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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Jason Wakes Up! What Does Victor Have In Store For Him?

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On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, viewers learned just how duplicitous Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis) really is! But after all, it shouldn’t come as a surprise since he is a Cassadine! But Robin (Kimberly McCullough) certainly learned the hard way!

After Victor administered the drug to wake Jason from his cryogenic state, Robin was beside herself because she did not want it tried first on Jason, but rather Stavros or Helena!

Victor had other plans, and just as Jason’s life was all but snuffed out for good, all of a sudden Jason’s arm and hand came reaching out to grab a hold of Victor.

The drug protocol worked! Jason is coming back to life and he has brain activity.  When Robin wants to continue making sure all proceeds well for her dear friend and his return to the living, Victor tells her he has no more use for her and she is done.  He then lowers the boom saying he will take it from here with Jason as he plans for him!  Robin is horrified and taken out by Victor’s goons!

So, what do you think Victor has in store for Jason?  Why did he want him as part of his ultimate plan?  What should happen to Robin?  And what about the action back in Port Charles?  It seemed after talking about Jason, Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) were getting very comfy together… looks like the attraction between the two of them is on!  Watch the moment Jason comes to life (sort of) after the jump! Then, comment below!

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su0000
su0000

yahhhh!

Jason has been reanimated!!

GH has a modern day Frankenstein !!

AWESOME!!!

su0000
su0000

WHOOPIE!!

Robin was taken out by Victor’s goons!

Hopefully they will kill her !! (please please please)

Mia D
Mia D

LoL, if Frank Valentini wanted Robin dead he surely wouldn’t have asked her to stay when he was hired as EP. Before he came on Wolf/Altman Robin had that wound that would not heal because Lisa Niles had switched her medication with placebos. Robin was goingvto develope full blown AIDES and die with her family surrounding her. When FV came on the would magically went away near to be talked about again. The lab fire was a sure fire way of bringing Robin back one day. I’m glad that Frank changed Kimberly’s about a permanent exit.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Amen to that. Patrick and Emma deserve better.

Laura
Laura

I’m not sure what Victor has plan for Jason but what ever it is, I’m sure Sam will help Jason through it. Viva La Jasam!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think once again poor Jason will not be Jason the first…as in Jason Q. And now…I don’ think he’ll be Jason Morgan. I THINK…that Victor will program him to his “evil doer”…thus freeing Sam up to be with Patrick (or Silas) as the Jason she remembers will no longer exist…And the question is, are they going to address his different face, or are they going to proceed with just a “new actor stepping into the role” and that not even be an issue. The only problem I see in that is that they keep showing Steve Burton’s face in photos on Sam’s mantle.

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

I also said Jason should return as Quartimaine many moons ago…yesterday i said to another poster that Victor will alter Jasons face to explain new look(maybe he was injured and needed it)…he also will have amnesia…Victor will use him somehow in his attempts to revive Helene and Stravos…when Kim returns in fall Robin and NuJason will come face to face and he will sort of remember her and she will know who he is…Robin and NuJason will escape Victor and show up in PC…NuJason runs into Sam at the Park and his memory returns but because he looks different she believes he is an imposter…Vic kidnaps Sam but Jason rescues her and Sam will then realize who Jason is…Jason wants nothing to do with the mob after nearly loosing his life and missing out on Danny…he becomes Dr. Jason Quartimaine and will be in constant battle with Dr.Clay over Sam!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

All good ideas Jim…very plausible…we shall see!

mgb357
mgb357

yes I see those pictures of old Jason too… wonder if they will do a ‘face’ transplant too – (remember Todd’s new face on OLTL – but it turned out he wasn’t Todd after all)

rebecca1
rebecca1

mgb357…yes! I was thinking the same thing…the Todd face transplant! LOL. I bet they do that…this way Jason will technically be back…but no one will know it. He’ll be programmed and work for Victor and Helena…this way it leaves the door open to explore a relationship between Sam and Jason…or a reunited Sam and Silas. I do think at some point down the line, as jimh says above, the truth will be discovered. In the old days, when we didn’t even THINK of the possibility that our soaps may one day disappear…these types of story lines could go on for years. Now, with the uncertainty of it all…wonder how long they’ll keep Jason’s identity a secret. If, of course, this theory is correct….

