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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Is Frisco Jones The Bio-Dad Of Levi Dunkleman? What Is The Connection?

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On yesterday’s episode of General Hospital, the plot thickened as Nathan (Ryan Paevey) and Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) found a shot Scribner bleeding out of the cabin floor where Scribner and Levi (Zachary Garred) took Lulu (Emme Rylan) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) hostage!

After giving some Intel to the cops, that Levi shot him and took off with the girls, as Scribner is about to try to tell the duo where Levi took them, he passes out before he can say anything.

Next, Dante and Nathan look for clues in the cabin, and lo and behold, Dante finds an old newspaper article inside a book that headlines that Andrew “Frisco “Jones (Jack Wagner) found the Aztec Jewels.

But when Dante turns over the paper there is a picture of a young Frisco and Felicia (Kristina Wagner), with Frisco’s face circled in black marker ink.  So, that begs the question as many fans have speculated:  Could Frisco be the biological father of Levi Dunkleman? But that would be pretty out there, given that Frisco is the biological father of Maxie! Or, maybe Levi is targeting Maxie and the jewels in a vendetta against Frisco and his family? So, what is the connection here?   Weigh-in below!

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rebecca1
rebecca1

errrrrrrrrr…can’t be. that would make Maxi and Levi siblings…and they kinda did the deed!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ewwwww!….yuck….yuck…yuck to infinity.

CeeCee
CeeCee

What if Maxie isn’t Frisco’s? Whole new can of worms, and then some.

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

Well, we know now Levi is the son of Peter Harrel…Felicias ex…so maybe thats who Fluke really is but did he ever hit on Flecia…cant recall?

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

I dont remember Peter as well…maybe Peter/Levi is a story seperate from Flukes…maybe Levi’s mother died tragically because of Sonny off camera and if Fluke is Levi’s DunkleDaddy perhaps this is why Fluke/Peter hates Sonny?…sounds plausable to me but it’ll probably be a totally different outcome!!!

Shay
Shay

Peter was on GH years before Sonny ever stained the Port Charles canvas……so even if Mr. Harrell survived his “Reichenbach Falls” death scene, I see no connection with Corinthos. While the most likely suspect to be the man behind FLuke remains Bill Eckert, the only other two plausible choices are Damian Smith or Trevor Lansing, although thus far, the clues point to Bill.

Shay
Shay

CeeCee….Why are you so obsessed with Sonny Boy’s sexual exploits? You seem to want to pin every unexplained paternity on his well-distributed DNA, yet also claim to loathe the greasy gangster and his man-ho habits! Me thinks thou dost protest toooo much! LOL… ; )

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

I dont think Levi is Frisco’s son…i believe Levi is connected to an enemy of Frisco’s and stole the jewels as part of his revenge plans…maybe Frisco learned of Levi and is just investigating his background…i still think he’s Flukes son and was stealing the aztec jewels for the money to help support Flukes plans to take over ELQ or something like that…just a guess!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Very plausible, jimh. Nonetheless, one way or another, Frisco is part of this entire imbroglio.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I have never heard of Peter, jimh. Does he have a grudge against Sonny? I thought this is what it was all about? To stick it to Sonny? As I said I started watching when Kiki/Starr lost her baby in the car accident. But I will read some of Peter’s history and catch up. Perhaps that will clear things up for me…too much of a big chunk missing.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I originally thought, due to his Australian accent, ( albeit his lily-white coloring–yuck–didn’t match the typically tanned Aussie body), that Levi was Jerry Jax’s son, who was, in turn, affiliated with Fluke. But since Levi seems to be as American as you and I, jimh, I’m beginning to lean toward his being Fluke’s son also.

CeeCee
CeeCee

…or, jimh, it could be that Levi is Sonny’s son? Lol. It seems that all roads do not lead to Rome, but to Sonny. Why not Sonny? He probably fathered most of the young population in Port Charles and then some….I mean, there’s Puerto Rico, no? Plus, such a ruthless mobster as he must have traversed the globe a few times. He probably has kids strewn in every corner of the world. Afterall, he has played house with just about every woman in Port Charles and beyond…lol

Michael
Michael

If Frisco is Levi’s Dad then that means that Levi slept with his sister so I hope not.

su0000
su0000

Nope, never happen..
RC , FV, have to run the stories by ABC before going ahead..
ABC would never go for it..

(it would be interesting, for sure!)

James
James

Michael, I hope not, because that would mean Maxie has been in a relationship (and having sex with) her brother…YUCK!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Oh Gawd would RC go there??? I hope not, that would be too gross.

