laughingpinecone wrote:DonnieB, while the assumptions you are making about the relative importance of certain cast members are certainly grounded and sensible, they are based on what we know so far, ie a raindrop in an ocean.
Based on what we know, there is no reason to hide Sam's presence, but if you can't think of six scenarios that would make such a choice meaningful (...before breakfast, even), well, tough luck.
Okay, so give me one.
His breakdown is a government cover-up because he saw too much while following up on Teresa and Desmond. Different aspects of the shadier sides of various agencies' involvement with the supernatural are part of the main plot, retroactively explaining so much of TSHOTP's focus. If Sutherland were in the cast list, as the plot progresses it would be all too easy to predict that Sam would eventually come up among the involved characters and maybe relay whatever terrible truths he learned back then.
In general, he's not in an altogether different situation than Harry. His partner disappeared in a Blue Rose case and he's officially lost to alcohol, but who the hell knows what he's been up to.
Ross wrote:The Ontkean one is a bit different, since we know that Truman was originally planned for a large role. One that most likely shifted to Forster. I have no idea on the time frame for Ontkean dropping out and any rewrites happening. Whether they were able to write something in for Ontkean and actually film something is anyone's guess.
In a hilarious twist, it turns out that Ontkean's original large role was... Sheriff Frank Truman, the world's laziest psychogenic fugue, who kept the same face & same job, just changed his name and adjusted his jacket and oh he's married now. Once Ontkean dropped out, Lynch and Frost reportedly commented "well okay, if you want to be BORING about it" and assigned the part to a different actor. Balthazar Getty's role is just to carry a sign with the words "I did that before it was cool" in the background of Forster's scenes. The end.
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