Lin
Lin

Shay you should write your opinion on the GH facebook page and on ABC.com

Lin
Lin

I can’t understand why they are showing Steve Burton’s face. It makes no sense if Jason is going to live. None, zero, zip. I figured when I saw Steve’s face that Jason would die. I don’ t see any logical reason for the face change (other than the truth) so I figured if he was going to live, they would say, “The role fo Jason is now being played by x” or ignore it since he’s been off for a while. Unless they have a surprise of Steve Burton being on for a couple of days and then Jason dies. I hope they don’t program Jason to be an “evil doer.” I have a feeling I will hate this story line.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think, Lin, probably just to emphasize or allude to Jason as we and Sam remember him…because at this point when they bring up his name…and Sam looks back…he is in the role of Steve Burton. This way they keep him alive and kicking through dialog…but we know before our fictional friends that he’ll return, but not as the Jason we know…

That’s my theory anyway…

Shay
Shay

I think this is just Ron C getting his jollies messing with SB and his fans by taunting them with these photos. (Much in the same way he pushed the Blackie Parrish/Greek Yogurt thing, and mentioned Frisco and Noah in unflattering terms over and over again.) Yeah, it’s immature and petty, but it’s being done simply because he can get away with it….apparently no one cares enough to stop him.

Shay
Shay

@Lin…..This is the only soap site where I post, since I consider it to be the best in the business. However, contrary to my various comments regarding Ron C’s sometimes childish behavior, I’m not looking to stir up controversy all over the web with my GH theories/opinions, but thank you just the same for your suggestion. The notion that the repeated use of SB’s photo was meant as an affront to his loyal fans (and perhaps the man himself) was simply something that occurred to me given Ron’s history of mockery.

aria
aria

The WSB/Victor want to use jason the be a hit man, and take out bin laden, oh wait he’s dead. ok ok, take out sadam Hussain, oh crap, he’s dead too, ok then, ummmmmm, f*ck, i don’t know, Jason will be the winter soldier and try to kill port charles own captain america Sonny Corinthos, although truthfully theres nothing Captain America about Sonny Corinthos, regardless, i’m not a jasam fan, more of a Laison fan so RC don’t do us wrong and forget Liz in the equation of this Storyline.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Aria. I thought Sonny was Captain Caribbean. I am not an anythingsam fan, period. I want to slap her silly with that expressionless face and even more monotonous voice.
But, more to the point. I believe that Victor’s purpose was and is twofold. He does want to unfreeze and breathe life, per se, into his relatives, but he could not take the risk of “killing” them for good. So, enter Jason as the guinea pig. Now that this phase has been accomplished, Victor plans to brainwash Jason and use his braun for his own evil schemes…no? How about….?

Oh, yeah!….I thought Liz was leaving?! You’re right, she does seem to be fading into the woodwork . Liz is ok, but not with Nicholas. He’s too rigid and staunchly for a man still in his prime.

rebecca1
rebecca1

to be his evildoer…. hint, hint…edit button…

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

This whole storyline is a little gross. Well, actually super duper gross.

Lin
Lin

Agreed

Linda
Linda

Victor is planning on using Jason as a Cassidine to do his revenge on anyone who ever got in their way. Killing off Robin would be in Victor’s mind only when and if Helena and Stavros are woken up and are able to go on with their lives.

Harry
Harry

To all of you who have been saying that Steve Burton’s Jason looks like he is constipated 24/7,
Well, it looks like he is finally going to have a BM, as in Billy Miller

christa Lyon
christa Lyon

Yeha I know it’s gross and now Steve Burton as jason morgan is wake now now to bring them home their families this storyline is will back to normal on general Hospital.

Martinez
Martinez

Lol, nice…. finally relief

Iakovos
Iakovos

Ugh. This story path has no interest for me. Too much already! PASSIONS went deep end and I bailed. May do so here. This is not the best storytelling for me anyway.

I love gh
I love gh

Where is the love, GH fans? Of course the story is ridiculous – it’s a SOAP! GH has had sci-fi stories for decades. The winter machine of the 80’s? Come on. People are brought back from the dead all of the time on soaps… It’s what we love – characters never really dying.

I’m glad Jason is back- his character is like Carly. He’s tied to too many people with so much story potential. Romance potential right away with Elizabeth, Sam, & Carly. Also, how can Carly explain Franco? What about Sean? Will he trust Jason – can they work together? Ava & Julian will be interesting to see with Jason. I can’t wait to see more of Monica.

Plus, there is Michael. When he finds out that Sonny shot AJ & that Carly knew, he will need Jason.

I can’t wait!

Mark Y
Mark Y

Did I miss something? Had Jason been re cast?

jonboy
jonboy

Not to be a downer but, seriously, does this show really need another character? I could understand if Burton was returning, but we all know that’s not happening.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Completely agree.

