INTERVIEW: The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live alum Nathan Purdee shares memories of his time on soaps and gives the scoop on his heartwarming new film, Killian & the Comeback Kids
Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2020 10:09:30 AM
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Nathan Purdee (ex-Nathan Hastings, The Young and the Restless; ex-Hank Gannon, One Life to Live) opens up about his new folk-rock film Killian & the Comeback Kids, the legacy role he played in helping bring diversity to daytime television, and the unfortunate yet important reason why he likely won't take on another soap opera role in his career.

A lot of soap opera fans would agree that anytime Nathan Purdee (ex-Nathan Hastings, The Young and the Restless; ex-Hank Gannon, One Life to Live) graces the screen, it's a gift. And it's a sentiment that's obviously shared by the actor's son, Taylor Purdee, who decided to cast his talented father in Killian & the Comeback Kids, a folk-rock film he wrote, produced, and directed. Nathan's role in the feel-good project is unlike anything else the actor has done before, and he tells Soap Central that essentially playing himself after all of his years of over-the-top soap opera work was a welcome change.

As we previously reported, the film stars Taylor as Killian, who lands back home in rural Pennsylvania after finishing an expensive college education. Killian's "failed" summer takes on new meaning, however, when he decides to throw together a ragtag band of other locals to perform at a music festival coming to their once-prosperous steel town. Armed with only folk-rock, Killian and the band try to unite the community -- if only for one night. Nathan plays Killan's father, Mr. Raison, opposite soap favorite Kassie DePaiva (ex-Blair Cramer, OLTL; ex-Eve Donovan, Days of our Lives), who plays Killian's mom, Mrs. Raison. And if that's not dream casting, what is?!

In celebration of Killian & the Comeback Kids currently playing in theaters across the nation, Nathan spoke with us about what it was like playing DePaiva's husband, the nerves he had being directed by his supremely talented son, how he feels about the way daytime television has handled diversity over the years, and why he feels like his time on soap operas has truly come to an end.

Soap Central: Nathan, I really appreciate you taking the time to chat with me today. Many of our readers are going through hard times right now, and I can imagine that hearing from you will be like a warm blanket and a cup of tea!

Nathan Puree: [Laughs] Okay, that's a good one. I like that! Thank you.

Soap Central: Despite all of the setbacks that happened due to COVID, Killian & the Comeback Kids has finally been released! How do you feel about the fans finally getting the chance to see it?

Purdee: I'm very excited about it, and having seen it twice before its opening here in Easton and seeing the response from everyone in the community, it was really mind-blowing, to say the least. I think any parent would be excited because it is my son who wrote it, produced it, directed it, the whole shebang. To watch him go through this for the last three years and finally get it out there, the timing couldn't be better, because it's an opportunity for people to kind of relax for a minute. I was a little nervous about going to the theater due to COVID-19, because I haven't been going anywhere -- I've basically been staying at home and working from home -- but when I found out when the film was being released, I went to the theater two days before to see another movie, just to see how I would feel being in a public area. And it was fine. They allowed 25 people in each theater room, and the social distancing was practiced, and the theater was very clean, and the people came in with masks, so as far as that goes, I put aside all of my concern and really enjoyed the night out at the theater.

Soap Central: That's good to hear. I'm sure this is not how Taylor imagined his film being released, so do you have any idea why he decided to move forward now? Because you guys filmed it in 2017, right?

Purdee: Well, it was scheduled to be released in April, before we hit COVID-19 issues. By early January or maybe even slightly before, he had a projected release date, and COVID-19 wasn't really a concern of anyone's because we didn't know. And then once COVID took over, that was a pretty rough time for him, and he was pretty sad. I'm not gonna say he was depressed, but he was just unhappy about what was going on. But he took advantage of that extra time, and it really worked out for his benefit, I believe, because there were some things that he was trying to rush to get done in order to get the film out, but because of COVID-19, it allowed him to have that time without the stress. So, he finished the film, he got some things in order, and it's opening in another eight theaters this week. So, the timing had nothing to do with him or the industry -- it was all God's plan, is what I keep telling him. [A typical release] just wasn't meant to be, and what we're going through right now is more important than any film, I think. And he really feels the same way. When he started communicating with Regal theaters, he was really specific about, "Will this be safe for people to come to the theaters? Are you opening because you feel like your theaters are a safe place to be?" He had all of those things that he looked at, and once they assured him that everything was going to fine, he got excited and did what he had to do. And timing is everything: this is an opportunity for people to see a family film that's a lot of fun, and a lot of people can relate to it, especially the young people, and I think it's something that we need.

