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Billy Warlock On A. J. Quartermaine: "That Character Has Never Been Given A Fair Shake!"

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From one A. J. Quartermaine to another!  After the news broke this morning that Sean Kanan is out at General Hospital, after Kanan revealed he was disappointed in the writing and the direction they were taking the character and by mutual decision with the series EP, Frank Valentini to part ways,  another former A.J., Billy Warlock, took to his Twitter account to express his feelings over the show losing Kanan and the character of A. J. itself!

Warlock first tweeted, “I must say if it’s true about SK I am truly bummed.  Not just for him but for AJ as well. SK was a great AJ! Go B&B.”  But then followed up with another tweet which expressed, “Believe when I say I’m not lobbying. It’s just how I feel. That character has never been given a fair shake.”

When you look at all the twist and turns for the character of A.J. over the years, does Warlock have a point? 

What do you think?  Has the character of A.J. been bungled over the years by various regimes at GH?  Let us know your thoughts!

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

I have had a lot of bad luck over the years so i never had any problem the way A.J. was written except for the relish storyline and his story dropped for two months…besides A.J. can always return one day with either Sean K., Billy W. or even with a newbie like Micheal M. ex Adam or Billy M. ex Billy from Y&R…no big deal to me but sad to see only a few Qs left!!!

Reagan
Reagan

Agree. And like I said in the Sean leaving post, Frank and Ron did the character no favors this time around for sure.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

yes yes yes agree>>>>>>>>>>.

Rosana
Rosana

Well even it may be true but if he was looking for work, this may not happen now being A.J again. Its tough there are budget restraints that do not allow everything, I understand as I live within a budget in my personal life and yes its tough but a necessity and im sure the soaps are the same way. Good luck to SK maybe sometime in the future he will return.

E
E

AJ has been a whiny crybaby for literally decades. His character needs to grow. Mainly up. No matter who plays AJ the victimhood has to go. No one cares about a 40 year mess there’s got to be more to AJ than drunkeness and misery.

Dani
Dani

Are they recasting or killing off AJ? I am not getting a clear picture on this. Does anyone know?

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

I believe he’ll be in a coma and sent to that same clinic where Nina was supposed to be!!!

Avatar610
Avatar610

The fact that BOTH actors have publicly complained about how unfairly the character has been treated speaks volumes. Heaven knows that there are a lot of longtime GH viewers like me who have always hoped that the writers would FINALLY stop making A.J. the show’s ‘whipping boy’ and give him real growth and happiness. I hope Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati are raked over the coal over this. If they’re smart, they’ll keep A.J. in a coma and recast him with a strong, dynamic actor who will FINALLY put Sonny in his place. Here’s a crazy casting idea for a new A.J.- how aout MICHAEL MUHNEY??

etypical
etypical

isn’t Michael Muhney that guy that got really handsy with a teen actress on his old show?

Susan
Susan

The only proof so far that MM put hands on HK comes from TMZ. Really! He would be great as new Jason, AJ or anything they want to give him. I think he is the best actor in daytime.

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

Thats one of my picks…M.M. if they eventually recast…and i suggested A.J. to be in a coma in another post!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Sean Kanan is plenty strong…a whole lotta good-looking…and I’m sure he could have put Sonny in his place if the writing was there! Sucks.

mollie
mollie

100% agree. It’s the writing. Sean K. plenty strong enough to play a strong AJ. Character development / storyline is the problem.

mbmomof3
mbmomof3

Ditto. SK could have made AJ amazing if the writers had written the story that way. I would have loved to see AJ as Sonny’s downfall.

harry
harry

Rebecca, now I may be reading between the lines but I don’t think MB is happy with his storyline either as he is dropping hints about extending his contract which is up on 7 months. He may be blowing smoke as he is oft to do, but I really don’t think he relishes (no word play intended) the idea of his character lying to his son that he would not hurt AJ, only to break his promise in his mis guided belief that AJ killed Connie. See? This storyline does not only inflict harm on the character of AJ, it inflicts irreparable harm on Sonny as well.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Harry…where’d you read that? Was it on Twitter?

