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Monday, May 4, 2009


INTERVIEW WITH MARK PINTER (GRANT; AW): PART #1



Actor Mark Pinter portrayed Another World’s multifaceted, Machiavellian Grant Harrison from 1991 to 1999.

Though the good people of Bay City believed him dead, viewers caught a glimpse of the disgraced politician on the series’ last episode, sipping a drink and seemingly living it up in the tropics, very much alive.

In addition to AW, Pinter appeared on the daytime dramas Love of Life, Guiding Light, As The World Turns (where he met his wife, Colleen Zenk Pinter), Loving, All My Children, and currently General Hospital.

He reminisced with Another World Today about his time on the show, what he has been up to since then, and his personal thoughts on what his AW alter ego has been doing for the past decade.

AWT: Were you on the set of Another World for the taping of the final episode?
MP: No. I left the show six months before it went off the air. They killed Grant, but then he reappeared in a stunt where you see him sipping a pina colada in a grass hut somewhere.

AWT: So what do you imagine Grant has been doing since that moment?
MP: I think he got away with all the money, and he’s just been living the high life somewhere on an island in Fiji. He probably bought an island, built a nice little place, and is content to laugh at everyone while he got happy with the natives. He obviously ducked out of sight and decided it was too much for him and he’s just laying low, that would be my guess. And he’s fathered a whole mess of little Fiji-ans. He’s just as happy as a clam.

AWT: So much of Grant’s motivation, for both his good deeds and bad, was his love for his son, Kirkland. How has Grant managed to be separated from him for all these years?
MP: I loved that Grant was always in love with Vicky, desperately in love with her, desperately wanted her, and had this child with her. Family rooted him and still roots him. It’s his reason for living, his reason to survive. He wanted family and went somewhere where he could have that and not be bothered anymore. The whole thing about Grant, the whole reason he was such a successful character despite the fact that he had maybe ten Headwriters during the time I was on the show, was they never failed to keep him a loving father, in spite of all the blackness and all the unforgivable things that he was asked to do by so many. They always had the good sense to have him dote on his child. I think that’s really good writing. Make certain that your villains are lovers, as well, because that makes them attractive. If they’re just one-sided characters who have no dimension, if they’re just pure evil for evil sake, well, there’s not much to grab on to for the audience. I think an audience wants to love something about a bad guy. They’re usually the interesting people. I’ve played both, and most of the successful characters have been the bad guys.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for Part #2!

12 Comments:

Blogger rnagle said...

I never really thought Grant loved Vicky so much as he was obsessed with her -- and all the more so when it became obvious that her true love was his brother Ryan. And his "love" for Kirkland was another manifestation of his obsession with Kirkland's mother. You can't really separate the despicable things the character did from who the essential man is, and that essential man didn't really seem to be capable of true and generous love.

May 4, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger cstege2 said...

I have to thank HULU for allowing us to relive how Grant gave up on Paulina and moved on to Vicky. If you are currently keeping up with the shows you really can see how it could have happened. AWvet

May 4, 2009 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Constance Lee Stone said...

Happy Anniversary Another World!!!

May 4, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
OpenID marcqmarc said...

I loved this show so much. They had the best actors on television. It's such a shame that NBC cancelled this show. Shame on them!

May 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger BAYCITY99 said...

I cannot believe that it's been almost 10 years since our beloved ANOTHER WORLD left the air--I still hate NBC for that stupid decision. Happy 45th Anniversary ANOTHER WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have no idea how happy I was when I read about Another World Today--this ROCKS!

May 4, 2009 at 7:34 PM  
OpenID Charlotte said...

The day that I found out Another World was going off the air was like someone that I knew had died. When I found out about this site from my daughter I can't tell u how thrilled I was. I haven't watched another soap since Another World went off the air.

May 4, 2009 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger love#1 said...

I think that Vicky should return to the show. I always love her and Ryan there has NEVER or EVER be a greater couple in my eyes as them. I am happy that the show has another life it has be the only show I never really enjoyed watching. Maybe soon that soapnet can start running another world. I love the show and I would like to see the wedding of ryan and vicky in heaven. I believed that only true love can be part of a short time and in the heaven all will be made right.

May 4, 2009 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Ms. Prose said...

I am so grateful to AWT for sharing this interview with Mark Pinter. He is such a talent and I really enjoyed his work on AW. When I was watching AW years ago, I definitely felt as though many of Grant's actions were driven by his love (borderline obsession) for Vicky, but especially by his love for his son. This made him a sympathetic character, and by the end of the show, when the viewers found out that Grant was alive and well and sipping cocktails on an island, many of us were actually rooting for him. I think the writers were good at getting the audience to root for Grant despite all of the awful things that he did. But I think that credit should also go to Mark Pinter, as it takes a talented actor to play such a despicable character and make him so three dimensional. I am really enjoying Mr. Pinter's work on GH, but I wish they would use him more. I would love to see him in more scenes with Nancy Lee Grahn - another great talent.

BTW, love#1, I agree 100% that Vicky should return to the show. I was hoping that she would be one of the choices on the poll for who was standing outside Donna's door. I would also like to see Jake. But I guess it would be hard to explain their return from the great beyond. Also, where are Paulina, Joe, and Dante?

May 5, 2009 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger rnagle said...

Didn't Paulina and Joe (and Dante) move away from Bay City? I'm not really sure but I don't feel they were still around at the end. Of course, that certainly doesn't mean they can't return -- at least they didn't perish in an airplane crash. Not that THAT has ever stopped a soap writer!

May 5, 2009 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

another world was my favorite soap..and still is,i was so upset when it left the air,i still remember that day in 1999 when i saw the last episode..i cried like a baby.i'm really happy with this site and want to say happy anniversary to AW..everyone on the show was wonderful.great actors and the best ever in daytime.

May 6, 2009 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Sharon V. said...

Another World was the best soap opera ever!! It was a sad day when it went off the air. I grew up
watching the Matthews and Frame families and I really love that this website was created so that I can
visit my favorite soap characters.
Sharon V./Chattanooga

May 7, 2009 at 5:48 PM  
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