Late last summer, Soap Hub reported that Days of Our Lives (DOOL) star A Martinez was dropping his contract and moving to recurring status. Now, it looks like his time in Salem has come to an end–for now.
The actor waxed nostalgic over his time on DAYS and his love for the soap and the character in a Facebook post this morning.
Remembering The Hernandez Patriarch
“As Eduardo is taken “off the canvas” on Days, I want to express my gratitude to all who’ve supported him – and me – over the course of these last eighteen months.
It’s been an honor to come to Salem on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of a show I have followed and esteemed for more than thirty years.
The work itself has been a consistent pleasure, partly because of the deliciously wounded guy I‘ve been playing, but mostly because of the multitude of excellent people who pass their days in the ongoing labor of love that is the making of this beloved show.
My pleasure in this process has grown steadily over the time I’ve been at it – and it’s about to come to a memorably emotional peak in the climactic beats of my pivot away.
The scenes of failed atonement with Galen, Jordi, Camila – and Lauren – were among the most wrenching of my life, in the most wonderful way possible.
Two final thoughts: For the record – Eduardo is not dead. If you care about him, you may choose to remember him.
And further, for those who’ve felt disappointed that he hasn’t conformed to their expectations as a “villain” – I’ll just say that it has never once occurred to me to approach him that way.
What I most clearly carry in him is the knowledge that he was deeply broken as a boy, and that he has done his level best to recover – ever since. That he has fallen short is regrettable, but not a negation of his humanity. I kinda admire the guy, actually.
Meanwhile, much love to everyone in the Days community, going forward. May we all continue to prosper as best we can, and seek to deal in kindness along the way.”
Martinez has been a soap opera staple since 1984 when he created the role of Cruz Castillo on Santa Barbara, becoming one half of the legendary supercouple Cruz and Eden.
Eduardo didn’t have much luck in love during his Salem stint, but some fans would have just loved to have seen Marcy Walker (Eden) appear as a new DAYS character.
Well, Martinez does tell us that Eduardo is not dead. Perhaps he’ll appear again one day and longtime soap fans can still dream.
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