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Report: Young and the Restless Actor Quit Over Gay Kiss


Scandalous news from the soap world. Actor Chris Engen (left) reportedly walked off the show because of a script in which his character was to kiss one played by Yani Gellman, according to The Suds Report:

"A few days after The Nelson Ratings finally bought Chris Engen’s uneven portrayal of Adam Newman, the newcomer shocked the entire Y&R cast by quitting his role in the middle of his contract two days ago! According to sources, Engen bolted because, “he [allegedly] refused to kiss [his same-sex] co-star Yani Gellman [Rafe]. Chris hasn’t been happy for a while. He doesn’t like the dark direction his character is taking. He’s called in sick a lot recently and has been taking a slew of meetings with Y&R’s [top brass] to discuss his future on the show. Chris is still under contract — and Y&R is seriously thinking of taking legal action.” Meanwhile, the No. 1 soap is currently scrambling to recast the pivotal role."

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  1. Unless when Engen originally signed his contract and it specifically stated a "gay" kiss - he shouldn't be forced to do it IMHO. Recent same-sex kisses on TV aside, if he's straight and it makes him uncomfortable - drop it. i don't believe that the Y&R really should be forcing him into it. It's not a big deal.

    Personally, Gellmans pretty hot though - I'd offer to do more than kiss him.......

    Y&R can still work their plot without the sensationalizing.

    And for all the guys out there who think this is somehow a "slap" against gays - get a life! Geez.

    Posted by: jtramon | May 22, 2009 4:31:43 PM

  2. It is called acting.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | May 22, 2009 4:37:25 PM

  3. exactly sometimes actors are required to do things that in their real lives they might be uncomfortable with, it is their job. They should fire his ass for being unprofessional.

    Posted by: Chris B | May 22, 2009 4:43:24 PM

  4. I wasn't aware that relatively unknown actors could throw tantrums like this over a silly kiss. I could understand his consternation if he was being asked to get dildoed furiously by a bunch of Berlin skinheads, but a little kiss? Like JeffG said... it's called acting. And no, he can't call the shots on a character in a soap... you'd have to be Susan Fucking Lucci to get away with that kind of bullshit, and people with that much experience are usually more professional than that.

    No worries. The guy's handsome, that's to be sure... but he's a dime a dozen. That part will be re-cast with someone just as hot and more talented. And it'll be done within the hour.

    Buh bye, Miss Engen.

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 22, 2009 4:44:31 PM

  5. There is a possibility that Engen's protest is not homophobic at all. His character Adam has been portrayed as straight but lately has taken a turn where he is gaslighting another character (doing things to make her think she lost her mind). His character has evolved into a sadistic, uncaring one. Suppose the writers have him seducing Rafe (the openly gay lawyer character) in order to cover thwart suspicion or to use Rafe in some way?

    So if that is the case, wouldn't it be a possibility that the actor finds the storyline objectionable because once again gays are shown not being able to have healthy positive relationships or that psychopaths always turn out to be gay?

    I would like to know more facts but am keeping an open mind that the actor's sudden departure might be in our defense. And if we find out that he really did not want to kiss a guy...well...I know I probably would not want to kiss a woman. (Don't let my screen name fool you. I am a gay male. LOL) Thank you for listening.

    Posted by: Angela Channing | May 22, 2009 4:44:44 PM

  6. Is it forcing him to do it when he's hired and paid to follow the directions giving to him? He's an actor. Sometimes he'll be given roles that fall out of his comfort zone. His quitting just shows that he wasn't a serious actor.

    Posted by: Leonard | May 22, 2009 4:48:49 PM

  7. Calling a gay kiss "sensationalizing" is pretty sad, JTRamon. It's a soap opera---a gay kiss is nothing next to the exaggerated crap they have on every single episode.

    Similarly, Angela Channing, an actor isn't the scriptwriter or director. Unless an actor is very well established, he has no right to claim to have a say in plot development, whether on a soap opera or a feature film.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 22, 2009 4:53:59 PM

  8. Let him quit. No skin off anyone's back. He wasnt a fixture of the show. If he doesnt want to kiss a guy, then he is more than welcome to leave. Just dont think that no one will talk about it. If you are brave enough to make a statement of that kind, then you are brave enough to deal with the consequences. An actor that comes out as gay has to deal with his own set of consequences. Personally I dont watch the show, but as an actor, you may be laying your own demise by do that. Besides, he is hardly A,B,C or even D list.

    Posted by: JT | May 22, 2009 4:59:48 PM

  9. Violation of the Bro Code? Weak.

    He should "opposite marry" Carrie Prejean and they can take a fundie road trip together. Hopefully off the nearest cliff.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | May 22, 2009 5:01:36 PM

  10. I seem to remember that Will Smith pulled this on Six Degrees of Separation, where he did not want to kiss the other guy, and they cut the scene. Then again he was already a star at that point.

