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General Hospital Set To Reignite The Jason/Franco Feud!

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Born out of a conflict between Franco’s (Roger Howarth) growing fondness and time spent helping little Jake (Hudson West) through a tough time in his childhood, and Jake’s real father Jason (Billy Miller), it will prove to be the springboard for a major torque in the story between the bitter rivals on General Hospital. 

According to this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newstands now, GH head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante preview that another event will trigger Jason’s memory of the ruthless encounter between the two men from their past that sums up their enmity with each other.

Viewers can look for Franco to seeingly try to make Jason see he is a changed man, but according to the GH preview on Jason’s memories and the Franco feud, the scribes shared:  “The return of his memories won’t necessarily turn him back into exactly the man he was when he disappeared from Port Charles.  So the real impact of Jason’s memories returning is yet to be felt.  We, the audience should worry, however, that the return of Jason memories causes a tweak in Franco and makes him seem to start obsessing over Jason and Sam … and resenting them … a little too much.”

So, are you glad that GH is reigniting the Jason/Franco feud? Do you want to see an obsessive Franco?  Are you glad that Jason is going to have some major memories back? Share your thoughts on the upcoming story beat!

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Magento
Magento

Zzzzzzz! Can’t they just write good plots anymore? I get Jason getting his memory and all but at this point they’ve dragged that out for so long. I’d like to see some more original storytelling from GH. They have a large enough cast to tell some really great stories and not these endless ramblings.

Natasha
Natasha

I’m happy to see this story play out. It’s about time we see Jason’s POV about Franco’s return and everything he did to him. I never fully accepted the rewrite about Franco’s tumor being the cause of everything because he himself have said those urges go back to his childhood.

I want to see how this plays out, but I don’t want to to be as extreme as it was in the past. Yes, both men are different, but the underlying issues are still there and need to be played out.

Shawn
Shawn

This is an awful decision. Unless Roger is leaving the show and it’s an exit story for him, you can not drag the character of Franco back into this. People are just barely starting to accept him now.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

I agree with this 100 percent.

Kevin
Kevin

Exit storyline… that was my thought, too. Hopefully not, given all the effort that has gone into evolving the character. However, a lot of fans continue to resist that, so…?

I’m sure Roger will do it justice no matter the outcome!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed!

Soapnexis
Soapnexis

No, a million times NO! It was a horrible story when James Franco was playing it. Roger Howarth is an entirely different character and he should have come on as a different character to start with.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, the character is a dead end for sure!

AJQ
AJQ

The Jason/Franco feud can’t be reignited in an acceptable way because of the favoritism that Frank shows Roger. For the story to work, it would need to end with Franco ending, whether he’s dead or he flees for his life. Franco is the villain here.

But that won’t happen. We’ll get conflict but no resolution that will be satisfying for GH fans, it will be the opposite. It will only be satisfying or tolerable to Roger’s fans, people who put him above the character and the show, and they are not the majority. Unfortunately Frank caters to them.

u.
u.

1+

I don’t even like Jason, but Franco is a terrible (as in written, I’m not complaining about his morality or lack thereof) and has gotta go already.

Harry
Harry

Besides that AJQ, Franco and Jason are now cartoon characters. Franco acts like Goofy and Billy Miler, who tends to whistle through his nose, acts like Donald Duck.
These two goof balls trying to reignite their passionate hatred for one another would be akin to Goofy putting a pail of water under Donald Duck’s door.

Harry
Harry

I mean, over Donald Duck’s door.

Timmm
Timmm

Spot on Harry! Why revisit this anyway? Franco’s tumor gives him an excuse to be what he was? Now he is just like you said, a Goof ball! Why not have Jason go after Sonny for killing AJ?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, Harry–as usual, you say it best!

Tristan
Tristan

Even worse, there are rumours that Franco and Liz are to be paired. Meaning…more fan wars since they will be in “Jasam’s” holy orbit! Did Becky fight to stay, for this?

Matilda
Matilda

Instead of writing quality stories centered around General Hospital characters that General Hospital fans would tune in for, Frank runs GH like a child, baiting fan wars and utilizing his pets to muck up the works.

Whoever is in charge at ABC who allows this nonsense should be fired.

