Although the scar that traverses his face while he
plays Llanview’s dark prince isn’t real, the menacing intensity that Roger
Howarth can so effortlessly convey with his eyes and furrowed brow are
frighteningly authentic. “ Todd wears the scar like a badge”, says independent
casting director Howard Meltzer. “ It’s a warning to others: Don’t mess
with me. But Howarth underplays Todd; he doesn’t mug, he doesn’t rant and
he gets a lot more from the raising of an eyebrow than raising the volume
of his voice. Most of Todd’s performance is reacting to the environment
around him, and thanks to Howarth’s expressiveness, viewers can see the
Photographer Robert Milazzo notes that Howarth’s intensity is tempered by a softer side. “The softening part of him is the hair. You don’t expect that intensity because of it, so it’s an intriguing thing with him. The combination makes him a very complex character to look at .”
Dr Lang’s facial analysis:
“Enigmatic, with an air of innate authority. The hair shows a lack of pretense, as if he just doesn’t care.
Overhanging brow seems threatening , but is more designed to conceal the intense, vulnerable eyes underneath. The pouty, sensual mouth confers a charming, boyish quality. But make no mistake: His caution signals aren’t bravado, if crossed, he can be redoubtable.