Soap Central: Yes, feel-good films are exactly what we need right now!

Purdee: Yeah, it is! I'm a bang, bang, shoot 'em up kind of guy; I like action films. So, the night before, I went to see Tenet, not really knowing what to expect, and I'm thinking, "Okay, this is a Nathan film. I can take this ride and enjoy it." And at some point in the film, I realized, "You know what? It's going to be nice to see Taylor's film." Because anybody can see it, and it has some drama and some excitement in it, and there's a love story there, but it has a message that's so important, and I think people will really like it.

Soap Central: How did he approach you about starring in the film?

Purdee: [Laughs] Taylor came home from school for Christmas, he was sitting down by the fireplace, which he always did. Every year, he would come home and sit by the fireplace and read in the dark with one candle -- which would drive any parent crazy, as you can imagine -- so he's sitting by the fireplace and writing some notes or something, and I said, "Son, what are you doing?" And he said, "Dad, I'm writing a film, and you're going to be in it." [Laughs] So, I said okay and just walked away. Then six months later, my wife said, "Taylor wants to use the house to shoot this film," and I said, "What film?" And she said, "The film you're going to play his dad in!" And that's kind of how it came about. I had no choice!

Soap Central: What a love letter to a dad! Honestly, I can't imagine doing anything more awesome for my parent than saying, "Hey, I want you in my film."

Purdee: Absolutely! It was an honor. And I'll be honest with you: I was very nervous, because he is very serious about his work. He was the director, and I'm thinking, "All right, this is my son. I have certain life instances to get away with whatever I decide to do," but I had none whatsoever. He even called me Nathan on set the whole time! And when I had a conversation with him about that, he said, "Well, you're dad when we're home and when we're doing dad stuff, but this is my set, my movie, and you're Nathan." [Laughs] That's basically what he told me, and I really respected that. I had a nice chuckle out of it. But it's just an honor to see the response that he's getting for the film, and I hope that more people get a chance to see it.

Soap Central: Is your character's approach to fathering different than yours in real life?

Purdee: None whatsoever -- it was type casting! [Laughs] It was easy breezy. He said, "Dad, I just want you to be who you are because this is what I need for this character." My wife looked at him, and she looked at me, and I went, "Okay!" Because it took all the pressure off me. When he gave me the script and I read it, I literally sat and weeped. I cried. Just the joy of knowing, "Man, this kid is talented." And I really liked the story, and I really liked the characters. When I was reading my character, I thought, "Okay, he stole this from this incident between us, he stole that from that incident between us." We've had moments, and they are there in that film. So, it was easy, but it was a little nerve-wracking being directed by him.

Soap Central: You want to do him proud, so I can see that. Was there anything about the character for you that was new for you in terms of acting? Anything that you hadn't "acted" before?

Purdee: Yeah -- it's the first time I've gotten to play me!

Soap Central: Really?

Purdee: Yeah. I mean, with the soaps, come on, really? Come on! [Laughs] Let's be honest here, that's daytime TV and they don't want to see you as you. They want to see you as someone completely different. Thankfully, I was able to be that, because it gave me a career. But to do a character where you can just be you and be who you are, and the words fit your mouth, it was great.

Soap Central: Speaking of soaps, you got to work with Kassie DePaiva. How was that for you?

Purdee: Kassie was great. We worked together on One Life to Live, but we didn't really work together. We were in a couple of scenes from time to time, but nothing like this. And Kassie came into the situation and saved the day, to be perfectly honest. The first day or second day of shooting, she came in early so she could be here and get some rest, because she flew in from L.A., she landed in New York, and took a bus from New York to Pennsylvania so we could set her up in a hotel out here where we were shooting. And at that particular time, she witnessed some tension between some of the younger actors, more like it was just that opportunity to work on a film, so their egos were starting to show themselves. And Kassie just said, "Hold on, wait a minute." The long story short is that she spanked them with love, then she prepared dinner for the entire cast and crew, had a conversation with everybody, and by the end, everyone was laughing, everyone was relaxed, and the egos disappeared. And from that point on, it was a great, great experience. She just let them know, "You have to let that go and be here and be present." So, she was amazing.

