Richard Burgi of Young & Restless talks about Victor Newman vs. Ashland Locke’s story

If the tycoons were to turn on each other, it would be a clash of titans like we haven’t seen since The Mustache first crossed swords with Jack.

Imagine it, Young and restless fans: It’s just the calm before the storm, a time of peace between the two most important men in Victoria’s life, a blissful truce that could explode at any time! To finish! If that was the case and Ashland and Victor ended up at odds instead of being in sync, then?

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On the one hand, we would get an epic battle, a battle that truly deserves Victor’s time and attention. (Sorry, but Billy Boy is a gnat he would have repelled, not an opponent he would bother to face.) On the other hand, we would see how Victoria’s latest husband really earned that Locke Ness nickname. Monster.

“There is a duality in Ashland, which is the beauty of a character like him,” portrait painter Richard Burgi told “I think that’s probably true for most people in the real world as well. People aren’t just one thing, and they’re not always the thing they present to the world.

Certainly, Ashland’s formidable reputation suggests he’s not just the romantic who swept Victoria away or the easy prey who couldn’t do without Blackmailer Gaines on his own. “There is a side to Ashland that is charming, funny and polite,” observes Burgi. “We have a sanitized, almost domesticated way of doing things through evolution.

“But we all have a wild side too,” he adds. “You don’t want to get between a mother bear and her calf, or you don’t want to come across a man trying to protect his family or to survive.”

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While we had some issues with the role Victor was recently left to play – maybe you’ve read about it? – historically he didn’t have someone you wanted to be on the wrong side of. Or near. Or even aware of! And, says Burgi, “In many ways, Ashland and Victor are similar. Even some aspects of their background are similar.

So what if the two had the opportunity to stop playing nicely? “I would take it without hesitation,” Burgi says in his character. Oh, really? With what weapons? “Chicanery, deviousness and brute force.”

Like the sound of this! What do you think, Young and restless Fans? Would Ashland have a chance against the great and powerful Victor Newman? On the way to the comments, remember what the Locke Ness monster would be up against when browsing a photo gallery of just some of Victor’s most memorable exploits.

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