    Does Engen know that Heath and Jake both got nominated for Oscars doing much more than that? It's not smart getting a rep in the trade for pulling this when you are just starting out.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | May 22, 2009 5:04:08 PM

  11. Perez is saying (not that I read is blog, or anything) that Chris Engen is being replaced by actor Michael Muhney from Veronica Mars. Good choice.

    Posted by: Darren | May 22, 2009 5:05:41 PM

  12. What a pussy he's being. A real man wouldn't give a crap and just do it. Look at all the full-on kisses Viggo Mortensen gave to his costars off camera in LOTR as a joke and he didn't think a thing about it. With all the money they're making... jeez, it's not like he's being asked to perform fellatio.

    Posted by: johnny | May 22, 2009 5:06:37 PM

  13. This smells like publicity stunt - cause you know what they say, any publicity is good publicity. He needs to fine another line of work, sheeezzzzz.

    Posted by: Mike | May 22, 2009 5:07:01 PM

  14. He was hired to do a job: acting.

    Posted by: J. J. | May 22, 2009 5:11:19 PM

  15. Typical homophobic str8 pussy boy.I wish I could say Im shocked and offended.But to say the least,this is the kind of crap I expect from most str8 guys.Hes just the typical str8 loser who probably uses the word "faggot" in his everyday vocab.And is a homophobe 3 weeks to Sunday.

    Posted by: Automotive Enthusiast | May 22, 2009 5:12:20 PM

  16. Doesn't sound like much of an actor!

    Posted by: Marc | May 22, 2009 5:15:46 PM

  17. what are "nelson" ratings?

    Posted by: nic | May 22, 2009 5:16:17 PM

  18. So Yani is a cute little fucker

    He looks latino, his first name is Greek, and his last name is Jewish = 1 cute mutt

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | May 22, 2009 5:20:24 PM

  19. I'm with JeffG: "It's called acting."

    Is there a Mr. California contest I don't know about, because he'd be perfect.

    Posted by: Chris | May 22, 2009 5:20:40 PM

  20. I don't follow soaps at all, but my sister's sister in law is obsessed with this show. The character in question is, from what little I've seen, in desparate need of some nuance, as he comes off as a crass, uninspired sociopath. I don't know the story surrounding this so called sensationalized kiss, but if it helps make the character less of a villianous cliche, more power to em.

    Speaking on kissing. Is it wrong that I don't at all see a big deal? Some cultures shake hands, others greet with a kiss. And a kiss is just a kiss, after all. Why does everyone have to be so old world about this sort of thing? If its an excuse for the guy to walk on his contract, sure, but two guys kissing is hardly news. Even on soaps these days. Though it may give stuffy old ladies in the midwest cause to choke on their bon bons...which may be worth it in any case.

    Posted by: g_whiz | May 22, 2009 5:22:40 PM

  21. Chris, wouldn't he need pec implants for that?

    Posted by: Craig | May 22, 2009 5:32:52 PM

  22. I guess that level of "acting" is beyond his skill set.

    Posted by: Raybob | May 22, 2009 5:37:40 PM

  23. Good luck with that, (insert name of washed-up never-was here because I already forgot it).

    Soap actors rarely go on to anything better as it is, now factor in with that a reputation as "difficult to work with" and "homophobic" and his ass is grass.

    He'll soon be hosting home tours of his apartment on YouTube a la Brenda Dickson. If he can afford a camera.

    Posted by: paul c | May 22, 2009 5:49:05 PM

  24. it's the skill and job of an actor to make us believe in their assumed role, engage in the story and suspend disbelief. it suggests a weak professional acumen.

    Posted by: markf | May 22, 2009 5:55:50 PM

  25. YOU CAN NOT WRITE EVERYTHING IN A CONTRACT people. What the heck do you think? That the writers have to give the actor all the details in advance so he/she can ponder if he/she as an actor is in the mood for the take? More over when the plot develops accordingly to the season. Obviously I’m talking about actors that are barely known, not of a big star that can push his own agenda and opinions before hand.
    If you as an actor can not perform, then what kind of an actor are you? Well, a bad one.
    Once you are working, you have to give the best of you to the character and make it credible. You –as an actor- are not supposed to “write” the plot. That some directors are open to make slight modifications on behave of improving a performance is in no way a green light to assume that it’s the actor right to do it once he is working.
    The best and short way to make him unworthy of any further job. There are dozens of thousands trying to get a role.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | May 22, 2009 6:05:52 PM

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