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Anthony Geary Talks Fluke, Almost Permanently Exiting General Hospital and More!

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Courtesy/ABC

Anthony Geary (Luke/Fluke) is presently on a extended vacation from General Hospital at his home in Amsterdam.  As many know, Geary has had issues with his back and recently underwent two spinal surgeries thus the reason that this time he will be away from the ABC soap opera till October, but he still managed to film some scenes here and there that will keep him in the story as the evil Fluke!

In a new interview out today from TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, Geary discusses how he loves playing the evil Fluke, how he almost quite General Hospital for good, and what he thought of Luke’s lurid come-on’s to the younger Kiki (Kristen Alderson) and more.  Here are a few excerpts below!

Geary on almost leaving GH:  “A year or more ago I went to them and said, ‘I’d like to exercise the out in my contract. I’m really not pleased with what’s going on with Luke. I feel like I’ve done it and done it and done it.  As you know, I have a wonderful life in Amsterdam and felt it was time for me to pack it in and go there permanently. And (executive producer) Frank Valentini and (head writer) Ron Carlivati were wonderful.  Frank said, ‘We don’t want you to go, but we understand.’ Then, when I had about four months left to go, I realized it was going to be hard to walk away — a lot harder than I expected. This show has been my life for so long and I felt I still had something more in me. They said, ‘Great! What do you want to do?’ I told them, ‘I’d like a story when Luke is proactive rather than reactive. I want him to cause problems for people, rather than helping them solve problems. I want to see a side of Luke we’ve never seen.’ When Ron came up with this Fluke idea he said, ‘Now, this is pretty far out. I don’t know if you’ll want to do it.’ And he got about three sentences into it and I said, ‘I’m in! Sign me up!’ This storyline has revived my whole interest in the game.

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Geary on who Fluke really is and if he thinks it works well in the story:  “I know who he is and what his motivation is, and I think it will be highly believable when all is revealed — and that’s what was most pleasing to me when Ron pitched the idea.”

Geary on what he thought when he saw that Fluke would be smitten with Kiki: “Even I was shocked when he went after her! I thought, ‘God, I hope we’re not going into pedophilia territory. But, hell, we’re already on this ride, so let’s see where it goes.’ I love that Kiki found Fluke so creepy. I think even poor Kristen Alderson was grossed out. After a few scenes with me she said, ‘Eeeee-w, I don’t like this.” And I’m, like, ‘Thank you! (Laughs]) Because I live for this stuff!

So are you glad that Tony decided to stay on GH?  Do you think when we learn who Fluke is you will be excited for the pay-off?  What did you think about the Fluke and Kiki scenes?  Weigh-in below!

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Tammy
Tammy

I love it!! Just fustrating trying to figure out who it is!!

Justin
Justin

My guess is Sean Donnely. Did he ever get his miracle cure? Did he ever really like Luke? It’s got to be someone least expected…so I guess we can add Laura and Leslie to the mix.

Timmm
Timmm

Sean would be great but he has no history with Sonny.Remember, Fluke has to have an issue with Sonny. Laura and Leslie do not.

rebecca1
rebecca1

No way it’s Sean! Sean was brilliant, witty, charming…one of Robert Scorpio’s best friends, great with Robin…and a spy. He wasn’t a sociopath killer.

Patrick
Patrick

APB : STAT : SIDEBAR

Days of OUR Lives

wed. ep : Eve goes to dinner w/ Paige @ Jennifers

Kassie DePaiva SMOTHERS Melissa Reeves talent

OMG : LOL : I LOVE THIS

I am through the roof… begone Jennifer

Eve Donovan is to be reckoned

Thank you emmy gods
Thank you serial gods

YES

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

This is absurd. Neither actress in their first day of scenes together outshone the other one. And nothing is more ludicrous than looking at Cassie De Paiva (no disrespect intended) and remember that Patsy Pease is supposedly her mother.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

He should’ve used the OUT in his contract.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Ooh!!