I don’t know…Maurice Bernard has barely done anything but GH…(as far as I know a few TV movies here and there…). Not sure how in demand he would be on another soap; on the one hand others may not want to touch him because he’s been Sonny for soooooo long they themselves might have him pegged that character forevermore.

On the other hand…another soap may just swoop him up since he’s been (seeminlgly) unavailable before.

As for his wanting to leave because of the current storyline…I’d find that surprising for a few reasons. First…he’s at the forefront once again. When the new writers came on he had griped that while he welcomes new blood (no mafia pun there!) to the show…there needs to be a balance. Meaning, he didn’t like the facd that he was getting less screen time. Now it seems they’ve returned him back so he’s probably thrilled.

I also think (at Sean Kanan’s/AJ’s expense) that a story where he has to hide what he did from Michael…or live in fear of being found out…or perhaps being found out and the repercussions (not sure which direction they’re taking this) could make for very good drama.

As for Sean Kanan…you know how I feel. Big loss for me as a fan/viewer.

Michele
Michele

I thought SK was terrific as AJ and hope he’s happy on B&B. I would LOVE for AJ to be recast with Michael Muhney and for the character to be written differently. MM would be amazing. His multi dimensional, riveting performances would be incredible to watch as AJ!

mama22
mama22

Absolutely. I was excited to see Sean Kanan back in the role of AJ and the return of the Quartermaine family. They totally dropped the ball. But they will never admit it.

dmr
dmr

I agree, 1,000%!

AJ
AJ

I watch GH from time to time, but Sean Kanan as AJ brought me back to the show.. they really messed up by letting him go. Kanan played AJ better than every other actor in that part.

#EPICFAIL

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I couldn’t agree more. I liked both SK and BW as AJ. I always found it odd how AJ was treated so badly (by the writers).

DonnaM
DonnaM

And with both actors, the fans are with A.J., no matter how he’s trashed by the writers.

carol
carol

I don’t think that BW would make a good AJ at all. Just can’t see him in this role so I hope they either recast with someone else or let AJ remain off the canvas.

etypical
etypical

you know he’s been AJ before, right?

Lynda Robinson
Lynda Robinson

B W was a great A J and he is a great actor the writers never have given him a fair shake in any of his roles and I don’t know why he is awesome!

harry
harry

I initially thought Bill Warlock was an odd choice as an AJ recast, but he made it work interjecting a wounded son vulnerability into his performance. His comments here show what a class act he is and I find it very sweet that he not only feels bad for Sean, he feels bad for the character he once played.
No matter who is playing him, I am forever rooting for AJ. Just once, just ONCE! I’d like to see this man win.

Julie
Julie

Agree!

dmr
dmr

It was awful! No chemistry with anyone.

Shay
Shay

He’ll always be “Ricky Flyer” to me……

k/kay
k/kay

He is not lobbying for a job first of all they have to put AJ in a coma if they are going to keep Sonny & Ava around obviously they are AJ has to go. MW is the new it girl on this show and I am already bored with her and it has nothing to do with her personally. Just add her to all the rest of the over the top acting on GH.

Mark
Mark

This is what I mean when I say gh is a mess right now a Quartermaine character with long term ties to the show should not be treated like this. I’m glad sean is coming back to bold and beautiful which is a much better show anyway!

mfarris70
mfarris70

AJ was a drunk and a kidnapper who pretended to be dead to avoid prosecution. To have him be a romantic leading man right out would have been ridiculous. Plus his story was stalled when the show had to switch gears when Kimberly McCullough came back.

