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GH’s Ron Carlivati Addresses Vincent Irizarry As Valentin Rumor! Matt Borlenghi Clarifies His Tweet On If He Was Recast!

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This had been the talk of many a soap conversation over the last day which began with online rumors that circulated that All My Children favorite, Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David Hayward) had been tapped to play the role of Valentin Cassadine, and will begin to play the role sometime in mid to late 2014, the role once belonging to Matt Borlenghi!

Borlenghi had been originally tapped to play the role of Valentin, but due to James Franco coming on the canvas as “Franco” and that story moving forward at that time, the role was put on the back burner.

When Borlenghi read the rumors about Irizarry, he tweeted to Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati: “@carlivatiron @valentinifrank Anyone care to comment on recasting me as Valentin Cassadine? Wasn’t enough that I got Franco’d before? Hurts.”

To which that tweet got a reply from GH head writer Carlivati, who responded: “It’s a false rumor, Matt. No reason to be hurt or upset.”

Borlenghi then posted on the Gossip Gypsy this comment as a follow-up to their item:  “First of all, I lashed out at nobody. I respect and admire Mr.’s Valentini and Carlivati immensely. Yes, I was hurt by the news of a re-cast. It opened an old wound of getting “Franco’d” the day after my first and only night of taping in the role of Valentin Cassidine, which I was extremely excited about doing. In my hurt I asked a question. That’s it. If, indeed,  Mr. Irizarry gets the honor of playing Valentin for the wonderful GH fans and family, I wish him all the best. He is a terrific human being. As for those who replied in negative ways, well, I wish them the same peace and happiness that I wish for those who replied with support and compassion. Tomorrow is a new day… Happy holidays to all.”

So, what do you think of Borlenghi’s tweet and facebook message?  Do you think Vincent Irizarry is truly coming to General Hospital as Valentin?   Comment below!

 

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Joanne
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I would love it if Vincent would join GH! Matt answered very honestly….but I don’t believe ABC…the fans have been lied to before. With that said….I think if Mr I is indeed coming to GH..we won’t know about it yet. These actors are sworn to secrecy. I have to say…I truly love Vincent, great actor, and nice man.

Max
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Max

I so wish GH would create a role for Vincent Irizarry. Great actor, great energy – he could bring alot to the show. But with all the trouble ABC’s gotten themselves into by cancelling AMC and fighting with Prospect Park, who knows if the tangled web they’ve woven can be dissolved.

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Barbara t loves One life to live

I WISH, I LOVE VINCENT IRIZZARY, LOVED HIM AS DAVID HAYWARD, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

Johnny
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Johnny

I think this show does not need anymore evil people. Unless Valentin is a nice Cassadine. As for this tweeting business I wish it would go away. Actors are known to be very needy and self absorbed people and attention seekers. Back in he day if they lost a role thy would go home get drunk and pout. Now hey have forums in which to express their personal and professional rants and it all comes across very unprofessional, very childish, and I’m sure much of it done under the influence of something. It is hard to take people seriously when… Read more »

SZima
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SZima

Very well said, Johnny! I so agree with you…about all the tweeting and what Ronn Moss’ wife did.

David
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David

I could not have said this better myself. And yes, if someone is asking a professional question of someone, doesn’t it make sense to reach out personally to that person instead of sending out a tweet for everyone to see? He wanted the attention.

Elite advisors
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Elite advisors

Bad way to start a new job…. looks like you did this to yourself. Next…

Kay
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Kay

I definitely agree about Ron Moss’s wife. As for Valentin being a nice Cassadine, I wouldn’t count on it. According to Helena, Valentin hates both the Cassadines AND the Spencers and was determined to destroy both families. Of course that was from 2009, so they could easily retcon the character to be nice and say Helena lied or something.

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

I wrote several posts ago that i would like V.I. join GH…i suggested he play Jim Hastings, Laura’s doctor who follows her back to PC and later its revealed he is a Cassidine! And now i hear he might show up as a Cassidine? It would have been nice to see the actor who originated the role return but i dont remember him in the part because it must have been during a period i stopped watching! In that picture he looks something like Stuart Damon…maybe he could still return as a Quartimaine?…IMO

Kay
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Kay

There’s nothing really to remember about him. Any scenes he may have taped never actually aired. I’m not sure we ever even saw a picture of him, so Matt Borlenghi never officially originated the role. He was supposed to air in October 2009, but James Franco decided he wanted to try out soap acting, so the show execs created the role of Franco for him and put Valentin Cassadine on the backburner. I’m not really sure why Matt Borlenghi is complaining at this point. Five years is a long time to hold a grudge over a character he never officially… Read more »

Monica
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Monica

So will the character be on GH at all? Confused about RC’s response to MB as being just a rumor

richard
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richard

I think GH should bring Vincent as David Hayward, then he can reunite with Anna and be the one to resurrect Helena Cassadine!!! GH could use a strong male Doctor!!!!