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Glad Tony Geary decided to stay on GH. Can’t wait to see who Fluke is!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

So unfortunate that the man’s whims had to kill Genie Francis return. The man is a real gem.

meg ,
meg ,

nope .never been a geary fan ,but a wish him good health ,

Patrick
Patrick

I never really watched GH regularly

I gave up Y&R 2-3 years ago… and took up GH

so, I never really got in to Luke that much… as we all know… he’s a veteran pull… but not an “everyday” player…

so… I do not look for him

I am enjoying the FLUKE story line.

some parts gagged me… his come ons with Kiki, Britt, and Sam…. LOL
all very well indeed

he can have Kiki… and do what he can, for us to be rid of her

his scenes with the real Luke… at the nut up shelter… floored me

as we all know… this is emmy reel fodder

I hope he doesn’t submit… as a veteran and much lauded trophy up the ying yang….

omit your name next year… seems like it wouldn’t matter any way… GH has been for the last 2 years remiss

I wish FLUKE would take up with Olivia… now that was stunning potential

I dont know… does any one… feel : they’ve dumbed down Tracy and Luke at this point?

if Tracy is featured with Luke… and deserves mor airtime… YES , YES, and more YES.

bring back Joe scully Jr (Richard Steinmetz)… as a new character… woah… that was between the sheets yeehaw FUN with and for Ms. Quartermaine.

Anthony Geary deserves to be with GH

I wouldn’t be sad if he retired and the LOL weather is good all year round in Amsterdam (see Chantal)… damned lucky guy… i’d go their

with his allotted budget : give us Bobbi, Johnny, and Jax…. WOW

Thank you Anthony Geary

I agree wholeheartedly after all this time… gone…. there’s no Luke and Laura time left

su0000
su0000

I loved the Fluke and Kiki scenes!!
they were out of box, shocking, and yet delivered with humor..

I really laughed over the ”donuts” ahahaha! some of Tony’s lines were really humorous.
It is FUN when everything is not a cookie cutter scene, that is what makes GH unique and it stands out from all the other soaps; it is not a cookie cutter soap….

Anyways, I am not one of the serious, that dissect everything, take all as creed and make the soap my personal world type, I like the off the wall stuff and I do laugh..
some scenes are really fun, those are the best.. 🙂 ..

I am happy TG is staying on!!! and I am happy he had a great time playing Fluke, it gave him new life ! He sounded so excited to be Fluke..!
He has done an excellent job, a wild and crazy ride !!!
Great acting, none better!!

RC and FV do their best to take care of their peoples!!

Nikki
Nikki

I LOVE the Fluke storyline. You can tell Anthony Geary is having a BLAST with it, which makes it all the more entertaining. Though I do hope his true identity is revealed soon.

Also loved the antidote about him and Kristen Alderson, concerning “LiKi”. LOL.

curacaoman
curacaoman

We have to put up with this crap till at least october? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

B.J.
B.J.

My feelings exactly. Guess my FF button will be getting a longer workout, or I may take a break. I’m ready for AG to enjoy the spoils of his hard work in Holland.

mfarrs70
mfarrs70

I’m loving the Fluke story for the same reason– Geary gets to use his talents to play something totally different! Bummed he’s been sidelined until October, wishing him a happy recovery and a quick return to Port Charles!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I don’t blame him, if he did want to quit– doing any job for that length of time would wear you down and make you wonder if there is any challenge left in it— yet I am glad he decided to stick around and that he got a story line that renew his passion for his work. The biggest downside to this story is it is taking forever to find out who Fluke really is– in some ways that is good because soap is all about anticipation — but when delayed too long it just becomes annoying — so fingers crossed the reveal is going to be worth waiting for

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I wish somehow fluke could turn out to be David Lockhart from NBCs Bright Promise as a tribute to Tony Geary and his first soap opera role…that would be awesome!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I appreciate what you said… MarySF

that RC/FV may have actually culled a decent story line….

go with me…. outside of the bait hook and switch mode….

since their tenure… OK this past years nurses ball… was very good

I appreciate that AG has a storyline to prop his craft

I just want to put out their… the patience of… fans alike… and the attention span… of hurry up and wait… as all the story lines play out

I really really truly hope… that the Nina.. storyline.. meets all expectations… Michelle Stafford is worth the time money and reel spent.

but.. I really can’t think of a story line.. in their tenure… that stands out… LOL

they have done all that.. to keep GH in the fold… and demographic pull…

applause

just going with…

I hope they don’t let Brit be the Britch… let Nina and Ava do that…

I think Britt is a hoot at the hospital with Liz… the rivalry at the hospital is epic performance by two stalwarts : classic serial to me

let’s see more Brad…. Lucas is in the hospital… wheres Brad

i know… long winded

but… if in fact Billy Miller premieres… it should be as Matt… Patricks brother

Beth
Beth

Although there will come a day where GH will not have Tony Geary around. THIS is not the day and I hope that day is years and years away. When speaking to someone the other day, although TG is in a league all his own, we now have several who are not far behind him at all. That being Jane Elliott, Maurice Bernard, Nancy Lee Grahn, and now Michelle Stafford and Bully Miller. GH has a quality of actors that is second to none; so excited to see what is coming. But would not be nearly as excitd if TG was gone for good.

