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GH's Richard Burgi Dishes On The Treachery Of Paul Hornsby, His Co-Stars & Returning To Daytime!

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It has been a few decades since the character of Paul Hornsby was part of the canvas of ABC’s General Hospital.  Originally, Paul was a hot shot financial advisor to ELQ, who was eventually forced by the now infamous Cartel do to some of their dirty work.  Paul was married to Tracy (Jane Elliot), and fathered her son, Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins).

Fast forward to 2015 after what seemed to be a “chance” meeting at the airport, Paul is back in Port Charles claiming to want to reconnect with Tracy and Dillon – after all he is now divorced from Jenny Eckert.  However, viewers learned that Mr. Hornsby has turned very dark and sinister!  So dark, that it appears that he is responsible for the hit on Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) … and that he is responsible for shooting and killing, Kyle Sloane (Robb Derringer).  Paul’s agenda seems to be to take over the territory, and bring down Sonny, and oversee the Jerome organization’s rise to power.   How is he doing this … by blackmailing Ava Jerome (Maura West) to do his bidding! But now, it looks like Paul could be answering to someone else who is pulling all the strings! Who could it be?

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with veteran television and film star, Richard Burgi, who has returned to daytime to take on the role of Paul Hornsby, originally played by Paul Satterfield back in the early 90’s.  The actor’s GH storyline has afforded him the opportunity to work with many of the power women of the soap including: the aforementioned West and Elliot, plus Finola Hughes (Anna) and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis).

Burgi certainly plays treachery with a capital “T”, as Paul is one dude you don’t want to mess with.  During our conversation Richard weighs-in on: if he knew playing Mr. Hornsby was going to be this dark, teases Paul’s relationship with Port Charles Mayor Lomax (Saidah Arrika Ekulona), shares his thoughts on his new GH co-stars, and what it’s like to be back on daytime TV after his time years ago on Another World and DAYS.  He also gives a preview of what to look for in his relationship with Dillon, and the danger his character presents to the rest of Port Charles.  Here’s what the charming and witty, Richard Burgi could say about it all … for now!

Did you know from the beginning, when you were being brought on to General Hospital, that Paul was going to have a major reveal/character turn?  Fans were expecting something to happen, especially when Paul all of a sudden popped up on the canvas and bumped into his ex Tracy at the airport!

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RICHARD:  Our cagey executive producer, Frank Valentini kind of alluded to it, but he keeps his cards close to his chest. So, I did not put too much into what he was saying, and some of what he was saying was cryptic.  I did not know GH before, and he was speaking in terms of possibilities for the character.  I really don’t pay much attention to what is coming down the road from what somebody is prognosticating, or offering.  I just try to live day to day.

So, you in essence are saying you wanted to protect yourself, because you did not want to be disappointed, right?

RICHARD:  That’s the probably the foundation for that façade, yes! (Laughs)  But I really did not know, but I had this intuitive trust in Frank, and I love daytime, because it reminds me of theatre.  It is the closest thing to theatre with usually a better paycheck and a better dressing room.

So, at GH is it a better paycheck and a better dressing room?

RICHARD:  A better dressing room! (Laughs) 

Paul is doing terrible things, and he is dishing out a lot of threats.  What is this all about for him?  Is he just power hungry?  Back in the day, he was in the Cartel, but not of his own free will.

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RICHARD:  I think with most men they have a back-story where somewhere down the line something has hurt them, and unless they have gone through an inordinate amount of therapy, they are going to try to work that out in their day to day life. Someone who recedes into the background of how things work will press on, and charge ahead.  Every leader is going to take flack for whatever way they choose to point, or guide.  I think Paul is one of those guys, who has probably got a lot of skeletons in the closet, as we all do. He probably is a little power-hungry.  Who isn’t?  He probably also has some sadistic treacherous elements to him, as well.

The audience watched Paul shoot and kill Sloane.  This was all so he could still cover up his crimes, and still pin the blame on a dead Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) for Sonny’s shooting.  What did you think when Paul murdered Sloane in cold blood?

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RICHARD:  There are certain people throughout history that will do something heinous, or have murdered for some sort of reduction of collateral damage, in order to have some future for themselves, and for those that they love.  They do what they need to do for their vision, their world.  I love some of the writing.  Now some of it can be frustrating, but because they are dealing with these nuances and subtexts, some of it is, and will be really, really juicy.  There are so many layers going on here!

