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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What's Wrong With Luke? What On Earth Did They Do To Him At Miscavige?

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It’s become quite clear there is something completely off-kilter in the personality of one Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) on General Hospital!  Since he was rescued from the Miscavige Institute, after Heather (Robin Mattson) put him in there, he has been prone to insensitive outbursts, confusion, and a mean streak we haven’t seen before … or have we?

There was no better example of the “new” Luke when on Friday’s episode he tore into Monica (Leslie Charleson)!  First, Tracy (Jane Elliot) had accepted Luke’s marriage proposal and agreed to become Luke’s wife for the second time.  When Monica heard the news she questioned Tracy, and Luke’s motives, to which Luke went off on Monica and called her a “serial cheater” and a slut! Next, when Monica learned that AJ (Sean Kanan) had been shot, Luke showed no empathy and basically told Monica that its karma that AJ is in the hospital fighting for his life.

And in a preview that everyone is talking about for tomorrow’s upcoming Monday episode, it appears that Luke is hitting on the much younger Kiki (Kristen Alderson)!  So what gives?  Several theories have been bantered out including: could Luke’s brain been scrambled or drugged so badly that he has regressed to the Luke Spencer of his young adult life, when he was a “bad boy”?  Is Luke not really Luke, but an alive Faison (Anders Hove) with another prosthetic mask … although the height different would seem odd? Is there a psychological reason Luke is acting out this way?

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Let us know your theory on what is wrong with Luke, but first watch the clip of Tracy accepting Luke’s proposal and then Monday’s preview where Luke hits on Kiki!

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Sandra Norcross
Sandra Norcross

I was thinking Jerry Jax in a Luke mask!

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

Thats one of them who i thought when commented a few posts ago…but i like Dannys suggestion that its Bill like he posted below…

Chris R
Chris R

You know what i think? I think he had a mental breakdown and he regressed to his own father, smarmy TIM SPENCER whom we don’t know enough about.

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

now i like Chris Rs idea that Luke thinks hes his father…Tim Spencer!!!

Serena
Serena

I think it’s a doble , he was doing business with Julian way before he was at the mental institution, this is a Luke impersonator and the real Luke is still at that place

Lanedra
Lanedra

I agree! I picked up on the same clues as you, Serena!

crystal
crystal

Serena has hit the nail on the head! That is not Luke and he’s been pulling Julian’s strings all along. So, where is the “real” Luke? That’s the question

Gidget8178
Gidget8178

I agree because I don’t think he would ever betray Sonny. Also has anyone else noticed he hasn’t been wearing his earings latley? I can’t remember him ever not wearing that hoop earing.

speshrt
speshrt

Its not Luke for sure. He is still in the mental institution. I don’t know who Eckert is but if he is the one involved with the Barret companys and wanting to bring Sonny down that would make sense. This is not a bad boy streak, it is a cold calculating evil Robot of a personality in total-not just an aspect of somones past personality.

JoAnn Barnesi
JoAnn Barnesi

I agree with Serena. I know this can not be our Luke. I have watched GH since Luke came on the show in the late 70’s. The Luke we are seeing is an imposter and I believe too it is Faison with a prosthetic Mask. Remember no one ever really dies on a soap, or at least they find ways to bring these characters back. ( Since they never showed the dead body from Anna and Scorpio supposedly offing him, it is just assumed.) If is not Faison, it is a mortal enemy of the Sonny Cornithos. Perhaps someone from Sonny’s supposed dead wife Lily and her crime family. But yes indeed, it could really be Jerry Jax. He is recovered supposedly from the cure don’t forget. And he hates Sonny.
Someone who def. hates Sonny Corinthos. I believe the real Luke is being kept at Miscavage. Only time will tell. I am hating this storyline because we all have loved Luke all these years as one of the strongest actors and characters on the show.. Please bring our Luke, the real Luke back soon.

rj
rj

I agree! It’s either Jerry jax or The one Anna got rid of faison (the one who started the mask thing) or Jason who maybe aj will come back in as (twin brother) Faison and bill were in a cartel together

TG
TG

I agree that it is Jerry Jacks! That would make the most sense with the ongoing plot especially since Julian rescued Jerry Jacks and his current behavior. To save Jerry when he fell Julian made a deal with him to financially back the company. He is now wearing a mask just like previous characters and the real Luke is still locked away some where in the mental institution. Maybe, he and Heather are now room mates. 😉

dee
dee

i think it damian smith

rgale
rgale

it is not jerry jax. luke told the hit man to kill which ever of the three he wanted and jerry would never hurt alexis

Karun
Karun

At this point, I really don’t care. It is not entertaining AT ALL. I’m sure its a way to get Geary off to Europe and they have run out of ideas as to how to do it. I ff through his scenes as they are unwatchable. This is a soap, for crying out loud. Not Dexter.

