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Grab Your Hankies! Was This John Ingle's Last Scenes as GH'S Edward Q? Watch the Video!

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When we ran our interview with Jane Elliot (Tracy) last week, and teased what General Hospital executive producer, Frank Valentini said in Soap Opera Digest about the return of John Ingle as Edward Quartermaine for a key scene on today’s episode of the ABC soap, we expected some heart-tugging moments, and boy, did GH deliver!

In what could be the ailing Ingle’s last appearance on GH,  series head writer, Ron Carlivati tweeted, ” Don’t miss the return of the one and only #johningle AKA Edward Quartermaine today on General Hospital!”  The scribe also tweeted an image from the episode here! pic.twitter.com/tpl9BWvo

However after the episode aired, Carlivati took to twitter again and stated, “Okay, who cried when Edward Q gave Patrick & Emma the thumbs up today on General Hospital? I’m man enough to admit I did!”

The scenes in question involved the amazing Jason Thompson, Jane Elliot, Leslie Charleson, as Patrick, Tracy, and Monica,  and of course there was little Emma, who along with Edward, were integral to the hankie-filled moments.

After the jump, watch today’s emotional scene from General Hospital with John Ingle and let us know your thoughts!

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leena
leena

I don’t watch the soaps anymore since OLTL was cancelled. But when I saw this article pop up on facebook I had to take look. I love JOhn ENgle, he reminds me of my own grandfather. Makes me so sad to see him so frail. Wishing him all the best. Soaps brought joy to my life from my childhood, so to see them end and to see my favorite characters leave reminds me of the years passing me by.

God bless him!

Heather-Marie Love Bold & GH
Heather-Marie Love Bold & GH

heather-marie here. i think i cry both eyes drench on my pillow,laying back relax at night watching on soapnet,and daytime at 3 eastern,regular time,and i am still crying again seeing this morning before work again,on soapnet,for him to RARELY SPEAK that prove 2 me,i think he is maybe more ill then we believe. i feel sad,but i know he will be at peace,in heaven by his beloved real life wife,and him and LILA had the BEST relationship,for the older couples/seniors,and i will forever remember him with smiles nothing less.go wipe the rest of my tears now,head to work to enjoy our day because life really is just TEmpoRary,have to be like JOHN INGLE make it count,EACH LIVING DAY,he is so cool,so sweet,great actor,in many other shows,movies,and i will ALWAYS smile when i think of him,even if i cry again if he shall pass soon,i hope he live but i hear otherwise,and thank you for advising us of this Michael Fairman Love your blog and site,bye now.from heather marie.

Phil
Phil

You don’t know what you are missing. The dream team has done it again at GH! I liked FV and RC alot at OLTL, but loving them at GH, and I being a former GL fan didn’t watch and vowed never to watch GH! The show is simply incredible

Sheila
Sheila

John’s appearance on that show was the most emotionally stirring moment, I have seen, on any soap, in many years!

General Hospital is truly coming back! It was a long time coming.

God Bess John Ingle.

Andrew
Andrew

WOW, could not be more poignant. And that is Edward, and John Ingle has been a great Edward over the years.

Leticia
Leticia

It was so nice to see John Ingle on GH today.  It felt bitter sweet to me. John’s character has been a hughe part of General Hospital’s history.   My hats off to everyone that has contribute to making General Hospital THE BEST show on ABC.  

Leticia
Leticia

Please fix my typo Huge.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Loved this scene and love what Jason Thompson had to say about it on Twitter.
He said when he looked at John Ingle he was not acting –his expression was real life and you could see the emotion on his face. BEST SCENE EVER. Little Emma was adorable when she asked if they would get to see Mommy. Congrats to GH for more must see TV. Thanks

Eva
Eva

I CRIED LIKE A BABY SO FREAKING SOBBING!!! AMAZING WORK BY PATRICK THE LITTLE GIRL AND EDWARD *SIGHS*

Scott
Scott

He’s definitely on his way out. The poor mam is not what he used to be. 🙁 I’ll miss him dearly, though!

susan M.
susan M.

He looked very frail…………

Scoobydum
Scoobydum

Such a classy moment. Well written and impeccably acted. This is an example of what Soaps can do best.

