Ridge was recast...So Who Could Play John Black on Days?

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The poster "Santa Barbara" brought up the idea of recasting John Black. And hey since B&B has successfully recast the uber popular Ridge from a veteran hair-model, than so could Days with John Black. I mean I could not stomach to see Drake anymore. And I remember saying that if it was got the ratings up I would stomach it. But he just can't act worth a damn. He is a shitty actor on another level. It was painful to watch when he was on. But Marlena could sure use her Hubby. So why not recast him with a talented actor?

Which former soap actors (with a clip to show their work) do you believe could tackle the role of John Black and bring something to the role we have not seen before?

For me right off the top of my head I kept thinking about Jon Hensley (ex-Holden, As The World Turns http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1l3t_-QZ1M ). Yes I know he is only 48, but hey female characters are often cast down in age even they are suppose to be older. Though he would also make a good Bo Brady too.

James Hyde (ex-Sam Bennett, Passions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqSe7ZptY9c ) could be up in the running for the role.

Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip, Guiding Light http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESib-JhPre4 ) Now he could take the role to the next level.

And if you really want to get to casting than Jack Wagner (ex-Nick Marone, The Bold and The Beautiful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN_2b4q2ejo ) could work if his ego could stay in check or "Miss Wagner" as you guys term people here. I hope I used it correctly.

James DePaiva (ex-Max Holden, One Life To Live http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqi-msbPIyc ). Something about this long lost actor could work in the role as well.


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They can play around with the

They can play around with the age a bit, but he still has to look at least old enough to be Brady's father and Marlena's love interest for the past almost 30 years in real time, and 35 in soap time.

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Than anyone here could play John Black.

I think could work well.

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I know you're going to get

I know you're going to get this reference.

Even in The Sun Also Sets they didn't have Celeste play Montana Moorehead's mother.

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I get that one too!

Here goes Melody Thomas Scott on the set daily: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBWTeurGb2g

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I like the John Hensley

I like the John Hensley idea.

What about Robert Newman - Josh,GL (omg he and Dee would be HOT & he would be good with the adventure stuff & HE CAN ACT TOO!)

I don't think Grant A. would fit the role. I just don't see him as a John Black type. Great actor though!

They need to recast BO too, if PR is not coming back. Enough is enough, Damn it to hell! Fix this Hope mess NOW, DAYS!!! NOW!

Ricky Paul Goldin as the new Bo??? Hmm, me likes me likes!! i just thought of that one. He and KA would sizzzzzzle!
What do ya'll think???

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Why on earth would John Black

Why on earth would John Black need to be recasted? There is positively no need for the character on screen. There are enough unutilized vets on the Days canvas as it is. Bringing John on would only put him on to the backburner. Plus, Marlena's been so much better without him. No need for that character.

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Amen, Yoryla.

Amen, Yoryla.

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Totally agree

Completely agree with the original post re: Drake Hogestyn's acting. Ever since I began watching DAYS in the early 90s I have thought his acting is dreadful. A few years ago someone on another message board commented that he always had an "I smell a rat" look to him complete with the squint, head tilt and single eyebrow raise. I'm sure DH is a nice guy but again I think his acting is absolutely atrocious. I thought the same thing about Ron Moss but not near to the same extent. DH completely takes the cake in regards to bad acting.

As far as the recast suggestions mentioned above they are all very good actors and great romantic leads but in my opinion they all seem to be 10 to 20 years to young. Marlena, though she looks fantastic, is in her 60s so I would want to see her paired with an actor slightly more age appropriate. Greg Wrangler (who played Traci's husband on Y&R) I think would be great in the role. He's age appropriate yet very good looking, can act and physically looks enough like the current John for it to not be too drastic of a change.

What is sad though is that I do like John and Marlena as a couple (not love like I did Bo & Hope, Jack & Jenn or Abe & Lexie, but like) just because of how familiar they are; they have been around almost the entire time I've been watching the show and for the majority of that time they were central characters. That said I could really take or leave John, but just want to see Marlena happy in a relationship.

The only type of story I would really like to see John in would be one that defines his clusterf*ck of a character by getting him back to his Alamain roots, having him explore and remember his past as an Alamain in a story involving Vivian, Lawrence, Carly and Nicholas. Of course I would still want to see it done with a better actor in the part.

I also wouldn't mind seeing Marlena get back with Roman however I don't like the actor who plays Roman either. I don't like his acting style, voice, mannerisms or appearance and feel that a recast of Roman could breath new life into that character as well. I loved the suggestion above of Marlena being paired with Robert Newman but I think he would make the perfect Roman instead of him playing John. Robert Newman is a great actor who seems to have romantic and platonic chemistry with anyone and hes a good looking guy who I think would play the part of Roman perfectly and would be great with Marlena.

Something else someone mentioned above that I completely agree with is the character that is in most dire need of a recast, BO!! Peter Reckell leaving has basically left Hope in storyline limbo and she is way too viable a character to be put on the backburner. I agree that Bo can be recast, especially now since the character has been off the canvas for awhile. My first choice would be Todd Cahoon ( a smoke hot actor who's been in some random small things) followed by Michael Park (Jack, ATWT) Rob Estes, Ted King, Rick Hearst and John J. York. Of course I would like to see Peter Reckell back but if we can't have him I'm willing to accept a recast because the character is too important to not have around.

In my opinion the show should not have fired Matt Ashford and did whatever necessary to keep Peter Reckell and Renee Jones. Those 3 losses at once were extremely hard for me to take and the show has not felt the same since. I had watched and rooted for Bo & Hope, Abe & Lexie and to a lesser extent Jack & Jennifer for nearly 20 years and they became like family to me. Now 3 characters and the couples they were a part of are no longer and it is very sad. So I think recasting Bo would be a huge step in the right direction

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For John Black, I could see

For John Black, I could see Gordon Thompson step in nicely. He is a very good actor and is age appropriate. His coloring would be similar and not be jarring. He always has loads of chemistry with his leading ladies and can play complex characters very well. Another thought would be Armand Assante for the same reasons. He started out on soaps in the 70s on The Doctors playing Mike Powers. He has the intensity to do the role justice and has that southern european look that would make it believable that his father is Santos Dimera.

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I think the actor who would

I think the actor who would OWN a recast John Black is...

Walt Willey (-former Jackson Montgomery, AMC). He can act, he can play rugged, he can play comedy, he can play romantic hero, and he would look believable age-wise standing next to Deidre Hall. I think he'd be perfect.