Paula Page
Paula Page

If done right it could be great. Both Roger & Billy can handle the material if the feelings ring true between them. Jason’s transformation to his “new” life hasn’t been fully explored.

elm1951
elm1951

sorry but i am NOT looking forward to this snooze-fest of a storyline…………….

Lisa
Lisa

No,no,no please don’t reignite the feud between these two – there is enough conflict just with Franco being little Jake’s art therapist.
Franco may actually do some good getting to what happened to that little boy at Helena’s hands.
I do have a question though – is Roger channeling Todd Manning ? He seems to be growing his hair out.

Patrick
Patrick

GH is channeling some “big” hair

Griffin
Franco
Carlos

LOL…. WOW

talk about 3 hot diverse GOOD actors

so many layers and intriguing stuff

Patrick
Patrick

I was “almost” going to add “Finn” but his locks are not yet at shoulder length

does any one miss Levi…

Soaphound
Soaphound

Yes, Patrick. I agree, though I liked Franco’s hair lighter (and with far less ‘product’). Now if only they’d let Jason & Michael’s hair growth a little, I’d be very happy.

Patrick
Patrick

“any” way

back to Franco and his untapped energies with Liz and Jake

argh! GH ! forever and day already…. do not lose this

DO NOT lose momentum

why ???? would GH waste more airtime on Jason and Liz… double snore

what ??? now that Jason has laid waste of Nicholas… it’s now… that quickly on to Franco ????

what’s the point? these two characters are being played by two entirely different actors…. Steve Burton and James Franco

I can’t believe I can say this… Jason and Sam… are the only times I CAN FF’d

kinda pisses me off… that it’s quality that’s being wasted vs.. what ??? A lollapalooza sex fest ??? with Jason and Sam…. wow ! dull

Patrick
Patrick

i’m hitting myself…

“…why ???? would GH waste more airtime on Jason and Liz… double snore”

i’m so caustic

that should read… Jason and Sam… double snore

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

What? Why would Franco obsess over Jason & Sam? He neither likes nor respects Sam–and certainly doesn’t want her.

This seems like a convoluted attempt to get viewers (ALL viewers) to root for them–and it won’t work. And if they want those same viewers to view a potential Franco/Liz relationship–this isn’t the way to do it

Patrick
Patrick

thank you @ Lucy… gavel this

the writing for Jason and Sam stinks enough as it is !!!!

does GH really have to cheapen drag down and spiral every body else ! ?

he’s telling Sam… if any one else touches her… he’ll Kill them….

I just cant believe how dull they are…. and this is the enigmatic Billy Miller

GH ! LEAVE Franco and Liz w/ Jake… in their own orbit… mixing and HOPING for what? intrigue ? DRAMA at its best ??? Sam doe eyed bambi cling on much ?

the character of Jason is done… DOA

neatly bow tie the return of ELQ
lay waste to the character of Nicholas

not good news at all….

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

You’re right Patrick. This is only going to make it worse. I’m interested to see where they go with Liz & Franco and I don’t need the deadly dull duo messing with that

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

The “enigmatic” Billy Miller looks disgustingly bored out of his gourd!

Shay
Shay

@nancy dillingham…..That’s probably because he is….as am I! Even reading the recaps as of late has been enough to put one to sleep, let alone actually watching this atrocious bilge!

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Truly awful.

Carol
Carol

RH is too likable to slide back into bad Franco. I never did care to JF when he played this role. RH should either continue to be redeemed or play an entirely different character.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey, here’s a novel idea. TPTB can “kill” off the character of Franco–and bring back RH as a different character! Sound familiar? MMMM–I’m seeing a new doctor with a lizard.

