DC Exclusive: Soap’s Original Bad Boy Sean Kanan Talks A.J. , Deacon, Jack Rio and “Sex”

General Hospital and The Bold and Beautiful alum Sean Kanan is thinking a lot about sex these days. He has to, it’s part of his job description. Kanan is starring in It’s Just Sex,  a daring, comedic exploration about what can happen when three couples decide to switch partners. The play runs through Dec. 28 at the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City, Ca.

Daytime Confidential recently caught up with Kanan about his role in It’s Just Sex, as well as his new movie Jack Rio, and his time in Port Charles as Quartermaine bad seed A.J. We also reminisce about his memorable stint as Deacon Sharpe, the man who notoriously deflowered a young Bridget Forrester (then-Jennifer Finnigan) while he had her father Eric (John McCook) muted on speaker phone, and later sired baby Hope with Bridget’s own mother, the sexsational Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang). 

We also get Kanan’s thoughts about the planned update of The Karate Kid—Kanan starred in The Karate Kid III— producer Will Smith‘s dream project for his and Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s son Jaden.Then we ask the question Kanan’s droves of loyal soap fans have been waiting years to have answered, would the talented actor/writer/producer ever consider a return to Sudsville, U.S.A? His answer may surprise you.

Daytime Confidential:  So let’s talk about sex. What is the story behind your new play?

Sean Kanan: (Laughs) Well, to tell you about It’s Just Sex, I have to take you back to 1996. I was producing and starring in a performance of Sam Shepard’s True West directed by Mark Blanchard, who also co-produced it with me. We had a blast working together and always said we wanted to do it again. So flash forward 12 years later and he’s directing It’s Just Sex. Mark said, ‘I want you to do this play’, I read it and thought it was terrific.

DC: What is the premise of It’s Just Sex?

SK: The basic plot is, you have three couples who are all good friends, and are all at different places in their marriage. One night, they come up with the great idea to swap partners, which leads to life-changing, poignant, yet very funny, circmustances.

DC: Wow, sounds kinky, but then you’re no stranger to kink after your role as Deacon on The Bold and the Beautiful. Is there any chance we might get to see you steaming up the sheets with some Forrester females anytime soon?

SK: (Laughs) Well…you know, I don’t know. They’ve had ample opportunity to bring me back. It was a great experience playing Deacon and I would definitely consider going back, but I am looking forward to the future. Gotta keep moving.

DC: If Deacon can’t make a return visit to the fictional Los Angeles universe of the Forresters and Logans, what about him showing up in Genoa City? Your former onscreen partner-in-crime Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore) is doing the work of her career on The Young and the Restless. Would you consider taking Deacon to the other Bell soap?

SK: I would absolutely love to do Y&R. I loved working with Adrienne. She is an amazingly-talented person. It would be great to have Amber and Deacon mixing it up again.

DC: It would be amazing! As great as Amber’s crossover has been, the one thing I’ve always had a bit of an issue with is that she seems to have forgotten Little Eric, or Little D as Deacon renamed him when he won custody (Deacon fathered a child with Amber’s cousin Becky on The Bold and the Beautiful. Amber passed the child off as her son with Rick Forrester. Once it was discovered, Deacon ultimately won custody of his son, but allowed Amber to stay in his life). That kid was such a huge part of Amber’s mythology; I can’t imagine she wouldn’t be in touch with Little D. and Deacon.

SK: I agree.  

DC: So let’s talk about your other popular soap role, AJ Quartermaine on General Hospital.  Have you followed the soap since you left? Were you aware that The Powers That Be decided to kill the character off?

SK: Oh yeah, I knew they killed him off. I hang out with a couple of guys from GH. Tyler Christopher (Nikolas),  Dirk Cheetwood (Max) and that whole gang.  

DC: Was it weird for you to know AJ had been killed off?

