So watching Days today I again was mesmorized by Drake Hogestyn’s weird smell-the-fart acting throughout his entire performance. Whether he is greeting Anna Dimera (for the first time I would think), forgiving Steve for stealing his kidney, or brandishing a knife to Elvis, his facial expression has been fairly the same in all of them, the muscles in his face tense and tight as they can be and make me wonder if it’s not always painful to hold that look for so long.
While watching him in Steve’s scenes today, it struck me with the way he talked, he was emulating a very well known actor. Clint Eastwood! Am I crazy here? Could Drake and his very inflated ego be thinking John Black is equivalent to one of the greatest action stars to ever live?
The picture* above shows that no matter what the scene he is going to hold that pose, even after sipping from some Irish coffee.
Notice the head cock and the lip slant, that’s so Clint. I bet the man has studied HOURS of Clint Eastwood movies to try to gain the knack.
Am I being too mean? Probably. But Drake did say he wasn’t on Days to have fun. Or to fart around. He has come back to help the show keep from spinning out of control anymore and to ground it! That takes a lot of eyebrow, lip curl and nose stiffening!
*Screen caps courtesy of Days of our Lives 2.