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Anders Hove Returns To GH As Faison!

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Such fantastic news for General Hospital fans, the uber-villain of them all, Cesar Faison will be back on screen next week, when Anders Hove makes another triumphant return to the ABC daytime drama series.

Hove has returned to the canvas a multitude of times from his native Denmark beginning in 1990-1992, 1999-2000, and in 2012, 2013, and 2014.  With the hunt for Faison in full throttle mode, his bio-son Nathan (Ryan Paevey) determined to find him, another Faison son out there, Jason (Steve Burton) wanting retribution for Faison “killing” him and dumping into the pier, the whole Jasoning of Drew (Billy Miller), and of course, Obrecht’s (Kathleen Gati), and Faison’s ultimate nemesis and obsession, Anna Devane (Finola Hughes), so much is about to go down in Port Charles.

In a new interview in this weeks issue of Soap Opera Digest on sale on newsstand now, Hove talked from Denmark prior to coming to the States to film his episodes of GH.  He weighed-in on what he thinks will happen with the revelation that Faison has two sons!

Anders expressed: “It’s going to be tough, and it’s going to be strange.  I have only met Nathan in scenes when I really didn’t know he was my son at that point, and I don’t know for sure who the other son is, and I’m sure I haven’t met the actor, either. It’s going to be interesting.”

So are you ready for the exciting return of Cesar Faison?  Who will eventually capture him, or will he once again escape and live to see another day?

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Delia
Delia

So excited!!! Anderson is so creepy as Caesar. He truly is one of the great villains.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Oh, no!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

It’s always good to have Faison on the canvas to scare people. He is GH’s deadliest villain after all. Tony Geary said that a long time ago and I do have to agree with him.

Nik
Nik

Well, I never liked this character but the COO of Aurora, I think is Faison’s son but I could be wrong. Great to see Obrecth get hit in the head for once.

K/kay
K/kay

Just love when they bring actor back but have no clue what the story is yep beating my head against a wall!

Celia
Celia

Ok, K/kay….don’t you know, my friend? Why else do you think we are getting such a healthy dose of Sonny and Jason? This is the only reason I get irritated at this…seeing more and more of Sonny!!
It seems that Faison’s other son ( not Nathan) seeks revenge on his dada….everyone thinks it’s Peter….
Faison returns to claim his son, Nathan and do harm to Liesl ( he clocked her outside at Anna’s doorstep) and anyone in his path. I had suspected as much even before Nathan’s paternity was disclosed….that Liesl needed to run for the hills…
I have waited for Faison for a long time….I am happy!! Maybe he will go after Sonny this time…..on Pier 54?

heidi
heidi

YES! Welcome back Anders! Can’t wait!

Lisa
Lisa

Can’t wait !

Rodd
Rodd

Let the mayhem begin!

Jimh
Jimh

Finn=Faison=more trouble for Anna…if they go there???

Jimh
Jimh

Finn as his son please….

rebecca1
rebecca1

naaaa…I think it’s the new publisher at Aurora. (He almost looks like Ryan Paevy. Well, not really but they could definitely play brothers!) And it fits; he’s in publishing (and the son is a writer), he’s taken an interest in Lulu’s mode of bringing Faison out of hiding, etc.

It’s probably him. And yet, it seems so obvious that maybe it’s not. Maybe…Britt is really a boy and she’s his other son! Too much? 😉

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

Is it time for February sweeps yet? Cuz this is one hot storyline, strap yourselves in for a wild ride when Nathan is forced to team up with his half bro Peter (aka Heindrich) to bring down the bio daddy or evil. Not sure how Kim fits into this but I was certain she would play into the 2 Jason’s reveal. Will Robert show up to protect his beloved Anna from the clutches of Caesar? We can only hope Tristan Rogers comes along for the ride. Smart to pull Drew and Sam from the canvass for a few weeks while this drama plays out. Now that we know Brit is safely tucked away, perhaps she has met Peter and has pertinent information behind why Faison is back to torment the residents of Port Chuck once again. Welcome back, Mr. Hove. We have been waiting for your triumphant return.

AJ
AJ

I recall some things Tristian said that would seemingly make it unlikely that he’ll return if Frank is still in charge.

Satan
Satan

Frank will not be in charge much longer. He just made a huge mistake…

His former partner Ron paid the price for messing with Luke. He will pay the price for screwing over Laura.

Steve
Steve

Tristan rightfully complained that Robert was written poorly during his last few appearances. Frank would need to apologize and promise that Robert would play a prominent role in the storyline.