lll
lll

Don’t forget Maura West!

lll
lll

I always felt general hospital is top-notch. They have quality actors that carry the silliest scenes to perfection. I feel they are better than OLTL and AMC at the time and still hold the same candle. Totally agree with everything you said.
BTW: This is my first time hearing about the reasons why Tony Geary left. Hope he recovers.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

The Fluke and Kiki scenes were pretty creapy but not as gross as when K.A. was on OLTL where she was Starr and Mathew…played by her real life brother had a crush on her(Mathew and Starr werent related on the show but knowing the actors are real brother and sister made it the grossest subplot ever!)…I say keep Fluke and drop Luke…this is A.G. at his finest(i remember when he was on Bright Promise over 40 years ago!) Fluke could be GHs answer to Days Stephano Dimera?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

i know spelling: CREEPY…LOL

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I know how he must feel…ive been a back pain sufferer for decades!!!

lisa
lisa

As a long time Anthony Geary fan I’m thrilled he’s sticking around.
I’m dying to know who this Fluke is…..
As for him “grossing out” Kiki – yeah I’m a little grossed out too (he’s like 40+ years older than her.
But no matter – glad he’s staying put.
Hope his back gets better. 🙂 <3

Ces
Ces

ditto. Love Tony Geary and hope he sticks around awhile longer!

Stephanie
Stephanie

I am very excited that he is staying!! I love Luke however I have to admit I am on the fence with this storyline. I hate the all the creepyness of him hitting on KiKi. I think they could have gone another way with that. I do like the fact that we don’t know who he is, although I have watched Luke for so long that I am having a hard dealing with this side of him. I hope that it is believable and worth my while and I hope that Anthony stays for a few more years!

Lisa J.
Lisa J.

Loving this plot and of course, Tony is doing a wonderful job and relishing every creepy moment. Everyone is doing a good job and it’s been really fun. Not so fond of Ava’s character. Wish they would kill her off already. My guess as to who Fluke is: Luke’s cousin, Bill Eckert . Anybody remember him? He impersonated Luke once before so maybe he is at it again.

Aria
Aria

I have to admit when fluke first came on and was hitting on Kiki I was gross out I hated the storyline and was so done with it plus they were taking forever but what turned it around for me was that brilliant episode wish finally showed us real Luke . All of sudden everything just came together in that episode not just for Luke but every other storyline on the show it became must see tv again and I’m really enjoying Anthony s outstanding performance .

Andy G.
Andy G.

OK, so here comes a minority opinion: I despise the Fluke storyline. It’s one of the reasons (along with the Nina storyline, the Ava storyline, and the production team’s irrational infatuation with Kathleen Gati/Dr. Obrecht) that I’ve decided to stop watching GH for awhile until its general level of suckage decreases.

We (current & former) GH viewers realize that Tony Geary is the show’s 800 pound gorilla, meaning he gets whatever he wants because he’s been with the show since the earth cooled and has won every award there is. However, that doesn’t mean that viewers should be made to suffer because GH management feels a need to kiss the actor’s septuagenarian ass.

To put it another way: How much of the character’s integrity and the audience’s goodwill must be sacrificed upon the altar of “Giving Tony Geary Something Interesting To Play?” Does “General Hospital” exist for the benefit of its audience or its employees?

su0000
su0000

Andy G.-
Q;
” However, that doesn’t mean that viewers should be made to suffer ”

Andy, you do not need to suffer..
You can tune-out or FF ..
You are not forced to watch anything.
Thats good news for you 🙂 !

Andy G.
Andy G.

Indeed it is, Su, and I’m very much enjoying the free time that abandoning GH has opened up for me. Because I’ve been working more lately, it’s made my free time more precious, and GH is no longer sufficiently entertaining to justify spending 45 minutes a day on it. You’re more than entitled to disagree with my opinion and I sincerely hope you continue to enjoy the show.

harry
harry

There she goes again. Su000. people have the right to complain about a storyline without you patronizing the hell out of them with the implied insult punctuated by one of those ridiculously insane smiley faces.
Andy, you’re not in the minority at all. I think some of us are so disgruntled with Fluke storyline that we just bypassed this story.

