GH fan and blogger Meghan K. Winchell made convincing argument to keep Julian’s portrayer, Will deVry on the soap!
Now that it’s been reported that contract negotiations with the soap and deVry have broken down, and word is that he might not be returning to his very popular role as Julian, Winchell offered a compelling post on her website arguing for him to stay. The piece cites, among other things, deVry’s off-the-charts magnetism with his onscreen love Alexis (Nancy Grahn), with whom the character is determined to get back together despite their divorce and the messy (to say the least!) circumstances leading up to it.
“Today fans cannot avoid news about the latest contract dispute plaguing their favorite actor and when faced with losing a beloved character they directly challenge network decisions; a pattern networks must be aware of,” the post reads, in part. “That’s why GH’s recent decision to allow William deVry’s contract negotiations to ‘breakdown’ requires the Julexis Army to mobilize.”
The post also mentioned deVry’s great screen pairing with his onscreen half-sister, Ava (Maura West). Indeed, now that she’s battling life threatening burns at GH, one can see Julian’s genuine concern for her and how their scenes together create that “sibling sizzle” without veering into incest territory! This screen partnership also figures into Winchell’s assertion that it’s not only Alexis with whom Julian has chemistry. “The fact that deVry sparks with nearly every female he encounters onscreen attests to his irreplaceability,” the post also says.
Petition Power and The Ties that Bind
Of course, when a popular character is threatened with being a soap goner, the inevitable petitions will arise to keep or bring the character back. It’s no different in deVry’s case, as the blog notes.
“The Julexis Army has activated its troops with petition and social media campaigns in an effort to save William deVry’s job and Alexis’s love life.” Alexis and Ava aside for a moment, there are so many other characters who interact with the supposed reformed mobster and with whom so much story could be mined; namely, his estranged daughter, Sam (Kelly Monaco); his equally distant son, Lucas (Ryan Carnes); his nemesis Sonny (Maurice Benard); and, of course, little Leo, his son with Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) with whom he has barely interacted, at least onscreen.
What do you think, dear Soap Cities readers? Do you agree with Winchell?
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