K/kay
K/kay

And everything he said is true I truly pulled it will not watch another episode you treat Genie Francis the icon of this soap the way FV did he is no better then Guza and sorry MW is not all that great you just proved what we knew you treat women like dirt under your finger nails and SB and MB and the spitter LW can truly stuff it go sell some food drin Steve gosh I am livid that Genie got treated this way again

K/kay
K/kay

Genie has a legit gripe so enjoy I saw my last episode and I talked to two journalists and no Genieis deasted

AJ
AJ

Did I miss something? I just assumed Genie was going on one of her vacations and Spencer breaking his legs was the way to write her off the canvas for a while?

K/kay
K/kay

Sorry devasted shame on me ! I have to get off this site before I say things that should not be said.

Satan
Satan

This is my beloved son Faison, in whom I am well pleased! Time to raise a little HELL in Port Charles….

Steve
Steve

Give it a rest. Go to heaven

Satan
Satan

Oh, believe me that bridge was burned a long time ago. My Former Employer still holds a grudge over that bet we made concerning the mortal named “Job”.

And no, that was not an “Arrested Development” reference, though that show was a big hit here in Hell.

Mateo
Mateo

Okay, let me be clear: Faison with Anna is magic. They both portray the vulnerabilities so well with each other. With the news that Ryan Paevy is leaving GH as Nathan West, I tend to think he will be a casualty of Faison. Anything with Obrecht I am down for because I adore watching Kathleen Gati. The only thing I am not up for watching is boring Burton with his monotone voice and deadpan expression whining about how his life was stolen. BooHoo. Please Faison, take him out too. Or if not put him in a coma for three years , we won’t notice, watching him act is like watching someone in a coma anyway. GH is trying to get some thunder back. They have their work cut out for them. In case you haven’t noticed, DAYS is slaughtering you in stories. I love GH and their cast but someone made a bet on one actor who isn’t skilled at carrying a story on his shoulders. I LOVE the fact that they gave Maura West a stand alone episode. It was great but the writing was not good. Maura deserves greatness. Billy Miller has no where to go in this role as Drew. I mean he has no background. He has some woman he was intimate with who got pregnant. Oscar is a great partner to Drew. They work well together but the story is not interesting enough. They have turned Carly into an irrational crazed stalker of Jason Morgan. I’m sorry but if I was married to any one who loved another man more than myself, see ya later! Carly says she loves Sonny but she certainly seems to be all lusty for JM. It’s a little upsetting to be honest. I want to see GH get it together. I love the cast, always have, they are talented for sure. We just need stronger stories. Fingers crossed with this Faison story but if my gut is telling me one thing they are going to take it in the JM direction and that would be all wrong. Okay my connection is dying here so I will sign off and say…..bring it GH give it your best

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ryan isn’t leaving GH; he’s taking time off to be in a film.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Love it! Faison is one of GH’s best baddies and he’s one of the few, if not the last, of the remaining evil characters from days of yore.

I’m hoping they don’t kill him off. It’s nice to know he may come back for a diabolical visit every now and then.

Annnnnnd…is it possible that Peter (his assumed other son) is Anna’s? I don’t remember them ever sleeping together but who knows how they may explain that away. I can see them having Anna or Alex, give birth to a son and like Dr. O…hide him from Faison. Crazy; but could be crazy interesting!

Tim S.
Tim S.

The Best New from all of these is the we get to see more of Kathleen Gati’s acting. She is great.. I hope we hear her sing a love song to her beau!!

Dan
Dan

I assumed it was only a matter of time with how often his name has been mentioned on the show as of late. Faison is the best villain in GH history, in my opinion, with Helena Cassadine being a very close second. So any chance to see the wonderful Anders Hove on screen again is a real treat.

My only regret is that his returns to the show are never long enough, and it sounds like this time will be a short visit again. I’d love to see him hang around for a while, and really wreak some havoc on Port Charles. But I guess it’s difficult schedule wise with him living in Denmark, so I’ll take whatever I can get.

Looking forward to seeing what they have in store. Really enjoying GH lately since Chris Van Etten took over as co-head writer.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I’m not surprised that the character of Faison is coming back because he could play a part in a lot of stories.For example he was the one who shot Jason in 2012 and pushed him into the water.So Faison may have answers that Jason needs.Plus Faison has history with Anna and Obrecht.For example Faison may not be happy with Obrecht keeping the fact that Nathan is his son from him.

dan
dan

He’s a great actor and Faison is a great soap villain. But the best part will surely be more great scenes with Finola! She brings it every second she’s on screen! She’s perfection!