SK: Not really. I felt bad for Billy Warlock (Warlock assumed the role of AJ after Kanan). I was sorry to see that run end for him, but I have been out of that world of GH for so long. I had a lot of fun doing that character, but I don’t think their plan is to call me back anytime soon! (Laughs)

DC: One of your fellow Bold and Beautiful alums, who also co-starred in Carpool Guy with you, Rick Hearst has been on GH for a couple of years now and has a large and vocal fanbase. Any chance we’ll see you two work together again? You make pretty hilarious rivals.

SK: Rick is definitely someone else I would love the opportunity to work with again. He is a brilliant actor and a great guy. I would definitely think about him for parts in any project that I produce.

DC: Speaking of producing. I recently read that Will Smith is producing an update of Karate Kid for his son Jaden to star in. Any chance we’ll see you reprise your role from Karate Kid III?

SK: You know I read about that! That would be great. Who wouldn’t want to work with Will Smith?

DC: Maybe Mike Barnes (the villain Kanan beat out over 2,000 actors to portray in KKIII) has a kid who could go up against WIl’s son and Daniel (Ralph Macchio) could be the good kid’s karate teacher?

SK: (Laughs) I love it! Ralph as the new Mr. Miyagi!

DC: Will Smith isn’t the only actor producing his own projects; you recently helmed the indie movie Jack Rio, written by All My Children and Days of Our Lives alum Matthew Borlenghi and Gregori J. Martin (who also co-wrote Manhattanites with We Love SoapsRoger Newcomb). What is Jack Rio about?

SK: Jack Rio stars Matt Borlenghi in the title role, as a famous actor trying to escape the television persona that made him famous, when a string of murders start happening around him. It’s a really intense, psychological thriller.  There are a lot of familiar faces from daytime in the movie, like Nadia Bjorlin(Chloe, Days of Our Lives), James Patrick Stuart (ex-Will, All My Children) and Monti Sharp (ex-David, Guiding Light; ex-Justus, General Hospital). We’re in the process of getting distribution. 

DC: It’s awesome to see so many talented people from soaps branching out and doing their own thing.

SK: You have to, that’s the thing. Daytime is changing.  I loved doing soaps and if the right opportunity came up, I would go back, under the right circumstances, but for right now I am content doing theater and doing my movies. I’m happy whee I’m at. Who knows what’s going to come next?

For information on tickets and showtimes for It’s Just Sex, call 818-762-2282, or visit the Two Roads Theatre page at nohoartsdistrict.com. No patrons under 18 will be admitted. To keep up with the latest news from Sean Kanan, visit him on My Space or visit his official website. You can also learn more about Jack Rio at the official My Space designation for the flick.


20 Responses

  1. Profile photo of LIASONADDICT

    Who really stays dead on soaps anyway ?

    They should call him back i think aj and rick going against sonny and jason (if the ever kiss and make up) could be a grat story line

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    I don’t want him back as AJ until GH hires a writer that will actually have respect for the characters he or she writes for. I don’t need to see AJ fail again so we can see how awesome Sonny and Jason are.

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    Season, think about Deacon would have turned out to be the real Philip. Oh, I would have loved this.
    Anyway, I want Sean Kanan back as Deacon. On B&B or Y&R … I don’t care. Just want him back. Maybe Y&R would be even better for him, when you look at the lazy writing over at B&B. And with Brad gone … GC could need some guy like Deacon Sharpe. =)
    Oh and thanks for the interview, Jamey.

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    Deacon Sharpe was the best male character ever on B&B. That show has the worst male cast of all the soaps. Ridge, Eric, Nick…ugh! Brad Bell needs to bring sexy back and ask Sean Kanan to return to B&B like yesterday. I’d love to see a Deacon & Felicia pairing and a Felicia/Deacon/Jackie/Eric quadrangle.
    Thanks for the great interview!

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    Kanan was AJ when AJ drove Jason’s head into the rock, right? Was he AJ when Sonny hung him on the meathook? I am trying to remember how long he was on the show. I know that I preferred him to his replacement.