The fact that both actors have spoken publicly only speaks to their lack of class. If you’re a GH hater you’re going to twist everything to support that hate.

harry
harry

Ahem, but you think it’s okay for Franco, the man who orchestrated Michael’s rape and who tortured and tormented Jason to be Carly’s romantic leading man? You think it’s okay that a cold blooded murderer like Julian is having an affair with Alexis?
I disagree with your assessment of both actors having a lack of class for speaking the truth. Warlock did not disparage Ron or the show, he merely said this character he once played never got a break–tis true. And Sean said the writing for the character was not to his liking. Neither actor said anything that we viewers didn’t already understand.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Where did I comment on Franco or Julian? Don’t put words in my mouth.

I never said AJ wasn’t a viable character, but he needed to go through some rehab, literally and figuratively, before I could see him as a leading man. And “speaking the truth” is problematic in that “the truth” is subjective and not always appropriate or respectful. It’s best to know when to say nothing and merely shake hands and move on.

k/kay
k/kay

What does class have anything to do with this? RC can not take anybody not thinking he parted the Red Sea. The man needs to seek therapy nobody is going to love everything you write. Live with it!!! Gosh there are always hit and misses he is as thin skinned as I have ever seen he is nasty on twitter just when people are making funny jokes. GH will be in the toilet soon if he does not become a grown up FV is not the problem RC is.

boes
boes

Oh please. Plenty of people are unhappy with the writing on GH these days and that doesn’t make them GH “haters” – it makes them people unhappy with the writing.
It’s completely possible to love a show and hate the current direction and writing. We all don’t have to think Ron C. is a genius or else we don’t “love” the show.
I love the show but Ron C. and his “talent”……not so much.
And because I love the show I wish they’d get someone in to write it who actually CARED about GH, which we haven’t had in at least a decade.

It’s starting to feel like AMC.

mfarris70
mfarris70

And once again someone who disagrees with me is putting words in my mouth. Show me where I said Mr. C is a genius or that you don’t love the show. I didn’t.

You misunderstand the term “hater.” A hater is someone who only posts negative comments. I completely understand viewers being unhappy with the show, as there are viewers who don’t like what’s happening on every show on television. But the ratings hold up and that’s what the network cares about.

harry
harry

MFarris, now follow closely since my point eluded your grasp. You said that AJ could not be considered as romantic leading man based on his past. Your stance is negated by men who have committed far worse crimes (ie, Sonny, Jason, Julian and Franco) being given romantic lead statuses. That is why I brought those characters up–to negate your rather silly point.

harry
harry

I agree, Bose, and I am so tired of the overuse, misuse of the term”hater.” It’s on my list of pet peeves along with the overuse and misuse of the word “literally.”
It is literally driving me insane!

rebecca1
rebecca1

mfarris70…I agree with Harry. by what you wrote you implied that AJ alone could/should not be a leading man because of his ways. however, even by omission…what does that say about Sonny, Rick, Julian, Franco, Luke…they have ALL committed crimes and have been center stage and pegged as “leading men.”

As for AJ kidnapping anyone…if you remember it was HIS SON that was stolen from HIM! He was rightfully a distraught, desperate man willing to do anything to get his son alone…prove to him he loved him…that he didn’t leave him…and to give him his side of the story. He didn’t hurt anyone…his intentions were always good and on the defensive…where people put him. I think your take on the character is a tad…a huge tad…off.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Again, putting words in my mouth. I’m trying to share an opposing point of view and enjoy discussion but don’t attribute things to me that I never said. Seems to be a habit with people who don’t like the show.

Yes, just about every man in PC has committed crimes and is now a romantic interest. My point was that AJ also did and needed to be mended a bit before I could cheer him on in his quest for Elizabeth. I was enjoying watching him try to be a better man, to make a huge mistake, to try and get his life together. I thought it was great story. And by the way, I think that faking Michael’s death probably hurt a lot of people!

rebecca1
rebecca1

mfarris79…I enjoy discussion too and am not…nor do I have a desire to…argue over a soap. So, take this with a grain of salt and part of a “lively” discussion.

