Scott Cohen chatted with his fan club in an informal chat session on August 11, 2001 while he was in Los Angeles filming an episode of Gilmore Girls. The chat was set up so that fans could participate even if they couldn't be present at the time, by pre-submitting questions. Three of the questions asked were about Denby, and a fourth (ShayHeyRed's) may have touched on the subject because of Scott's reply. Below is a transcript of the salient portions of the chat, along with my own comments (in italics).
I am adding the beginning and ending tags so everyone can see the length of the entire chat.
ScottCohen> hi ney ney
ScottCohen> i am sorry i haven't done that. i have been so consumed by my own fiction!
ScottCohen> where would i go for that
neyneyA> you have to go to the lists at yahoo groups! you know the Students of Denby?
ScottCohen> yes ok
ScottCohen> i got to tell you all i wish denby was alive!
neyneyA> Yeah, us, tooo..!
terpette> I've heard you were subscribed to SoD for a while... did you ever read the list at all?
ScottCohen> onwards we go!
ScottCohen> i can only be here till about 5 15 so I hope we can get to everybody
Note: Scott's fan email address subscribed to the member list of the StudentsofDenby yahoo group the evening Denby died (Feb. 27, 2001). Approximately a month later, the listowner removed the member list from public view.
anneduddy> Would you be willing to return to \"NYPD Blue\" as the fabulously fascinating 'Harry Denby' if by some miracle the writers were able to create a situation whereby Harry would be alive????
terpette> Anne, are you just cutting and pasting?
anneduddy> Yes. Is it not coming through?
terpette> Nope. We didn't see it.
ScottCohen> lets move on because there is not too much time
anneduddy> Would you be willing to return to NYPD Blue as the fabulously fascinating "harry denby" if by some miracle..
anneduddy> the writers were able to create a situation whereby Harry would be alive?
terpette> there, we go...
ScottCohen> if miracles happen!
ShayHeyRed> Scott - when you are done playing a role, are you "DONE" with it? Or do you wear the role a little longer?
ScottCohen> shay never the death of a character is a complicated thing worthy of much discussion
Obviously, the last part of his reply doesn't seem to go entirely with ShayHeyRed's question, however, there was no question at all asked about a character's death, per se. So is this just an observation Scott is making - maybe referring back to his membership in StudentsofDenby, or simply to Denby himself? Denby is the only character he's played for awhile (including onstage) who has died.
Alternatively, as ShayHeyRed (who has worked as an actress) later pointed out, when an actor is finished playing a character, this is referred to by some actors as the character's "death."
ScottCohen> dramatic parts I feel suit me better
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