Actor Joins Days in Recast Role
I wouldn’t have predicted this one, but I don’t hate it, either…
According to Soap Opera Digest, John Paul Lavoisier (who played Rex on One Life to Live for close to a decade) has joined Days as the new Philip Kiriakis:
[He] will portray Philip Kiriakis, son of Victor and Kate. The role was previously played by Jay Kenneth Johnson and Kyle Brandt. Lavoisier has already started filming and will first air in early December.
I wouldn’t have ever thought of him as a Philip recast, but I can see it now that I think about it. I know Jay Kenneth Johnson has lots of fans — and I really liked him in the part — but he basically spent the entirety of his last contract waiting to leave the show, doesn’t seem to maintain a connection with anyone there, and has made some interesting choices with his appearance of late, so a recast seems to be in order. The character of Philip is needed, though I’m a little concerned they’re just going to go for round 4,000 of Philip/Belle/Shawn now. JPL could be a charming actor at times, though from what I saw of him on OLTL, he could also be a bit, er, tic-laden. He’s definitely better at the grayish stuff than when he’s written as a noble hero, so Philip might be a good fit for his abilities.
What do you think?