I STILL disagree with your comments. First, I never thought AJ was a bad man to begin with, thus I didn’t really feel he needed to be a “better man.” I think he was vulnerable, hurt and a scapegoat. I think his actions were justifiable…he had no recourse in getting his son back, his life was threatened and harmed numerous times by Sonny when he attempted to claim his son. When I said he didn’t “hurt” anyone I meant physically. He had no help legally, nor from his family… parents to Emily to his own brother who helped keep his son away from him. As I said the kidnapping was a desperate act by an understandably desperate man.

Alcoholism is a condition that needs support and understanding…not hate and venom that was spewed upon this character…with the hideous assumption that Michael would be better raised by a murderer with known enemies than in the Q household. It was ridiculous from the start…though made for a good storyline.

The problem now is many AJ fans had eagerly awaited the character’s return as well as Sean Kanan’s…and once again the writers made AJ a victim who could never catch a break. It looked as though they brought him back to be a new power player…with success, a relationship and his son by his side…but ultimately reduced him to right back where he had been so unfortunately written…

Was really loving both the character of AJ….someone I actually cared about and rooted for. Also loved Sean Kanan’s portrayal. I think he and Michael shared a resemblance…I think their on-screen chemistry was great…and I think AJ added a touch of humanity to the show.

And…if he’s continually bad-mouthed even after the character’s departure, that too will be exasperating.

Aria
Aria

Yes he does, it’s clear that no matter whose in charge they can’t seem to write fairly for any character that goes against sonny . They already are turning Anna incompetent just to make sonny look good…

Cindy Tendollen
Cindy Tendollen

I so agree with you. I am so tired of Sonny.

dmr
dmr

As much as I agree with Billy Warlock on his statement, please do NOT bring him back as AJ! The only AJ for me is Sean Kanan. I’m so disappointed to hear that he is leaving; though, I can’t blame him. There was so much potential for AJ, having Sean back-bringing the Q’s forefront and center, ELQ, his relationship with Michael, his chemistry with Maura West, Laura Wright, etc. I’ll miss Sean.

Libby
Libby

I have thought if they recast Jason, which I think GH needs to do or entice Steve Burton back somehow someway,,,

But if they recast Jason with Billy Miller or really any other actor – the resemblance between SK and SB could be distracting and make it harder for the new actor to quickly assimilate on the show.

I am sure there is much more to the reason for the changes.. but this could be a contributing factor.

swag
swag

Why is it every time a male character needs to be cast Michael Muhney’s name is alway’s mentioned? I would like to see a recast ( and not MM) and see a sober AJ.

su0000
su0000

yes!!
Michael Muhney is an excellent actor and would bring his A-Game to GH.. and his million of fans with him to GH..
Michael Muhney would make a great Q ..

I tweeted FV and RC to grab Michael Muhney !!!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Honestly, I could really see Billy Miller as A.J., I think he’d be amazing… Michael Muhney seems more fit to play Jason in my opinion. I’m sad Sean Kanan is leaving though, I liked his portrayal of A.J.

I wasn’t a viewer back when Billy Warlock played A.J. but I watched him as Ben Hollander on Y&R back in 2007 & 2008 and I really liked him. I agree with his comments about A.J., since his return he hasn’t really had any great material, other than his relationship with Elizabeth, which I was really hoping would work out.

su0000
su0000

I liked the character AJ.. He is full of drama and always in a mess lol
Kanan is an actor.
He is hired to act a part/character
If Kanan doesn’t like what he is doing then he should leave..
He is not a writer or directer he is an actor..
I wish him the best in finding what he wants..

Kanan did not his roll/character at Y&R either..
when leaving from Y&R he did comment he was at his best being the bad guy and that was rolls he wanted to play..

Jess
Jess

Bingo.

Lin
Lin

I have never been a fan of AJ, however…. I thought he was coming back this time sober and being a mensch. He acted stupidly, besides the drinking he confronted someone he believed to be a killer, and he believed someone he hardly knew (same person, Ava.) the character has potential. Perhaps if they have A.J. leave to go to a facility like Betty Ford, someday he can return. I think the writing on GH is getting worse and worse.

