I. Hate. Recasts. Seriously, why do creators have to go and frakk up what already works by bringing in someone new to play an old role? When the previous actor say NO like Terrence Howard (really, got something better to do than be part of a billion dollar franchise, dude?) and Don Cheadle was brought in as a replacement (and better, honestly) Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhode, it makes sense cause it’s kind of necessary when the character ain’t going nowhere so I’m not bitching about that, except to say, what the hell, Terrance? No, what really boils mah biscuits is when an actor gives zero hints to wanting to leave but is replaced anyways. Ugh. So. Rude.
FX’s The Strain recently came back for season two, with most of the cast returning. If you’ve seen season one, though, you’d notice one character looks a bit… different. Zack Goodweather, son of protagonist Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), was recast. The first Zack, played by Ben Hyland (Kevin Russo, House of Cards), was not a bad Zack. Though young, Hyland was convincing in the role and managed the entire season without a single cringe-worthy scene so many young actors end up having. He’s talented.
But, because reasons that don’t seem to hold much water, he was replaced by Max Charles (Spin, Lab Rats, Young Peter Parker, The Amazing Spiderman). Max is also a very good actor; he’s quite a knack for showing you what a character is feeling without going overboard and/or cartoony and that seems an important quality for the coming season.
My issue isn’t with nuZack; on the contrary, I think Max is a great addition to an already awesome cast. My issue is with the creators who, having literally written the dang book, should’ve known from the get go that someone slightly older than Ben would be needed for whatever highly emotional scenes are coming this season.
Seriously; Guillermo del Toro wrote the series The Strain is based on. Why would he, knowing full well what happened later, hire someone he’d need to replace? Could he really not see where the stories would go even after he wrote them?
Personally, I don’t see why Ben couldn’t be kept; he had emotional scenes season one – the boy’s mother died, so there’s that to act out – and with him a year older, he’d have another year’s experience. But, no, go all Trump you’re fired and bring on fresh blood.
At least nuZack is good in front of a camera; I know he’ll bring a whole lot of good to the role and having him on will make The Strain even better.
Still, I kind of feel back for the first Zack; must suck to be told you’re not good enough to keep playing the role you originated. Not that he needs to worry about that silliness; he’s got a long, successful career ahead of him, during which I bet he’ll make del Toro and company kick themselves.
Best of luck to Ben Hyland in whatever he does next and also to Max Charles in doing what may be one of an actors’ toughest moments: taking over for someone else.
No matter who is playing the role, both actors are good and deserving of support. So go support them. Both Ben Hyland and Max Charles are on Twitter so if you're about the tweets, go let 'em know what a kick ass job they're doing. Cause, why not?
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