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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.”