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

I dont see this Jason/Franco feud coming to a satisfying conclusion…but i will wait and see before i pass final judgement-would like to see Franco seriously injured rescuing Jake from some dangerous situation and a reluctant Jason saves his life and when praise from Liz and others come in, Jason finally decides to become Dr. Q and he gets his medical degree in just 6 months!!!-lol

Freei
Freei

RH Should’ve been another character period never liked Freako I hope Jason kills him all that his done #Team Kill Franko NOW

Elaine
Elaine

Same feelings here

Timmm
Timmm

I said it before, when James Franco died, thats it, the character should have stayed dead! Roger is and has been wasted on this stupid resurrection!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Amen!

tml
tml

If anyone can play a bad Franco other than the original, it is RH. Remember when Todd was REALLY bad? Oh, it was sooo good. I never could buy that Jason would accept Franco after all he did. Sam too. She should rake his eyes out. As for Jake, too close for comfort. I never could understand how anyone, even Obrect, could allow Franco to be any kind of therapist, even and art therapist with his CRAZY loo-loo background. Only on the soaps!

Dan
Dan

Guess I’m in the minority based on the comments I’m reading here, but I like where this is headed. Anything that gives Billy Miller and Roger Howarth some good stuff to play is fine with me. Neither has really had anything juicy to play in quite a while. For me, crazy Franco is better than art therapist Franco any day of the week. I like that they’re going back to the core of what makes each character, and that Jason is finally delving into more of his past, which is long overdue. There’s only so many scenes I can take of him and Sam sitting around the table talking. So I think they have some good ideas here, and I’m intrigued to see how things play out.

Elaine
Elaine

Yes both actors are talented and would like material that showcases that

Soaphound
Soaphound

I’m going to go with it too, Dan. Nearly every story seems to be in underwater slow motion these days so I’m more than willing to let my two favorite GH actors play some intense scenes. That’s what they do best, not playing house.

rocky83
rocky83

GH is grossly underutilizing RH. He’s been nothing but a second banana in various Storylines. Sparking up the feud will give him the opportunity spread his true Franco/Todd abilities. GH should also rehire Cassie DeP & put her in the mix so she can reignite her insanely wild chemistry that she has w him.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m with you 110 % that Roger Howarth is WORTH MORE material… and good scripts to drive RH acting talent

it’s truly tho… like apples and oranges… OK I bite… Jason and Sam are DULL

if I have to sit… through another story of the cheap weak characters of Jason and Sam Nancy Drewing all of Port Charles, in matching leather jackets sickening me with their lame romance with NO tantalize

FANS have posted wondrously just how much GH should capitalize on a relationship with Franco and Liz…. SPARKS

I really don’t like that fans NEED a character to be redeemed… especially when the writing TEAM may not have the scripts to bring this about. if a character or storyline is not true to form of the history of the show… it happens

I think Franco has been wonderful of late… especially with Kiki… and yeah it’s not making any sense that he is so terse and absolute that he’s not father material… and so ends his relationship with Nina… WHICH i’m OK with.. as GH … ONCE AGAIN… needs to capitalize on Julian and Nina… major sparks

doesn’t it all stem from how GH is focusing solely on : Carly and Sonny… and Jason and Sam any way

NOT A GOOD WAY to produce this show

it’s lacking with … these 4

MissySnow
MissySnow

RoHo should have been cast as any character from GH’s 53 year history NOT named Franco. Otherwise, Franco can die any day now.

kathy
kathy

Poor Roger he should have come on as another character. Franco should have stayed dead. This tumor bull just doesn’t fly and if he reverts back to his obsession with Jason he needs to commit suicide because he hates what is happening to him. This is a death sentence one way or another and would be the best way out and to regain some redemption for this despicable character.

Patrick
Patrick

Franco has the brain tumor
Jason has ??? brain freeze ??? with no taste in women…. Sam gotta go

they’ve both had brain surgeries

at this rate… GH is going to go through their whole cast … trying, and failing.. to prop the two characters they think are all that

Roger Howarth must be cringing… I hope they at least solidify a relationship with LIz… before getting all super hero… with cheap theatrics…

kathy
kathy

Brain tumor bull. What a ridiculous excuse. Jason is doing fine and so is BM. Franco is not working and if you took a poll I guarantee Hate him would win. Franco wasn’t mean to be long term.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, what I said!

