Patrick Muldoon, who was part of the first wave of casting casualties, as Days of our Lives tries again to reposition itself with the audience and the ratings, opened up to Soap Opera Digest in the latest issue on newsstands now! Muldoon expressed his disappointment at how Austin Reed was portrayed and shared what he had hoped would have happened in his return to the role after 18 years away from Salem. Here are a few excerpts below!
Patrick discussing what went wrong with his return to DAYS: “I was all set to come back and be the romantic hero with a broken heart. That’s who the guy was when I left. What I walked back into was pretty much the disintegration of Austin. Not one thing went right for him. I thought that was out of the ordinary and pretty creative. Truthfully, Austin and Carrie had to be broken up anyway for story. But in the back of my head, when I would get the scripts, I was always waiting for that turn where the character would be allowed to be heroic and not passive. That’s who Austin was when I originally played him. So leaving, without seeing that happen, was sad for me.”
Patrick on if he sensed there were potential problems that would leave to him being written-off the series: “I would have really liked to be around to see Austin man up and claim what is his. When I thought Austin was really strong, the story continued that he was passive. That’s not our former head writers, Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas’s fault. Those decisions were made by whoever behind the scenes. I didn’t necessarily know I was leaving. I just sensed something was up.”
So what do you think about how DAYS wrote Austin? Are you sad to see Patrick go from the series? Let us know!