In Hollywood, it’s never easy to recast parts. It’s risky to portray the recasting as a seamless shift to fans, not only because of the mechanics. While many recast parts go unnoticed if done at the correct time, others can drastically alter the tone and direction of a character’s journey.
When Richard Harris died and was replaced by Michael Gambon in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” some fans were surprised to see that Gambon’s Dumbledore was more aggressive than Harris. On the other hand, throughout the course of eight seasons of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” fans saw many parts remade, with little discussion of the cases.
A recent recasting on the long-running CBS cop drama “Blue Bloods” generated a fiery Reddit debate concerning the practice of replacing an actor in a previously established position. Armin Janko, Edit “Eddie” Janko-father, Reagan’s is the central figure in this topic (Vanessa Ray). In the current Season 12 episode “Good Intentions,” Armin made a return to “Blue Bloods” (via IMDb).
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Observant viewers, on the other hand, remarked that the character appears to be quite different. According to actor William Sadler’s IMDb page, Armin was previously played by him in the Season 6 episode “Absolute Power” and the Season 9 episode “Identity.” Actor Michael Cullen, however, plays him in this Season 12 episode.
This season, Armin Janko has a new look.
After viewing the latest episode of “Blue Bloods,” Reddit member u/Navitach posted to the r/BlueBloods forum with a simple inquiry. They stated in the post: “I have a silly question about the most recent episode: wasn’t Eddie’s father, Armin Janko, played by a different actor than before? Isn’t it true that we’ve seen this character before? I’m not sure.”
The initial poster’s assumptions were verified by u/fast JerseyJedi’s reply. While expressing dissatisfaction with William Sadler’s departure from the show, the Redditor went on to say, “Sadler isn’t even close to resembling the new man. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but I despise it when shows recast characters who have been on the show for a long time. I’m curious as to why this happened in real life.”
“I wish showrunners would just leave the plots instead of replacing actors that quit, it’s silly,” u/SamCarter SGC said on the “Blue Bloods” Reddit thread, which received a lot of backlashes. The reaction to the original post with the lowest rating was this comment.
No official comment from CBS or any of the actors as to why this “Blue Bloods” role was recast. Despite the fact that he’s no longer on the show, Sadler is currently working on a number of projects that may keep him occupied. He is currently set to star in the 2022 film “Salem’s Lot,” according to his IMDb biography.