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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anna and Luke Say Goodbye As Finola Hughes and Tony Geary Share Final Scenes Together!

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On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) rocked the house, once again, in an emotional performance as viewers of the ABC daytime drama series saw Anna is such great despair that she could not stay in Port Charles one more minute.  Anna is planning on heading to Glasgow, Scotland to give her beloved late Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan), the send off he would have wanted, and that she wants to give him with his ashes in tow!

But before Anna leaves Port Charles, she gets a surprise visitor in none other than Luke Spencer (Tony Geary)!  And thus set the stage for the final scenes between two General Hospital legendary performers that the audience has loved and care about for decades.  As soap fans know, this is Tony Geary’s last weeks on GH before he makes his exit from the show for the final time. And since Finola Hughes is being written-off the canvas, while she directs her new film Bryd and the Bees, GH paid homage to the long-standing relationships of good friends, adventure partners, and at one time romantic interests, Anna and Luke.

We can’t believe there was a dry eye in the house as Anna and Luke discussed their relationship over the years while Anna shared her sadness over the loss of Duke with old pal Luke (who feels guilty in part for Duke’s death, while he was overtaken by his bad side).

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But when Luke wished Anna well, and as he continually called Anna his nickname for the former commish, “Slim”,  and as the camera went close-up into the eyes of Tony Geary and Finola Hughes, the audience could see the love and respect that these two actors have had for each other, as they knew this would be their final shared moments together on-screen.

What did you think of the performance of Finola Hughes on Thursday’s GH? The final scenes between Luke and Anna?  Share your thoughts below!

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Iakovos
Iakovos

These actors made the maddening silliness of those sci-fi spy adventures worth it. Ms. Hughes and Mr. Geary are class acts and top of their craft.

Gail
Gail

These two were awful when they were slapped together romantically three years ago.

Lucerne
Lucerne

Actually I didn’t think Luke And Anna were anywhere as boring as Duke and Anna! Maybe they weren’t meant to be but they saw more action in a few months than Duke and Anna saw in nearly 3 years.

Dawn Doran
Dawn Doran

I’ll miss Anna and Luke…

Mateo
Mateo

Finola Hughes has grace. Not very many actresses have that talent. She can portray the poignancy but she carries that quiet grace and class that adds at least 100% more to every performance. It’s nuance, style and talent to have the skill to portray that. I know that the writing usually is what carries any scene to the stratosphere but without actors like Finola Hughes and Tony Geary they would remain but words on a page. Kudos to GH for once again nailing it. Looking forward to seeing Billy Miller give one of his unexpected powerhouse deliveries like he did in his tenure at Y&R. I have to say I am loving GH a lot these last few weeks. The change in character of Nikolas. The slow repair of brotherly love between Morgan and Michael. The understated sadness and confusion of Nina Clay and Franco. There are other characters who live up to what we expect of them but it’s the actors who always toss in a special surprise even at times when the writing alone would be enough. Thank you GH.

Timmm
Timmm

Seems like the show always does better AFTER sweeps.

Melanie
Melanie

Oh my god, I cried so much. Finola Hughes and Tony Geary are wonderful actors.

TinaP
TinaP

Pure magic that is what describes these two together. I am so grateful to both Frank and Ron to have written and made part of yesterday’s GH Anna and Luke’s good-bye scenes. Finola and Tony were as always outstanding, they are and will always be BEST of the BEST. Their scenes were heart wrenching and thinking it may be the last time Anna and Luke are on screen together made them that much more emotional for me. Happy retirement Tony, you truly deserve it and know that we will surely miss you on GH. Finola, best of luck and success on your movie but please please please hurry back cause we already miss Anna!

Lauren
Lauren

She was exquisite! Hurry back, Finola!

elm51
elm51

such emotional scenes – you could even feel that it was their last scene together

Timmm
Timmm

It was magic. He is daytime royalty and she NEVER disappoints. I hope when she comes back she will acknowledge that after she left Scotland she headed to Paris to see her daughter. Its a bad loophole on this show. Recast Robin!

Fanny
Fanny

Kimberly M. Is busy out there directing… Doesn’t seem tooooo interested in returning
anytime soon, perhaps it would be best to recast Robin. But isn’t she still being held
under lock & key by Helena? Anna would have to search high and low in order to
find her. She’s probably on Cassadine island trying to resurrect that insufferable,
abomination Stavros…

Harry
Harry

No, Robin cannot be recast.
But they do need to finish Robin’s story and stop with these unfinished and clumsy returns and exits.
Watching Robin come and go is equivalent of finally agreeing to dance only to have the drummer perform a five minute drum solo.

