that’s gotta HURT!
It’s only been a little over six months since THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Dollar Bill almost met his maker after being shot in the back by unhinged psychiatrist Taylor. Now, he’s back in a hospital bed, having tumbled over the balcony of his own mansion following a tussle with Ridge and Thorne earlier this month. His portrayer, Don Diamont, admits he’s generally not so enthusiastic about being laid up in more hospital-bed scenes of late. “It’s not my favorite, no,” he says. “Although not having to wear the intubation tube this time around makes it much more tolerable.”
The actor did, however, relish the scenes that landed his alter ego in such a dicey position. Getting to tape an allout brawl with co-stars Thorsten Kaye (Ridge; Zach, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Ingo Rademacher (Thorne; ex-Jax, GENERAL HOSPITAL) proved a real adrenaline rush! “It’s not unlike what you might feel during an
actual fight,” he explains. “There’s a certain real tension that goes along with it. You want it to look good, but of course, you also want to make sure nobody really gets hurt.”
Though Ridge and Thorne have teamed up to put Bill in his place, Diamont says his character’s antipathy for the two men differs. “Bill’s got more of a hatred for Ridge, but when it comes to Thorne, it’s more like pure disdain,” says the actor. “He just thinks Thorne is pathetic, though there has been a certain degree of anger toward him for being complicit in [keeping him from his son Will]. Bill believes Thorne is the one who really turned [his ex-wife] Katie against him.”
That custody battle has been a storyline Diamont’s enjoyed playing, as it has really left Bill powerless in more ways than one. “He didn’t hold the cards when it came to that court decision. The stakes were very high, and he was not in control of the situation, no matter how much he tried to be in control of it,” he says. “It was pretty intense for him, so I liked that.”
A Second Chance At Love?
One light in the midst of Bill’s recent dark days has been Brooke’s clandestine support of her ex-husband, a fact that’s given him reason to hope he has a shot at winning her back. In addition to being the ultimate payback against Ridge, Bill now realizes that he never got over his love for the blonde. “When Brooke walked out on him [the last time they were married], he really went off course and sort of spiraled,” says Diamont. “It wasn’t that Bill didn’t love Brooke after that, but he had to just put those feelings away. In truth, those feelings still lived in him.”
Whenever Bill hits a nadir in his life, he tends to gravitate toward anyone who is willing to stand by him and offer their support, adds the actor. “So when he realized the negative impact of his behavior toward Steffy, when he lost his kid and everyone’s respect, and Brooke was there for him — believing in him — that reawakened those feelings that were always under the surface.”
The past year has been a tumultuous one for the mighty Dollar Bill. For as often as we’ve seen him full of belligerence and malice, he’s been equally vulnerable and contrite. “He’s an emotionally challenged person,” Diamont freely concedes. “He wrestles with who he is and how successful he’s been at being who he is, yet for all his bravado, I think there’s a certain self-loathing that goes along with it.”
It’s easy to simultaneously love and despise this larger-than-life persona, which may be why Brooke finds herself somehow newly drawn to her bad-boy ex. “He always genuinely believes he is doing the right thing, or at least that the ends justify the means,” says the actor. “He’s constantly trying to prove himself, but his insecurities and doubts frequently get the better of him and compromise his judgment.”
“We let the stunt guys [do the dangerous stuff], but there’s still a lot of wrestling and [pretending to] throw punches,” says Diamont, with his stunt double for a recent fight scene between Bill, Thorne and Ridge.
“I would argue that Bill and [his lawyer/pal] Justin are the real supercouple,” Diamont says with a laugh. “He’s probably Bill’s true love!”
“He’s great,” says the actor of his new “son,” Finnegan George (Will). “A lot of people on set call him Finn, but I like Finnegan myself. I think he’s doing a terrific job.”
“I’m known as the baby whisperer in my family,” says Diamont, who had no problem keeping B&B’s “Baby Kelly” content intheir recent scenes.
Bill was willing to step up and father his grandson.