wants revenge all right. Thatís popping in and out of the upcoming scripts on a pretty regular basis. Heís taken a kindness to Annie [Melissa Claire Egan] because she protected him during that awful night when his house was full of people with guns wanting to kill him. Adam feels Annie truly saved his life, so heís taking her under his wing. He wants revenge and to be a better person. Go figure.
Why did the writers do this? Surely this canít have anything to do with budget.
[Laughs] No. I think they paid Stuart maybe $24 per show. It isnít at all monetary. Once in a while the writers like to jerk the leash. Basically itís a matter of sacrificing the character to move the plot.
What will you miss most about playing Stuart?
Iíll tell you this: Itís going to be harder to win an Emmy! Iím embarrassed to admit it but Iíve won the Emmy five times, and every time I have submitted Stuart scenes. But Iím accepting this as a challenge. I think itís going to help the show, and has the potential to be something very poignant, maybe even beautiful. Of course, weíll see if having Adam solo is going to carry the weight the two of them did. I doubt that it will. But this does give us the chance to see another side of himóthe broken-hearted man who feels he better get his life in order or else. This is going to put some real energy into the show. So, one way or the other, the spirit of Stuart will live on.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 03:31 PM
I love DC! I will miss Stuart, too.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 03:38 PM
But on another note...I have had the hugest crush on DC for as long as I can remember, he may be older..but he is so sexy lol.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 03:49 PM
Oh most definitely, same goes for Michael E. Knight
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 07:43 PM
Even now there are few who can match him. I do know every actor eventually has to go, but AMC's male cast is probably weaker now than it has been in many years. Zach, JR, Ryan and Tad are dreadful. Adam is still needed.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 10:37 PM
Sorry don't agree, I think AMC has a great male cast, there are some weak links but then again every show has those. Overall IMO AMC has a great cast, as do GH and OLTL
Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:20 PM
Posted 20 May 2009 - 07:01 AM
I agree. AMC's current younger male cast is a sham, but really does not matter because AMC does not have much longer to go. We are lucky that David was the male lead who carried AMC in some of its best years. He was amazing and an actor unlike so many on our screens. I appreciated every minute of Adam Chandler. Even though I am sure that he is a bit sad, David should be proud of his body of work. Leave the drips and drabs of AMC to the lesser talents.
Posted 22 May 2009 - 07:18 PM
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