Bethy
Bethy

I adore John Ingle and it breaks my heart to think of General Hospital without him. He brought a warmth and comforting presence to GH. He is like the grandfather I never had. *sob*!

dg
dg

They played the emotional angle really well. And it had great impact. If John is retiring I will miss him. But unfortunately none of this makes up for the shameful way the quartermaines and all the other older,established vets have been treated on this show.
As a 42 yr viewer this isnt enough to make me forget that over the last 12 yrs or so the core families and history have been gutted from this show.
It started with the Guza/Phelps regime when they decided to worship Maurice Bernard and the Sonny character.
The Quartermaine’s were killed off and those characters that remained were written horribly like Billy Warlock’s AJ. It was all done to exalt Sonny and to turn the show into a Sopranosesque serial.
Under Cartini the Qs have remained nothing but older window dressing. They have no significant story, their history is not mined and there have been no new younger generation of this core family written back into the show. Cartini have done nothing but give us lip service where they are concerned. They rehired Leslie Charleson and we see her once in a blue moon. Instead of writing a new younger generation of Qs ( perhaps cousins or whatever) they continue to harangue us with talentless younger actors playing Sonny’s children ( hello new Christina) and the children of his never ending stream of insipid enemies (paging Trey, the son of Joe Skully Jr.)
I cant let Cartini off the hook for ignoring the Qs just like the Guza regime. It obvious that their true allegiance lies with their one life to live actors, and truly expounding on GH history is not a priority for them.
I wish our beloved John Ingle peace and prosperity for the rest of his days upon this earth.

Beth
Beth

OK…. here we go. CARLIVATI is in the process of returning GH to his heyday. I posted on here yesterday I believe, the GH of today, is more like Gloria Monty’s GH than anytime since she left. It is not going to happen overnight. I have the patience to watch what transpires…I do not want to see GH go the way of OLTO. Already there have been returns of the past, both storylines and characters. JMO… Also, my anniversary will be April 1, fifty years ago I started watching.

Beth
Beth

As I replied during the night, it was a short answer. For those that have watched since day one, we have seen so many ups and downs with GH. I recall in the late 70’s “Luke” got so much hate from a certain group because it was called the Luke and Laura show., Everyone cannot be happy all the time. Guza and Phelps killed the Qs. But then again, did they really, as Jason is in fact a Quartermaine. EVERYONE has a right to their favorites and those they could so without. That being said, as Maurice B said last week, the new “in command” have returned the show to an ensemble show. This from the person that the show had been focused on for years. In the interview he did state that it was great; as far as he was concerned. If in fact the show was so darn awful, why did it again win the Emmy. The show has won more that any othr show. All the neysayers need to sit back and watch. I have been on this ride since day one, and I can tell you that Gloria Monty is in heaven with a huge smile right now. GM saved GH in the late 70’s as FV/RC has in 2012. Just sit back and enjoy.

J.R.
J.R.

AMEN to every word of your post!

Lynn A
Lynn A

Oh please! The new regime has had nothing to do with the decimation of the Q’s! They are doing a wonderful job bringing GH back to where it once was! This is the summer, which means the teenagers get big stories so the show can hopefully gain new viewers for generations to come! Yes it was the Sonny show for many years, but many great storylines have come from all of that! Please don’t forget! It wasn’t just Sonny all the time! If we didn’t have Sonny, we wouldn’t have Alexis, Carly still in the mix as she is, wouldn’t have Kate, Olivia, Dante, the list goes on and on! Stop your bitching and enjoy the fact that we still have our GH!!

kay/kay
kay/kay

Right on dg right on!

Christine
Christine

I read about this on another site. Boy does he look thin. He reminds me of my deceased grandpa with that hat on. 🙂

I sure hope it is not the last we see of him. It must be so hard for him at 84 and having had his wife pass away earlier this year. What an amazing man and career he has had.

rose
rose

Seeing John Ingle, et all ,during this scene was wonderful and heartwarming. Hoping he is feeling better soon, and that we won’t be losing him for long. Besides, GH needs Edward and Monica.

susan M.
susan M.

So true………………………………….

anita
anita

It was a perfect episode, yes, I cried.

su0000
su0000

Wonderful scene.. It was very heartfelt..
GH has become so awesome with so many emotions.
There are tears, laughs, thrills, surprises and heartfelt touching moments / true soap writing/story telling, a mixture of lives and happenings..
All presented with great suspense that keeps me on the edge.
John Ingle, while retired, will live on. He has brought us many years of greatness.

aria
aria

i miss him hope he can appear more often.