Stephen
Stephen

Did frisco get the jewels from Levi’s relatives??

Rob
Rob

not siblings, vendetta. but may not be his vendetta. figure Fluke is some how involved here

celia quartermaine
celia quartermaine

Michael, it is obvious that Levi is the son of Colton Shore and Ariella…..isn’t it?

Thanks,

Celia and Grant

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Miss you Celia & Grant.

Timmm
Timmm

Grant Andrews or Grant Putnam?

Kathy
Kathy

Eww!

Ronni
Ronni

If he believed Frisco was his dad he would have known Maxie was his sister. If he did know and gads ex with her anyway that just makes his character more despicable than he already is . That guy makes my skin crawl and there is nothing they can do to redeem him in my opinion.

Mark
Mark

This show needs to stop trying so hard.

dmr
dmr

I agree. The storylines are becoming too convoluted.Just focus on the basics: core characters, core families, friendships, hospital stories, romances.

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

General hospital made a bane for its self based on high stakes intricate stories. Adventure time

Nicole
Nicole

@Mark Could not agree more.

rebecca1
rebecca1

That would be boring. Love a good mystery…with all the spoilers it’s great that they can still keep us guessing!

Ces
Ces

totally agree. this story is a snore – unless Jack Wagner would like to return again 🙂

Nancy M
Nancy M

Every day another twist. I absolutely love GH.

Joe
Joe

OK Gross….then he was knowingly sleeping with his sister and he would NEVER do that to Maxie or his son. He is going to be Mac’s son…it’s SO obvious, Frisco HATES Mac for ending up with Felicia so he tracked down and found Levi and used him to get back at Mac and Felicia. Hence why he shot Mac….he hates his father for abandoning him and making Maxie his child. He even used the Aussie accent to mock him.

rebecca1
rebecca1

ummm, no. Frisco would never put Maxi in harm’s way. He’s her father!

Shay
Shay

Really! Unless RonC is doing another revisionist personality transplant on a beloved legacy character….he already did a pretty good hatchet job on Frisco the last time around! However, I’m certainly hoping not! It would be so great to see Jack Wagner return to GH—-as a triumphant hero on this visit! As for “Der Dunkledude” being a Jones? Nah, the Peter Harrell Jr. scenario seems much more plausible (not to mention more palatable….) though I was sort of convinced he was going to be Sly Eckert.

Joe
Joe

By the second “he” I MEANT Frisco.

rebecca1
rebecca1

OK, Joe. Thanks for clarifying. But still…Frisco wouldn’t plot anything that would put Felicia and/or Maxi in danger. By putting Mac in danger, which I think would be out of character for Frisco, he’d hurt both of Felicia and Maxi…either emotionally or physically.

su0000
su0000

Love Dunkleman/Zachary Garred!
I hope he is contracted!
yah, he could be Frisco’s son.. and then he slept with his sister, that would be a great twist.. wouldn’t be the person to sleep with a brother or sister, not knowing..
RC likes shockers and surprises, so looking forward to whatever it is..

(( long live the da` Dunkleman !!!

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

Have you read the complainers comments…jumping to conclusions that Levi and Maxi are siblings before knowing the outcome…i doubt they are related…this stuff happens in everyday life with brothers and sisters falling in love with each other…those people need to grow up…geez, why does this all sound familiar to me…like a similiar reply was once sent to me when i objected to a certain storyline(not from you but from other GH fans)…lmfao!!!

samantha mogan
samantha mogan

Great comment, n rl, I’m a product of incest, only not out of love!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I guess I have lived a very sheltered life…

CeeCee
CeeCee

OMG, su000. A little puzzled here. Did I read you right? Are you saying it’s ok to sleep with your sibling if you weren’t aware he/she was your sibling? If that’s the case…Lord help me, please…lol

Shay
Shay

CeeCee, the more outrageous and outre’ the storyline, the better su0000 likes it. She was decidedly delirious with delight over Sonny and Ava’s stomach-churning crypt tryst!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

What? You didn’t like that? hahaha. Sigh…Aj….

Max
Max

I hope not because I want the character of Levi to be gone ASAP!

su0000
su0000

awww Max.
Dunkleman is a delicious character, a real soap character and Zachary is ruling the character Dunkleman..
I hope he is on contract..
da`Dunkleman = never a dull moment!! … I like that..

dmr
dmr

Ewww, that’s just gross. I hope not. Just end this dumb storyline. It makes the PCPD look even more inept than they already do. Ugh. Not to mention, it’s a very boring storyline. Filler story, really.