Danny Ricci
Danny Ricci

I am astonished that not one person has brought up what I’m about to say yet:

That’s not Luke Spencer, it’s Bill Eckert.

It’s as clear as day to me, why isn’t it clear to anyone else? Especially since Bill Eckert once had a romance with one JULIA BARRETT, who was mentioned recently as possibly being the owner of Barrett Enterprises, which is funding Julian’s efforts against Sonny. And I’d bet Donna Mills is playing Julia Barrett, too. Would not shock me one iota.

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

I previously mention Luke was an imposter but i totally forgot about Bill…and that would make a lot more sense too me than who i suggested and i like yours better!!!

heidi
heidi

Interesting idea Danny!

However Donna Mills… love her… sorry Donna… is too old to be Julia Barrett… she could be her mother!

su0000
su0000

Luke has new hair, more hair, a piece perhaps and that gives him another look, eerie..

aria
aria

ummmmm bill echert died, and yes i know everbody under RC has been brought back from the dead , so who the freak knows……..

Connie
Connie

Donna Mills is playing Nina’s mother

dmr
dmr

I had thought about Donna Mills playing Julia Barrett, too-to get revenge on Sonny for hurting Brenda. I think she is playing Nina’s mother, though. Or, perhaps, the “dead” Olivia Jerome. Image Donna and Maura West playing off each other in scenes, as mob sisters?!

Mish
Mish

My thoughts exactly. – Luke is gone, Bill is back.

JoAnn Barnesi
JoAnn Barnesi

Yes I forgot about Bill Eckert. That was a rather strange GH storyline at the time. Very confusing then and now.

Lew S.
Lew S.

I hope ii is something chemical and not another switcheroo storyline. We also have enough crazies roaming Port Charles, do we really need another? Compelling stories and not shock value please!

su0000
su0000

I, for one, like the ”shocks” .. they are thrilling and exciting..
and
Luke is not a crazy, it is something else going on..

TG
TG

I miss the real LUKE! !!! Bring him back ASAP. I feel sorry for poor Tracy!

GH50
GH50

I agree Lew S. , the imposter/switcheroo stuff would be going to the well one too many times. But Maybe it’s Luke and instead of his brain being just being scrambled, maybe he’s been programmed to do someone else’s dirty work.

Lew S.
Lew S.

I GH50, I never thought of that!

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

Maybe its just Luke’s time of month…lol…Seriously, on two previous post i commented that is it really Luke or a mask imposter such as Jerry Jacks, Faison or even Mitch Williams…could he be Victor Jerome too…endless possibilities…but maybe Luke’s just nuts!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

So true, endless possibilities– but in my book if John on DAYS can go through about ten personalities changes since first being kidnapped and brainwashed by Stefano– this could just be Luke being a victim of mind control– or perhaps, Robin’s cure is having some kind of odd side effect– I mean she didn’t have time to test it– Those are two more plausible theories, but if it turns out Luke was abducted by aliens and this is a clone I think my GH viewing days will be over. LOL

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

I hope your right…that its either mind control or a side effect from Robin’s cure…i dont mind a little campiness in my soaps but GH is going too far overboard even for me…GH has been somewhat better recently but if it doesnt get more grounded soon i believe itll start loosing viewers! However, i think it could gain some new viewers if repeated on the cartoon network…lol

heidi
heidi

I would not be apposed to it being a switcheroo as Lew says… but I hope it something chemical too. However after seeing the preview… Luke would never come on to Kiki like that… so I think that rules out something chemical… a lobotomy or massive shock therapy or could it be the horrible Mitch Lawrence in a cross over… I hope not!!! Would much rather see it be Bill Eckert… which would fit more with the Barrett Enterprises and Faison connection. I would love to see Harlan Barrett (Michael Cole) come back too!!! Wouldn’t it be great to see Michael Cole play with Donna Mills! All of the possibilities are so much fun!!!

heidi
heidi

I just thought they have the real Luke and are using his blood to get the cure for Jerry Jacks and this is an imposter… likely Bill Eckert or someone else. Robin will have to work on the formula again before she can save Jason. Very clever!!!