MK
MK

then on the GH Facebook page, someone said that Ingle died already. Hello he still lives. step back!

But if this his last scene it goes back to the final scene of Steve Hardy, he looked so frail and thin with a raspy voice. It was with Sarah Brown’s Carly. Ruby’s last scene was with Bobbie and Kelly’s and she looked bloated and only a had a few lines. Mary Mae’s final scene was brief and her voice was raspy. A few months before she talked to Stone about Death and was memorable.

Gail
Gail

I thought the same when Edward was on today. Tracy needed to hear those words from him and GG
needed for him to be a hero once again. THANK YOU John Engle for superb acting. You carried out your “wizardrey “this from the start. God Bless you! !!!

Ray
Ray

I cried….

susan M.
susan M.

Heart-warming !!!!!!!!!!!! This is the GH I like & remember!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

heidi
heidi

Well done by all! So very touching! Love them all!

John Ingle is a trooper and a very talented actor and I hope this isn’t the last we see of him. He has had a very tough year and I wish him the best!!!

John, Jane, Jason, Leslie and little Emma were fantastic!!! Thank you for a great episode… they have all been great lately… but this one was truly exceptional!!!

Please keep GH on for another 50 years!

susan M.
susan M.

I second that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ethel
ethel

those scenes where just phenomenal & tugged at my heart so hard……yes i cried & i am crying now watching it again……….. as a viewer since 1963 there are not too many scenes that have affected me like this!

David Larsson
David Larsson

I was in tears when I watched these scenes. Heartbreaking. Brilliant performances by all involved. I do hope John Ingle gets better soon. GH can’t lose another Quartermaine.

Sandy
Sandy

I cried seeing John Ingle’s scene and I must admit I teared up just reading this article. Truly great scenes.

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

I just love John Ingle and his greatest character,EQ that we all love him so much.. I didn’t know he was there for last time.. I almost cried from Soapnet(I was gone all day long with my family,sorry,ppl.. 🙁 ) also I pray for real life person,Jerry Lawler who just recently heart attack from RAW from other night.. I feel so deeply in my heart to John Ingle and Jerry Lawler. I love them dearly as great people.

Paula Kate Prince-Meserole
Paula Kate Prince-Meserole

Praying for you Dearest John Ingle.

Susan
Susan

Michael

John Ingle scenes yesterday were great. You missed Tracy’s monologue at the end about Edward joining his beloved Lila in heaven.

Type in Patrick Drake 9-11-12

Iakovos
Iakovos

Mr,. Ingle is a trooper and immensely taltented. What he tells in such few words and motions! It will be sad to see Edward go whern that time comes, and I hope GH marks that occasion and allows us to grieve the loss and to celebrate Mr. Ingle’s contributions.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Hoping John Ingle’s health improves. I love his portrayal of Edward. Great scenes and an awesome episode all around.

Thoughts and prayers for Mr. Ingle. His body of work has certainly left his fans hoping for more.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree…………

Lisa Lindsey
Lisa Lindsey

I can’t stop thinking about John Ingle… Edward has been one of my very favorite characters for so many years. The way he comes off so ornery, but really has a soft and loving heart. I’ll miss how he calls the women he cares about “Dear” and how he always kept the people we’ve lost with us. He always spoke of Lila and her roses, Emily and their memories, Allan, even old Jason. He had a love of family and wanted to so badly to keep the Quartermaine’s together… No matter how ch they fought. What’s Thanksgiving on GH without Edward and pizza? I’m so very sad…

susan M.
susan M.

I hope his heath improves.. I wish him all the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The backbone of GH…

Christy
Christy

I hope that wasn’t the very last to see him… my DVD didn’t record that day, but I did get to see it on TV at work fortunately!

Cindi
Cindi

This sequence remains one of the most profoundly touching things I have ever seen – anywhere. Not just on daytime TV. I will miss seeing John Engle tremendously, but know he is with his wife now, and Edward and Lila are up in the stars, together, where they belong. RIP John, you are TERRIBLY missed down here.

General Hospital

GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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