Liz
Liz

RC has led us to believe that he would “go there” before. Remember when Britt & Nathan almost “went there”? In the end, he didn’t and wouldn’t, but he does like to get the fans worked up over the possibilities.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Honestly, RC is capable of a lot of OTT stuff, but a character KNOWINGLY committing incest is too much even for him. So no, I don’t think Levi is Maxi’s brother by another mother. Maybe Maxi isn’t Frisco’s? Many scenarios are plausible, but I don’t think incest is one of them. Maybe I’m giving RC too much credit. He is his own biggest fan and can’t resist the “shock & awe” in his own mind.

Timmm
Timmm

“All I Need” is for Levi to be off the show now!

Ces
Ces

agreed!

Linda
Linda

Today we learned his “real” name is Peter Harrell. Peter Harrell was engaged to Felicia when she first arrived in Port Charles. I don’t remember if that character was ever seen on the show.

fanmale
fanmale

Yes, Peter Harrell appeared on GH in mid-1980s during the original Aztec Treasure storyline. He was played by an actor named Judson Scott. According to online sources, the character was killed off.

Shay
Shay

Always thought he looked more like Felicia’s brother…..

Brittany Heinley
Brittany Heinley

OK but didn’t the DNA reveal Maxie was Frisco’s biological daughter? Unless it was tampered withlike eeverything else. Regardless it is getting crazier and crazier so we shall see. I kind of hopetthey DNA was tampered with because MAC is a great dad which is something GE really doesn’t have to be. Frisco and Levi, father and son is just creepy I really really hope in no way Levi slept with his sister knowing the truth cuz OMG that would be so wrong and disgusting!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Who/what is GE

C
C

I’m just thrilled Fairman’s theory that Levi would be Mac’s son was false False FALSE. Mac doesn’t deserve such a douchetron as a son.

Barbara
Barbara

We’ll if Levi is Frisco son Maxie could be max daughter that could be why Frisco did this to Maxie ?

Barbara
Barbara

Maybe Levi did this knowing he was frescos and Maxie is mac

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think they gave dunkledude a spray tan. He looks cute! Too bad he cut his beautiful hair…(wonder which episode that will be revealed…and why did he do it???!!!! LOL…not the whole sinister plot…but why oh why did he shear his locks!!!???

CeeCee
CeeCee

He does look like he has a darker hue to him. I had posted a few weeks ago that Levi was whiter than white…odd for an Aussie. He completely irritates me, especially his smile. Begone!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ha! Yes, I remember your whiter than white comment…he also had pink rimmed eyes…but still, I think if I saw him in the street I’d think he was good-looking. Not drop dead Nathan good-looking (that man is beyond stunning) but I also like Dunkle’s cool look (at that would me if I met him in real life; personality always effects looks for me so he’s less attractive to me on the show.)

I’d like him to BeStay! Just wondering how they can redeem his character since he not only shot his sidekick but Mac as well. Going to difficult to come back from that…

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…..Yes, I did notice ZG goofed a few times in his “American” accent, particularly the first day, but I think he is getting better! Even that awesome Aussie himself, “The Mentalist” Simon Baker, has verbally slipped on occasion in his very convincing role as a Yank, so I can cut “Der Dunkster” a break or two. Besides, I am so accustomed to listening to foreign accents from all the international programming I watch (mostly British….) I really don’t mind. Additionally, I love GH’s authentically cosmopolitan feel that comes from having true Aussies, Brits, Scots, Danes, etc. It has long been a trademark of the series. As for using American actors to play foreigners? Not always the best bet…when Mac (John J. York) arrived on the scene, he absolutely mangled his Aussie speak, so much in fact, that the showrunners finally told him to abandon his efforts altogether.

Shay
Shay

As usual, rebecca1, we disagree! LOL. I’m glad the lame eco-garb, flip flops, unflattering yoga pants, and most especially, the “DunkleDo” are gone….it reminded me too much of Bruce Jenner’s bizarre coiffure. Even if “Peter Jr.” is a confirmed bad boy, at least his looks (and accent….) are All-American. I’m finding him much more intriguing (and palatable….) this way. ZG has done a good job with the transformation!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Haven’t seen the latest episode yet, Shay…so I haven’t seen the new and not improved-maybe I’ll think improved version.

