Wishful Casting: A Martinez as Rafe's Father on DAYS
Okay I am going to go on the record. I am not sad to see Ray Montez heading out of Llanview. A Martinez is one of my all-time favorite soap actors, but that character, complete with that goofy accent, is beyond ridiculous! Sure, he is starting to heat up opposite Dorian (Robin Strasser), but it's too little, too late.
One Life to Livehas too many characters anyway. Now I know what you're thinking. Why the h-e-double-hockey-sticks can't that hot mess Stacy (Crystal Hunt) kick rocks on her way out of town then? Trust me, I, and everyone else here at Daytime Confidential agree with you, but since Martinez is on his way out anyway, I say he return to the network that made him a soap superstar in the first place. Days of Our Lives should bring Martinez on board as Rafe's father. Just think of Galen Gering as Cruz Castillo's son, it would be epic!
Maybe Rafe isn't his real name? Maybe he's Cruz's son Chip Castillo, the one he had with Mason's wife Victoria, and later raised with his beloved Eden (Marcy Walker), until Eden went bat shit crazy and split into 20 or 30 alters? When Cruz left town, he took the rap for a crime he didn't commit to protect his daughter BJ (Sydney Penny), leaving his younger children, Chip and Adrianna in the care of his sister-in-law-turned-lover Kelly Capwell (Eileen Davidson). What if a rebellious Chip ran away as a teen? He could have changed his name to Rafe. What if Cruz has been looking for his long lost son all these years? If anyone knows what Martinez could bring to the table at DAYS, it's Gary Tomlin. DAYS executive producer wrote for Santa Barbara for three years (1987-90).
I have to admit I was too hard on Gering and his former Passions costar Eric Martsolf. Both actors have proven good additions to the DAYS canvas, it just irked me that at the same time so many of my beloved favorites were being shown the door, they were coming in, but that wasn't their fault. To further cement Gering's Rafe to the canvas, however, the character needs a family of his own, and one of NBC daytime's most popular heroes ever as his dad would be a good start. I don't know if NBC owns the rights to the Cruz Castillo character, or if those rights are retained by the Dobsons—seriously, it would take Perry Mason himself to understand what went down with that messy lawsuit—but if Martinez can't come on as Cruz, then DAYS should create a new role for Martinez, and still have him turn out to be related to Rafe. Imagine Martinez sharing hot, sexy scenes with Lauren Koslow (Kate), or Suzanne Rogers (Maggie). Martinez would be just the nod to the past NBC Daytime needs as it heads into an uncertain future.