Tasha
Tasha

It could be terrific of done in the proper way – especially for Jason and Sam. Jason finally getting a chance to understand and acknowledge everything Franco did to terrorize Sam and the pain of believing she was raped and Franco was Danny’s father is overdue. The tumor excuse rings hollow since Franco’s mom is nuts, and his “dark impulses” self-admitted go back to childhood. The problem is Jason would need serious recall with emotions to play this out properly, but I don’t know if the writers are prepared to go there yet. But if/when the memories come, Jason and Sam need and DESERVE a chance to explore and heal what happened after their honeymoon, leading up to the shooting on the docks – ESPECIALLY Jason’s completely OOC reaction. They can go there, but only if Sam, Danny and Jason remain united and largely unscathed. They have lost enough to the fingerprinting psychopath.

su0000
su0000

I gotta say;

The highly dramatic actor, Roger H, has been written as an empty vessel ..
I’ve been wishing Franco would grow his tumor back and blow the top off off GH , with Roger in high gear acting..

I am so sick and tired Jean & Shelly and their climatic dry drab writing..

I want Franco back! This powderpuff pansy Franco, is not Roger or Franco.

Jean and Shelley need to go write for the Waltons and get the H outta my GH ..

su0000
su0000

ohh geez! big big ooops!
to be ” ANTiclimactic writing..

Patrick
Patrick

god… i’ll say… doing some serious eye roll… with

ANTI – (CLIMAX) climactic stuff… that GH focuses

Sonny and Carly
Jason and Sam

NO FUN AT ALL

Elaine
Elaine

do not care for the writers,they are too soft and put their own agendas in the scripts.I want Jason to have all his memories back with full blown feelings.At least give Billy Miller his chance to play the real Jason Morgan not the writers version as this character is an icon and billy is a 3 time emmy winner

Patrick
Patrick

does… any one… wonder… if the writing were up to par… and we finally… get Billy Miller… acting craft bar none… @Y&R would translate to Port Charles ?

if the writing… up to this point… with a 2nd regime… since his debut… would make a difference ?

I don’t see it

the way Jason and Sam are written… and they don’t even “try” to venture in to his being a Quartermaine… that they just don’t have the “right” stuff to showcase and feature.. how dynamic this could be?

they certainly are showing… with Ms. Tracy

so… geez !

he’s been on the show.. for well over a year… I give up

let him snore and dull the senses with Sam… FF time

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Huh?

Vicky Rae
Vicky Rae

lol

Rebecca Zertuche
Rebecca Zertuche

They need to leave Franco alone. He’s not that man anymore and if anyone should understand that, it’s Jason. They need to get Nina, Franco and Kiki together, some family adventures, maybe another woman, but PLEASE not Liz.

Michelle
Michelle

No new fued. I like Franco how he is, and with Nina appearing to crack I don’t need Franco cracking. I like Jason how he is too, no memories.

Harry
Harry

Agreed, Michelle. I loved the scene with Roger and the puppy he named Daisy the other day.
I hated Michelle Stafford’s over-the-top screeching and yelling. I am a dog person and I know from experience that dogs, especially puppies, hate screaming and shouting. Can’t Stafford ever emote without shrieking? That was not just some bad acting, that was animal cruelty.
I will take that four legged bitch over the two legged bitch any day. Franco, please choose the puppy.

Timmm
Timmm

I thought the same Harry, puppies and infants shouldnt be yelled at or yelled around! It was disturbing.

edie bailey
edie bailey

At this point, I would also take the adorable little puppy if I were Franco. Stafford is an Emmy winner but sometimes her acting is atrocious and painful to watch.
I’m rooting for Friz!!! I hope Franco moves on with Elizabeth!!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Harry, you crack me up! I loved Daisy too! Dogs aren’t balls to be tossed about.

j9
j9

Too boring for words!! Please move them each on to some other storylines! ZZZZZZZZZZ is right!!

Barbara
Barbara

Hope Jason don’t like that Liz and Franco are becoming close. Think he might realize he belongs with Liz.

Mister Media
Mister Media

This development does not interest nor intrigue me. I have never seen a more wasted opportunity than that of the return of Jason as played by Billy Miller. There is so much complex and rich history which could be mined in the service of the Jason character but it is just not being written. Miller’s immense talent has been squandered. Roger Howarth’s immense talent is being squandered. Watching them squander it together in a pointless plot development with no real payoff will result in a squandering of my time. GH has the most talented cast in daytime but the stories lack depth and often lack a satisfying resolution. Long live GH! PS: What’s going on with the sudden proliferation of outdoor scenes? It’s too reminiscent of Guiding Light’s death throes. Should I be worried?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, that certain in “a worn path”–if I may borrow a Eudora Welty title.
And I kept seeing that same little house on the hill. Must be a really tiny spot where they filmed–maybe right outside the studio? LOL!

