"We'd always talk so slowly on 'As the World Turns' originally. I can't tell you how many people say, 'I learned to speak English watching your show. Because you spoke slowly.'"
About This Interview
In his nearly three-hour Archive interview, Don Hastings talks about his early years in theater and radio. He then recalls his television debut on the Du Mont network. He describes in great detail his regular role as the "the Ranger" on the popular Du Mont children's television series Captain Video and his Video Rangers. He discusses his work in soap operas starting with The Edge of Night, where he played "Jack Lane" from 1956-60. He then details his experiences on the series for which he is most associated, As the World Turns, where he has played the role of "Dr. Bob Hughes" continually since 1960. For ATWT, Hastings talks about the creative team behind the series and working with his long-time co-stars (and their characters' relationships), as well as his current shooting schedule and how he goes about learning his lines. He also compares the eras that the show has seen and talks about some of his favorite storylines. Michael Rosen in Millerton, NY on November 21, 2002.