Timmm
Timmm

Recast. Sorry Kim. Follow your dreams. Yeah, we had Fluke that drug on, We have Jakeson that is dragging on but then there was Robin’s story. They built this whole story on her rescue and return ONLY to put her right back into Helena’s arms! What a ruse we were all taken for!

Fanny
Fanny

If Kim were to return or TPTB choose to Recast her, it would need to be
long term. I would want Robin to fight for her EX -Patrick and really be
INVOLVED with raising Emma, she should also be head of research at
the hospital…that should start upon Anna’s return to PC.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Fanny and thats the problem with Robin off canvas, there is too much story not being told! RECAST!

Jeff
Jeff

Amazing performances as usual for Finola and Anthony!!

Ashley C
Ashley C

Finola has been blowing her scenes out of the water for weeks! Her final scenes with Tony Geary were no different. Touching and heartfelt on both sides. Two legends doing their thing superbly!

Anna has been so broken lately, I hope she gets some much needed rest on her “trip” and returns as fierce and strong as ever ready to continue on with her relationship with hottie Kyle Sloane!

Mr. X
Mr. X

I think Sloane is a sleaze for taking advantage of a still grieving Anna, drunk or not.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sloane is a creep……i say he took advantage of her but Anna still is a strong woman who should know better……this was too soon after Duke’s death…if he is dead that is……maybe Anna is going away to be with Duke who will be revived by SUPERRobin….lol

Timmm
Timmm

He drank to. I just wish Anna wouldnt have gone there so soon. Drunk or not, she knew better!

Harry
Harry

Speaking of Dicks, I think Anna wants out of town to get away from the comic book version of Dick Tracy.
The scene was beautifully acted–loved it.
PS. Did anyone notice that Anna was taking the book Outlander with her to Scotland? If you know what Outlander is about, you get the connection.

Fanny
Fanny

Finola & Tony’s nostalgic trip down memory lane was incredibly poignant…
The admiration, mutual respect, and genuine fondness they have for one
shined through.
Anna outshines Sloane on every level, he isn’t worthy of her… She was
GRIEVING and heavily into her cups… What’s his excuse??????

Laurie
Laurie

I’m not familiar with the book Harry, but it’s ALL over twitter that she had it and it’s been explained. LOL. Lovely twist. Now I’m interested in reading it. I feel like I’m the only 1 who hasn’t!!

Fanny
Fanny

@Harry: That’s the first thing I noticed, when Anna lovingly placed Dukes
photo inside the book… Clair time traveling back to 18th century Scotland
to fall in with Jamie…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Mr. X.
Duke and Anna had not ‘been’ together, or had not been a couple for a long time. I am still puzzled at that last minute, “oh, let’s get away somewhere together…I love you, I love you…”…all that drivel. I did not buy it then, nor do I buy it now. She was so very adamant in forgiving Duke. He chose Sonny over her. Then, suddenly, out of the blue, togetherness forever happens? Who cares if Duke had called off the hit? THAT is definitely not the point!!!!!

Really? What woman in her right mind leaves her only grandchild behind to run off with a disreputable, back-stabbing ex-lover? Not only that, but, there is always the chance her daughter may come back to PC. Would she want to miss that?
I do not know what kind of person Anna is, truly……but, she does not strike me as a flighty, que-sera-sera-kind-of-woman. So, what gives?

Yes, Anna lost someone whose great love surpassed all others….I’ve said this before, and I get it!….we all get it, right? But, to bombard Sloane for his behavior is not fair. I am not that into him, but he acted in the moment….but, so did she.
Also, I do not believe Sloane took advantage of her. One could turn the tables and say she used him to lift the heaviness in her heart. Sloane just lost his job, and he is in love with her……so they turned to each other to alleviate their malheur. Not much was shown….not acting like animals…..done with due respect….two people needing comfort, coming together. However, Sloane’s heart is also involved….he acted out of love. Did Anna?
I also keep in mind that, as Alexis, she is not a babe in the woods…..and I doubt Anna would want to be considered as ‘having been had’….She’s a big girl!

