Daddy Dearest?

Soap Opera Weekly: What do you think of the changes in Deacon?
Sean Kanan: I was initially, I don’t want to say hesitant to play a good guy, but it was a departure from what I was doing. I decided to embrace it. If you don’t have some evolution after two years, it’s boring. I’m kind of like Mr. Wholesome on the show now. Sometimes I hear myself saying sh– and I’m just like (Kanan makes a funny face).Weekly: Do you fear Deacon will lose his edge?
Kanan: I don’t think so. I’ve gone through so many of the same issues that this character has gone through. In doing so I’ve gotten my life significantly more together and I’d like to think become a much better guy. I think we each have black and white in our personalities and without one the other doesn’t necessarily function well. There are times when we are going to see Deacon reverting to what seems to be — I don’t want to say old behavior — but channeling it differently. I did a scene where I was supposed to drop Little Eric off at the Forresters and I was late. Amber and Rick were giving me a lot of sh– about it. I said, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” and they were just giving me so much attitude about it, I grabbed Rick and was like, “Look you little punk!” So I try and work that sort of stuff in.

When I came on the show, we hit gold and it was a successful character. Problem is, when you play a bad guy you either have to change or you get killed off. You can’t continually antagonize the core family of the show without retribution. So they’ve been toying around with ways to change it because they want to keep me around for a while. It’s tough to do.Weekly: Were you surprised when they paired Deacon and Macy?
Kanan: I was very surprised, as was Bobbie (Eakes, Macy). But I like it. I love her as a person. She’s a sweetheart. I’m interested to see if somewhere down the road what this favor that Massimo owes me is going to turn out to be. I’ve always told Brad (Bell, executive producer/head writer) that it would be interesting to find Deacon’s mother because I think that’s the source of why he treats women the way he does.Weekly: There were rumors that Deacon would be related to Nick.
Kanan: I hesitate to say this because it’s like flattering myself, but people say that Jack (Wagner, Nick) and I look similar. Let me tell you, you can do a lot worse than to look like Jack Wagner! Every time Jack and I have a scene he is never antagonistic with me. He’s like, “Well, the guy is getting his life together.” Which is weird. It’s like a strange supportiveness. So I’m wondering if down the road we are going to find out that I have some kind of a relation with Nick.Weekly: What did you think of the April storyline?
Kanan: I was happy that it ran its course. There was nothing for me to play there. Logistically, it was very difficult. It was short-lived and I don’t know if she’s coming back or not. She’s on her world tour.Weekly: Do you think of what it would be like if you still played A.J. on GENERAL HOSPITAL?
Kanan: Steve Burton (Jason) just called me out of the blue. I haven’t talked to him in a year and I was like, “Wow, this is great.” But [B&B] is a better work experience for me for so many different reasons. I was really stifled there. They would not give me the ball and let me carry it. It was a source of aggravation for me. But I liked the people I worked with.Weekly: Any other projects you are working on?
Kanan: My film Chasing Holden is all over Showtime. I’m in the process of producing a film called Lucrezia Borgia. The Borgias were one of the ruling families of Renaissance Italy. Her father was Pope Alexander VI and Lucrezia was raised in the Vatican and wound up poisoning her fathers’ enemies. She was married off as a pawn to consolidate their power. She had an incestuous relationship with her brother. It’s a lot of sex and scandal and intrigue and murder and violence. I’ve always had this weird fascination with Lucrezia and the Borgia family. It’s starting to unfold. I’m going to executive produce and hopefully play the part of Cesare Borgia.Weekly: Anything else?
Kanan: John McCook (Eric) and I have wanted to do a play for a while and I came up for an original idea. It’s sort of like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; it’s a big, farcical comedy. John has got a tremendous theater background. I haven’t done theater since 1995-’96 and I really want to get back onstage. I’m going to tailor this to both him and myself. It’s a very funny premise, a little absurd. Hopefully around Thanksgiving we are going to do it.

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