Monday, March 24, 2014
Originally published 2/24/11
YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET
Matt Bomer isn't the only Guiding Light alum on White Collar.
There is also James Rebhorn, who plays Peter's boss.
Every time I see him on-screen, I weep.
Not because his performance moves me, but because I know that he's capable of moving me - only he is never, ever given the chance.
On White Collar, Rebhorn mostly huffs, puffs and points. In the movie, Independence Day, he primarily cowered. In Far From Heaven he was Dennis Quaid's shrink, and in Baby Mama, Tina Fey's judge.
He is capable of so, so much more, and the only place he's ever been able to express it, IMHO, has been daytime. (To be fair, I've never seen his stage work, and can only hope he's been given material worthy of his abilities, there.)
On Guiding Light, Rebhorn played Bradley Raines', Beth's violent stepfather who beat Lillian, raped Beth, and taunted Phillip with the truth about his parentage. (And yet, every once in a while, Rebhorn allowed you to see the agonized man behind the monster, to the point where you actually, kinda, sorta, felt sorry for him.)
Watch a classic clip, below (yes, that is ER's Sherry Stringfield as Blake):
On As The World Turns, Rebhorn knocked his evil up a notch, raping not his stepdaughter, but his biological daughter, Angel (Holden's wife and ex-lover of his brother, Caleb). Here, he was less sympathetic. But, very, very creepy. He could make your flesh crawl right through the screen. (He also was particularly nasty to his son. Especially when said son attempted to stand up for his sister.)
Posted by Alina Adams at 6:19 AM