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General Hospital's Thaao Penghlis On The Machinations Of Victor Cassadine!

Photo Credit: Alan Mercer

Photo Credit: Alan Mercer

As if you thought this Cassadine would be a fine upstanding citizen?  Think again!  On this week’s episodes of General Hospital, viewers learned that Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis) has been the master puppeteer, keeping Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough) around long enough at the Crichton-Clark clinic for her to finish her research and resurrect her dear friend Jason Morgan from his cryogenic state!  But … Good ole’ Vic has plans for Jason that don’t include Robin!  And just how did he manage to Robin away from her daughter and husband, when she was only an hour away from Port Charles?  By being the party responsible of having put Rafe (Jimmy Deshler) up to running Patrick (Jason Thompson), Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer), and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) off the road which caused the crash that ultimately led to death of baby Gabriel.  Victor has Robin right where he wants her … and now the tale will spin out from here!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the talented Thaao Penghlis at GHFCW 2014 to get his thoughts on the latest twists in the arc of Victor’s story, a preview of what may be ahead, what he thinks of Victor’s relationship with Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati), working with Kimberly McCullough (Robin) in the those major revelation scenes, and how he is even taking the heat from some fans because of what Victor is perpetrating on Robin!  So, here’s what Thaao shared that is making watching Victor Cassadine, oh, so fun and maddening, these days!

What has it been like portraying Victor while coming and going off the canvas of General Hospital, and now to have what look likes a very juicy story?

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THAAO:  I can understand the way they have brought me in periodically, because in order to make the story cohesive, you have to have had these times off so that things evolve; otherwise the audience is not going to believe what takes place … like people being revived again and that type of thing.  Miracles don’t happen overnight, and with this character for the first time, I am seeing something human. I love that, because I am always looking for the humor.  Because when you are, as they say, the villain, and if people are going to like you then you gotta have some fun!  You are going to be a challenge to the hero, and that is what I am enjoying doing now.  I suddenly went, “Wow!  What is going to be exposed at the beginning of September is wonderful!  Suddenly my character went: “I am a person.  I feel. I am having insights, and it’s not just about what I want and what I say goes.” There is a wonderful mystery that is evolving.   I was learning my lines the other night, and I was already in it and so invested in the story.  That’s how good it was.  I can say it’s the best stuff I’ve had on this show since the Ice Princess.  I am really excited for what is ahead.

So, now can we say that you will be kind of “recurring” on the show?

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THAAO:  It looks like roots are being formed with this character, so I would think so.  And on GH, you don’t really have a true villain, except Kathleen Gati’s Dr, Obrecht, and that’s a woman. The audiences are not used to having female villains as much as they are a male villain. I don’t want to sound like a chauvinist (Laughs) but male villains are much more interesting! (Laughs) They have a lot more power, let’s face it.  The world is full of them … and they are all men! (Laughs)

How would you define the relationship between Victor and Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati)?  Is Victor still smitten with her?  Does he love her? Of course, we never saw their back-story fully on-air.

THAAO:  I said to our EP Frank Valentini, so what happened to Victor … as I was the only one to survive, and I was put into prison, because I have no idea?  So I have to put it in my own head, and I can’t play what’s not there.  All I can do is have moments of what the lust must have been like between Obrecht and Victor, or what kind of sex we must have had, or what kind of passion we must have had.  Obviously, Liesl affected Victor more than he affected her!  She loves that crazy man, Cesar (Anders Hove)!  I think I am baffled, actually. (Laughs)  I love Kathleen!  She says, “I would rather have you!” (Laughs)  We have a wonderful rapport.  It’s a dance and it’s funny.  When I looked at her I said to myself, “Is this the type of woman I would go for?”  I thought:  “Kathleen is a lovely human being. She is a very dedicated actress, and she works very hard, and in the same way I was trained to do.”  So there are all the romantic things between Victor and Liesl, but what I am also discovering is … there is a threat there … a threat!

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How was working in those just aired scenes with Kimberly McCullough (Robin) … where Victor is quite nasty to Robin while they are trying to resurrect Jason?