Cindy Tendollen
Cindy Tendollen

It is too bad that SK is leaving. I always liked him as AJ. I hope they don’t kill him off. I am so sick of Sonny and now Ava getting away with the things they do.

KM
KM

Regardless of AJ’s problems in the past RC and FV had an opportunity to reinvent the character and rebuild the Quartermaines. Instead we got…RELISH??? And what ever happened with Edward’s will, the missing Q heir, the battle for control of ELQ and the fate of PickleLila anyway?

I don’t know if I’d say the character of AJ never got a fair shake but SK certainly didn’t. It’s a mystery to me why SK/AJ was even brought back in the first place when Cartini clearly didn’t have a story in place beyond a stupid relish sight gag on Chew.

You gotta wonder what they’re thinking sometimes.

Colleen
Colleen

No disrespect to the characters but for years GH has been mostly the Sonny/Carly/Jason/Sam show. You’d think there were no other characters on the show. When Frank and Ron came in other characters were given a chance, finally. However, I’ve noticed that a lot of characters are either MIA or aren’t given a storyline. AJ being one of those characters. I have never been a big fan but it would be nice to see the character doing something other than what he has been doing. AJ has never really fully been given a chance to show potential as a character. Hopefully they will recast the role and not kill ANOTHER Quartermaine off the show.

steve
steve

ATTN GH
Michael E Knight for new AJ
Imagine the chemistry with Chad Duell and Jane Elliot.
Best wishes on B&B, Sean. Will miss you.
But life goes on, hopefully, for AJ.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

M.E.K. is too old.

steve
steve

MEK is 54, two years older than the longest AJQ, BW. Also SK is 47. MEK looks darn good for 54 IMO. Anyway, actors age irrelevant. Just ask William Devry, just eight (?) years older than “daughter” Kelly Monaco.

steve
steve

And was RH (Franco) too old? Didn’t seem to matter he was in his forties, even though James (Franco, original Franco) is in his thirties.

harry
harry

Not a bad idea, Steven and yes, Michael Knight looks at least 5 years younger than his age. He’s be great, however, I simply don’t trust Ron not to continue with his ruination of this character. He seems primarily interested in introducing new characters (2 new 20 somethings will soon be shoring up to Port Charles) and boasting those characters. Right now, we have Robocop who is such a bad actor he makes his bare chest upstage him in order to distract.
But I adore Michael Knight, think he’s a very gifted actor who has the ability to make the viewers fall in love with him even when he’s screwing up.

rachie
rachie

I was definitely hoping for something better and once again they made him an drunken crybaby. Its ridiculous you would think the new writers would come up with improved characters but not true some are just not worth watching. good luck to sk he deserves a good role sorry it couldnt be on our show.

JT
JT

These writers and this producer is the one totally lacking in class. He consistently brings back characters from the past for the sole purpose of destroying them or making them look cartoonish and foolish in an effort to prop up a newer cast. Im ashamed that the soap press tolerates this practice and condones it. Im ashamed that producers think this is a way to go. GH is definitely now on the wrong track. I had hope for a new producer but he is doing the same thing that awful former producer did and is doing now to Y&R. Once Y&R became the Burton hour, it become worthless and I cancelled it. History should be respected, characters deserve integrity of character and the audience some respect. Im sad to say these new producers have little respect for the genre or the audience and they are ruining once great soaps. They sure broke my soap addiction.

su0000
su0000

I disagree with every thing you said..
GH is a suburb soap in all ways..
Never forget; GH has ”doubled” it’s viewers in a short time..
So, all is well ..
I have great respect for ALL at GH..
They have done great work and have kept me fully awake and wanting more.. And kept GH on the air, daily..
soaps have changed since 1970 everything moves forward and in other directions.. GH has moved along very well.. 🙂

harry
harry

GH has not doubled its viewers. Ratings are up for all soaps right now, but that is a matter of default considering there is no more AMC and OLTL to watch on either ABC or Prospect.

