Daytime's 10 Most Insane Recasts!
No. 8: Drake Hogestyn for Wayne Northrop as Roman on Days of our Lives
Days of our Lives fans went into an extreme state of mourning in 1984 when Roman Brady, the beloved, supercop played by Wayne Northrop, "died" in his little brother Bo's (Peter Reckell) arms. Roman had fallen from a cliff after being shot by demented villain Stefano (Joe Mascolo) on his tropical island. Bo left his brother to go for help, and when he returned the body was gone! How would Roman's widow, sainted psychiatrist Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) ever go on? In 1986 a mysterious man going by "The Pawn" (played by Drake Hogestyn) entered Doc's orbit. After mistaking The Pawn, who later adopted the name John Black, for Stefano, Marlena learned he was really Roman! Or so she thought. The fact that Hogestyn was much taller than Northrop, with straight hair to Northrop's kinky and a burly, hairy chest, while Northrop was as smooth as a baby's bottom didn't matter to DAYS fans. All we could see was the smoldering chemistry between Hogestyn and Hall. Fast forward to 1991 when Hall and Northrop were lured back to the soap after years away from Salem, and it was revealed that Hogestyn's Roman was a fake, brainwashed and implanted into the Bradys' lives by Stefano. The real Roman was back, but fans could care less. Hogestyn's insane onscreen connection with Hall resulted in the show scripting a torrid affair between John and Marlena that saw that couple's popularity surpassing Roman and Doc's by far. Results: Successful.