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When I called Marcus Patrick (Jett, Days) to conduct our phone interview, things started out normal enough with him telling me he was preparing to audition for the primetime series Cold Case. Things took a turn however when he said he was going to use the restroom while he continued to talk to me. I thought he was kidding until I heard the flush of the toilet! It was definitely a new one for me, but I quickly learned it was all just part of his philosophy of "keeping it real."

While fans may be upset to learn Marcus is leaving the role of Jett Carver, he looks at it in a positive light. Throughout our conversation I learned that Marcus has very specific ideas about what roles he'd truly like to play and why he isn't exactly unhappy about leaving the world of soaps.

Upon hearing the news he was being let go, Marcus was at first taken aback, but as it started to settle in, he realized that moment had been coming. A self-described free spirit, the actor, whose front cover issue of Playgirl magazine had just come out in September, had a sneaking suspicion his risqué layout had something to do with the decision.

Even though, according to the actor, executive producer Ed Scott simply told him he was being dropped because, "That's show business," Marcus recalled, "I wondered if there was going to be some people who were far too conservative with a stiff upper lip, looking at Playgirl and taking offense to nudity."

Joining the NBC sudser in June of this year, Patrick had hoped, "I was going to catch some sort of meaty, youth, cultural, interesting, theme topic to get right into as a role and grip people into it." Unfortunately that didn't exactly happen as his character was immediately thrown into a contrived human trafficking storyline.

Although he feels, "It was good for what it was. I had fun with the disbelieveable Touch the Sky storyline; that was fun for a minute," Marcus saw the writing on the wall, "I knew something wasn't right when [my character] was shot on an undercover operation and instead of getting a medal of honor for working hard on the situation, they wrote that my character had failed and he became a flashlight cop at the University."

But apparently leaving Salem suits him just fine, as he doesn't exactly feel like he fits into the world of soap operas anyway. Describing the directing in soaps as old fashioned and the storylines and acting as forced, Marcus refused to conform to their standards. As he explained, "[Daytime is a] world of fantasy that's supposed to exist where no one curses, no one is sexual, no one ever dies because they always come back from the dead and yet, with all that being said, they're trying to create storylines around all of those topics. Drugs, incest and death is the theme constantly in daytime and yet you can't really cross the line and express it in it's true form."

For him, Marcus says he takes a more realistic approach to acting, stating, "You give me a piece of material and I look at it and think 'Where's the truth here?' I want to keep it real. I want to make it raw so I feel it. When I feel it I enjoy it; if I enjoy it then my fans will enjoy it."

His other disillusionment with the genre comes from the lack of ethnic representation. As he marveled, "There's not really very visible African American characters for the public and communities who are African American and support the show to really watch and that's kind of disappointing when you're looking at the year 2007."

Born and raised in Bath, England with Jamaican, English, Irish and French blood in him (that's for you Sunnydaz!) he doesn't understand a world where all walks of life aren't represented. "The ethnicity on a soap is like, 'Where's the Latin people? Where's the Latin contract players? Where are the African American contract players, and why aren't there any ethnic faces on the cover of a magazine?" He questioned.

For now he's interested in working on shows that he feels accurately portray life. As he stated, "I'm probably much more geared towards HBO or Showtime where they can say a curse word and they can do a nude sex scene and it looks very realistic."

Feeling that soaps need to bring in more realism if they want to compete with primetime series such as Lost, Californication, Weeds, Heroes and Prison Break, Marcus thinks soaps and Days of Our Lives in particular need, "Lots of ethnicity. It does need youth, it does need to be a little bit braver about different issues that are going on in the world."

But overall, Marcus feels the main problem stems from fear, as he observed, "It's like panic that the show is gonna go off the air, so everyone's scared as to what to do and how it's gotta be and I was just like, you just gotta create entertainment and you gotta push boundaries back and you gotta {bring} stuff that the current culture of the day can understand."

So for fans like bubble303 who wanted to know how he liked working on Days, it's pretty clear from reading this that it wasn't exactly his dream job, but he did let me know that the experience wasn't a total wash. "I think I learned something every single day from everybody and from every situation," Marcus reflected.

And while I didn't really get an answer to moma's question of who he'll miss working with, he did tell me, "Blake Berris (Nick) and Rachel Melvin (Chelsea) are very good actors. They were doing a scene in front of me and I would think "'Wow, they're really good.'"

Even though Marcus wasn't exactly thrilled with the workings of daytime, he assured me he has nothing but love for the fans. "I love the daytime fans that have embraced me and they write to me at MySpace and they write to me at my website and they're very supportive and I hope they follow me to wherever I go."

And where he's going appears to be in the starring role in comic book icon, Stan Lee's (Spiderman) latest project that Marcus is also co-producing, tentatively titled Wolfman. Marcus will also appear in the clothing store Ross Dress For Less' upcoming Christmas commercials and as a dancer in the Chippendale-like male review Hollywood Men.

With so much going for him, we at have no doubt Marcus will land a role he can really sink his teeth into. I'd like to thank Marcus for talking with me (even if he was using the bathroom) and can't wait to see where he ends up next.

Lori Wilson