CarolB
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CarolB

I like the way you think 🙂 maybe they should hire you… not being sarcastic, I really think that would be a great story line.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I thought this, too, when AMC first went off the air. If OLTL characters and actors can join GH, so can ones from AMC. However, with all the Prospect Park shenanigans for the past two years, I doubt GH would want to risk bringing and AMC character to their canvas and have those people from PP sue ABC again for some breach of something bs. But if he did come on as a GH character, like Valentin Cassadine, that would be awesome! Thaao Penghlis is coming back as Victor, and TP and Vincent Irizzary look somewhat alike, so it could… Read more »

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Lovesam1122

I thought his question to Frank came off a little rude. Reading his explanation either he didn’t mean it in that manner or is backtracking. I really don’t have any idea of who they are casting in the future. My first concern would be to lighten the load we have right now and then think about more characters.

Beth
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Beth

GossipGypsy is a junk tabloid. I am surprised Matt took the rumor on their word to begin with. I can understand his upset if he believed it to be true and I don’t think his tweet was out of line. Just the same, I think GossipGypsy is full of you know what.

Anne
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Anne

While I thought it was unprofessional for this all to be aired over Twitter, I was happy to see RC answer in the way he did. The whole thing is rather odd, though. And you know what they say: where there’s smoke, there’s fire….

edward
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edward

i wish they did not drop this storyline…. because us vetran viewers pay attention so we keep waiting

Mark
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Mark

Vincent is so talented I loved him as Lujack/nick on Guiding Light!!

kaffe
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kaffe

He come to GH to play a new Dr…..

I was a little bit disapooint Mr. Izzariary wasn’t cast as Sam Call father…..

But I’m kool with William Defry….

Vincent still can come as the “evil Dr”, who will get on Michael Easton (Dr. Silas Clay nerves!!)

CarolB
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CarolB

I think Vincent would make a great Cassadine. He and Nicolas have some resemblances.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Agreed, and with Thaao Penghlis coming back as Victor, think of the storyline possibilities!

John
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John

I met Matt at a AMC finale viewing party in Chicago back in 2011. I actually asked him what happened to him joining GH…and his exact answer was “You would need to ask James Franco that question”…so this guy really has been holding a grudge for a long time now!

KatieK
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KatieK

I love VI, Id love to see him on GH, as anyone. But, lets work with the actors we have. Poor AJ waited for a trial 4-ever, then it just lasted for a short time. Now, the guy can’t get a storyline. We all KM, is leaving, so Robin will be gone. Lets build the Q’s story back up, thats what Im here for, I love them. Bring the Cassadines back. I love the old families.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Actually, Kim McCullough signed a contract and will be staying on GH for the foreseeable future

Georgette
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Georgette

Frankly, Matt Borlenghi is acting like a child. The role does not belong to him because he was once cast in it and never aired, so wondering if he was recast is sort of a stretch Also, Frank and Ron had nothing to do with that original casting, so I don’t know why he is whining to them. Different regime. The sideswipe against James Franco was pretty unnecessary too. James Franco is a MUCH bigger star than Matt Borlenghi will ever be. Sour grapes. That aside, I would love to see Vincent Irizarry in the role of Valentin.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Agreed, 100%. FV and RC were not part of GH back however many years ago, they have nothing to do with and of this. And Matt B didn’t even air as Valentin, so it’s not as if he truly originated the role, because we as viewers never got a chance to see him as Valentin. He shouldn’t be taking this personally or holding a grudge for this long. If FV wants Vincent Irizzary in the role, a role he’d do stellar in, it should happen! I, for one, would love it!

su0000
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su0000

well,
.. FV is very sneaking with who is coming..
RC and FV love to surprise us..
When and if, Valentin Cassadine, is cast, we will not know until he is reviled…

( some can believe they know, but they do not know ,, lol 🙂

boes
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boes

Why are you so sure that whoever plays Valentin, be it Matt or VI will be reviled?
We might like them, you never know.

su0000
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su0000

Matt Borlenghi was cast as Valentin Cassadine…
”Borlenghi had been originally tapped to play the role of Valentin, but due to James Franco coming on the canvas as “Franco” and that story moving forward at that time, the role was put on the back burner.”
IF, Valentin Cassadine, is to return then Matt Borlenghi should play him..

Andrew
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Andrew

I don’t think Matt is being childish…. I remember his GH casting being announced as a big deal by the soap press. I get his annoyance – you’ve signed a contract, you’ve put your life in the hands of your employers and the soap press and fans are excited… and then pfft nothing. Who’s to say that Matt hasn’t had some fallout from that… In any job, being let go (no matter what the reason) on your first day is not good. So I can understand retaining his anger esp if there’s a rumor that someone is getting the job… Read more »

Val
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Val

Strictly from a story standpoint, it makes sense that the upcoming new Cassadine we know about (Victor) would need either a familial rival or a co-conspirator in the latest chapter of the Cassadine/Spencer/Scorpio feud. Enter Valentin. VI in this talented mature veteran mix fits much better than MB ever could IMO!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I totally understand his hurt…just don’t get how expressing it so publicly can help his chances of EVER landing a role with these guys. should have contacted them privately…

Mfarris70
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Mfarris70

I really doubt that GH would be casting a role six months or more in advance. I fault Borlenghi for addressing his issue in a public forum instead of in private like a professional. He was hired years ago by a different crew at GH, the role of Valentin does not belong to him.