Dan
Dan

@Andy G:

I respect your opinion, even though I disagree with it. But the one thing is, how do you figure the show is kissing Tony Geary’s ass? Yes, he has his part-time schedule where he comes and goes, which he’s had for years, and I can understand some having a problem with that. Personally, I think he’s more than earned it, between his length of service to the show, and the 7 Emmy Awards that line his mantle.

He hadn’t been given much of anything to do on screen in the past few years, which was fine for the character of Luke to fade to the background a bit, cause he certainly had his share of major storylines over the years. But when you have an actor that is widely recognized as one of the best in soap history, I don’t think it’s kissing anyone’s ass to give that actor a worthwhile storyline.

I would call it taking advantage of the resources that are available, which any good producer and writer would do. To use a music analogy, having Tony Geary around and not using him would be like having Bob Dylan walk into your club, and not asking him to play a few songs.

harry
harry

Oh come on, Dan. I have loved the work of Tony Geary for more than thirty five years but even I have to admit he is a prima donna with his 3 to 5 month sabbaticals. No other soap actor is afforded these long vacations. Moreover, despite being part time, Tony is paid more than any other actor in daytime. As people like to remind me, the 80s are over–Luke is just not that hot anymore.

Chantal
Chantal

Couldn’t agree more. They let him do whatever he wants, ad libs lines, etc. He is killing his Luke character. He seemed very chauvinist in this interview, not sure I would like his personality in real life.

He probably didn’t want to be reunited with Laura either…

I hear Amsterdam is pretty nice all year long…

Patrick
Patrick

if the GH production… is not adhering to the demographic…

letting go of AG’ FLUKE

would be desireable

as this would or should give us more Bobbi, Johnny, and Jax…. return… full-time

just stating the inevitable..

perhaps this is his last harrah… and close up ala Gloria Swanson

could this be where they are steering… ala Tracy finally having had it up to the gills….

if she takes him back… even tho he’s the FLUKE… it’s relegating Tracy 2nd to none… is this the love of her life… if it takes the rest of her life and her last dying breath to find true love ???

I appreciate that long time viewers long for veteran… but…

AG’ Luke doesn’t really fit in to the whole canvas

he can dote on Lulu… and theres not much chemistry
and/or dumb down Tracy and drink all her booze
keep Kiki imprisoned… yay for the audience

or pull out all the stops GH production… and pair him with Olivia…
tumultuous

and fire with this

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

He totally didn’t want to be reunited with Laura. He made it clear, other cast members (e.g., NLG) made it clear that Geary did NOT want any more LNL. I don’t begrudge him that at all, but it is disheartening that Laura is shoved aside at Tony Geary’s whims. All he had to do is say no and Genie’s career gets thrown off a cliff. Why can’t she come back to GH without Luke, with a handsome French doctor?

Double Z
Double Z

He must have forgotten that for years his character only worked with Laura. He was no good with others. Genie Francis graciously returned and returned to prop up the magic of Luke and Laura. By acting like a spoiled child and stamping his feet and whining “No more LnL”,Geary disrespects the fans and the super couple laegacy that made him what he is today.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think that the producers, writers, etc. do or don’t do anything unless it benefit the show. Period. It’s a numbers game…a money game…like any business. Employers pay what they can or want…employees ask for more and either get it or walk away if they can.

I don’t think anyone’s kissing up to anyone. When Geary said he wanted to leave…they said sorry to see you go but okay. When he said he’d stay…they gave him a more challenging storyline. As with every storyline, some will love it, some will hate it.

As for age. There are people in every demographic that watch soaps…and though the most coveted to advertisers and thus to the people in charge are the around the 18-49 year old age group…there are quite a chunk of longstanding fans who are older. Thus, we have newer, younger characters and the older, legacy, historical ones.

I, for one, am glad he’s sticking around…as when I tune in to soaps it’s like visiting old friends. I like to know he or she is “there…”

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I agree with this. And frankly I am having trouble seeing what is so special about the acting job relative to any other actor or character. I just don’t see the choices as being that incredible for a completely different person,

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

The creepy interaction with Kiki waa definitely necessary. He isnt Luke he is supposed to be acting strange and his creepy equaled menancing in my book. When i was growing up watching soaps storylines were not wrapped up in three weeks. Suspense is fun instant gratification isnt always. Shame on any old school fans clamoring for a quick resolutiom to story or big identity reveal. SHAME

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think that the writers are trying to wrap up individual stories sooner rather than later than they did before the fall. When AMC and OLTL were canceled…so many stories were left hanging. I think, because of the uncertainty of the future of soaps, all stories will begin and end quicker.