THAAO: That has been interesting stuff to play.  Kimberly was not feeling well the first day we worked.  I had a sequence with her that was so primal.  When I say “no” to her, something came out of me, some sound!  I think I even shocked the crew! (Laughs)  I shocked myself at the way it came out!  It came out of nowhere, and so then I pulled it back in.  You know, Robin is a very vulnerable character. So, I have to watch how to play with her, whereas with an Obrecht type character you can move her around, and throw her on the bed, or whatever.  (Laughs)

Robin is one of the most beloved characters on the canvas in the history of General Hospital, and so to have Victor double-cross her when she is trying to do good and save Jason, could earn him the “Most Hated” Award! (Laughs)

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THAAO: Robin is a sacrifice in a way, and she serves her purpose in all of this, and people are blaming me for getting Kimberly off the show!  She wanted to get off the show, because she wanted to direct.  It’s one of those things where fans are saying: “You better not get rid of her because I am coming after you!”  And I am going, “Are they for real these people?”  I have had a few threats.  You look at it as the actor and you are going, “Ah, it’s only a script.”  You look at these people who take the stuff so seriously.   It is amazing how analytical the fans can be, and in-depth when they think up, or of, the storylines.  But overall, it’s been an interesting time coming back to GH … someplace I never thought I would ever be coming back to again.

For more with Thaao on his real life travel adventures and more make sure to pick up a copy of his memoir: Places: The Journey of My Days, My Life.

Now let us know, what did you think of the reveal that Victor was responsible for running Patrick and Emma and Sabrina off the road?  What do you think Victor plans to do with Jason?  What do you think about how Victor used Robin?  Do you hope Victor and Dr. O have more intense scenes together?  What do you think of Thaao’s comments? Weigh-in below!

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su0000
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su0000

Love love love Thaao Penghlis !!!
Love the Cassadine!!

I hope Jason will come back a killing monster and kill Robin, dead..
Mangel her and suck her blood out like a monster killer!!
And then eat Robin so there is no way of her return.. (burp & bflush! I like that 🙂

And no, I do not hate Robin she ain’t real to hate..
she is an irritant and very hard to tolerate, is all..

Heather Gideon
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Heather Gideon

i love love Thaao Penghlis too and like the role he is playing as Victor Cassadine
General Hospital is my faveorite soap i look forward to watching it everyday

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

Do you belong to some cult?…just curious…lmao

janet
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janet

no he is just really Re-Ron.

Omar
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Omar

Agree..I do NOT hate Robin, but PLEASE kill this character off..She is just SO damn BORING..Ever since she was on years ago playing a little annoying girl and now, its just been boring like there is no tomorrow with this actress..Just kill this character off..I thought i was the only one, thanks su0000, you prove me right!!

July
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July

Robin isn’t boring, never was. I’m not a robin fan, but don’t hate her. Her story is interesting ever since she came to PC. There is not need to say kill her off. She didn’t do anything bad to have her killed like some others have. Her story line now is stupid but still she doesn’t deserve to die. If you want her to leave than that’s your perogative but to die. BTW.. She’s not real. She isn’t going anywhere . She’s been on the show since she was child and if she wants to go and come she’s earners… Read more »

GH50
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GH50

You know, I love Thaao. he was so great back in the Ice Princess days and of course he is the great Tony DiMera. The man is absolutely a fantastic and I mean a fantastic actor and a soap icon. But I couldn’t get past his first response without shaking my head. Talking about a cohesive story, allowing things to evolve, what is believable and things not happening overnight. Sorry, but this entire story is so convoluted and full of holes and contradictions and things actually do happen over night. Robin has been working away for months and then pulls… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@GH50….I am also a huge fan of “Victor” from his Ice Princess Days! My word, TP was such a smoldering presence on GH during that Summer of ’81….way too old for me, but that didn’t keep me from my admiring his exotic good looks and dashing demeanor just the same!!! Hence, I was absolutely delighted when he returned to the Port Charles canvas (albeit decades too late for my taste!) but I have felt cheated thus far, not being apprised of his backstory and whereabouts since his all-too-brief appearance as my favorite Cassadine during GH’s heyday. While I love the… Read more »

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

GH was at its best in the early 80s…back then i rarely missed an episode…i shut the phone off and i wouldnt even go to the bathroom until the credits were over…lol…now im not too much in a rush to get home to watch and even take occasionally naps when the show is on(but thats also partly due to my poor health of late too)…once in a full moon GH will have a great entertaining episode that keeps me glued like the good old days and then there are the episodes that make me wonder why i watch…if tptb would… Read more »

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

I also want a backstory shown in flashback detailing how they met and the romance of Dr.Mutter and Victor Frankenstein…lol