Soap Central: As you said, you only had a few scenes with her over at One Life, so was there anything surprising about working with her?

Purdee: Not really. Kassie plays my wife in the film, and because I have a personal relationship with her and Jim DePaiva [ex-Max Holden, OLTL; ex-David Bensch, General Hospital], I mean, we've been good friends and have remained friends and been in touch with each other over the years, she treated me as her husband the way she treats me as Nathan. She was just always straight and honest and wouldn't buy into my BS. It was just great to have her. Taylor really did a great job casting for that character, because he wanted someone with a personality as close to his mom as possible. And when he told me he chose Kassie, I was thinking, "Yep! That sounds like Robbie!" The only difference is she's taller than Robbie, but they are so much alike, and they have these great personalities, where all they want to do is help people, take care of people, mother people. It was an interesting dynamic. Kassie didn't treat me any different; we were just friends working together, doing a project together, and it was a perfect marriage, so to speak.

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Soap Central: Part of the movie is about chasing an old or forgotten dream, so is there any dream from your youth or childhood that you would love to fulfill or revisit?

Purdee: No, there isn't. Here's the thing: I have accomplished a lot in my life, based on where I come from and how I grew up. I've done things that not even I had dreamt of, and when I realized that there were even more things out there for me, I realized that I was not only chasing what I felt was my dream, I was chasing a dream of what other people expected of me. And then I realized that wasn't working for me, and it was time for me to live my life and enjoy my life. When Taylor was first born I had an interview with one of the soap magazines, and I was painting a lot at that time so they focused a lot on my artwork and being a painter, and I remember saying to them, "Having this child was my masterpiece. I'm not going to do anything better than that in my entire life. He's the masterpiece." And it has kind of come to fruition. He's taken the reins, and he's writing, producing, writing music, performing music, playing instruments. He's doing things that I didn't have the discipline to follow or the courage to do. So, there are no dreams for me now. When someone asks me what's my dream, it would simply be for his success, his continued success and for him to continue to be the person that he is being. There is nothing else out there for me that I dream of doing. I love being here and being available if he needs me or wants me or if there is something I can do to help him or encourage him. The only thing I don't do, and this is honest, I don't give him money to do any of his projects. He has to raise that himself. And that's my biggest pride for him. He managed to get an amazing cast, an amazing crew, and however he pays them, I have no idea. He's just done it on his own, and I have total respect for him. Of course, if there was an emergency and push came to shove and I had to be there financially, I would be there; I'd be a safety net. But he's not called on me at all. And there's nothing I wouldn't do for him.

Soap Central: What does Taylor think about your history with soap operas?

Purdee: We have our moments -- we laugh and joke and he teases. But honestly, he did a lot of research on me and a lot of Google finds on me. He discovered things about me and my soap career that I didn't know or forgot, so he would share some things with me, and I'd go, "Wow, I didn't even know that!" Or, "Wow, I completely forgot about that." And I find it interesting that he was doing that, because I was feeling at one point that he didn't care one ounce about what I used to do, because it was a soap career. But one of his closest friends, who executive produced the film with him, said, "Man, you wouldn't believe how much Taylor loves you. He talks about you all the time." And I'm thinking, "What? I don't get that at all!" But I can sit back and relax and not care about what other people say or think, because I think we're good here, we're solid. I'm solid with my son, I'm solid with my wife. They work together, and they do their thing, and my wife is constantly asking me to go on vacation or go do something because I'm pretty much in their hair. [Laughs] What can I tell you, when you're retired, you sit around the house and look at everybody else, and you're in their way! It's not that I don't have anything to keep me busy, because trust me, I do -- and I stay busy -- but when I'm here getting in their way and wanting to talk and they're being producers and directors and all of that stuff, it's like, "Nathan, go wash a dish or something! Take a walk. You're bugging us!" [Laughs] But life is good... I've had some up and downs, as we all have, but career-wise, I enjoyed working on soaps. I realize I stayed too long, because when I gave myself the permission to start auditioning for film and nighttime, I'd walk in the room, and people kept seeing me as a soap actor. And when I realized that was real in their world -- it wasn't real in mine, because I don't care if you're doing soaps or theater, you can do anything -- I just didn't want to feel strange when I walked into a room because of a career that I feel wasn't respected like any other.