Rose
Rose

Harry…More coincidence reminding me of Anna, Outlander, and a possible “real” mission for her in Scotland besides sentimentality. I live in a community with many expat-Brits, Irish and Scots, the two latter being very superstitious. Had a customer in the bookstore today who is going to be visiting Scotland again this summer. She always journeys to the many standing stones and does rituals…spits onto her finger and presses it onto a stone, and pricks a finger and puts a little of her blood on a stone as well. I teasingly said if I didn’t see her again…well you know.

Laurie
Laurie

Jim,
I understand what you’re saying about how fast it is for Anna & Sloane to have sex since Duke’s body isn’t dead but I’m not sure Sloane “took advantage” of Anna-I think Sloane’s in love with Anna & he was just being human. He is pushy as HELL, I agree. I also liked the previous Sloane much better, Robb Derringer, however, Grayson really pulled back during Anna’s grieving scenes these last few wks. I do credit him for that.
I think Anna “gave in” because she’s not just mourning Duke, but she’s ALSO in pain over intentionally murdering a man in cold blood. I cheered-Carlos had it coming, but Anna’s not that person at the end of the day & she’ll be forever haunted by it-she needed relief, comfort! It was a very human thing to do. I actually enjoyed the scenes. It’s not lost on me that her & Sloane have had more scenes & conversations in 2 wks than GH gave her & Duke during his entire run this time!! Ian’s too good of an actor to have wasted him.

Rose
Rose

Harry…I noticed the Outlander book, too. Sold enough in the bookstore. Wonder if Anna will be fanaticizing about finding the touching stone to go back in time for Duke? Plus, have been watching the series on ShowTime. Talk about “sex and violence” on tv. Wow. However the love scenes can be really lovely, especially the wedding night.

carol
carol

Can’t wait for her to return. She, Jane Elliot and Maura West are what keep me tuning in.

Patrick
Patrick

ooh… nice !

Anna
Traci
“Denise”

i’d throw in Nikolas…

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Is that really Luke……is Laura and Holly back to expose him as Fluke……have we been duped by Fluke still pretending to be Luke???……should i stay on my meds……lol

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Heather should also be around for Luke or Fluke’s exit story…let them run away together…lol

Fanny
Fanny

Suspicious minds think alike…Is he, isn’t he.. I am a little skeptical
he’s being toooooo nice…

TeamDevane
TeamDevane

Finola Hughes is a class act, a legendary performer who never ever disappoints in portraying the most kickass character in daytime – Anna Devane. Loved her scenes with Tony.

su0000
su0000

It is rare to see realism on a soap..
When to people, not characters, show their true feeling for the other it is very notable..
Tony and Finola gave us themselves, not their characters..
And, I felt every second of their good bye, it was heart aching and real..

We have more of those ”’real”’ moments coming..

Fanny
Fanny

Well said Su000….Many more WONDERFUL moments to come!!!
Get out UR Kleenex.

Rose
Rose

it was a nice moment between Finola and Tony. I know Tony has received many awards, but I have to give the top accolades to Finola, especially the during shooting of Duke and the aftermath. I think she’s head and shoulders above everyone else. Hope she has a good summer working on her movie. And good luck with Jonathan Rhyes Meyers (sp?) who is in the film. I really like him, but he can be a handful from what I’ve heard. But then Finola’s alter ego, Anna, has handled her fair share over the years.

Theresa
Theresa

Their performance was Emmy material. There are no words to express what a great actor Tony Geary is. He will be missed . No one could measure up to him.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Am i the only one who thinks that sadly, Luke is not 100% Luke and will leave as cray-cray Luke?

Shay
Shay

@Ghlover….While I’m still torn as to the actual state of Luke’s mind, I do detect a note of weariness and resignation on the part of AG since his return. He seems to be lacking the energy and focus he had whilst portraying Fluke…..if it truly is physical/emotional exhaustion on the part of the actor, then perhaps he has picked the proper time to say his final goodbye to GH, as this obvious malaise is making for one mighty maudlin and melancholy swansong.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Shay…..I would leave the melancholia suffering to Hamlet. Luke does not strike me as the melancholy type….he would not even entertain the institution of marriage or having a party to celebrate that possible ‘blissful’ event, if he were. I see no self-pity in Luke….he is too full of himself.
But, you are right…this is the proper time and right venue for Anthony to take.
I detect resignation also, but it may just be the anticipation to get the hell out of dodge.
He is obviously wanting to go, and he is actually acting with great restraint ……the mark of a well-seasoned, dignified actor. I must admit, Mr. Geary has what it takes….class.