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

good possibility with that blood thing…

TG
TG

Maybe, he was bitten by a distant Cassadine and is now turning into a Vampire. LOL

Susan
Susan

Can’t Luke just be Luke? There is not one stable relationship in Port Charles. Not since Edward and Lila Quartermaine. It is time for another one. Luke & Tracy are old enough to become that go to couple if the writers would just quit thinking they have to mess up every relationship and make people into something else!

dmr
dmr

I agree; let’s end the frozen bodies, masks, and cures to rare and unknown illnesses (that only Robin can create) and people returning from the dead. It’s ridiculous.

TG
TG

I agree with you! I just wanted them to be the one stable relationship and to finally see them happily married, supporting, and giving other people advise along with going on the occasional adventure!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well since we just had a Luke’s dying story, it won’t be a medical problem. And they just did that switched identity thing, so I doubt they will do it again. I will go the Days route and saw Luke has been brainwashed while he was captive– much like John was the Pawn on Days for Stefano, Luke is still Luke but brainwashed and will be controlled by ?????– — Jerry, Dr. O, Victor or maybe Donna Mill’s character whoever she is.

Sheri
Sheri

Maybe he’s yet another incarnation of an evil Cassadine. And the real Luke is still drugged up and imprisoned in the dungeon at Miscavage. Have to say, I was expecting Nina or Nina’s mom to be a Cassadine brought back to life. And I thought for sure the hunky cop had to be Silas & Nina’s son.

Sheri
Sheri

Gotta be some reason Tony diMera/Victor Cassadine has been back in Port Charles.

su0000
su0000

I do not know what has happened to Luke, I do know I like it!!
He is now a mystery and a puzzle..
Tony is doing an excellent job playing this version of Luke, it actually creeps me out, and that is good!!!
His eyes have me on edge wondering what will he do next!
I am excited for this strange Luke story!!

something out of the box for Luke!!!!!

Charday
Charday

Luke really ripped Monica a new one—the “go-to” girl at the hospital. Meantime, I hope Sonny is sent to prison for life (and off the show) for his attempt to murder AJ.

marsha
marsha

First of all Sonny is great he just lost it thinking about Connie no one has said any thing about the evil Ava she needs to be gone.

shannon
shannon

I think the writers need to come up with some better storylines than the ones lately!! Been disappointed for awhile!! When the hell is lulu going to find out Ben isher son ,when is Ava going to be caught for all she has done. These storys I would like to come to a end before starting another ridicolous story!!

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

But what if Lulu really isnt Bens momma…what if Britt really is Bens momma and Dante is the father…Bad momma Dr.O is clever enough to convince her daughter Britt she isnt Bens momma just to have control over her and to blackmail if she needs something from Britt who is really Bens momma after all?

LovinGH
LovinGH

Remember Britt used Lulu’s fertilized egg….I thought Luke was acting like Bill Eckert too especially with the hair style. I know there’s a lot of back from the dead stories but its a wonderful way to resurrect beloved characters and actors to come back since a bunch of them were killed off by bad writing. Anyone who has been an ABC Soap fan for a long time is loving GH’s writing , bringing in characters or making reference to RH, AMC & OLTL. I for one want to keep GH on the air, so adjusting to some fantasies and not complaining might help with that.

Mary
Mary

I don’t like the Sonny story line I think they just wrecked his character shooting A.J. In cold blood how many times can he get off attempted murder without going to jail. They make Sonny look weak believing every word out of Ava mouth and breaking his word to Michael.

JoAnn Barnesi
JoAnn Barnesi

I agree with you Mary, I hated the storyline of Sonny shooting AJ. Just awful what is going on. Not another Ghost again.. Remember when Allan died and his ghost hung around for Traci to see only. Then when Emily died the same thing with Nicholas and Monica.. So ridiculous.

boes
boes

Let’s see….. Luke is rude, vulgar, still a manchild in an aging body with no social skills and a certain pride at being an ass, a guy who only cares about himself and has continuing delusions of both grandeur and adequacy,….

So what’s the difference????

Dan
Dan

I’m glad they’re giving Tony Geary something interesting to play again. Luke has been kind of wandering around Port Charles without much purpose for the past few years, since the storyline where he killed Lucky and Elizabeth’s son Jake. When he’s given good material to work with, he’s still one of the best actors in all of daytime. He didn’t get all those Emmy awards on his mantle by accident.

Looking forward to seeing where this new storyline is headed!

dmr
dmr

I still hate the fact that he ran over Jake. I hate, hate, hate that.

Kilmeny
Kilmeny

I still don’t believe Luke killed Jake. They made a huge story out of it but there was a clip of Michael at Carly’s car fixing something, or cleaning the bumper. I think it’s actually Carly and she has no idea and for some reason the writers changed their mind and went with the Luke story. I don’t believe there is a Jason and Robin will find out when she arrives she has been duped into another Jax incarceration and I think Luke has been transferred something of Jerry Jax in the medical test.