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    To the best of my memory – Sean was aj back when Brenda was on the show, and yes he was the aj that brained jason. He was not aj when Sonny hung him on the meathook – that was BW. AJ did a lot of the early alcholism stuff and had a rivalry with ned over Julia Barrett (I remember his scene with her on the balcony at some hotel…HOT STUFF) He was AJ in the early part of the AJ/Carly stuff (they actually had some chemistry) and he battled Jason for Keisha. I honestly think part of the reason I liked him so much as AJ was that he truly seemed like Jason’s brother, so the battles seemed more realistic. NEver bought BW as Jason’s brother.

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    Didn’t I read somewhere that there is a familial relationship between Kanan and Burton? Cousins, perhaps? I did like AJ with Carly. They had an interesting dynamic. Warlock had the Alan lookalike thing happening for him but AJ’s story just became really repetitive after they cast him. I remember Julia but not really the AJ / Julia stuff. I never really liked Keisha. Thanks for the answers.

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    I thought SK was a fine AJ and his resemblence to SB added realism (I remember reading that they’re distant cousins), but BW’s AJ was the one I became attached to. I just thought he really pulled off all sides of AJ: Sad Sack AJ, Evil AJ, Vulnerable AJ. He sold it to me every time :)

    And yeah, the fact that I’ve been in love/lust with BW since I was a kid has a lot to do with my preference for his AJ :P

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    Jamey Giddens

    AJ is one of those roles like Vicky Hudson on Another World where I liked more than one actor in the role. Sean’s AJ was much more like Deacon Sharpe, except that he was rich. He knew how to do the whole troubled bad seed with a good heart and intense sexuality, whereas Billy’s AJ, while equally entertaining, just became like Charlie Brown at the end. He kept thinking Jason was going to let him kick the football, but at the end Jason, on Sonny’s orders, retracted the football and they both laughed their behinds off as they watched AJ fall.

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    Sean’s end as AJ was around the time that he slept w/ Carly and she got pregnant w/ Michael. I don’t know if it was his AJ or Billy’s AJ that Carly tricked into thinking that he had fallen off the wagon.

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    Season, my memory is awful, are you talking about when Carly tossed my beloved AJ in a dumpster and poured alcohol all over him? I’m pretty sure that’s when Billy was playing him – I remember being soooo upset, lol.

    I know people think of Jason and Sonny as the ‘tragic figures’ on GH, but I always felt AJ was (though I readily admit he brought so much of it on himself). My poor AJ – I know he’s still alive and locked up in a dungeon somewhere (with Alan & Alcazar) :)

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    Jamey Giddens

    Billy joined during the storyline where Carly first had sex with AJ. It was SO hot when Sarah Brown and Sean Kanan did the do! As their characters of course, LOL. When Billy joined they had to re-shoot the sequence and yeah…not so hot the second time around! Ha

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    Yeah, that’s it Daisy. It was so sad how everyone thought AJ had relapsed.

    AJ always got dumped on no matter what. I remember when Monica was getting treated for her breast cancer and AJ came to see about her up in her bedroom and they had a beautiful conversation about when he and Jason were younger. I think it was around Halloween because there was a pumpkin involved. LOL! Then Monica asked AJ to help her go downstairs and when Alan found the two of them in the living room he tore into AJ about disturbing his mother and how much she needed her rest. No matter what AJ did, right or wrong, he could never win.

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    Jamey Giddens

    It was pretty sad that Monica favored her husband’s bastard son over her own! If that wouldn’t drive you to drink, what would? LOL I think psychologicaly, Monica pulled away from AJ because she always wanted him to be Rick’s child. Alan never got over even the possibility of him not being his son and then Jason was just so doggone loveable with his Van Halen hairdo and those bitchin’ Dr. Huxtable sweaters that poor Junior didn’t stand a chance!

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