Soap Central: It's such a shame that people who aren't in the genre don't understand the genre and how hard everybody works on soap operas. And also, how important it is for the fans! For example, they loved seeing you in the classic Y&R episodes that recently aired. Did a lot of fans reach out to you about that?

Purdee: The first person to reach out to me about that, because I would not have known, was Kate Linder (Esther Valentine), God bless her. Kate Linder wrote me to tell me, "Nathan, I don't know if you know this, but they're showing an episode due to COVID." And that's how I found out that shows were airing, because I'm completely out of touch with the soap world. I try to spend as little time watching TV as I can, and if I'm not watching CNBC, I'm pretty much not watching anything. But that's how I found out, and a few people have said they saw me on the show, and it kind of freaked them out. [Laughs] One of my coworkers at John Jay College, she sent a screenshot of me in a turban in a scene from The Young and the Restless, which was one of the first shows they aired. But no, I'm not getting many comments from anyone, because I'm not that visible. If it's on Facebook or Twitter or something like that, I'm not on there to see it or to know it.

Soap Central: Well, I can deliver the news to you that the fans loved it! And I think part of the reason is because you were in this group of legacy characters and actors, some of the most beloved people -- Kristoff St. John (ex-Neil Winters), Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters), Tonya Williams (ex-Olivia Barber), and you, of course. Do you have lots of memories of working with them?

Purdee: Oh, yeah, of course! I have a lot of memories about them! Working with Tonya Williams? Please! I just loved her so much. She and my wife used to get on the phone, and they'd both talk about me together, and I was like, "Wait a minute, you guys aren't sisters -- cut the crap out!" [Laughs] But she was a very good friend, and I visited her and spent some time up in Canada when she was first putting together her project, Reelworld Film Festival. Victoria Rowell reached out to me once about doing a project she was working on. I have a lot of memories, but you'd have to ask me something specific because there's just no one that I worked with on The Young and the Restless that I don't have fond memories of.

Soap Central: Well speaking of those costars, one of the things that I've always heard about you and Nathan Hastings is that you were one of only two Black characters on Y&R in the 80s and that you really paved the way for these other Black characters to come to the show. Do you recognize the importance of your role in bringing diversity to the genre?

Purdee: Absolutely, I do, and when we talk about that kind of thing, there's a little button that gets pushed in me. I feel sometimes that people don't really acknowledge that fact, and not the fans, but the people within the industry who have something to do with that. Sometimes when I see ads about The Young and the Restless and the Black actors from The Young and the Restless, when I see the photos, it's always the other two actors who have played Nathan [Randy Brooks and Adam Lazarre-White]. I don't know if you are following me, but whenever the Nathan character is brought up, I even said to my son, "I've never seen a photo with Nathan and Drucilla and Nathan and Olivia with Nathan Purdee." It's always been the other actors, and that's kind of a sore spot for me, because it's like I didn't exist there. That's how I was feeling. But Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm Winters) did an interview just after Kristoff had passed away and said, "If it hadn't been for Phil Morris [ex-Tyrone Jackson] and Nathan Purdee," -- and he named a couple of other people, Black actors from daytime, and he really acknowledged the fact that we opened the doors and made it possible for him and people like Kristoff St. John to continue on. And when I read that, that felt good, especially coming from Shemar. So, that's sort of like, "Okay, I'm okay now, because at least somebody is acknowledging the fact." Because I think of Phil Morris all the time, who was there before I was. But I do realize the importance, and I do realize that I made a difference, because during that time, I received a lot of mail from people. Even though the character started out illiterate, there were a lot of people in the real world who could relate to that, and I got bags of mail just thanking me for playing that character because they discovered that their son or husband or mother or sister or dog or cat was illiterate. And it kind of opened their eyes to that, and it changed their lives and made them want to do better. So, I felt real good about that. How they ended that character, well, that's a sore spot for me, so we won't get into that. They just ruined the character. It's just a moment that I had where I thought, "Man, I don't know what happened to The Young and the Restless and that character."

Soap Central: Yes, he went through a lot of changes, one of them being that they made him like, 20 years younger than you, as well, right?