Rose
Rose

Feel bad that Roger inherited Franco. He’s such a talented actor, why couldn’t he have at least got an interesting character like Finn. Never liked the Franco story with what seemed a James Franco omage to himself. It was a dark, dark story, and don’t want to see it rehashed in any form again.

Timmm
Timmm

Rose, we all wanted Roger to be a Cassadine. Why not have Jason kill off Franco and have Roger reboot like Michael Easton?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey, WHAT I SAID!!

toy1975
toy1975

Oh yes please let Jason recall all is memories..EVERYTHING nasty thing Sam has done to Liz and her sons…Let him recall Everything Liz has done to be by his side…IMO NuJason has NOW lost his memories that Liz has done for him since he returned from the dead…

Patrick
Patrick

yeah, isn’t that something… and convenient

altho… Jason , I think was talking with Diane about his estate… or even Liz.. that she and Jake would be well taken care off

it just bites… because.. when he first showed up at GH… plastic surgery and amnesia…

oh… good gosh… we all could have swore… this was blooming big time romance… and was going GOING boom…. gone

had all the trappings of audience want…. Jake/Jason ???? N. Ms. Webber

it was all so innocent and natural… we watched Liz being taken… falling… and heart soar

alas…

his amnesia now includes stupid and MACHISMO being gangly and mobsterish without being…

OK.. I’ve just about had my fill

bye bye Jason and Sam

I’ll take me front rows seats and wait for Liz and Franco

toy1975
toy1975

Nope I do not want Liz romantically involved with Franco (yes he had a brain tumor) but I just can not get over all the nasty things he has done…I understand TIIC had to address Jasluts WHY i dont know since they always forget/drop that ball or rewrite history but for the sake of it…WHY did the BREAK up for Liason be over a LIE when EVERYONE in PC has lied…Liz did NOT lie to HURT anyone…people need to go back and re watch that day Nik told Liz who JAKE way…Liz went out to tell Jake BUT she watched SAMHO kissing Dr Patrick all happy,so she allowed once agaon to put others before what was the RIGHT thing to do/NuJason also told LIZ he didnt care who he WAS he didnt want to know his past he only knew he wanted LIZ and to be with her….BS i tell you BS…NOW NuJason is nasty to Liz/not seeing his son who by the way was hurt very badly BY once again b/c of Samho action….Liz has not home/no NOTHING yet Nujason has a lot of $$$$ BS again…..NOTHING has changed with NuJason….since he was told who he really was ……………….

MT
MT

As long as Jason remembers that Sonny shot his brother AJ

Anthony
Anthony

Always hated the mobster Jason character as played by Steve Burton. The current actor is playing Jason as human with a wonderful Quartermaine connection which was sorely missed with Burton. I sure hope the writers don’t turn the Billy Miller’s Jason into a “cyborg” — it’s bad enough they have stuck him in a storyline with Sam. As for Roger Howath – oh well.

Tami
Tami

I absolutely loathe Jason and Sam paired together. Both characters suffer IMO together. I like RH I wished they had made him Liz brother. I could care less about seeing the Martyrism of Jasam again on this show. Sounds like a snooze fest.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

I like this idea ONLY if ABC is now allowed to use the Todd Manning character once again. If so, Franco should exit, Roger should be off canvas for a month, then Todd should buy the paper from Julian and make a roaring return to PC.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey–sounds like a winner to me!

JUDY K
JUDY K

PLEASE NO……BOTH HOWARTH AND MILLER HAVE SUCH DISAPPOINTING STORY LINES….CANT THE WRITERS DO BETTER THAN THIS? WASTE OF GOOD TALENT. I AM SURE THERE ARE TIMES BILLY MILLER WISHES HE NEVER LEFT Y&R!

Timmm
Timmm

BOTH actors can walk away and be hired immediately! I wonder when their contracts are up on GH and what they plan on doing? They have to be embarrassed over the crap that is written down on paper they call a script!

