AJ and Curtis’s acting debut in Hollyoaks is cursed, and these reactions prove it
‘What the GCSE Drama is going on?’
You’d think after a year of global pandemic, Nando’s being shut and Bimini Bon Boulash not winning Drag Race UK that the world has been through enough. Apparently, Channel 4 decided that’s not the case, and that we all needed to endure just a little bit more hardship, courtesy of AJ and Curtis Pritchard. We regret to inform you that nobody’s favourite ballroom dancing double act were cast in Hollyoaks as new characters Marcus and Jacob, for reasons that remain deeply unclear.
A teen soap like Hollyoaks is hardly renowned for its cast’s acting chops, but the casting of the brothers known for Strictly Come Dancing and being the one that likes to make everyone a cup of coffee to make sure that they’re ready for the morning was met with horror online after a short scene of them emerged.
In the scene, the brothers haunt a children’s play area and discuss some nefarious plot against Trish (iconically played by Denise Welch) with all the subtlety of a brick through a glass window. If we’ve had to watch it, so do you:
I cannot stop watching this pic.twitter.com/hb4QVqYhL6
— Jake 👽🌵 (@JakeCP) May 11, 2021
Inevitably, the online reactions to AJ and Curtis’ chilling Hollyoaks debut were golden.
There’s no way these men grew up together, sorry!
never before has a pair of people who are ACTUALLY RELATED interacted with less chemistry
— clucky fenwick (@giulioboards) May 11, 2021
It’s best to just not ask, tbh
— DarkGa ⚔️💜 (@DarkGa2) May 11, 2021
This is insulting to the art of the Nativity
It’s giving me primary school play tbh
— Muinat (@muinatabdul) May 11, 2021
The Academy Awards need to give this an Oscar for best editing IMMEDIATELY
But could DeNiro & Pacino do any better with those lines? pic.twitter.com/w0Yio2d4Vs
— Rory John Nugent (@TheRoryJohn) May 11, 2021
I'm just obsessed that you don't know at all the nature of what they might have planned for Trish based on how they deliver this. Could quite easily be a kidnapping and equally as plausibly a surprise party. https://t.co/BrPuIiRkHR
— Tom #blacklivesmatter (@tomilo) May 12, 2021
It’s got to be a piss take surely
Is this real or like a Red Nose Day thing https://t.co/hETRceboXb
— Max Balegde MBE (@Balegde_) May 11, 2021
… I have no clue what that is, I promise!
I've seen BrokeStraightBoys scenes with better acting https://t.co/bnSBpalVvi
— Lucius Massachusetts 🕺🏼 (@LukeCB_) May 11, 2021
Who the hell was in the bush?
— Shaun Buckle (@Buxy) May 11, 2021
Why were they the same in every school?
AJ and Curtis doing their best impression of those weird acting troupes that came into your school to do an awareness play about bullying pic.twitter.com/QAjS0c13ft
— Harrison Brocklehurst (@harrisonjbrock) May 11, 2021
The scene was so dreadful that even Hollyoaks alumni were taking to Twitter to speak about it. Gerard McCarthy, who played Kris Fisher in the soap from 2006-2010, said the following:
It’s a simple idea: stop giving actors’ jobs to models / reality tv contestants / pop stars from 1995 / Crufts winners / anybody else who is not an actor.
THEY WILL BE SHITE!
— Gerard McCarthy (@Gerard_McCarthy) May 11, 2021
No one minced their words on how they felt, and with more to come we can all only be braced for the worst.
Recommended stories by this writer: