Men, women, renowned, unknown, rich, poor…Tobin Bell’s legendary Jigsaw in the popular Saw series chose his victims without prejudice.
Tobin Bell, Jigsaw’s acclaimed portrayer, is bringing that same undiscriminating nature to his current role of the murderously misguided Yo Ling, the father of longstanding hero John (Drake Hogestyn), on the Gothic, crime tinged soap opera (and my personal favorite) Days of Our Lives.
Suffering from some mysterious illness that is turning his insides to mush, Yo Ling has kidnapped John and his son Paul (Christopher Sean), who just happens to be a homosexual, to provide him with a variety of antidotes. John’s blood will hopefully cure him while Paul’s strength, once the youth is brainwashed, will aid him in his predatory schemes.
Here, working with a quiet and precise calm, Bell perfectly enunciates Yo Ling’s preposterous plans while bringing them an air of credulity and menace that a lesser actor would never have been able to manage. The intense and emotional underplaying of Hogestyn and Sean has also helped to sell this (frequently ludicrous) tale, but patient viewers may ultimately be most glad that Paul, whose double minority status as a gay Asian (along with Sean’s compelling sensitive work) has endeared him to many, has finally been given something substantial to do after months of relative inactivity.
Meanwhile, terror freaks better hurry to get their taste of danger in the afternoon as Bell is, unfortunately, wrapping up his Days appearances on March 22nd.
Until the next time…SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!