As for fans, I think even if it’s subliminally, our attitudes have changed too. We don’t have the security of knowing these shows will always be there…so we want resolution. And…LOL…(there are more reasons in my mind as I think about this) there are so many different story lines going on at the same time that’s it’s nice to resolve one or two instead of everything being a mystery….

Rachel
Rachel

I adore Anthony Geary and he’s been stellar in the roll of Fluke. There’s not a hint of the real Luke (…why his daughter and wife don’t see it is hard to fathom, but hey, it works for the storyline) . He is an incredible actor and I’m delighted that he stayed. No one likes Fluke and he’s so much fun to watch, but I do miss Luke.

Rose
Rose

Glad the writers have given Anthony a storyline that’s challenging for him. Hope when all is known there is some redeeming quality for his character. Don’t mind scoundrel, but don’t like sicko so much. Hoping the best for his back situation.

DaveW
DaveW

Tony Geary is amazing. His scenes as Luke and Fluke met were so powerful. I’m thinking it has to be Damian Smith. Damian would have reason to want this revenge. If he hadn’t died in the fire, perhaps his face was so badly disfigured, why not plan revenge and get Luke’s face? This would tie into the early days of the Smith mob. When Fluke came out of his drugged state (faked) in Miscaivage, he mumbled about Sally and Max which were all parts of the Frank Smith storyline. That could be a coincidence but could have been a subtle hint. Can’t wait to see this storyline unfold – hopefully more happens before October!

swag
swag

TG has next year’s lead actor Emmy locked up. The scene where Fluke and Luke came face to face at Miscavage was brilliant. It’s wonderful to see TG being challenged as an actor, and I agree that the only one to out Fluke can be Luke!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Frankly I found it a bit cheesy myself.

Double Z
Double Z

Me too..weak and whiny.

Patrick
Patrick

I hope it’s not Tracy that finagles the truth . that would be too obvious to “save” this paring… just because ooh oh wow its them again

I don’t find Luke and Tracy to be all that

if these two stalwarts who are praised to the heavens and get their

together?

pair him with Olivia
pair her with Joe Scully Jr.

done

Patrick
Patrick

give them a steady storyline… and pull with the cast

a steady gig to go with

this bait hook and swtich times out… are not missed

sure they vet

it would be adveantagious for the production to put their talent to use on a regular basis or let them go or backburner till the stifle out and are left to their own devices and find fame and spotlight elsewhere

it’d love for Bobbi, Jax, and Johnny and Kate to return

swag
swag

It is TG himself that said in the article that LUKE has to take down FLUKE

David
David

Glad to hear Anthony Geary is sticking around. I had the feeling he wanted to play somethign different. The only downside is while he filmed scenes since he wont be back until October probably means we wont get the reveal of who Fluke is until November sweeps.

Rodd
Rodd

I’m very intrigued by all this, but I hope they offer the reveal of who Fluke really is during the November sweeps. It’s getting a little long in the tooth. One-way phone conversations just aren’t cutting it for me, so I hope we see those extra scenes he shot very soon.

I also hope Mr. Geary is healing well and fully recovers from his surgery.

Frank Hill
Frank Hill

I think Anthony Geary is one of the best soap actors out there (and have thought so since I started watching in 1978)! I truly miss him and wish him well in his recovery. Hang in the Anthony! You’ve got Frank B. Hill rooting for you.

dmr
dmr

As much as I love Tony Geary, I am not a fan of “Fluke.” At this point, I really don’t care who is hiding being Luke’s face. I thought the scenes with Kristen Alderson were awful-as with most of her scenes, it reminded me that she needs acting lessons. It seems as though she is put in random scenes because the writers don’t know what to do with the Kiki character. Kristen can’t hold an exciting and enticing storyline herself, so she is added to random scenes, it seems. Just a waste of air-time.

Patrick
Patrick

it’s really grating and irate at this point in time… for the GH canvas and production team to continually prop… the dullest couple… in GH history

ta-da it’s just Michael and Kiki

believe you me… I still think this of Daniel and Jennifer on DAYS of our Lives.

