No need to let one actor’s reported homophobia on the set of The Young and the Restless stop the show. Since TPTB are said to be planning to recast the role of Adam Newman after Chris Engen allegedly bolted rather than kiss Yani Gellman (Rafe), I figured I would attempt to help the busy execs out.
I would love to see Port Charles alum Brian Presley (ex-Jack) make a return to daytime— especially if he brought his wife Erin Hershey Presley (ex-Alison, PC) with him—Presley possesses that perfect mixture of marvel and menace that would serve him well as a character like Adam. Meanwhile, Hershey Presley could step into the strappy sandals of Walnut Grove Academy’s ultimate mean girl Brittany Hodges!
Another option would be Jon Prescott as Adam. Prescott did an impressive turn as Mike Kasnoff recently on As The World Turns—which of course meant that show got rid of him—with his fresh-off-the-Snyder-farm good looks and steady acting chops, it would make Adam’s villainy all the more surprising and therefore intriguing. This storyline is too liquid hot to be derailed by one actor’s alleged shortsidedness. Adam could be the best soap villain since Roger Thorpe (the late Michael Zaslow). I am sure actors will be lining up outside Bell studios for the chance to play this part, even it it means having to play tongue hockey with another dude!
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