Marjorie Manford
Marjorie Manford

You must be kidding me suoOOOO if you think that crap is great. The show is very cartoonish and campy. Way to many new characters coming in all at once and there not tied to any core characters. Your right soaps have changed since the 70’s back then they were well written.

boes
boes

Wonderfully said.
What is happening at GH right now reminds me of what happened to AMC – and it’s not a good memory.

There are good writers out there – I wish GH would find one.

su0000
su0000

Soap writers are extremely hard to find, they are a rare breed..
Writers do not want to 80-100 pages of script, daily..
And to be able to connect past 20yrs to date..
Mostly writers would not want to put up with the soap fans..
They usually are a hateful hoard who bad mouth them at every breath .. lol .. who would want that put on them..
We are very lucky to have soap writers still hanging in there..

soaps switch writers but its rare a new writer enters the soap world.. the demands of a soap writer are very high.. I’d say stress off the charts..
be thankful we have writers.. 🙂

harry
harry

Boes, AMC was my first soap–once upon a time it was a great soap under Agnes Nixon’s tenure. But the last 5 or 7 years of it was simply dreadful. It was as if it were cannibalizing itself, as if it were trying to run off viewers. When it was cancelled, I didn’t mourn because I had already mourned its passing.
Yes, I am getting the same feeling about GH. It has become so bad it almost feels deliberate.

harry
harry

Sue, I do not know where you come up with your facts (the mother ship?) but soap writers are NOT hard to find nor are they a rare breed. What is a rare breed are EMPLOYED soap writers. I know of many qualified, unemployed soap writers who would jump at the chance to write for GH and they would do a much better job than Ron who ruins veteran characters, writes choppy storylines and runs off actors who are disenchanted with his writing.

Charday
Charday

AJ was bungled (again) by the writers, but would be great to see Warlock back if Kanan had to go.

Marjorie Manford
Marjorie Manford

Would love to see Billy Warlock back but Ron only going to destroy AJ no matter who’s playing the role.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Go back to DAYS, B.W.!!!

Ann Marie
Ann Marie

I agree with Sean comments about the writing of his character.

Marjorie Manford
Marjorie Manford

He was right of course. Ron has a temper tantrum on Twitter this guy is nuts and needs to go. Sadly i don’t think his going anywhere.

Judy
Judy

AJ never had a story to being with! He was a drunk, didn’t have a life! They could have done better for AJ. Got help for his drinking, had a relationship with Liz or someone else, a better foundation for Michael….. ya the writers didn’t do absolutely nothing for AJ. Cheers!

Gjose
Gjose

Amen !!!! AJ was never given a chance to have a real family like most people do.
He was always the villain.

Jess
Jess

Curious as to how Billy really feels. Does he mean the character has never been given a fair shake or the actors portraying him have never been given a fair shake? Or is it both. Glad to see he holds no bitterness and has moved on in his life and as an actor. Wait what show is he on now? What exactly is he doing now?

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

I for one am going to miss Sean Kanan. Although Billy Warlock is a talented actor, to me, Sean Kanan was always AJ. The best part of his return were his scenes with Chad Duell as Michael. They really did seem like father/son, but the rest was just the same old, same old. AJ as a punching bag for Tracy, Ned, and Sonny. It galls me that AJ was considered to be a bad father because of his alcoholism, but a gangster who breaks glassware, and treasts women like crap, is considered a good father! The show had ample opportunity to let the audience know what exactly AJ was up to all the years that he was away. I’m pretty sure he didn’t spend all his time in the clinic playing pinochle with Cesar Faison! Also the point about the missing Quartermaine heir is valid, whatever happened to that storyline? When does Tracy find the time to run ELQ, since she seems to spend most of her time worrying about Luke Spencer.

Diane
Diane

I always felt that Sean Kanan was one of the best AJ’s. The character, though an alcoholic, has always been dumped on be everyone throughout the years, Sonny, Carly etc. It comes down to the writing. They wanted Aj to be the drunk and Jason, though a criminal, to be the golden boy. Good Luck to Sean at B&B

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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.

Photo: JPI

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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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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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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