Quotes: McLeaned

My contract is up in May and I tried to negotiate in good faith... Usually, one expects some give and take but the powers that be are adamant. They now feel that the character of Stefano should take a rest – as if Stefano ever rests.
Joseph Mascolo on life as a coma patient, Days of Our Lives, 2001

'Creative Reasons' has been an Executive Bullshit excuse for DECADES. It IS financial. AJ is a dreamboat. And yes, I am hurt, too.
Paget Brewster in a tweet after finding out that her and AJ Cook's parts were being eliminated

Matt: Jean asks Cyclops to take off his sunglasses... Then they make out a little, and Scott’s skin goes all wavy.
Chris: Then we cut away, and I want to stress here that Cyclops just died. I say this because the first time I saw this movie, I spent like 45 minutes waiting for him to come back...I’d always heard that Marsden’s part got cut as a revenge thing for defecting over to Warner Bros. and his role as Jason White in Superman Returns, but I’m not sure if there’s any truth to that at all. It seems a little suspect, especially since appearing in Superman Returns is its own punishment.
—Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on X-Men 3: The Last Stand

Unfortunately, rather than accentuating his positives (there must be something), Eric Saward goes for the opposite approach by opening the story with Adric pouting and sulking in his bedroom that nobody likes him or has any time for him. It is hardly enamouring him to the audience, is it? He’s betrayed the Doctor more often than he has been his ally, treats Nyssa (who is his intellectual superior) like an idiot and is painfully sexist towards Tegan. He’s tired of being an outsider and yet does nothing but encourage that treatment from others and is an irritating know it all (watch as he tells them all the year they have landed in and try not to clench your fist and want to ram it down his throat)...It feels as though Saward has suddenly remembered he is about to kill the kid so we might as well see him achieve something before he goes. Adric helps the Doctor to trap the Cyberman in the door and bravely agrees to stay behind whilst they head back to the TARDIS and comes commendably close to averting the ship's course. Although of course had he achieved that it would have been his most stupid action yet, wiping out the entire human race and giving birth to a potential race of intelligent, self-perpetuating dinosaurs. Daft old Adric misses his chance to escape; what is so weird about the final ten minutes of Earthshock is that it should take the extreme action of his death for me to feel anything (but irritation) about this character. The worst companion gets one of the best ever exits, there’s irony for you.

Yar was a hard as brass balls officer who could hold her own but was not afraid to get down and dirty with an android when she'd had enough to drink. She grew up on an anarchic planet dodging rape gangs. She was specifically requested to work on the Enterprise, the flagship of the Federation, because she once saved a colonist by crossing a live minefield.

Then, on a visit to Vagra II, she got eaten by a tar monster.

The fact was that Denise Crosby, the actress playing Tasha Yar, was promised a hard as brass balls role and as often as not wound up with acting directions that amounted to 'Jog down the corridor without a bra.' But rather than deal with it through her agent or grit her teeth and remember that at least she wasn't wearing a cleavage-heavy dress like the ship's counselor, rumor has it Crosby took her ire straight to the writers. It wasn't the wisest of moves.