What is the deal between Mayor Lomax and Paul?  He revealed he knew her back in the day to Tracy and Dillon.  Is that even true?

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RICHARD:  That’s a good question.  I am involved in a few storylines so I am still cobbling the pieces together of Lomax and Paul’s back-story.  We all know people who have finagled their way into so many different situations.  I think Paul is one of those people who just has a great knack for success, and perseverance, and yet, I think he also has a backbone of humility, when all is said and done.  Not that I am a fan, but I look at Donald Trump like that.  Someone who’s clinging to this front of: “Yeah, I got it.  I will take care of it.  I know how to do it.  And all these other so-called-politicians are really blowing it, and it’s about time that someone with some balls comes in here.” I think Paul is similar to that, and such a fun complicated character.  I would hesitate to say whether he is bad, or good.  I have a dear friend who watched GH for twenty years who clued me on some of the back-stories.  It’s so brilliant and insane! (Laughs)

How has it been working with the amazing Maura West, and especially with the story set-up where Paul is blackmailing Ava to do his dirty work?

RICHARD:  It’s been really fun working with Maura.  She has this approach where she works angularly, where a lot of the actors come at each other head on.  But I have loved Maura’s attack on: what she does, what she is protecting, and what she is going after.  I have been so grateful to work with: Jane Elliot, Finola Hughes, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), and Maura. I also got to work with Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) and Teresa Castillo (Sabrina), and they are just delightful.  They are all so sharp.

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Will the sparks fly between Ava and Paul?  Will they hit the sheets?

RICHARD:  I will say this; I am going to be doing more than threatening these ladies! (Laughs)

And what about working with the phenomenal Finola Hughes ?  I can see Paul and Anna really having a continuing cat and mouse game.  After all, she killed Carlos, and Paul has been putting those pieces together.

RICHARD:  Oh, she is very cerebral, and really well-prepared, and likes to play, and is self-effacing, and likes to win.  Finola is really right there in your face, and I say that in the best possible way.

And then there is the incomparable Jane Elliot! What has been like coming in to a show like GH, and to work with her?  And in story, does Paul truly care for Tracy?

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RICHARD:  Jane will knee you in the nuts with a smile on your face, or a slap your back and walk out of the room cackling! (Laughs)  But on the same token, she’s like the guy you want at a bar room brawl.  Paul does care about Tracy.  They had a child together. They have this great history, and water under the bridge that nourishes a very fertile albeit dark foundation.

Does Paul feel bad he is living under the Quartermaine roof perpetrating his skullduggery? (Laughs)

RICHARD:  To a degree, but hopefully you come to terms in life that feeling bad is just one of life’s many things, like feeling good. (Laughs)

Robert Palmer Watkins plays your on-screen son, Dillon Quartermaine.  Both you and Robert are recasts in your respective roles.  What are your thoughts on working him?

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RICHARD:  Robert is a real sweet guy, and a strong young man, and he cares about what he is doing, and wants to do good work.  I was not like that when I was his age; I was such a pompous ass.  I studied with these great teachers, and I only looked at each scene, and did not think about to far down the road, sort of like I do now. (Laughs)  But, I never thought there was any longevity in anything in my life.  I was always playing everything as if it was my last day at work.  Robert just has a more practical approach to it, and he is a hard-worker.  He cares about what he is doing and portraying a young man in a conflict of dislocated parents.

Paul says he wants a relationship with his son.   Is that really important to him, or another smoke screen?

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RICHARD:  I believe so, because at some point in life you start to question what is really important.  I have two boys in real-life and I can sort of push the needle forward a little bit, and get a feel of what it would be like in real-life to have a child like Dillon and the challenges therein.  Dillon and Paul hardly know each other, and they are both grown men, which makes it a very interesting father and son dynamic.

Sonny is paralyzed and has had health crisis, after health crisis, since the mob boss has been shot.  Have you had a chance to work much with Maurice Benard?  Sonny has been in the hospital scenes since the shooting, while Paul had been roaming around town!

