Allison J. Waldman
Whoa! Actor Playing Adam Bolts Y&R
by, 05-21-2009 at 06:22 PM (6490 Views)
Did you read this Young & the Restless story today on Soapcentral.com? Chris Engen (Adam Wilson) made the sudden decision to quit the show in protest over an upcoming storyline… a storyline that involves a same-sex kiss.
Wow! That's a shocker. I'm actually of two minds about this. First, if he's leaving because he really wasn't happy with the direction the Adam character was taking before this same sex biz, I can sort of understand his feelings. I haven't been happy with the Adam revenge story. I wrote about it in Lathered Up just last week. I said then and I still believe that it's a story line that doesn't really make sense. Like I wrote before, what is the end game for Adam? If he causes Ashley to have a miscarriage and Victor suffers, at some point Adam will have to gloat about what he's done and that's when Victor will kill him. There's no way he walks away from this intact -- so WHY IS HE DOING IT?
Now, if Chris has left the show because Adam kisses another guy and he has some objection based on his religious beliefs (or homophobia), then he's an idiot. Actors are paid to act. Pretending to be attracted to a man is no reflection on his personal sex orientation and he shouldn't be such a weenie about playing a character who is gay or bi or whatever. It's make believe, Chris. Act, damn it! You think the greatest actors turn down a role because they're worried about what people think? You think people can't separate the actor from the role? If so, you're in the wrong business. You don't understand your profession.
Here's what i think is going to happen: they'll recast the role and unless there is an end game for Adam, he'll be quickly dispatched (probably back to prison) and we won't see him again for years. Victor and Ashley will move on.
What do you think? Write me!