Justin Deas speaks! In a new interview with TV Guide’s Michael Logan, Deas discusses his last days on Guiding Light, his future, his Emmys, his “Mr. Curmudgeon” attitude, (as Logan calls him) and much more. Here is an exceprt about Buzz marrying Lillian at the end of the shows run and his thoughts on the longest running soaps cancellation!
You are the rare actor in soaps who has maintained his mystique. So let’s ruin that right now! Give me your thoughts on the end of GL.
I don’t watch soaps but I can see why people do. My wife, Margaret, watches them. People like them because they’re comforting, they like having these characters come into their homes. Me, I don’t want any of that. But I can certainly understand the appeal. If the soaps all go off the air, some smart person is going to figure out the right way to do it and bring ’em back. But they’ll have to rethink the form and make it bolder. I mean, we in America still haven’t gotten over our sex hang-ups! The lesbians on our show can’t kiss? What’s wrong with us? There’s a greater chance that GL would have brought in a donkey for Buzz to have sex with. Come to think of it, maybe it would have saved my career.
Were you surprised to end your GL run by getting married?
I think [executive producer] Ellen Wheeler is out of her f—ing mind to give Buzz another wedding. But I adore working with Tina Sloan [Buzz’s new wife Lillian]. That lady is connected! Just name anybody, a famous anything, pick a NASA astronaut, and she just had dinner with him. You talk to her about a great book you’re reading? She’ll say, “Would you like to meet the author?” You’re going to Sweden? She knows the king! I just mentioned to her that I might get a hip replacement—I think the hip will probably be arriving on the set here sometime this afternoon.
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