Fanny
Fanny

@Shay: TG is moving in slow motion of late, purposely mindful of his very
sensitive & still recovering back. His lack of energy & overly pale complexion
speaks volumes… Especially since “Luke” has always been such a physical
larger than life character, he seems to have become a “shadow” of his former
self…

Harry
Harry

Shay–I feel that Luke has become a card carrying member of the Frances Farmer Club. That is, I fear he’s had a lobotomy.
Let us hope that Laura sparks a sense of his old spirit!

Shay
Shay

Well, that had been my hope, Harry, but after yesterday’s episode, I had a similar feeling about Laura! She had that same vacant-eyed, hollowed-out look, although I’m thinking it may have been due to fear…..could Lucky be in danger, and that is what will precipitate Luke’s last mission with his “Angel?”

Shay
Shay

@Fanny…..Well, yes, I am keeping that in mind….perhaps Mr. Geary is saving up his energy for that last blast of an adventure which will lead to his grand finale!!!!!!

Dawn Doran
Dawn Doran

Most of the actors on General Hospital are great actors….

Harry
Harry

Okay……?

Dawn Doran
Dawn Doran

Glad that you agree with me…huh?

Connie blizzard
Connie blizzard

Just the beginning of tears for all of us. Omg…Luke and Anna…you could feel the real feelings…..love them

aria
aria

i loved this episode with these two so much, i going to cherish is forever, i even boutght the episode on iTunes to have for keepsake. It made me remember the good old days, when GH was about not just love between couples, but great friends who helped each other through rough times and adventures. I was so glad this scene took place especially since Finola would be off screen for Anthony Geary’s last shows. I can’t wait for more great scenes like this, between Tony and his many special pairings he had on the show. Genie Francis, Emma Samms, Kristina Wagner, Lynn Herring, and Nancy Lee Grahan, not all romantic, but all fun and showed how much chemistry Anthony Geary could have with anyone….

Lucerne
Lucerne

I adore both Finola Hughes and Tony Geary. Tony will really be missed but I can kind of see why it might be time to wrap things up when it comes to Luke. I hope he’ll come back some time for something big! It broke my heart watching those poignant scenes between Anna and Luke and thinking that this could be the last time these two super talents work together. I’m so glad they had the chance to say good bye!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Harry…
Yes, Harry……Hi!!
I did notice the book, OULANDER. Perhaps Anna will transform into Claire Beauchamp Randall?
I also noticed how Anna made a point of turning the book’s face toward the camera for a clearer view. I did think that there might be some significance in that gesture. Time travel?
Is there some spoofy storyline in the making?

Harry
Harry

One would hope so, Cee Cee.
I am a sucker for time travel stories.

Fanny
Fanny

I don’t know if they’d be capable of pulling it off successfully.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Harry, your double entendre ‘Dick’, was not lost on me. Just sayin’…..LOL

Maria
Maria

Finola Hughes and Tony Geary are two of the best daytime fans have ever had the pleasure to watch. How appropriate was it that he’s leaving but the scene ended up as a good bye as Anna leaves town for the summer? I love them both and only wish they would have had more scenes together. I also hope this doesn’t mean Jane Elliott never sees the time of day again. She’s a real gem, too!

Rodd
Rodd

Real actors can suck you into any scene regardless of the material and make you feel something. If you don’t feel anything, they’re probably phoning it in.

I’ve never felt that way about any scene with Finola and Tony in it. That scene was very touching. These actors are true treasures.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Rose…..
Hi, Rose….I am very familiar with that ritual, as my Gran is Scottish.
I am well versed in all the superstitions, especially still existing In the south-western district of Scotland.
However, my Gran says , that such rituals are only practiced by those who engage in witchcraft…..and she blessed herself (sign of the cross, in case you are not of the Roman Catholic faith) when she mouthed the word…LOL.

Is Anna supposed to be from Scotland as Duke? I am not sure.
Imagine if the writers would do a soapy facsimile of THE OUTLANDER? When Anna comes back, they could really explore and exploit this adventure with none other as herself as the heroine, yes?

mary
mary

Iam 70 years old. my mother in law and I watched this show for over 40 years. I think Anna and Luke hit it right on the nail with there acting. Being a widow Anna brought home all the raw emotions of loss of a LOVE ONE. I WILL MISS THEM BOTH, Thank you for all the years of fine entertaining.

Norma
Norma

Anna and Robert Scorpio were the BEST together

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According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

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In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

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Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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