Days of our Lives fans were in for quite a shock yesterday when popular series star Greg Vaughan revealed via Serial Scoop that his alter ego, Eric Brady, had been written off the canvas. The unexpected news caused several jaws to drop, but the actor warns this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the former priest's journey in the months ahead.
In an exclusive follow-up interview with Serial Scoop, Vaughan reveals that he's already finished taping at the NBC soap (contractually, anyway), and Eric's exit will be spectacular. "All the pieces start slowing coming together, making a great storyline and show," he says. "I feel very comfortable with stating that my character Eric's journey isn't over. It just takes a direction that I think is going to be good for the character, and the show. Like all dramas. For instance, some of my favorites are The Sopranos, 24, or even Dexter. Someone unimaginable has to die to keep us as the audience tuned in for more. I'm not saying Eric is or isn't going to die, but he will go down a path taking him off the canvas. Because of his downward spiral affecting many, many other characters, intersecting stories within Salem, I think it is great storytelling. Eric's been an integral character and an important part of the show, and this is something that I think is a surprise to Eric's character and the viewers which they will not see coming."
Vaughan also had no idea Eric's recent turn down the dark path of alcohol addiction would lead to his exit from the show. But it's a decision he's had time to come to terms with. "I've known for quite a while," he admits. "[DAYS] talked to me about my contract a month or two before the time of my contract renewal, simply to inform me that I would not be contractually extended in the terms of years, but would be extended in order to take Eric off the canvas due to story content ahead."
But what exactly is ahead? According to the actor, it isn't going to be pretty. "Alcohol is a serious addiction, and a dangerous path for many who battle this disease," he says. "[Eric] is tragically becoming a lost soul, and someone who has professed so much faith, is now drifting away to this self-medicating by way of alcohol, which is hard on so many levels. I can see people calling Eric a hypocrite, contradicting everything he has professed as a former priest. And that's not something that I wanted to bring light to, but we're all human, and I think that because of his convictions and feelings of huge responsibility, depression kicks in and starts the drinking in motion. The burden of guilt, disappointment, lies, etc. ... all begins to factor in because of Eric's ignorance. He's going to have so much weight on him that is so overwhelming that he's going to be in complete turmoil. Only pushing him further down into the bottle, he will lose sight of who he is as a person and his direction in life. It's going to be big."
For Vaughan's complete exit interview, check out Serial Scoop's original story here.
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