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Greg Vaughan Shares How He Prepared For His Emotional Final DAYS Scenes!

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Next week, Days of our Lives fans will say goodbye to Greg Vaughan, who has played Eric Brady since 2012 when the character exits the canvas to serve a prison sentence following the car crash that took the life of Dr. Daniel Jonas.  Eric, was the drunk driver behind the wheel that caused the crash.  Since leaving DAYS, Greg has begun filming a role in OWN’s new soapy drama, Queen Sugar that is currently filming in New Orleans.

In this week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Vaughan opens up in an interview about his final scenes, what precipitated his exit from the long-running NBC soap opera, and more.

On Eric’s emotionally intense scenes when he exit the canvas for prison stripes, Vaughan shared:  “When Eric leaves the canvas, I have an eight-minute scene and I rewrote some of it.”   He went on to say of his co-stars:  “It’s the greatest scene that I have had.  It was me, Deidre Hall, (Marlena) Drake Hogestyn (John) and Josh Taylor (Roman).  I moved everybody into a huddle and I told them … (gets emotional) … just thinking about it … I was saying thank you, for having the chance to be there and share the stage and play and connect with every one of them, and how much I appreciated them.  I said, ‘This is going to be the mark, this is my thumbprint, and my final thing and I just want to make a connection, so let’s do it.”‘

So, are you ready to say goodbye to Greg Vaughan on DAYS?  Do you hope he will return one day? Are you looking forward to seeing Eric say goodbye to his loved ones?  Comment below!

 

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I seen some chemistry between Eric and Jen that seemed to be going somewhere-too bad we will never know where…

Patrick
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Patrick

was reading the issue of SOD, today

Greg Vaughan, was sharing the cover, with his pic

and caption, reading….

“on his exit” there wasn’t a dry eye on the set

OK one last time… I’ll quote Deidre Hall again… “he’s so beautiful”

that aside… He really had some charged scenes… and the angst and emotion in his face alone… is stunning

despite the storyline … who will ever forget Father Eric and Kristen DiMera

I”M SO GLAD he’s on the OWN Network…

I will be tuning in to his show – “Queenie Sugar”

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Yes, the Father Eric & Kristen DiMera “scandal” story-line rocked! It was sooo bad, yet sooooo good. (good – meaning, real soapy material). Definitely will miss Greg, I agree with Jimh, there was definitely some great chemistry between Eric and Jennifer. That was unexpected and interesting. I wish Kristen DiMera would have made a brief and unexpected return to Salem, alive and well, just to take Eric captive to parts unknown…To get back at Marlena for throwing her out that window/cliff in Italy. In the words of Susan Banks…”that Kristen is mean, mean, mean….she’s the head vampire.” Farewell, Eric/Greg, for… Read more »

damien
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damien

i will miss greg vaughan as eric soooo much
ericole was such a exciting and electric couple !
eric had so much angst and moral anguish with being a priest and his firce love for nicole, his rage with kirsten, his broken heart with serena
i wont let that b.s about daniel being love of nicoles life taint the real truth
even eric and jenn had potential
good luck on the new project…. i dont watch days anymore because of too mnt rapid changes but cant wait for the new own project!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I’m confused– I thought I read a while back on another thread that GV had already come back to DAYS; perhaps I misunderstood and the thread was about a rumor he was coming back– if I have time this weekend I will try to find that thread. Anyway, Eric is seldom on that in my mind the character has been long gone, so these goodbyes will a bit anti climatic for me— I loved Eric as the priest and with Nicole, but the character was destroyed with that hold Serena? and the elephant story line. His addiction story line and… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

in the latest SOD issue… I read… he was “given” a 13 week extension… to close up shop… hence the drinking issue and scenes with Jennifer

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I was aware of that 13 week extension–no this was something back in Jan when the show announced they were going to rehired someone, and there were pictures on social media of Greg hanging out with the cast on set and Greg twitted something about never say never when people asked if he was back on Days. I did an engine search and could only find one site that had that rumor on it, but I really thought On Soaps did a thread on it, but I couldn’t find it. Anyway in my mind it was a fate complete, but… Read more »

Dylan
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Dylan

What a complete waste of talent!! DAYS had the chance for a new power supercouple in Eric and Nicole. To have him go to prison while unrepentant psychopaths and murderers roam free is an example pf why soaps can be so depressing and discouraging to watch. On the plus side, it will wring some great performances, and it is great to hear that Greg already has other employment.

Patrick
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Patrick

yeah, the FACT that he already has … other employment lessens the sheer disappointment… in DAYS

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Boy—they took long enough to send Eric to prison—I thought the actor had been given a reprieve and was going to be able to stay—so much for that.

Dean_Morgan
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Dean_Morgan

He is a good actor and Eric is a legacy character. Both will be missed. I like the chemistry between Jenn and Eric and with both of their history with Nicole, the storyline could have been entertaining. With that said, I am excited for Greg’s new role on “Queen Sugar”. I would welcome his return to Days, though if possible.

Tony
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Tony

Griffith destroyed the character with the hit and run and for no reason! Too bad. A better story would have been to have Brady be driving driving drunk, then be the one to get the heart. Years of story with someone they wanted to keep on the canvas. Brady is so boring now. Daniel could have been in another car with Eric. Maybe Eric was drunk too and Daniel grabbed the wheel to swerve out the way of Brady’s car. Daniel dies. Eric can’t remember what happened. Brady’s fall off the wagon is temporary etc.. could have been powerful.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Sending Eric to jail and this whole story made me sick. One of the reasons I stopped watching. Loved Greg Vaughn, though. Look forward to his next project.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I am really going to miss Greg Vaughan. I think he’s a very good actor and I enjoyed his portrayal of Eric. Loved him as the adult Lucky on GH years ago. I wish him much success in the future.

Rj
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Rj

Sorry to see Greg/Eric leave. I enjoyed when he came on, and the chemistry with Nicole. I was sorry that they destroyed his character and the relationship. I would have liked to have seen him in some other storylines as I liked the character and his acting ability. I wish him good luck and hope the door can stay open for him to return in the future. Sorry he went in the abyss and will be going to jail – may be in the future he can be redeemed again.

Elise Kiefer
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Elise Kiefer

I’d like GH to recast and bring back Lucky. Greg has played him already so it’ll be easier to accept him as the character. Elizabeth needs her first love back in her life.

Mo
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Mo

Is Eric still on?

Another character who could have been better and the writers ruined. Although, I don’t think the actor suited the role.

Rj
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Rj

Liked the scene with Eric/Marlena today. Felt the mother/son pain. Kudos to both! Greg is doing an excellent job as he wraps up his final days. Sorry, the character came to this, but he is doing a good job expressing his pain, hurt, fear. Would love if in the future he could come back stronger after he has worked through his problems.

Judy
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Judy

Eric and Nicole were the super couple of daytime why didn’t DAYS let it continue. I will miss Greg but will wait for him to appear on Queen Sugar on OWN in September. Maybe someday NBC will wake up and he will come back to assume his roll as Eric Brady

Mo
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Mo

When Eric returns, I hope he is recast.

Judy
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Judy

I guess you never met GV he is a great actor beside being kind, considerate, a great loving Father and loves his fans. YOUR LOSS MO !

CeeCee
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CeeCee

The scene between Deirdre and Greg was so REAL, you could almost touch the affection they hold for each other. I did cry; that’s how much their own tears got to me. This was not acting on their part……Marlena and Eric disappeared there for a few minutes…..life and friendship took over.
Sorry to see him go. Sad!!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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