Don't get me wrong, I love Hunt Block, but was Brian Patrick Clarke not an option?
I kind of presumed Mr. Clarke had retired from acting...
I don't love Hunt Block, too much of a moustache-twirler, useful when story demands a transparently dastardly villain. Sometimes that's called for and can drive story effectively but I've never bought him as a long-term character. I've never gotten past how reductive his take on ATWT's Craig Montgomery was.
Whereas his take on Craig (at least until the writing went to crap) was what made me a fan. He also did a sterling job playing the character of Ramsey on (oh the loaded term) ONE LIFE TO LIVE. I caught him in reruns of a bunch of primetime shows too where he always did a solid job. So I think that he could carry off both Grants well.
That [Hunt Block] is one of the most soap worthy names I have EVER heard!
Yeah, with a name like that it was either soaps or porn... ;)
I always just assumed they let her fade away, as they'd sort of done with characters like Amy Vining or Jessie Brewer (I know Emily McLaughlin passed away but from what I've heard, Jessie had been moved to bit player status long before that time).
In the case of Ms. McLaughlin, I believe that the move to bit player status happened as a result of a practice from an earlier, kinder time in soaps. Often when a veteran actor ran into end-of-life issues and/or became chronically ill, they would be shifted to bit player status and given the bare minimum of work possible so they could keep their health benefits. Compare this to the shabby treatment Anna Lee got when she was unceremoniously dumped from GH, or GL's callous treatment of Michael Zaslow when he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.
Edited by tam1MI, Apr 1, 2012 @ 11:48 PM.