Saturday, August 21, 2010
DAYS Boston Charity Q&A Recap
(pictured above -- Wally Kurth with OutTakes host Laurie Baker)
QUESTION: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MISTAKE WHILE FILMING?
Wally Kurth said that the shooting schedule doesn't allow for mistakes.
Crystal Chappell admitted she was "prop challenged".
Louise Sorel had accidentally left the set before shooting was finished.
James Scott wouldn't admit to any of his own, but said that Ali Sweeney had a habit of running into set doors. One time she did it holding Baby Sydney!
Mark Hapka recounted doing a scene with Shelley Hennig wearing a skimpy lingeree outfit. He hadn't seemed to notice during rehearsal but while actually taping, his eyes went where they weren't supposed to...and he forgot his lines.
Casey Deidrick had unintentionally parked in Joe Mascolo's parking space. After working up the nerve to apologize to Mascolo, he found Mascolo in near tears over it. Wally said that he'd done the same thing once and "Joe was livid".
Molly Burnett always runs into stuff and then DAYS airs it.
QUESTION: ANY FAVORITE MOMENTS WITH FANS WHO REALLY THINK THAT THEY ARE THE CHARACTERS THEY PLAY?
Molly Burnett: "A fan said to me once that 'if you're not nicer to Max, they're going to kill you off of that show!'"
While Casey Deidrick was shopping for dog food about a month after his episodes started airing, a fan came up to him and said "You better start being nice to Mia!"
After a few people saw Mark Hapka outside, a man came to him and asked if he was Nathan? Mark said he wasn't. The man's girlfriend said "Ask him again! He's lying!" When the man came to him again, Mark had to explain that he was not Nathan but that he did play him on TV.
James Scott recalled when a fan saw him naked on a beach in Maui (yes, the famous story!) Also, when location shooting on AMC, a man on the street yelled out "You shot Ryan!" Not the thing to say in midttown Manhattan with a lot of people around.
Louise Sorel: "Nobody talks to me. They cross to the other side of the street. Someone, please talk to me!"
Crystal Chappell said fans would ask her why she killed her husband. She was also amazed when a photo of her from Bed, Bath and Beyond ended up in Soap Opera Digest.
Wally Kurth: A fan from his hometown (Billings, Montana) drove by his childhood home, introduced herself to his mother...and ended up having dinner and staying the night there!
QUESTION: IF YOU COULDN'T ACT, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO?
Crystal Chappell: "Win the lottery. I'd have to do something creative or I'd die! Maybe I'd be an accountant."
Wally Kurth opted to be a Forest Ranger
Louise Sorel would own an animal farm.
James Scott would work in another country.
Mark Hapka would focus on his music career.
Casey Deidrick would go back to his pre-acting interests: skateboarding and the Marine Corps.
Molly Burnett couldn't think of anything else. "I popped out acting!"
QUESTION: HOW MUCH DO THE ACTORS MAKE? (Hey, I didn't ask this!!)
Molly Burnett: Minimum wage!
James Scott said that if they were to reveal their salaries, we all would see in-fighting the likes of what you would see on the Jerry Springer show!
QUESTION: HOW MANY PUBLIC APPEARANCES DO YOU HAVE TO DO?
James Scott: "We don't have to do any...but I do about 3 or 4 a year regularly, including this one."
QUESTION: WHAT IS THE SHOOTING SCHEDULE LIKE?
Wally Kurth said that in the 80s it would be a long day with several blocking sessions, rehearsals and naps. Now everything goes by a lot faster with a block and tape, making for a shorter day.
QUESTION FOR MOLLY BURNETT: DOES SHE EVER WATCH SCENES OF BO/CARLY 1.0?
Molly said she did and enjoyed them.
QUESTION: WOULD ANY OF THEM CONSIDER DOING A MOVIE? (I didn't ask this either...)
Molly Burnett said absolutely. Casey Deidrick said sure, if not taping. Mark Hapka said he was making movies now. Crystal Chappell mentioned Venice. When Venice was brought up, Wally joked that he watched the series to "see Nadia make out with another woman".