Michele
Michele

Think they took Luke and that’s Jerry.

Anti-Nick
Anti-Nick

Bill Ekert or Grant Putnam

mfarris70
mfarris70

Maybe Luke had a stroke and it affected his censoring, like Sophia on ‘The Golden Girls.’ Just give him a handbag and a laugh track. Seriously I love GH and I’m curious to see where this is going. Luke is no spring chicken.

Avatar610
Avatar610

Maybe Jerry Jacks had yet ANOTHER facelift and came back to steal Luke’s identity while he was locked up at Heather’s nuthouse!

dmr
dmr

Please, no more Kiki. Last week was so nice, hardly any Kiki air-time. The character and the acting makes me cringe. Certainly not a powerhouse performer capable of sharing a scene with Tony Geary. And please, no more masks. I thought something was “off” with Luke when he was rescued (and at the hospital) and he referred to Lulu as “Leslie Lu,” which he hardly ever does. Love Tracy. Jane Elliot is an amazing performer. Love the scenes she shares with Tony, with anyone, really. She’s brings her “A-Game” to every scene.

lizzy
lizzy

I’m so glad to see that it wasn’t me that was going crazy. I was wondering who that was dressed up in a Luke suit. . . . It doesn’t matter I have never been so surprised as when Todd showed up as Franco with no explanation of how he looked just like Todd and nothing like Franco but when everyone saw him they recognized him as Franco. What the H? If we believe that we’ll believe anything! I would at least expect some reference to plastic surgery.
As for Luke, he’ll be okay. He always is.

sarah
sarah

Since Roger was a re-cast, that’s a different situation. We have had 4 Carlys and everyone always knows who she is. And when Sarah Brown came back to play Claudia, no one yelled “Wait! You used to be Carly!” :0)

The thing with Roger and Kristin and Michael as you know happened when Prospect Park puled the rug out from everyone by claiming they owned the characters Star, Todd and John McBain. Franco doesn’t look like Todd because he and Star and John now never existed on GH.

But getting back to NotLuke…. 🙂

Christy
Christy

it’s not really Luke…
it’s Heather with a Luke mask on! bwahahahahaha

sarah
sarah

Well, no, I really think it is someone who hasn’t been in Port Charles for many years since he thought he still owed a club & wanted to go to the Outback. Did this Bill guy hate Monica and AJ?

I hope they don’t string this out for long…

Christy
Christy

I was joking, of course. Are you referring to Bill Ekert? Luke’s cousin? They killed that character off — “In 1991, Geary returned to General Hospital as Luke’s cousin and look-alike Bill Eckert, due to the actor’s desire to play something other than Luke. However, due to audience feedback and demand, the character was killed off and Geary resumed the role of Luke in 1993.”

I don’t recall that that character behaved this way. It just seems like he’s acting more like Heather, than himself… like they brainwashed him and obviously drugged him at the institute.

Andy G.
Andy G.

The scenes with Luke & Kiki on Monday’s show utterly creeped me out! If I wanted to see a decrepit, snarky septuagenarian trying to seduce a nubile young ingenue, I’d watch any Woody Allen movie from the last 20 years.

Joe
Joe

I dont think its a mask, I think we have had enough of that. Too bad that he is remembering saying and doing those things, because Tony Geary would have been fantastic doing a split personality story. Brainwashed – that sounds too campy who knows, as far as a health issue he just had one so this is really mind boggling but if anything the GH writers know that character best I am sure it will NOT be a disappointment. Not Faison, or not anyone else, cant believe that they would continue that over and over. Faison was Duke, then Britts mother was Anna, I dont see GH going down that road over and over

smoochie
smoochie

I understand that we are seeing a Luke Spencer with his worst qualities in full operation. But the fondling of Kiki’s thigh is unacceptable. When Luke raped Laura, his story was written in a way to redeem him, because he and the Luke/Laura phenomenon brought such high ratings, the blow was softened, she forgave him, and they got married and went on to be the first soap super couple. Geary was also a lot younger and more attractive then, (though had quite a few years on Genie Francis). I about wanted to spew when Luke grinned lecherously at Kiki. He reminded me of Chester the Molester. I have always accepted Luke who is a debaucher but kept it in his relative age bracket. Even though Kiki is legal age (I think) Geary could be her grandfather – this better be nipped, because they will lose a viewer who has watched for close 40 plus years.

sarah
sarah

I didn’t see anyone mention that “Luke” wanted to go to The Outback, which hasn’t existed for many years, and then I think it was Tracy who mentioned Luke’s old nightclub and he sort of lit up about that.