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RICHARD:  I haven’t really worked with Maurice. I have exchanged few words or time with him.  It’s revealed that Paul shot Sonny, but there are other revelations in terms of plot is concerned that turn out to be fallacious. But I will say, some stuff will go down between Sonny and Paul! Maurice may know more than I, and maybe I am projecting about the whole thing that he wants to be friendly, but we have this collegial distance.  This may be Maurice’s way of ramping up the characters and the ensuing conflict.  I’m digging it.  It’s great!  This is how I perceive things, but it may be part of the fabric of my imagination. (Laughs)  I respect actors who want to work that way, and whether or not, that is what Maurice is doing, I don’t know.  He could be so far from that, and so I would be wrong.

Will viewers be seeing a lot more of Paul?  Have you been working a lot?

RICHARD:  Yeah, I am kind of bouncing over the place.  I think they are trying to test me, or stir up some storyline.  I really don’t know where the story is heading.  I’m involved with several of the women, and my on-screen son.  I have also had scenes with Michael (Chad Duell).  I think there is part of Paul that perhaps is trying to enroll Michael over to his world, or save him from Sonny.  The whole Ava and Anna situation is also interesting to see where that is going.

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You’ve been on Desperate Housewives and so many other primetime shows.  But how is it being back performing on daytime?  Earlier in your career you had a few other daytime stints playing Chad Rollo on Another World, and Phillip Collier on Days of our Lives.

RICHARD:  There is something that is so unheralded about doing daytime. There are wonderful actors, and it’s a crazy medium.  It’s a speaking medium, and to me there is a real premium on: getting your head around the words and getting your mouth around the words and engaged with your partner, and bringing some life to what is a rather stagnant environment, because of the medium.  You can’t have a lot of movement, and the cameras cannot be chasing your around.  You’re not going to be doing five or ten takes at different angles.  And for me, I love the soap production schedule as I can then have a life.  It’s not a grind; it’s a job, and a great job, and probably the most difficult of the filmic realms, which I find a challenge.

So, viewers have realized that Paul Hornsby is a son-of-a-bitch! Would you agree … and what do you think he will go through as he continues to try to take over Port Charles, while trying to maintain some sort of family life with his son and his ex?

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RICHARD:  My goal is to breathe some humility and humanity into this son-of-a-bitch. I would challenge anyone to find their own inner son-of-a-bitch!  And for those of us who are willing to go out there, and say hey, “Let me portray this uncomfortable slice of humanity.  Let me really commit to this despicable act of inhumanity,” I think we all have it in us. I mean, haven’t you just known people who are just the greatest, and so magnetic, and people loved them, but in turn they were really hollow, soulless, and were just these black holes of humanity?  I have known people like that, and it can be the most frightening thing.  For Paul, I am sure throughout it all, there is comeuppance to be had, and paybacks, resurrections and redemptions, and who knows what else!

So, what have you thought of Richard Burgi’s performance as Paul Hornsby?  What do you think is driving Paul to create havoc in Port Charles?  Do you think it will be found out that someone else ordered the hit on Sonny Corinthos, not Paul? Other than Tracy, what Port Charles leading lady do you think Paul will ultimately end up in bed with? Do you think Paul truly wants a relationship with son, Dillon?  Share your thoughts on what Richard Burgi shared, and what you think will happen next with Mr. Hornsby in the comment section below!

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Sprite
Sprite

This man is the most gorgeous thing to enter Port Charles since William Devry Simard. Great actor also.

Fanny
Fanny

Agreed…Acting on point ! Handsome, & Killer threads.

su0000
su0000

I’m luvin Richard Burgi/Paul..
I can’t wait for more of him and some action and intrigue, something spectacular!..
The way GH has been lately, boring conversations, and dumb stuff I hope they do not have Paul dancing with butterflies and kissing trees .

Perhaps somehow Franco could get involved with Paul that would give him something to do.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol. Dancing with butterflies and kissing trees? Su, what is he a fairy? A Sprite? All he needs is wings and some fairy dust.
You really want Franco to get involved with Paul? You mean be a criminal?
The last thing Franco needs is to be involved with a dangerous crook. Franco needs to keep his nose and hands clean.
By the way, did you love his ringtone? What was that? To think that family members complain about mine…” Spirit in the Sky” (Greenbaum’s one hit wonder). LOL.
I actually agree with Scoma60. GH made a bad move by making Burgi a bad guy….very disappointing. As Scoma points out, the town is full to the gills with criminals. It would have made more sense for him to have swooped in as an upstanding guy, weeding out the undesirables.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Correction…needs ARE wings….not IS.