Purdee: Yeah, that, too, but if you take it from the beginning and how the character came and evolved, he was doing his thing, he was teaching Drucilla how to read, he cleaned up his life from being a thug on the street, and now he's doing something positive. But later on, he was cheating on his wife, he became HIV positive, then they ran him over with a truck, and I'm thinking, "What the heck did this guy do to piss them off?!" Because that's so wrong, especially with so few Black characters on daytime TV, and you want to portray him as that guy? So, I thought, "All right, I'm glad I wasn't playing it. I'm glad that wasn't me." Because I don't know if I would have agreed to continue on.

Soap Central: That's been an issue with soap operas for a very long time. I don't know if you knew that Chadwick Boseman started his career on All My Children but left the same week he started because he didn't agree with the stereotypical way the character was written. And it's such a shame, because, as you know, there is an appetite for Black characters getting major storylines on soap operas. The Winters family on Y&R for example, the fans loved them. So, I'm hoping that soaps do better with that in the future.

Purdee: Look, nothing has really changed. It's been like that for years. They'll bring a Black character in, and they'll make him an important figure, but it seems like once he starts to get recognition or more storyline than the usual characters, things tend to take a turn. And that's been my experience with watching soaps. When they brought Timothy Stickney in [as One Life to Live's R.J. Gannon] with the dreadlocks, he was a bad guy. There was another guy on All My Children [Noah Keefer, played by Keith Hamilton Cobb] who was brought in with dreadlocks who was illiterate. So, there was a whole thing about bringing characters in who fit the white stereotype, "Yeah, dreadlocks, you must be a bad guy or come from a bad community." So, I took it upon myself to 1) start growing dreadlocks on One Life to Live, and 2) I brought in two police officers in uniform that I knew who had dreadlocks, and there was a district attorney in the Bronx that I would talk to from time to time to help me understand some of the legal jargon that they were writing for me, and I brought her in to visit one of the producers, and she had a full head of dreadlocks -- point being, these are professional people with dreadlocks, so why is it every time you hire a Black actor with dreadlocks, he is a criminal or illiterate or has some problem? Why can't he be a professional? But no one really cared, it just kind of came and went. And then I realized, true story, six months into growing my dreadlocks, one of the producers came to me and said, "Nathan, have you done something different to your hair?" And we had been shooting! So, when I explained, they said, "Well, if you don't want to cut them, could you kind of lay them down so it doesn't look like dreadlocks?" And I thought, "Okay, on to the next thing."

Soap Central: Honestly though, it's so cool that you stepped up and were brave and took a stand, because not everyone would be brave enough to say something. And even if they didn't take it seriously at the time, sometimes it takes you and then the next guy and the next guy to drive the point home, you know? But it starts with you.

Purdee: Exactly, and I tell you that because that's what I think of when you asked me if I know that I made a difference. A few people realized what was going on, and I thought, "There are some things that people jump on the bandwagon with," and that was just one little thing that as a Black actor on daytime TV that I noticed and thought, "What can I do to make people aware of what you're doing, what you're saying, what you're projecting? And if they make a change, they make a change, and if they don't, they don't." But at that particular time for me, I was caught in that bubble. I had a wife, a son going to school, a mortgage to pay, and all of that stuff that we get trapped in. But once I realized that there wasn't going to be any change, that's when I decided it was time for me to make a change. And that's when I left. But other than that stuff, because it's been happening since I've been on daytime TV, I focus on the fond memories. I don't really focus on that stuff -- it only comes up when someone asks me specifically, which you've done!

Soap Central: I'm sure that you have a lot of really great memories, as well! Do you think about Hank these days and what he maybe went on to do after OLTL's cancellation?

Purdee: You know what? I'm going to be honest with you: I haven't given it any thought. Once I left, I let go of it all. You have to be realistic about it. It's a soap opera, and Hank started out as a strong, powerful force on One Life to Live. By the time I left, I was doing five lines or less and just supporting every other actor on the show. There was really no story. And at that point, I realized, well, he's been diluted into nothingness and I've been there before, been there, done that, and I knew what that was about, so I knew it was time to leave and let go. If I held on to the Hank character and thought about what he could have been doing now, what's the point? I'm not there to do it. So at that time in my life, I thought, "Okay, now it's time to get through the depression" -- because there was a moment that I got pretty depressed and thought about what I was going to do next, and that lasted a short time and then I realized, "I'm going to do theater, I'm going to meet new people, I'm going to live my life, and I'm going to support my son as best I can and move on." So, there was really nothing else to think about, because any thoughts or ideas that I may have had, who would I have shared it with? I'm not playing the character -- let them write their own stories!