I don’t want any more silly masks – that was embarrassing to watch! I don’t thin there is any way this is Luke…. and it is someone who isn’t at all up-to-date with things in Port Charles. And if he touches Kiki’s leg again, iiiccckk!!

Danibklyn
Danibklyn

Unless it’s Jerry Jax, someone will have to come back from the dead. I think it might be Anthony Zaccara! He was in love with Tracy, has a personal vendeta for Sonny and doesn’t know the changes in Port Charles. Who knows?! I just hope this doesn’t go on forever!

smoochie
smoochie

well after yesterday I will not be able to watch any scenes with Luke in them. The writers are actually showing us that the Luke who raped Laura is actually a sexual predator and not a guy who couldn’t stop himself (with Laura who he really loved) and we actually forgave him that one time because Laura loved him back and married him. But this lecherous dirty old man who caresses Kiki’s thigh and buttocks should be reported and locked up. And it is even more frustrating that the character of Kiki who was so bold and defiant in the beginning, has not smacked him, screamed, told anyone about it especially Tracy, and most importantly reported it to the police. The dirty ole b–stard needs some kind of admonishment and punishment. The writers do too,

NikkiC
NikkiC

I remember Bill Eckert as being kind of serious and boring. I know he was involved with the cartel, but I thought they tricked him into doing work for them. I don’t remember him being manipulative or malicious. I think Luke’s behavior reminds me more of Stavros.

Corinne
Corinne

He is not really luke Spencer.

Corinne
Corinne

He is not really luke

Terry Moran
Terry Moran

Maybe Luke is Jerry Jacks or the old Franco. he’s had some sort of brain swap or he’s wearing a mask

Jean
Jean

I’ve been watching this show since it started and never liked stupid story lines like frozen towns etc. I wish they would quit messing with characters and be at least a little realistic. I always liked Sonny , even though considered a mobster he seemed to have a good side but shooting AJ, shouldn’t have happened and this Luke sucks! I don’t know what his problem is or who he really is but acting like a dirty old man and going against a friend (Sonny) is also whacked ! Robin coming and going etc. Are there new writers or what the hell is going on???

Corinne
Corinne

I’m confused.

Ginger
Ginger

Maybe Anthony Zacharra?

Robbin
Robbin

I believe he had some sort of brain treatment over there, and his brain is switched with someone else’s brain. Maybe one of the characters mentioned above.

sonia
sonia

now that everybody know that Luke is not Luke can we see where Luke is and who is he now working with Julian we want some clues ,every body come back to life .why not Lily sonny wife ,maybe her lost twin sister sonny didn t know about

Michelle Landers
Michelle Landers

Believe its Jerry jax

Laurie
Laurie

I think he’s wearing a mask cause Luke would never go after Sonny

Maggie
Maggie

He’s Ric Lansing’s Dad, as far as I can see, after piecing all the hints together. Poor Luke is probably locked up somewhere and will be found by Robin if she’s scheduled to come back soon or maybe he’s off on a spree unaware of the havoc his lookalike is wreaking havoc in PC!

marie
marie

NOT ANOTHER FLIPPING MASKED PERSON!

Randal H. Upton
Randal H. Upton

I think about Luke Spencer was drugged by Heather Webber and two goons. He needed changed his mind from bad to good. Anna will stop him and send to Kevin Collin who will be able to help him from evil to good.

Tiffany
Tiffany

I know years ago Luke had an evil twin brother. I think it’s his evil twin and Luke is locked up some where.

Jan
Jan

I hate seeing this Luke it makes you want to throw up. He was a bad boy in his young years but never evil. Hitting on young girls doing drugs and now threatening to shoot Natasha as he callshet

Cookie Roberts
Cookie Roberts

Hate, Hate, HATE! Lukes new role.
I want the lovable, quirky Luke back…..NOW

Bee
Bee

Faison would never threaten anyone in Anna’s family, especially Emma. Luke is either Anthony Zacchara or Jerry J. AZ has absolutely no heart and would threaten a child. After all he tried to kill his own son and daughter. He killed his wife. Fluke is being set up. Maybe Heather will rescue the real Luke and redeem herself. Fluke is over. That DEA undercover will be the one to pull off his mask when she confronts him about the next shipment. And everyone will converge on Fluke. Sounds good? LOL

Randal H. Upton
Randal H. Upton

It was the mask of Luke Spencer . It was masquaded by Cesar Faison.

General Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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