Shay
Shay

Aw, CeeCee, I really don’t mind Richard Burgi as a baddie….it’s part of his dramatic DNA! I cannot recall the last time I saw him playing anything but a heel of a horndog….that’s his raison d’etre, professionally speaking! To have Paul Hornsby be a real prince simply would not ring true. However, you are so right about Franco staying away from him….the man has enough on his plate with that loony duo with whom he is currently cohabitating. Now THAT situation, I truly cannot abide! I mean, the freaky “FraNiKi Family” scenario is like “Ozzie and Harriet” on acid! It simply cannot end well! (Oh, and as for your still-fervent wish that Phyllina is revealed to be the Kikster’s bio-mom? Just a though here, but remember when Britt performed that exam on Ms. Clay to determine she was well-past her childbearing prime???? Wouldn’t Dr. Westbourne have seen evidence of her patient having given birth? Since she was in a coma, I would think a caesarian would have been required to have delivered a baby, not to mention that no matter how well the body bounces back from gestation, there are always some telltale signs of it. I realize I am applying logic to a situation where there will no doubt be none, but it does make you go hmmmmmm. What say you, CeeCeeGirl??????)

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
Ohhh, baby!!!! I am cracking up. “Ozzie and Harriet” on acid? That’s rich.
Yes, I do agree with you, Shay….that living situation is way out there. It’s for the birds; the LOON-type.
I also agree that there definitely would have been tell-tale signs of having given birth, whether naturally or by C-section. However, what if Britt chose not to tell her? Was Dr. W redeemed yet, at that time; or was she still in her mean-wayward-child phase?
I would not like to see Kiki get hurt or anything, but her alcoholic binging may cause her to get behind the wheel and get into an accident. She will need a blood transfusion. The premise would be that Ava does not share the same blood-type. Enter Nina. Voila’, the truth is discovered.
As far as Burgi, I did not realize that his raison d’être, as far as his career is concerned, would only be to assume a Svengali-like personality. Now, I get why he’s so good at it. I thought that poor Tracy would find some happiness with him this time around. Of course, un affaire de coeur could still happen. But, at what cost? She would be very hurt, again. And that, would be tres dommage.
Then, there’s the possibility that he may play tootsies with either Ava or Anna. Who will it be?
Later, bell’amica.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Correction….FOOTSIES, not tootsies. I know that’s what I typed….but, this iPad has a mind of its own.m

Shay
Shay

Hey CeeCeeGirl, sorry it took so long to reply on this thread…..let me begin by correcting my own mistake in haste….it’s “caesarean,” but of course! I totally cringed when I saw that whopper of a typo had made it to post…..anyway, what I recall from the time of Nina’s nutty quest for a bio-baby is that Dr. Westbourne was pretty straightforward as a doctor…she did discuss her impressions of how odd and mentally far gone her “cousin” was with none other than the likes of her “Mutter” in the COS’s office, but there seemed to be no deception on the part of Britt….however, one must think that if Dr. O. were truly aware of the fact that Nina has delivered a child, then she very skillfully concealed that fact in her own inimitable means of deflection during that conversation. However, when you get down to the brass tacks, no credible physician could miss that evidence if it existed….I suppose should our suspicions about Kiki’s true parentage ever come to fruition, then we must once again chalk up Britt’s professional ignorance to Ron C.’s poor track record of connecting the dots. As you have repeatedly remarked, there have been so many factual inconsistencies, dropped plots and tantalizing tidbits which ultimately led nowhere that overlooking a very crucial piece of Nina’s medical history would certainly not be the most egregious example to mention. (And on the subject of Dr. Westbourne….I still miss her! KT’s character was such a fabulous member of the GH canvas….no one can fill her void.) In terms of Mr. Burgi, yes, he is most often cast as the cad par excellence….it’s his calling card. I’m not saying he never plays a good guy—and credibly so, at that—but he most often turns up when a well-heeled male of questionable integrity is required….and he does do it so very convincingly!!! As far as his “romance” with Tracy???? I never bought it for a minute….plus, it simply doesn’t work for me. (They are simply too….different. Like Hill and Bill…haha!) Whilst Paul is a real step up from the crotchety old Luke, Ms. Q should have recognized his insincere slickness after all the idiocy she believed with Mr. Spencer…furthermore, I would much prefer Hornsby with Anna….both are too smart by half, and it would be a real delight to see the “Divine Devane” beat him at his own smarmy game. Hopefully, her current emotional travails shall be brief and she will be back on form in short order. Lastly, given that I’m beyond sick of Ava and her sexual antics, I would hate to see her take up with Paul….they would probably give Alexis and Julian a run in the “yuck” department when it came to OTT exuberance, and I’ve really grown quite weary of adults with arrested development acting like overheated teens in the bedroom department. Besides, I’d like for Ava to stew in her own lusty juices for awhile, since she has become persona non grata with all of her… Read more »

