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All this time I've wondered why they haven't taken advantage of CM's smirking and make his character a trouble-making prick. You see soap writers twisting a character to fit an actor's limited range all the damn time. Will is just a smirking blank canvas with nothing drawn on him due to gayness.

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18 hours ago, Antoyne said:

And since when is Stefano Kristen's birth father? Is this another retcon like Stefano suddenly being Andre's birth father as well? 

 

Unless I misheard, Stevano referenced Kristen's adoption yesterday. 

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1 minute ago, teplin said:

 

Unless I misheard, Stevano referenced Kristen's adoption yesterday. 

Sorry I was posting as I watched and he originally mentioned something about being her birth father, but i've just gotten to him mentioning her being adopted.

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So glad that Lani told JJ about what Gabi is doing. I enjoy evil Gabbi, but she should not be getting any sort of happiness with Eli while threatening to blow up his grandmother's heart.

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On 1/14/2020 at 9:22 PM, Antoyne said:

Chandler was doing this pretty consistently before he left the show. It's been a complaint about him for years. There are very few scenes in which he actually acts without smirking his way through it.

 

Thank you for that info! I've been in and out for years but I don't remember it being this bad, my goodness. It's physically uncomfortable to watch. Like watching The Office, that secondhand embarrassment feeling. 

18 hours ago, ranger1rg said:


live been complaining about CM’s smirking for so long that I can’t remember when I wasn’t. He ruins just about every scene.

 

Lol, you poor thing! I don't know how anyone can stand it.

10 hours ago, Gray Bunny said:

 

Ah, well that explains why Billy Flynn is always smirking when he's throwing digs towards Gabi. Catching up on Christmas episodes right now, and yeah... some things never change. 

 

Another insufferable presence. I don't like BF or KM and desperately wish they'd never brought back Chad and Abby.

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12 hours ago, alexisfan07 said:

 

Thank you for that info! I've been in and out for years but I don't remember it being this bad, my goodness. It's physically uncomfortable to watch. Like watching The Office, that secondhand embarrassment feeling. 

 

Lol, you poor thing! I don't know how anyone can stand it.

 

Another insufferable presence. I don't like BF or KM and desperately wish they'd never brought back Chad and Abby.

I will fight you over Flynn and Mansi! I love Chad and Abby.

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32 minutes ago, Antoyne said:

I will fight you over Flynn and Mansi! I love Chad and Abby.

 

I remember liking Billy Flynn a lot years ago and thought he was a really good Chad recast. But the last few years, he comes off super smug onscreen in a way that goes deeper than the character. I don't know what it is! And I think both of their stuttering tics have snowballed off each other in scenes together lately, haha. I read a rumor there was tension between the actors and they didn't like each other that much? I want the tea!

 

I also noticed Kate Mansi is recurring by choice. I wonder if they're planning to write Abby off for a while at some point or if she'll just be indefinite recurring like John Aniston? It's interesting.

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On 1/15/2020 at 11:07 AM, Khan said:

CM's problem is that he's judging the material rather than just playing it.

So unprofessional. If he were above playing soap material, he wouldn’t be on a soap.

 

Billy Flynn’s smirking, for better or worse, at least seems like a deliberate acting choice (Chad is supposed to be smug) instead of a lack of engagement.

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22 hours ago, edgeofnik said:

These actors find ways to sell it to the audience through sheer charisma or bringing a humanizing element to the screen.  Either CM isn’t skilled enough or doesn’t care. You choose. LOL. 

 

I choose the former -- and I blame that on the fact that the actors on DAYS, like their colleagues on the other soaps, lack the necessary direction and rehearsal time.  It's just "stand on your mark, say your lines, move onto the next scene," without any opportunities to do what Al Rabin would do, which was to sit down and ask, "What have we shared with the audience?".

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1 minute ago, Khan said:

 

I choose the former -- and I blame that on the fact that the actors on DAYS, like their colleagues on the other soaps, lack the necessary direction and rehearsal time.  It's just "stand on your mark, say your lines, move onto the next scene," without any opportunities to do what Al Rabin USED to do, which was sit down and ask, "What have we shared with the audience?".

 

Nothing to add but agreed (no surprise here!) with you yet again. 

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21 hours ago, koos said:

All this time I've wondered why they haven't taken advantage of CM's smirking and make his character a trouble-making prick. You see soap writers twisting a character to fit an actor's limited range all the damn time. Will is just a smirking blank canvas with nothing drawn on him due to gayness.

 

Exactly.

 

When Chandler won an Emmy the year they accidentally ran a scene with Guy Wilson's Will instead, he made an off-handed, snarky remark, which I thought was pretty clever.  (Something like, "You see what I did up there in that scene?  I was pretty awesome, wasn't I?").  THAT's what the writers should write to.

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I like Billy Flynn, but the smirking thing takes you out of the scene. If that's his acting choice to make Chad smug, it doesn't work for me. It seems more like he's smirking at the material he's playing. 

 

It's similar to Y&R's Joshua Morrow, another actor I like, but whenever he has to play a scene where his character, Nick, isn't privy to whatever is being discussed by other characters and Nick is supposed to be oblivious to what's going on, you can tell Morrow knows exactly what's going on and isn't playing oblivious successfully. 

 

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So I believe its being set up that Feb sweeps Will gets out of Prison. I wonder if Maggie will be charged and Gabi gets busted

 

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@Khan @KMan101 Does DAYS basically do one take? I’m curious because I’ve never seen a soap where more actors stumble, stutter, clearly mix up lines that they try to correct than DAYS. It’s pretty funny on CC. DAYS also has very long scenes 2 min+. The production really illuminates the truly skilled and vets. LG is a standout of the newer additions. 

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