Soap Central: That's a pragmatic answer, which I appreciate.

Purdee: Hey, I'm here for the truth! [Laughs] Unfortunately for the fans, though, because the fans really wanted to see, for example, the Hank and Nora [Hillary B. Smith] story, but it was just thrown out the window. And that could have been great. Hillary and I were really excited about working together; we always have been. And when that didn't happen, I'm thinking, "Okay, I should probably go work at Burger King now, because this is going to end pretty soon." Just saying.

Soap Central: Have you kept in contact with Hillary?

Purdee: Yes, we wish each other happy birthday and merry Christmas and that kind of thing. We don't go hang out or visit or that kind of thing, but we definitely call each other and say, "Hey, it's your birthday! You're getting older or younger or more beautiful," or whatever. But Hillary is great, and Bob Woods [ex-Bo Buchanan], we talk occasionally. But I'm more in contact with Kassie and Jim.

Soap Central: Kassie told me how much you were there for her during her battle with leukemia, how you would visit a couple of times a week when she was in the hospital, which is so amazing.

Purdee: Yep, I did. I love them both. Jim was a great friend when I was on the show, so why would I not? We're a family, as far as I'm concerned.

Soap Central: If you were to get a call from one of the soaps today, would you be open to returning to the genre?

Purdee: No, I think I'm good. I'm watching how crazy hard my son has been working, he's working 24/7, doing what he does, and I remember how hard I worked for my career. I went on every audition, I was reading about every audition, I just couldn't relax until it was time and I broke that bubble, because I was trying to build a career, and I worked hard. And as I started to wind down, I realized, "I'm not getting the respect that I feel like I deserve," and I realized that I wasn't appreciated as much as I wanted to be. So, at this point, why would I do that to myself again? Because I don't trust that it would not be the same. I don't want to come in and do a day player role, because once I get in there, I want something to chew on, I want some good storyline, and it doesn't last. It doesn't last. Look at the soap operas and see how many Black actors in daytime have a continually running storyline for years and years. Now, they had Kristoff St. John, but at the time, what did we have, fourteen soaps? You follow me? There was no reason why Hank should not have been in the forefront for years and years and years. So, I don't trust it, so, no. And look, I'm good. I'm happy. My son says, "Hey, Dad, you're going to be in a film," so I know I'm working. I have a friend who runs the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina, and he and I are working on a project. We did a play, and I thought, "Man, this play should be a film," so, we've been tossing around ideas about how to turn this play into a film. So, if someone calls and says, "Nathan, I want you to work on a project," I say, "Okay, let me see it and read it, and if I like it, I'm in." But for me to go and audition and go to New York every other day or an audition or put myself on tape for something, it's just a waste of my time, because I'd rather be home, fixing something.

Soap Central: I can understand that. And when there's something like your son's film, I can see how you'd rather be in something like that, something that's meaningful and has a lot of heart.

Purdee: Yes, and I trust the people that I'm working with, you know? And the film, it's a beautiful story. And it's interesting because, if you're paying attention and you follow that journey, there's a message there, and there are a lot of people who are loving this film. We heard from the distributors that the film was shown just outside a rural town in Nebraska at a drive-in, and it was 45 degrees... but at the end of the film, every single person got out of their car and gave it a standing ovation. And I'm thinking, "Whoa, that's huge." So, he's done something great, and I've done something great, because I had him [laughs], so I'm good. If someone wants to talk to me about a film project, I'm happy to talk to them about a film project. But I don't see myself doing daytime anymore. And God knows how much I loved it when I was there! I've said this to people before, The Young and the Restless put me on the map, and One Life to Live gave me a road to travel, so what more can I do in the daytime arena? So, I thank them, and God bless them, but it's time for me to just do Nathan... Truth be told, the fans wore me out, because they would write to me a lot. At one point, my mother-in-law helped me write back to them. So, they were the best, they were really the best. It's hard, though -- how do you say to your fans, "I don't want to come back?" without getting into all of your personal stuff? But if that was something that was in the cards for me, I would probably be doing it just for the relationship with the fans. They were great.

For more information about Killian & the Comeback Kids and to find out when it will be playing in a theater near you, visit the film's official website. You can also check out the official teaser trailer below.

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