All My Children Casts Iraq War Veteran, JR Martinez

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Open casting call leads to real life war vet landing the role


JR Martinez (Brot, All My Children)Several months ago, Soapdom broke the news in our All My Children casting section that ABC Daytime was putting forth a nationwide open call casting search for the role of Brot Monroe, Taylor's (Beth Ehlers) presumed blown-to-bits fiance.  The network was seeking a real-life Iraq war veteran to fill the bill. 

Soapdom is now delighted to announce that ABC’s All My Children, has cast Iraq war veteran, JR Martinez in the role of Brot Monroe on the Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama.  The announcement was made Monday by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group. 

“We are honored and delighted to welcome JR Martinez to the cast of All My Children. JR represents the best of the human spirit. His commitment to help his fellow service men and women and their families has inspired us all. JR’s challenging journey and resilience will bring a uniquely authentic perspective to the role of Brot Monroe” says executive producer, Julie Hanan Carruthers.

In story, the character Brot Monroe served in the U.S. Army in Iraq and was injured in combat.  While serving, he fell in love with Lt. Taylor Thompson (Beth Ehlers).   Due to the extent of his injuries, Brot made the decision to allow Taylor to believe he had died, not wanting to subject her to the reality of his injuries.  The character's injury was determined by Mr. Martinez’s personal injuries.  After many surgeries and recovery, Brot returns to find his fiancé, who has been grieving her loss, not knowing Brot is actually still alive.
In February of 2003, Martinez was deployed to Iraq and in April, 2003, while serving as a driver of a Humvee, the tire hit a landmine and he suffered sever burns to more than 40 percent of his body.  After spending 34 months in the hospital and undergoing 32 different surgeries, he is now a national spokes person for the Coalition to Salute America's Hero's, to promote and support programs helping other wounded service members.
The show continues to partner with USA Cares, an organization founded to support post 9/11 veterans and their families, who will serve as a resource for story line research and guidance.

All My Children has a long standing history for being the first daytime drama to tell topical and socially relevant stories.  In the 1970’s the show was the first to tell a story about the Viet Nam War.  Nearly four decades later, show head writer, Charles Pratt, Jr. revisits the subject now surrounding the lives of soldiers who have served in the war in Iraq.  Mr. Pratt’s creation of Army Lieutenant Taylor Thompson (Beth Ehlers), his first since joining the show in July 2008, represents daytime’s first female character who is a soldier serving in a current war.

Martinez’s first air date is Friday, November 7th, 2008.  **On Thursday, November 6th, the show will air a special episode featuring additional real life Iraq war veterans in a series of un-scripted support group scenes, where each veteran will share their unique stories and journeys.