SZima
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SZima

I would LOVE to have V.I. on GH, but not as a Cassadine.
I’d like to see him with Alexis 🙂

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Alexis is technically a Cassadine by blood, that wouldn’t work. But good idea though! If blood wasn’t an issue, I could totally see it!

Shay
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Shay

Not an Irizzary fan….would much rather see Ronn Moss as Valentin! Or some other big soap alum…this would have been a far better role for RoHo, but I’m not going to initiate another anti-Franco (2) discussion here,,,,,I can live with him doing what he’s doing, but I don’t think that the character and writing is serving him at all well at this current juncture.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Ronn Moss? Playing a possibly evil character? I can’t see that, mostly because he’s a terrible actor, but also because of his age… he’s over 60, and I don’t think GH would want to go that old with a new character, it might benefit more if they bring in a new 40-50 year old Cassadine, someone closer to Nik’s age.

But yeah, Ronn Moss as Valentin would flop, I hated him as Ridge on B&B (SO happy they recast him with Thorsten Kaye!) and I doubt he’d fit in here.

Shay
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Shay

First off….cannot stand the “Ridge” recast with TK! Don’t like his acting style and most especially his less than refined scruffy, unkempt look! Yuck! (Feel the same about GH’s Car-LOS! and Peter Reckel, too…) Secondly, I just don’t see Irizzary as having that European “flair” befitting a Cassadine….it’s not always about the acting ability, but looking the part and having that certain je ne sais quoi that most Americans simply do not possess. Moss does have that….hence his great popularity in other parts of the world. Yes, he is older now, but he retains that quality. Besides Thaao Penghlis is… Read more »

Tim
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Tim

I am not familiar with him. I’m surprised we ddnt see more ex-soap stars on GH & Y&R.

aria
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aria

no to vincent and yes to matt!

Kathleen Allshouse
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Kathleen Allshouse

I hope they seriously consider Vincent on GH. He would really be great! He is one of the greatest soap actors out there.

dmr
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dmr

Unfortunately, I think that the show is overcast as it is with too many recurring characters. It reminds me of OLTL, way too many characters. I think the writers need to clean house, beginning with nuMorgan and Lauren/Kiki. It’s unfortunate that we are teased with seeing the Quartermaines for a little bit; then, nothing. Take for instance, AJ and him sitting in prison, no air-time, hardly a mention. Then, a few days of his trial, he’s set free, etc.-very forced, rushed. I miss the Quartermaines. I miss the adventure of the 80’s. I miss the excitement of the 90’s. I… Read more »

Elite advisors
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Elite advisors

I agree with the rushed story lines as well…..it starts as a fire and fizzles out into nothingness….

Off topic though I did not like the way they sent off Laura…. Loose ends….hse rushed to get married to Scotty… then boom he wants a divorce…then boom she’s going to Paris to get tested… to never return?

Makes me dizzy

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I would love to see Vincent as Valentin, he would be amazing. Recently, GH has made some pretty great casting choices, with Maura West as Ava Jerome and William DeVry as Julian, they’re both amazing actors and great characters. GH has a lot of cast members, though, and with the return of Ryan Carnes (Lucas) and Thaao Penghlis (Victor), I don’t know that now is the right time to introduce a new character, even though Vincent Irizzary would be an awesome and welcomed addition to the cast

Matt Borlenghi
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Matt Borlenghi

While I regret to a degree having put my heart on the line in a public forum, this is 2014, and that’s become the standard in some ways. I did not expect the vitriol spewed but some of the folks who see themselves as experts on the matter. Folks like Johnny above, who dares to insinuate that I was under the influence of something when I wrote what I wrote. The fact is that I was honored to be in the position to bring Valentin to life. It was crushing to lose that opportunity. I felt connected to it immediately.… Read more »

Ellen
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Ellen

Matt, I agree with you about “being human”! I read these forums on occasion to see if I might get a clue if a rumor about a fave actor of mine is coming to a show I like. But, I most definitely disagree with the way some people handle themselves on these forums. They think it’s a place of free reign to ridicule and put people down. I especially hate when the posters start in on each other with insults, which (though I didn’t read every post) I didn’t see much of here, thank goodness. But, some people are run… Read more »

Lin
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Lin

if they were smart, they would not create a NEW character for Vincent. They would bring on David Hayward. Much better than any stupid Cassadine. I’m bored with them. They are cartoon characters. They should have had David bring those people to live.

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Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

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When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

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“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

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