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Bud Brewster
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Pow, you are dead right that when a series puts the spotlight on an actor who is best suited for a supporting role, it just doesn't work.

Great comment. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Martin Landau was a good enough actor to lead the series for all his faults! He might not have liked being photographed or filmed on one side more than another but he held the series together despite script challenges and the later production oddities during Freddie Freiberger's take on the show! He may have interfered by taking away a starring role for Nick Tate in the episode, Dragon's Domain, but that was because he understood episodic television rather than let the character of Alan Carter possibly die in episode twenty three!

His lack of interest in the second series was very visible and it took him and (us) a long time to settle down. but that may have affected the flow of the show! Landau may not have been a leading actor in films but he was well able to front a TV series from the seventies!
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