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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: ATTN: JMS Character Popularity/Writing them out
    Date: 5/1/1996 12:12:00 PM  

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sorta kinda spoilers, I guess....

"So, to sum up, has it been hard making these changes after you and all of
the fans have gotten to know them? Or is it simply a matter of:
"'s their time...?"

It's both, kinda. In the case of one character, who's been with us a long
time, and who...shall we say delicately, is en route to becoming an
ex-character by the end of this was hard knowing the actor,
because the actor said, "Was there something I did wrong?" To which you
can only answer truthfully and say no, not at all, just the
did a GREAT job, that's why we're offing you. If you'd been just
mediocre, nobody'd CARE."

In another case, also later this season, it was *very* difficult for me
personally to do it, very emotional...and I wouldn't probably have done it
at all if the character hadn't basically grabbed me by the lapels and
dragged me kicking and screaming to that point of the story and said,
"Look, this is right, you know it, I know it, now DO it." So I did. (And
the cast and crew were equally stunned. Of everything that's been done on
the show to date, THAT one thing got the biggest reaction; nobody'd eat
across from me for two days at lunch after that.)

Bottom've got to go where the story leads you. That *has* to
be your first and foremost obligation. If it's anything else -- catering
to the audience's expectations, or your own preferences -- rather than
doing what the cold logic of the story *demands* you to're


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