QUESTION FOR WALLY KURTH: HOW ARE NED (GH) AND JUSTIN (DAYS) ALIKE?
Wally: They both wear suits and ties regularly, are super rich, bluebloods from aristocratic families that run the family business.
QUESTION: FAVORITE STORYLINE?
Louise Sorel said there were so many...but she remembered Vivian's scenes of having a lobotomy and being a bag lady.
James Scott: "Being thrown through a glass door by Stephen Nichols." I don't remember this at all!
Mark Hapka: "Playing drunk"
Casey Deidrick: "Anytime I get to be a smartass. Being a new Dimera is cool." At this answer, he worried he'd given out a spoiler although the news is pretty much out. James Scott cautioned Casey that when John Callahan (AMC) revealed a spoiler at a fan event, the AMC headwriter got mad and made his character paralyzed and impotent for two years. Mark Hapka joked that that was great because he got paid and didn't have to memorize dialogue.
Molly Burnett enjoyed playing "super evil" as well as the sparring scenes with Shelley Hennig.
Wally Kurth enjoyed the early Justin/Adrienne days. (Didn't we all?)
QUESTION: HOW FAR AHEAD ARE THE EPISODES TAPED IN ADVANCE?
Crystal Chappell: "Three months"
QUESTION FOR CRYSTAL CHAPPELL: THE BO/CARLY FANS ARE REALLY STRESSED OUT THAT BO AND CARLY ARE GOING TO BREAK UP. DOES WRITING LETTERS REALLY HELP?
Crystal answered that they were actually in a good place by having a storyline with two equally passionate fanbases. James Scott said Gary Tomlin was very interested in what fans were saying in letters and on message boards.
QUESTION FOR LOUISE SOREL: DOES SHE REALLY GET ALONG WITH JOHN ANISTON?
Louise said that John is a big teddy bear; that they can be so snarky in their scenes because they have such a good relationship as actors. He often causes her to crack up when they're taping.
QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU HOPE WILL HAPPEN FOR YOUR CHARACTER?
Wally Kurth wants a storyline for Justin.
Crystal Chappell wants Carly to leave the hospital every once in a while. She would have liked to see the Carly/Lawrence relationship further explored. Also, she would love to see Vivian turn out to be Carly's mother!
Louise Sorel hopes for a storyline pick-up for Vivian.
James Scott wants EJ to have a real job where we actually see him working.
Mark Hapka wants Nathan to stop being such a nice guy and to work with more of the other cast members.
Casey Deidrick also wants more of a storyline and to work with Molly more.
Molly Burnett: "Grandma Vivian!" She also would like to do more comedy like the strip poker scene of last year.
QUESTION: ANY CHANCE THAT THE STORYLINES AREN'T GOING TO KEEP MOVING SO FAST?
The general consensus of all the actors was that the storylines were going to move faster.
QUESTION FOR JAMES SCOTT: WHEN IS HE GOING TO GET MARRIED?
James and his fiancee are working on getting their house finished first; then they will work on the big wedding.
QUESTION FOR JAMES SCOTT: WHAT'S UP WITH THE HAIRCUT?
James couldn't say. Apparently, it is storyline-related. (From what I heard at the event, I think EJ's going to get shot in the head!) Louise Sorel joked that when she saw James' haircut, she declared "The military has arrived!"
QUESTION FOR MOLLY BURNETT AND CASEY DEIDRICK: ARE THEY GOING TO WORK MORE TOGETHER?
They want to have an adversarial relationship rather than romantic on the show. They mentioned their work together on EMPIRE. Wally talked about how working on GH with Rena Sofer (his ex-wife) is more uncomfortable because you're mixing the personal with the business of filming.
QUESTION FOR MOLLY BURNETT AND CASEY DEIDRICK: WILL THERE BE ANOTHER DANCE-OFF VIDEO?
They are considering it. The first dance-off video was inspired by a bet that Molly had with her brother.