Tonia
Tonia

I love Roger Howarth. Wish they would leave the old Franco out of this JaSam story. It was bad enough when James Franco played the part.

Aria
Aria

Aren’t Jason n Franco second cousins? Not that it matters at least to Jason, he was horrible and unforgiving to his own brother, still I hope it’s not true that Roger is leaving the show, I’m sure Jason will go crazy n do his bullying and then use his brain damage as an excuse, prob try to set up Franco up for something but Liz will hopefully help Franco out .

Charday
Charday

So over Franco and all Corinthos (except Michael Quartermaine).

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Me too! You start with a flawed storyline–no where to go but to end with a flawed storyline!

Scott
Scott

Please don’t reignite the feud between Jason and Franco. This was played out when SB played Jason and JF was Franco. Jason and Franco have both different people now and I like the new Jason and Franco much more. I’m all for Jason getting memories back but Do Not want him to get mixed up with Sonny and especially Carly! RH is one of the best actors in daytime.

Timmm
Timmm

NO, could care less! SLEEPY Miller and ROHO are not the original two characters. The feud would be like eating a Snackwell when all you really want is a Oreo! This will suck!

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

ROFL!

toy1975
toy1975

Be sure Samho will tell NUJason only her sweet side of her past…..Samho has always SUGAR COATED her nasty.then has the balls to throw crap up to others on what they have done!!!!!

Rodd
Rodd

I’m not sure I really care for this idea. I might be in the minority, but I like Franco. I was’t around to see the other Franco and all the terrible things he did so I don’t have anything but Roger’s interpretation to go off of. I like how they are making him work through all the bad he’s done and the hurt. That’s interesting to me. So Jason, who I can’t hear half the time, getting his memories back only to fight with Franco just doesn’t interest me. I guess every character needs an enemy to play off but I don’t want it to be this big explosive thing where one or the other gets killed. If they HAVE to do it, can’t they just go to Sonny’s gym and duke it out?

dmr
dmr

This storyline sounds boring and rehashed. I liked nu-Jason while he was with Elizabeth. I find Sam to be very boring and I think Sam with Jason is very boring. I would like to continue to see Jason interact more with the Quartermaine’s. I have loved having Ned back on the canvas, always love Tracy, and I’ve enjoyed seeing Monica more and Michael interacting with his family, too. I miss the Quartermaine’s.

Wendy
Wendy

No, I do not want to see trouble between Franco & Jason. That story line was long over. Please don’t start it up again. Let them dislike each other but please no extreme stuff again.

edie bailey
edie bailey

The best scripts for Roger Howarth currently revolve around his surrogate father/daughter relationship with Hayley Erin (Kiki). I was on board for the Franco/Nina romance–but since they left Shady Brook–it has been steadily downhill. The passion is gone and I’m done with the bickering over having kids and getting married.
I sorely miss Todd Manning and wish Roger could be a major mover and shaker life he was on OLTL. His vast talents have been languishing for far too long on GH. At this point, I wish Ron Carlivati would return; he seemed to appreciate Roger more than the current writers.
I guess I’ll withhold any opinion on revisiting the Jason/Franco conflict to see where it goes. I have no frame of reference, because I never saw any of James Franco’s work and don’t know that much about the overall history.
What I definitely do want is for the writers to explore the unmistakable chemistry between Roger and Rebecca Herbst. Hopefully , they won’t waste much time creating romance for these two upon Rebecca’s return.
Bravo to the incomparable Roger Howarth for making the most of the material he is given!!!

Katrina
Katrina

I LOVE both actors! I really hate them being enemies! Roger Haworth is finially getting his bad boy on again and I think it’s hot! I soooooo love his hair long..,,

Vicky Rae
Vicky Rae

Makes no sense to make Franco obsess over Sam – SUDDENLY. The change is too extreme. Perhaps some other kind of trauma could change who he is, but not buying that he could just forget about Nina and all that has happened over something Jason said.

Vicky Rae
Vicky Rae

At least you could show signs that Franco has had enough (we know he has), but show it. Whatever… you know RH will make it great! Just please, take time to make it more believable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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