I just finished wednesday’ ep of GH… when LOL… Michael walks in with briefcase … ELQ bland stud muffin… with Kiki… scent… smell of small… dull coupling

wafted through

and he chats it up with Sonny….

I don’t get why these two pair are featured…

Jane Elliott must be livid to keep mum about how dull most of the scenes are

so she adhered to production that she should submit her work for this years emmy

hope she doesn’t submit any thing with how lame Tracy is, in not figuring herself out or who FLUKE is

Iakovos
Iakovos

I would like Luke’s next storyline a reunion and restoration of the Spencer family. Bring them back, make them relevant again in a solid strong way. I miss the families and that interaction shared. too may are splintered and fractured. Had such hope with Genie Francis back on last year but… so brief. Hello Bobbie! More of her, please.

Double Z
Double Z

I agree..there is no real legacy family. The Corinthos family is a mob family…ugh. And Luke has not only abandoned Laura, his scenes with his beloved sister are strained and cold. He’s Fluke onto his own….cold and no depth. He has chemistry with no one . He had a brief moment of passion and compassion when Laura left… We need and want that again. It works. It will work . They can be the Town hero of old and the Grande Dame. Bobbie as loving sister,fun aunt and cool mom to the hunk o’ burin’ love, Lucas. C’mon Tony, the lush,leach and loser days are over. Settle into the respected ex mayor of PC

Patrick
Patrick

Kiki is soooo dull : she doesn’t deserve this much headline

bam

Andrew
Andrew

I love the Fluke storyline. It feels to me that he’s portraying him as who Luke would have turned out to be had he not met Laura, been close to his sister, had great kids, etc. That alone makes him fascinating.

Having said that, omg we’ll have to watch the drug ring/Fluke story go on and not even really pick up again until at least October?

I love the show these days but one of the things that GH has going against it is the stop/start nature of the stories… great momentum and then the story grinds to a halt (and sometimes doesn’t get picked up again). I realize that this is a product of having lots of great vets who the show can’t commit to (for financial reasons, or, in Geary’s case, for health reasons) but it’s a little maddening from a viewer’s point of view.

Double Z
Double Z

Interesting take ,Andrew…hope he gets back to lovable Luke,with the love and soulmate of his life,Laura. We need that stability of family with the Spencer clan.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I truly doubt they will reunite Luke and Laura. At this point it is obvious that LUKE, not Fluke…loves Tracy. They’ve been thru a lot together…she saved his life more than once…she’s a great stepmom to Lulu…and I believe they have a great bond. Though it’s nice to reminisce about the “old days”…those days are gone. Just as I’m hoping they DON’T reunite Sonny and Carly.

I see no reason why Laura didn’t and can’t come back independent of Luke/Tony Geary. I seriously doubt that the reason she was let go was because he didn’t want to resurrect their love story. If the powers-that-be valued Genie Francis as an actor, they would have come up with another storyline for her (which I would love).

Double Z
Double Z

And after thinking about the Fluke/ Tracy relationship…he is more her kind of guy. Ruthless in business,on a quest for power and money and rather personally cold.

Double Z
Double Z

You may be right about LnL not coming back as a couple. Wishing and wanting that is bringing the greatest love story on any Soap to its rightful and satisfying end. We as fans deserve it!

Luke and Tracy,at best, are a team trying to one up each other with smary put downs . Then Luke follows her around like a puppy in training.Their “love” scenes are forced and rather robotic. Cute for a scene or two,but quite tiresome as a storyline. It’s not love between them, it’s a convenient relationship,that takes no effort on the part of the actors. Maybe that’s what TG wants…a gig where he shows up and reads his lines.

Fluke has been a treat to watch because the role has tested TG’s abilities,which are still there,but we haven’t seen them in years.

It is the fans alone who bring success to a Soap…we deserve a satisfying ending to the epic, gothic(Mr. Geary’s word) tale of Luke and Laura.

Kendall
Kendall

Wasn’t this the time there were hints at getting Luke and Laura back together? It’s really sad he is so against this. I know we all love Tracy, but some of us would still like to see Luke and Laura together one last time.

Double Z
Double Z

Agreed.

Timmm
Timmm

Tong G is a living legend. It was a great interview. Very insightful. Its nice to see a guy who has been acting all these years still have the passion for his craft and care about his character. Glad to hear Laura wasnt mentioned. It was refreshing. That whimsical story was so 1980’s and there is nothing else to tell. FLUKE RULES!

