Blog from Charles Shaughnessy as he returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Shane Donovan!
Hi all! Well, I guess the Salem cat has jumped out of his bag!! Yes, it is true : Days of Our Lives has asked Shane to return for a twelve episode arc to help in the ruination of Stefano Di Mera....for the umpteenth time!!!
I have been back a couple of times since I first left in 1991, but this has been the most fun. It was like walking into a wormhole or time warp when I rehearsed my first scene. The old gang was there doing the same stuff and saying the same dialogue as if it were the very next day. Shane and Roman helping Bo, Hope, Marlena and John Black "bring down " Stefano Di Mera.
Everyone seemed happy to see me and I was giddy to see all of them. The strangest thing is that they all looked EXACTLY the same!! I know that there are miracles available through all kinds of surgery, but I could find no trace of them. Either they have some radical genius hidden away in the bowels of Burbank or they take VERY good care of themselves. It was kind of creepy actually. Each one of them must have a picture somewhere that is graying and aging in their place!
We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fond reminiscences, although we couldn't spend too long going down memory lane as the pace of the work is INSANE!! I always thought it was ridiculous how we taped a whole one-hour show in a day: now, they tape about a day and a half and are always "out" by 6:00 p.m. !! Today's Soap actors have to be one hundred percent "on their game" from the minute they walk onto the set. Trust me, they earn every penny of their paycheck. You walk in, the director runs quickly through the "blocking" ( where you should move, the "action" required in the scene,) you do it once for practice and cameras and then....ACTION! you're doing it for real. Talk about "shot out of a cannon!" All the dialogue has to be learnt before you wake up that day and, as many of them are in many days a week, they must learn it in their sleep. But...this crazy speed makes for an exciting and adrenaline-pumped ride.
I can't give any of the story away, but I think all you original fans are going to get a big kick out of this story. The only sad thing is that Patsy was not back. I do reference her in one line and mention that Kimberly "allowed" Shane to return for this mission as it was so important to him, but she is not there in person. Budgets are very tight and the storyline was specifically about Bo, Hope etc. and the ISA, so I guess they didn't see any need to ask her back as well.
My episodes start airing in May and will continue for about two weeks, so set the VCR or DVR or take some time off work, 'cos Shane is back in town!!!
Best. . . Charlie
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