Also, I don’t want Burton returning. He and the rest of the Unholy Trio were the reason I started tuning out of GH back in the day. I was so glad when Jason went off Pier 52.

christa lyon
christa lyon

this whole storyline gross.jason to wakes up and reaches victor arm and now robin saw his arm reach out to grab victor arm and now for jason and robin bring them home to reuntie with their families

mfarris70
mfarris70

I think Victor will make Jason his personal hit man after changing his face so that no one recognizes him and another actor can play the part. I was disappointed that when Jason rose up out of his egg, Victor didn’t cackle “He’s alive! He’s alive!” ; -)

mfarris70
mfarris70

By the way, do a Google image search of Billy Miller shirtless and compare the forearms to Jason in the egg. Hmmm…

jeremy
jeremy

It sure looks like b.m arm lol.

Tracey delehanty
Tracey delehanty

I hope Jason kills victor and dr o gets robin out of there

Rob
Rob

The good news for average looking people, arms and hands are becoming huge in daytime.

Hands Newman and now Hands Morgan.

Time to move to Hollywood!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Oh lord, if we have to see only Jason’s hands and arms for months, I’m gonna lose it! Hands Newman is quickly becoming my least favourite character on Y&R, and they aren’t even a character! I guess it just goes to show how difficult replacing an actor like Michael Muhney really is.

Conspiracy Theorist
Conspiracy Theorist

John Black or Jason Morgan?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

As long as it’s anyone but Billy Miller, and that it’s Jason Quatermaine coming back, I’ll be happy.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Okay, this is my theory. I feel like somehow Victor and Fluke are in cahoots, and that Victor is planning to use Jason as a hit man to take out Sonny. If that’s not it, then maybe Victor is planning to use Jason as a Cassadine soldier, and Victor would brainwash him to become his lackie. Regardless, Jason will probably have amnesia or some kind of brain injury, and he won’t be Jason Q or Jason Morgan, leaving Victor to create him into whatever he wants.

As far as the pictures of Steve Burton go, I feel like they’re showing them so they have an “out” later on… let me explain… if and when they hire an actor to play Jason (presumably Billy Miller), they will write that Jason had some altering done to his body, face included, so he looks different than he did when he died (similar to how Todd had a different face when TSJ took over the role, and they wrote that into the story). This leaves the door open for Steve Burton to return if he becomes available in the future, because, just like Todd on OLTL, they could say that this new Jason (played by Miller or someone else) isn’t the REAL Jason, and that Steve Burton’s Jason is being held prisoner somewhere or something like that.

aria
aria

i would buy that, i was scratching my head trying to figure out why they are going to all the trouble of doing the plastic surgery storyline? first lets say that billy miller does take on the role, i can picture him being a hit with fans, do i picture him staying in daytime forever ? no, so i firgure he woud put in a few good years on GH then woud want to move on, by this time, steve would want to return to gh because his bff would of been fired over at YR and steve would be forgiven and be back at the gh fold. but i guess your version makes more sense, then they don’t have to impose billy miller pictures all over sams place or the Quatermaines, or do flashbacks, ect… so it makes sense they would want to do the new face story instead. oh well. whatever i’ll take billy miller or steve burton anytime, anywhere

aria
aria

“i’ll take billy miller over steve burton anytime and anywhere, lol, not both, sorry but steve burn his britches with alot of fans and i’m included in that bunch..

Martinez
Martinez

It’s gonna be just like the victor/Todd story from LOL

aria
aria

okay, so if billy miller is taken on the role, and everyone is speculating he will have plastic surgery(jason not billy, loll) did he have it while he was frozen or will he get it when he wakes up? because if he’s till “old jason” then i doubt we will get any reveal that billy miller has taken on the role for a while. this could take more months before they reveal the “new face” i already feel this has been dragged on for to long. will we have to see jason in bandages for weeks? all i want is to see billy miller pretty face and asap.

su0000
su0000

yahhh!
Jason a reanimated dead guy..
A Frankenstein monster!!

Bring it on!

Ces
Ces

YAWN!
Jason, Jason Jason …. so sick of Robin’s obsession with him.

not to mention of listening to Sam or Kelly Monaco mumble through her
lines and touch her forehead all the time.

This story is a snorefest!

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

General Hospital is always at its best when storylines are action/adventure, mystery, and sci fi oriented. Thats the show i grew up on and thats the show i want. Watch young and the restless if you want something else.

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

I love it!!!!

mk
mk

Enter Billy Miller! Hope they don’t do a New face story. The original always comes back. Think Janet on AMC, Max on OLTL and Steven on Dynasty. They did new face stories and the original came back.

marie fricchione
marie fricchione

Only Steve Burton will do. No other is Jason Morgan. AMEN.

MissFixIt
MissFixIt

I agree! There’s only one Jason for me. I hope I don’t wear out my fast-forward button.

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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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Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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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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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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