I just think if I met him in a beach town, tank top, flip flops and long, gleaming copper tresses I’d think he was a good-looking surfer dude type. I have a lot of types…

Again, Nathan is my go-to reference at this point because I find hims so chiseled/striking…but I’m taking him out of the equation and just judging the now defunct dunkle on his own hippy merit. Same reason I thought Nathan Parsons was hot…between the accent and that hair…

By the by…I hear Sabrina is going to get a crew cut.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Shay. How are ya? Lol…..I just want to bring to your attention the fact that if you listen very closely to Levi speak, you will detect an eskewed English/Ameicana word or two. His American ,regional accent seems to slip making him not sound so American, afterall.
Transformation or not, I’d like to see a TRUE American play this part. I am sure there are many AMERICAN unemployed actors out there who would love to fill this guys boots.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi Shay. I do not mean American actors playing foreigners…I would like to see American actors given American roles. Levi is supposedly American, yes? So why not give the role to an American actor? ….or did I get that wrong? Wasn’t he supposedly ‘faking’ the Aussie accent?

Jimmy
Jimmy

I really hope not! That would be all kinds of disgusting, especially since Levi is a sleazy jerk. I think the real story is that Levi is the son of one of Frisco’s enemies… and maybe that enemy is Fluke. I feel like he is somehow connected to all this… But god I really don’t want Levi and Maxie to be siblings! No thanks!

su0000
su0000

LOL!
RC is trolling y’all ..
He and ABC would not allow it to go that way, not going to happen..
RC is good, very good, at creating controversy, and that is a very good thing!!

Anyone who actually believes RC/ABC would have Maxie having sex with brother, needs a vacation .. lol 🙂

su0000
su0000

I would like it if it were an OOOPSS! I slept with my brother..
That would indeed be an intriguing story, and never done before, a firstie!!
It is a story, nothing is actually real, so yah why not..

would be journey watching how that would play out, for sure..

(but ain’t gonna happen 🙁

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

Actually suOOOO, you are sort of wrong…back in the 60s on Days Marie and her brother Tommy fell in love with each other not knowing they were sister and brother…Tommy had facial surgery because of the war, suffered from amnesia and called himself Mark…when the Horton family found out Mark was the thought dead Tommy Horton, Marie was so shocked she had fallen in love with her brother she took off and became a nun…maybe they never slept together and other soaps explored the same story…Y&Rs Lauralee Brooks became attracted to a man who she later learned was her half brother…technically its been played out before even if they didnt go all the way!!!

su0000
su0000

ohh my gorsh .. in the 60’s! ..
You have an awesome recall, jimh!!
Anyways, it has happened in real life to some people / brother sister love/sex not knowing they were brother and sister..
I think it would be a great story!!! and now that’s its 2014/21st century they can, well did, go all the way..
now, that is a wow story, I’m hoping it goes that way !! –exciting!–

Shay
Shay

AMC also explored that theme when Mark La Mura joined the show as Mark Dalton. Erica took a real shine to him until her mortified mother, Mona felt forced to inform her that he was the illegitimate son of her late ex-husband, and Ms. Kane’s father, Eric.

k/kay
k/kay

I have a challenge out there for GH fans. How do you get invested in any of RC’s storytelling? Characters come and are on for a couple of days and then off they go for a couple of weeks. Sorry someone please explain to me how anyone can enjoy this show. Please be kind! 🙂

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

GH is like a train accident…you dont really want to look but something compels you to and you dont know why…lol

Tsuds
Tsuds

I LUV it!! I like his fast stories and I don’t get bored… I don’t need to see the same scene over and over. I fast through much of Days since the storylines are so slow and boring. and take soooo long… come onnnnnn really… Jordon’s storyline???? how long she was on and nothing has happened even interesting…. boorrrrinnnggg for me….

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Simply put, for the love of the show, loyalty and appreciation of a show that has been in our hearts and homes for decades. We grew up with many of these characters and realize( as we have seen with many soaps) they could be cancelled at any time. We love the “family” and although we do not always like the storylines, like families also disagree, we still love the show and the characters! Hope that enlightens you in some way….

Dan
Dan

I enjoy GH because it’s a fun escape from my every day life. A nice way to relax and unwind after a long week of work, when I catch up on the weekends. Put my feet up, and laugh, cry, hang on the edge of my seat wondering what’s gonna happen next, that’s what the show provides for me.

I enjoy the nice mix of stories and characters that they’ve found. There’s drama, action, comedy, romance, a little something for everyone, which wasn’t really the case under the previous regime that ran the show.

Unfortunately, there are always gonna be characters that aren’t on screen for weeks at a time, when you have a large cast. But I think they do a good job of incorporating as much of the cast as possible into the various stories.

