Starting the 4th Season of Mad Men, there will be one less man. Salvatore Romano, played by Bryan Batt is out of a job. The thing is, he didn’t know it.
TV Guide is reporting that as of this week, Batt, who appeared on stage with fellow cast members at the SAG awards when winning for best Ensemble in a TV Drama, was still holding out hope to return as one of the favorite characters on the show.
“I was supposed to be notified by December 31, and nothing,” says the actor.
But, creator Matt Weiner says that the character of Sal, the closeted art director, will be gone from the show.
“We don’t murder people on our show, but for there to be any stakes, there have to be consequences,” says creator Matthew Weiner, a former Sopranos scribe who has killed at will. Losing Bryan, he says, “was a tough moment for the show, but that’s where we are. I know how people felt about Bryan. I obviously love working with him, and he has been an indelible character since the pilot. But I felt it was an expression of the times that he couldn’t work there anymore. It’s the ultimate case of sexual harassment.”
Shame Shame on Matt Weiner! You have to at least let an actor know if he can look for other work.
Ahhh, that makes me sad. Many of us were hoping that Sal would join up with the NEW Sterling, Cooper, Draper and Pryce. Afterall, they didn’t have ANYONE to do art. Ok I need to stop talking now.
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