Timmm
Timmm

Man some people are tough on TG! Look, he has been there for a long time. He is the CEO of GH! He deserves big vacations and good stories. These are perks he has earned. Plus, be honest, the only time Kiki has been interesting and or tolerable on screen is those scenes with Fluke. It may be creepy but she is over 21 and old guys hit on younger women all the time.

Charday
Charday

As far as I’m concerned, Geary is the backbone of the show. I’d hate to see him leave, and just when I think I’m bored with Luke, there’s a new spin such as the Fluke storyline. If anyone should leave GH, it’s Sonny.

janet
janet

The one thing I REALLY like about this is.Fluke is gone for a long while and personally I hope TG is gone for good.Stick a fork in him he is done. His character is so FF to me no matter what he does on screen. A drunken grandfather who broke his sons heart by killing his son and didn’t feel guilty,so evul he left his daughter in a brothel trying to help him.Yea TG stay gone.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I think I would be less antagonistic toward the idea that they wrote a storyline to make him happy (i.e., kissed his *ss) if I didn’t suspect (strongly) that he’s the main reason we don’t have Laura back full time. He’s made it clear in interviews that he doesn’t want Luke and Laura to reunite and he feels “fans should move on”; I don’t think it’s such a big leap to conclude that that’s a factor in the decision not to make Laura a regular part of the canvas.

I also recall that the Luke-is-the-hit-and-run-driver storyline was the last administration’s attempt to keep him happy; he wanted to do something darker, and that’s what TPTB at the time came up with. And that ruined Luke for me–not the fact that he was the driver but the whole way they wrote Luke as basically unrepentant. I don’t need him to be a superhero, but I do need him to be recognizably human.

I don’t hate this Fluke story as much–I think it’s silly more than anything else, and I guess I’m just over lookalike storylines on this show, whether they involve masks or whatever.

Can’t somebody find a storyline that challenges AG as an actor but is more organic to the show itself?

Double Z
Double Z

Thank you.

Loving GH
Loving GH

Well I definitely didn’t know he had health issues, that was preventing him from working more normal hours like most. I am not happy the storyline must be put on hold because of him. But if it has to do with his health and not his selfish, spoiled nature, well nothing you can do about that but wait and wish him well/speedy recovery. I do hate that Genie Francis doesn’t get the respect and love she deserves from THTB at GH. Although, I am often annoyed to hear time and time again TG is off, while other actors must quit because the network with not work with them, especially actresses for additional time off for other projects. For me it would be difficult to see TG leave permanently because he is all that is really left of the vets on GH.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Personally, I really like Anthony Geary, and I’m glad he didn’t leave the show. Yes, Luke did fall into the background in 2013, but I don’t think this story is the one to bring him back to the forefront, because it’s not Luke, it’s Fluke, a guy that most of GH’s fanbase despises because of how sleazy and despicable he is. But, I guess that just goes to show how much of a powerhouse actor AG really is.

I just hope there’s a logical explanation to this story, and it’s not another mask debacle, because it’s getting a bit ridiculous with these lookalike stories. My biggest problem is that now that AG is on vacation, it means we have to wait months until the reveal of who Fluke is, which also means we have to deal with this sleazeball Mickey Diamond until then!

DonnyGH
DonnyGH

I love the story line and I’ve been trying to figure it out as well. I thought Bill Eckertt, then I thought that’d be too easy, but then they made poor Rafe so obviously the driver in the Patrick/Sabrina accident, so I thought maybe it’s not too obvious. Although, I never remember Bill being a coked up perv.

My one complaint is about Tracy. Tracy has been blind to Luke’s less than altruistic motivations in the past, but this? This is too much. I don’t believe she would be this easily fooled.

Geena
Geena

TG is rocking this story. Even though its been a very long ride, I’m totally invested. Fluke is such a welcome change from regular Luke. TG has been in the game so long, he needed something new and different. Glad he stuck around for this.

Elle
Elle

Just go home to Amsterdam. There isn’t any justification for this story line. Just the dame old thing.

lizzy
lizzy

Well I am shocked that so many people have nothing good to say about TG or Luke. I have been watching this show since day one (yes I’m 64) and TG is the best thing that ever happened to this show. He has saved Port Charles and GH more than once. Yes I love all the other cast members as well but who gets all the emmys and therefore the ratings. Just remember if TG hadn’t come to the show when he did and stayed with it there might not be a GH to watch right now.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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