Scoma60
Scoma60

I think Burgi is great but GH really screwed up making him a bad guy. GH is overrun with bad guys: Sonny, Jason,Julian, etc… Burgi could have been a great romantic leading man whose power came from legal means. I would have loved for him to be a high powered businessman who returned ELQ to the Qs. And let’s cut to the chase: everyone has to lose to the “sainted” (gag me) Sonny. What a waste of a handsome sexy charismatic actor.

su0000
su0000

hi Scoma60..
the thing about GH ‘bad’ guys they are also ‘good’ guys, they have two sides, the good and the bad..
The bad guys are bad when doing their mob business and good guys when with family and loved ones, with only a couple of exceptions.
All, on GH are a mix of bad and good.

Fanny
Fanny

@Su000…. YOU R ABSOLUTELY RIGHT❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️

ces
ces

Love Burgi, hated that they turned him into a killer already. Had high hopes for him and Tracy or even Anna. Both ladies need to do more than just drop in on people or poor tea.

Timmm
Timmm

I would have shaded him grayer. When he killed Sloane in cold blood it made Paul diabolical and that was a mistake! So I agree with you.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I have to agree. He is one of the bright spots on GH right now and I would have preferred a character with “shades of gray” as opposed to outright murdering thug. GH has way too many murdering thugs already. I only wish he had put Sonny into a coma. The last thing I want to see is St. Sonny doing the “will I walk again?” schtick. Ugh.

Anyway, Love Burgi especially with Tracy and Anna. Yummy!

Dawn
Dawn

I rather have Duke back. Paul is Duke’s replacement in that age range and they made him a super bad guy. It made getting rid of IB and Duke even more pointless.

Nonni
Nonni

I agree. However, Richard Burgi is lackluster. He needs to speak up or maybe has a problem with his voice. He spoke normally on prior shows. He is trying too hard. I do seem to like his chemistry with Anna more than Tracy. He looks pretty good. I think he must have had a hair replacement session or two. However when they dont use the super softening lens his lines really show horribly. Oh well. I’m open to see what happens.

elm51
elm51

i am loving richard burgi’s portrayal of paul hornsby – so glad they have someone in port charles for us “seasoned” lady viewers………………..lol

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I know, right? 😉 lol

Robert
Robert

Here is my prodiction…Paul and Lomax have a child that will enter the canvas. He will fall for Valerie right after she and Dillon finally realize they do love each other. Love Richard portrayal of Paul, this guy is a wonderful actor!

Timmm
Timmm

Mr. Fairman strikes again BUT I have never read an interview where I have learned NOTHING! Richard wasnt even being evasive in as much as he was just being methodical and for what reason? We know actors are not allowed to give plot lines up. I did like his positive comments about daytime and his respect.

Sly
Sly

I love the experience and depth that Richard brings to the role of Paul. His screen presence is amazing. I love it when Finola Hughes is paired in scenes with strong actors that can match her brilliance.

millie
millie

I can’t wait for all the stories to unfold on GH. We all know that Paul Hornsby won’t be around that long. I am a fan of Richard Burgi, have been for a long time, he is a wonderful actor. Sonny Corinthos and his family are the core of GH so in the end Sonny will prevail. It should be a wild ride in the coming months for the Corinthos family and I for one am waiting and cheering for GH. I also can’t wait to see what the writers come up with for all the other
characters on GH.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Was never a fan of his until he came to General Hospital. He has taken Paul and really given him root. Loving it, and cannot wait to see where Jean and Shelly end up taking him. Love the connection between Paul and Tracy, and Paul and Ava. Two potentially great pairings that I hope last!

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At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

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With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

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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.

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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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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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