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

I so agree with everything you are saying…and female villians can be just as cool…i guess he doesnt realize Helene is a female…lol…other great female villians were the late great Beverly Mckensie as Iris on AW…Robin Strasser as Dorian on OLTL and Rachel on AW(also Victoria W. as Rachel)…and Eileen Fulton as Lisa on ATWTs just to name a few who entertained us for decades with their deliciously villainous roles…!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

jimh…sorry you are in bad health…I know that soaps and other shows people get absorbed in are great escapes from reality. As for GH and its heyday; yeah…GH and OLTL and going alllll the way back to Dark Shadows…they were all great for what they were. But they’ll never be that again…as we won’t be who we were back then or sit and watch perhaps with people who have passed since then. Sigh. I’m feeling philosophical today. But what I’m trying to say is I think the shows were written for that era…and if we look back on the now… Read more »

Omar
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Omar

I agree with you 100%..GH is a “hot”mess this summer…LOL

July
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July

Totally agree Omar!!! Stupid and absurd storylines

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I love that Victor and Patrick don’t like each other it would be a great storyline if Victor has Patrick and Sabrina son all this time and made them think the baby is dead but I don’t like that Victor hurt Patrick and Sabrina and Emma and baby Gabe because he want to keep Robin in line to do her job if her family was in trouble it has none to do with Sabrina. So what is Victor going to do to save his own skin when people find out that he hurt Patrick and Sabrina and Emma and kill… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Actually, the fact that Victor is the one who orchestrated “Operation Roadkill” makes me admire him all the more. I only wish his plan had been more effective by divesting Port Charles of Sappy’s presence on a permanent basis, as well. As for all the people hoping that “Gabe the Babe” is coming back, all I can say is that when Robin fibbed to Patrick about Jason’s “death” being attributed to multiple organ failure, I breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that if that were a situation even she couldn’t reverse, then at least the “rent a runt” would not… Read more »

Kyle
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Kyle

I love Thaao, he’s Awesome. I do hope we see more of him an Robin, and they get Helena resurrected. I’d like for Jason & Stavros too, but mainly Helena, she’s one of my favorites. Can’t wait to see more of this!

Aurelene McGruder
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Aurelene McGruder

I think it was a dirty trick how Victor Cassadine got all of Robin’s work and research under false pretenses. He threatened her family at the expense of her marriage to make her do the work. Then when he sees the results, he gives her the bums rush to get rid of her while keeping all her research notes and the serums she created. The fact that he got Rafe to run the car off the road was purely evil. He indirectly caused the death of a baby. All of that shows his ego centric thinking. Victor Cassadine is thinking… Read more »

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

What I like about this storyline is that both characters were true to form. Cassadines should never be trusted to reveal their entire hand, and Robin was too arrogant in thinking she had any sort of control over the situation. If she had consulted someone who knows the Cassadines about Victor’s proposal, she would have known to read the fine print. But, she’s never been like that. Robin may be a good person. But her hubris is that her ego, like many brilliant doctors, makes her think she knows the right answer before everyone else. Victor played her like a… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Sometimes I’m more interested in how the actor comes across in an interview than what he or she has to say about his character and/or story line. In this case I was surprised at a few things; I think Thaao did come across a bit sexist…I don’t think the best villains are necessarily men. Literature and film are full of femme fatales and evil bitches. On GH alone both Helena and Dr. O are just two examples. And I’m not sure if I were an actor playing a love interest if I would admit publicly that I wondered if I’d… Read more »

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

Had to reply here…i know what you were saying…the past is gone and GH will never be the show it was 30 years ago(actors died, retired moved on but i wasnt saying bring back those characters from 30 years ago)…i can easily see that its not they 80s but i dont see why it cant be similiar in some way with the next generation…im not an Olivia fan but i see good chemistry with Ned and together they could become the next Monica and Alan…Olivia and Ned could fall in love, get married and move in the Q mansion…Monica married… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I understand what you’re saying jimh. Actually, I do like Olivia and Ned together…I had forgotten that she had a connection to Lois so that’s an interesting thing in and of itself in that Sonny’s not her only Bensonhurst connection; Ned is too by association. And, I’m beyond happy that Ned is there at all! I know he’s on another show so I’m surprised he’s been putting in time at GH. I hope it’s going to be on a regular basis. I also understand what you mean about building on the Qs…I’d like that too. But I still feel that… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@rebecca1…..It sounds as though you have never visited TP’s Twitter page, because if you had, you would be well aware that at times he can be rather outspoken and provocative in his views. I find it to be part of his considerable charm, but for the uninitiated, I suppose it can be unsettling! However, I do have a different take on his comments questioning his character’s “attraction” to Kathleen Gati’s Dr. O. I don’t believe he was being disrespectful to the lady or her sex appeal, but was as part of his acting process wondering out loud how he got… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Actually, I looked it over very quickly after reading this interview. Don’t get me wrong, Shay…I welcome all things Cassadine. I like Victor, in all his eviltude…he’s soft spoken and elegant which belies his dark side. He’s actually the embodiment of a vampire…looks like he could be one of a certain age…he charms and allures…then comes in for the kill. However, what I’m saying is a few of his answers hit me in a negative way… First about his attraction to Dr. O. I still think he was talking about himself…whether he would be attracted to her. I think that… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

ugggggggg…hear not here!