Shay
Shay

And with Dr. O.!!! Kathleen Gati’s latest scene with Finola’s Anna got that ball rolling off to what shall be an undoubtedly raucous finish when they finally encounter Liesl’s once-beloved Cesar!!! Seems like Obrecht’s magnificent obsession with this brilliant criminal mastermind will at last come to an end when he finishes off their son….with that brutal act, the spell this “Maniacal Dane” has held over Liesl to keep her in thrall over the decades shall be forever broken! Better late than never…..

Timmm
Timmm

Do you thing Liesel and Faisy will do the Romeo and Juliet thing?

Shay
Shay

Not this time, Timmmbo! I think Liesl’s going to be spitting fire when it comes to her once-dear Cesar!!! He’s finally gone to far this time, even for Dr. O.!!!!

Sue M.
Sue M.

Never liked him!!!

Remy
Remy

1990s storyline reintroduced again?

Lets see whom departs with faison this time. Was this why Gene’s status was bumped from contract to recurring??????

Meryl
Meryl

Anders Hove is a great actor. I wish his character wasn’t a villain & he could get to know Nathan & Maxie & be a grandfather to their baby.

Timmm
Timmm

My three favorite villains of all time on GH, Faison, Anthony Zaccharo and Grant Putnam.

Reed
Reed

Agreed, and while we’re lucky to have Grant weighing in periodically on various threads, it would be great to spring him from the sanitarium.

Timmm
Timmm

Anna has her hands full right now but it would be nice to have Grant back on the show. He was so good!

Reed
Reed

Timmm, you’re fast becoming one of my favorite posters. Your “#Genie’s Times Up!” from the other thread was a classic and I’m sure it was said for comedic affect, supporting your earlier posts which I couldn’t necessarily disagree with. But make no mistake, this was a cluster-f of epic proportions. Genie Francis finally gets a story at the end of her 3-year contract and then Frank, in his infinite wisdom offers her recurring status? I so wanted to inject a testosterone-based analogy into the Genie thread, but I didn’t think the readers would appreciate the Eli Manning comparison. P.S. both the coach and GM were fired two days after sitting the Giants QB, ending the 210 consecutive games started streak of this 2-time Super Bowl MVP and future Hall of Famer. Disrespecting a legend is never a winning strategy and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

Timmm
Timmm

Thanks Reed. I love the Eli Manning comparison. Brilliant! So maybe Frank goes? I dont know, he seems like a weasel who kisses up to ABC to do their dirty work. In other words, ABC didnt want her to stay.

Chrystie-Delancey
Chrystie-Delancey

No offense to the actor, but I am sick of Faison. What more can the hairball sociopath do that he hasn’t done before? Only difference is this time Frau Olbrecht is not enamored with him.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

The recycling of Faison represents another attempt to get up ratings for a short-term period of time. That’s how GH manages this show now. Brings back this one or that one for a bit of time. Now it’s the guy with bad hair. If a troll would be willing to speak to Faison, perhaps something could be done with his hair. Seriously, I’ve had my fill with GH’s recycling characters. I thought we were seeing some stability with Genie Francis being put in the forefront. Now, with their decision to let her go, I’ve become totally disgusted with this show and its antics with casting and its desire to focus on storylines of violence.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

As I watch today’s scenes with Anna and Faison, I have to wonder WHY the writer’s feel the need to continue to torture and haunt Anna with the sociopath. You can literally see her quaking as he touches her. It is akin to watching Sigourney Weaver in ALIEN with that thing above her. Why do women have to be continued to be mentally tortured? In light of the state of things, you would think that the writers would stop torturing Anna with this monster.

And back to my original comment, what more can Faison do? The last time that Anna and Robert had him in the barn that should have been it. What more can they do? That is what I don’t understand. Just let the character die/leave already and come up with a new one.

Donna
Donna

I hate to see the acotor Anders Hove (Cesar Faison) leaving GH he has been playing a bad guy for so long and made the soap very entertaining always a clever guy that covers his tracks he is like a fox or a wolf.He has been on General Hospital ever sence I was a young girl I do hope their is away they could bring him back threw false death do to a son wanting him dead and maybe someone helping him but we shall see.General Hospital is always full of surprises and lots of drama and action it is never boring this show has more action than any of the soaps and has been airing for many years ever sence my moms time that she remembers.Keep up the good work to all you good actors on GH I am you’r greatest fan.

Donna
Donna

Please keep Anders Hove (Cesar Faison) playing his role he makes General Hospital exciting even if his death was a fake do to a son wanting to kill him do to a revenge and hoping that they can have it as someone helping him out cheating death.

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According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

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Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

What are your thoughts on Brandon as temp replacement for Tyler as Stefan O? Comment below.

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Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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