And I think GH has the best ensemble cast in daytime period. So many actors and actresses that I enjoy watching, and that’s one of the main reasons why I like the show.

davlestev1
davlestev1

First and foremost there are ONLY 4 soaps and God forbid a drama less daytime now or anywhere in the near future. Look @k/kay I am truly less than impressed with what used to be the most intriguing well written soap on the air Y&R..but in all the time since the loss of its creator Bill Bell I have found something to enjoy about it. Even now as much as I complain about character and story and recasts I still tune in. Heck this week with that anticlimactic Mariah reveal I’ve had this show back on my DVR after two months of a show here a show there. At one point I just found I had to calm down, take the show for what it is at the moment and hope for change somewhere down the road. I just don’t EVER want a soap less daytime and therefore i utilize my FF while adding my point to the neilsen ratings instead of just turning the show off altogether and hoping it’s there sooner or later when I decide to return to it.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Complain because we all will and do..but keep the show on even if you aren’t watching. Use your DVR but keep your viewership visible even if you just tape it and delete it..with soaps though..that’s hard to do…you always peek. JUST DON’T GIVE UP K/KAY!!!! PLEEEEASSSE???

CeeCee
CeeCee

Davlestev…as yourself, I think Y&R used to be the best soap on the air. But this new regime has cut the show at the knee, per se. The characters are dull; nothing of consequence that piques the intellect or interest is brought to the fore. For example, that mish-mash at the Chancellor dedication park, or whatever it’s called was a bust…yawned until my mouth hurt.
And, as far as the Mariah story? There was never any anticlimax because there was no big reveal! We knew from the get go who Mariah was….there was no mystery.
That’s what I’m talking about….at least GH had me scratching my head about Levi,…and, I’m still scratching…lol

aria
aria

because the other 3 alternatives aren’t exactly better. yes, RC is not good at being consistent, or is that FV fault.? yes, RC is in charge of the writting, but isn’ FV in charge on how the show looks, and how the episodes are put together? a good example is milo and epiphany, and how they made a big deal of them coming together wish all happened in one episode and that was it. who knows when we we’ll see this blossoming relationship play out. the show sucks at momentum, even the current levi story is being stretch out by airing it one day and then nothing for two days, its frustrating hope the show fixes this. because they do this way too much with all the characters except maybe Sonny who seems to be in everyone else stories.

Ghlover
Ghlover

I will be happy when Levi is off the show period. Maybe if he was Sly and they would have him obssesed with Liz, his cousin’s (Lucky) soulmate….but no he is waisted on Maxie …..so kill him off and lets get more Nina and Franco!! They could be the very funny and coocoo couple this show needs!

P Marino
P Marino

It would be a huge disappointment if they made Frisco out to be a negative character after all these years!

Andrew
Andrew

I hope Mac’s theory about Levi/Frisco is true. That would be really awesome. I don’t think Levi is Frisco’s son, but I do think that “Levi” is Fluke’s son ergo – Sly and Bill Eckert.

Gary
Gary

I tyhink Levi is Bill Eckerts son “Sly”. And Bill Eckert is “Fluke.”

davidevansmith
davidevansmith

I believe Maxie was born before Mac even came to town and met Felicia, so Mac can’t be Maxie’s father without a true miracle.

I remember reading of Peter Harrell before, but the character was before my time, so I have no interest so far in the story of the jewels.

Timmm
Timmm

Fluke and Sonny are one story and Levi and Maxie are different. Sonny may help Dante recover Maxie but Sonny never was mixed up in anything with the Aztec treasure. As its been pointed out, Sonny was not on the show in the 80’s. Fluke has to be a enemy of Sonny’s. Had Ric not been on the show prior to Fluke entering the picture, it would have been cool to have Ric be Fluke. Ric hates Sonny more than anyone.

dawnhaze
dawnhaze

I don’t think Dunk is Maxie’s brother. I was happy to see Frisco’s picture and hope that means he is coming back. I love Frisco and especially with Felicia. One of my all time favorite couples. Just like Sonny and Carly, Frisco and Felicia’s destiny is to be together. I think the Aztec jewelry/kidnapping of Maxie and Lulu and the fauxLuke/Sonny/ELQ storylines are different. GH writers do work on more than one storyline at a time. They are just generating questions to build up for the fall sweeps.

friscojoneswsbmia
friscojoneswsbmia

sean donely was also after the treasure,,an frisco messed them both up,,,sean became a good guy after,,,but levi said fri that a 3rd girl would pay as well,,im thinkin sean an tiffs daughter,,,id love to see wagner coem back,,he said he can work woth kristina no prob,,,as for fluke,,i say its damian smith or jerry jax

Gilotine
Gilotine

@Timmm “all I need” LOL! Touché!

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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.

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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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