Shay
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Shay

I can certainly understand your drift on how some of TP’s responses seemed rather negative, particularly those regarding Kathleen Gati, but having said that, I am still very much looking forward to those two working together again. Both have that really intense, worldly quality, no doubt inspired by their own very interesting and cultured backgrounds. I failed to mention before that having worked for so many years with Leann Hunley as Anna on DOOL also probably furthered the actor’s comfort zone with beautiful blonde leading ladies, and so it may be a bit of a stretch to be imagining himself… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

THAAO: Robin is a sacrifice in a way, and she serves her purpose in all of this, and people are blaming me for getting Kimberly off the show! She wanted to get off the show, because she wanted to direct. It’s one of those things where fans are saying: “You better not get rid of her because I am coming after you!” And I am going, “Are they for real these people?” I have had a few threats. -////- You look at these people who take the stuff so seriously. It is amazing how analytical the fans can be, and… Read more »

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

GH and Port Charles and the people who live and work there arent fictional….they are MY FAMILY and are ‘REAL! REAL! REAL!’…lol

KMB
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KMB

I’ve said it before….bring back Stefan Cassadine please!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

agree KMB…loved him! He WAS Cassadine…and made that castle where Nicolas lives a magical, creepy, interesting lair…

Christy
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Christy

victor would probably freeze him. te he he

Lin
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Lin

I did not watch GH in the Ice princess days and know nothing about this character. After Luke raped Laura and GH made them a romantic couple I did not watch for many years until Luke and Laura were off the show. So when the Cassadines were on the first time, I did not watch. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I find the on again off again Robin story lines stupid as the character is not acting like herself at all (not coming to help her husband when his baby died, not seeing her daughter- to maybe, maybe… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

i hear you on that luke and laura crap. I never could see how a rapist and victim could ever be made into a romance… even that rate aside, I never got into them as a couple. Love Luke, tho!

i kinda remember the ice princess and this character, but you can still find videos online if you want to catch him from way back when…. back when we were all a lot younger! ha!

Shay
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Shay

Oddly enough, Lin, during his initial appearance as Victor back in the ’80’s, TP was the least scary and intimidating of the three Cassadine brothers. Mikos was the eldest and the madman behind the whole Ice Princess scheme, and Tony was more the business brains….he had been the one to schmooze and gladhand the denizens of Port Charles along with his cohort, eccentric madcap heiress Alexandria Quartermaine. But Victor was the hot, romantic one….still dangerous, yes, but oh so handsome and dreamy! I’ll never forget his appearance on a yacht in a Polo shirt (or perhaps Lacoste…) and shorts! Oh… Read more »

Suz Boo
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Suz Boo

I think it is funny that people are haters of Robin…aka Kimberly! She doesn’t write these terrible storylines…goofy people, this is TV and not real life Kimberly is a great actor as others are but remember the writers write the storylines not the actors they act out what is on their scripts by the writers. Get real!

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

Not really haters…just her storyline as you said its the writing and Kims off and on appearance…i dont hate the actress or character…just tired of them!!!

Omar
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Omar

Thaao is daytime soap legend and a great actor..But this entire storyline sucks..In fact all the storylines are just downright ridiculous, dull, silly and lingering with no reward..GH is in a bad place this summer..Hopefully by fall it will get better..I still and will continue to tune in.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Just not feeling this story line at all. Miss the genuine humanity. It may be there cloaked in all this fantasy and strangeness but really, I would rather it be not so difficult to find. Had hope GH would not become so over the top during this renaissance. It only gets worse for me.

Omar
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Omar

Agree..No humanity and a hot mess of a storyline.

janet
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janet

Thaao I liked on Days. When I watched some of it. I am sorry that TIIC of this show think its great to demonize the characters who don’t toe the mark. Kim and SK come to mind. KIm wants to do other things. So they try to make the fans hate her and think she is awful. Robin that is. The only thing this story does for me is make me wonder why. Personally I don’t think Jason could ever be any more evil than he was under Guza. Kill for money ??? Kill for money, kill for pleasure ?… Read more »

Patty
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Patty

We don’t need 3 somes filler story, we need story lines that connect characters and not have so many small stories that start and then dropped for weeks at a time. That said still a big fan. 🙂

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