Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gratuitous Brunette: Drake Hogestyn

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Even for a soap opera Days of Our Lives is ludicrous; the only reason I watched it for so many years was Drake Hogestyn, whose architectural face and melted molasses voice made even the supernatural depredations of Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo) - which often defied the laws of reason and occasionally even physics - watchable.

When I first watched the show he was playing (or at least known as) Roman Brady; nowadays his character is called John Black, thanks to a retconned storyline both onscreen and off* as convoluted as anything ever thrown at his perennial co-star Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall). Despite the unreality of their adventures together the pairing of John Black and Marlena Evans is as enduring as it is pretty... Even more unbelievable - Hogestyn turns 57 today.

*Offscreen it was the return of Wayne Northrop to the cast as the character of Roman Brady he created in 1981, and the desire of the show's producer to retain Hogestyn's services, which prompted the recasting; after Northrop left for a second time in 1994 the role was taken over by Josh Taylor, and when Northrop again returned to the show in August 2005 he was given the role of Alex North. I did warn you it was convoluted, did I not?
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