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Has GH's Anders Hove As Faison Delivered One Of The Greatest Soap Villain Performances Of All-Time?

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If you watched Monday’s episode of General Hospital, you finally saw Anna Devane come face-to-face with uber-villain, and her worst nightmare come true, Cesar Faison.

As viewers watched Anders Hove (Faison) scare the pants off of us not knowing what his next move will be all for his obsession and love of Anna, while Finola Hughes (Anna) delivered another stellar performance, it left us pondering the question; has Anders Hove just delivered one of the greatest soap villain performances of all-time?

In Monday’s airshow, we loved when Hove as Faison screamed to Anna, (who begged that the real Duke be untied and released from the grip of Faison’s henchman) “Oh no. There’s no letting go after what I have been through in order to find you!”

When Faison explains to Anna that he survived the explosion that was supposed to have killed him years ago,  he goes on to say, “It took me years to recover, only to find you back with your ex! What is it with you and men? Scorpio, Luke, Duke? (All said with a delicious Danish accent!)  Of course from there, it is all part of his duplicity to throw Anna off track and Robert’s theory that Faison has been masquerading as Duke.   But if you watched Tuesday’s episode, it looks like Anna is finally on to him just as Robert and John have just showed up at their room door seeing Faison as the fake “Duke” and Anna together!

We know from all reports that Anders Hove was only available to film a handful of episodes, but boy, what a impact he has made!  After the jump, watch some clips from Monday episode and then let us know, what do you think of Hove’s performances?  Is Faison one of the creepiest soap villains of all-time?

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brian
brian

GH is my favorite program on TV right now, daytime and primetime, plus we get it five times a week !

I hope ABC realizes how good GH is , and doesn’t do anything to spoil or cancel it in the future.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I am a newcomer to the show, but I have to admit, without even knowing this Faison character history- I was creep out by the guy. Love today’s show when Robert melted his fake face off and Anna decked him. I can see why you people like this show so much- it was classic soap- reminded me of the good old days when stuff like this was on every show- something inventive and a fresh twist on the old standards.

Marisa
Marisa

Everyone spread the word how Great General Hospital is to all your friends!!!!!

aria
aria

yes, he’s been down right creepy, but lets also give Ian Buchanan his due, as faux Duke, he’s been down right creepy as faison. So thumbs up to Anders Hove and Ian Buchanan both as Faison and Faux Duke, they’ve been down right uber bad!

laurie webber
laurie webber

Anders Hove is my all time fave! I wish he could have stayed longer! Him with Finola , Ian & Tristan is amazing! Thanks to Ron and Frank for giving us GH fans a great holiday !

Ces
Ces

I would love if Anders Hove can film a few more episodes, he’s so much fun to watch! I also have to give props to Ian Buchanan for his faux Duke impersonation – I’m just curious what happens if Anna were to undress him though. Surely Faison didn’t create a mask for his entire body.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

I was thinking the same thing! Guess he was going to stay covered! I wasn’t watching the first time Faison was on. Wish I knew some of the backstory!

Ces
Ces

I think Wikepedia can give you some background on the character and maybe YouTube has some old footage? I know a lot of soap fans have been sharing their videos on there. Hope that wasn’t the last we saw of him.

Andrew
Andrew

Have to agree that Ian Buchanan has been doing a superb job of convincing us that he’s really Faison under that rubber mask only pretending to be Duke. I’ve really come to see fakeDuke as Faison.

As for Faison, well, he’s super creepy and insane and his plan doesn’t make any real sense (but then, it shouldn’t I suppose) and that definitely qualifies him as one of the best soap villains. Loved him with Robin a few weeks ago.

Ann
Ann

GH needs Anders Hove back on the show ASAP!!! He is acting brilliance personified!!!!

udhoop
udhoop

Anders Hove is to Faison as Larry Hagman was to J.R. Ewing.

Moe
Moe

Wow, Anders is amazing!! Get this guy back on the show immediately!!!

heidi
heidi

Well done by all!!! Finola, Anders, Ian and Robert are superb!!! I love GH… it’s so fabulous now! Please let these people stick around for awhile. Yes… Anders is an incredible villian that you love to hate and can’t wait to watch. Yes… Ian is doing a very good job at being faux Duke/Faison! Anna is doing a phenomenal job at being all that she is going through and everything that she is as a strong and talented woman with such emotonal confusion surrounding her. Love Robert anytime he is on and wish he could be there for a long time! Let’s get him a contract if you can! Faison/Anders will never die. Can’t wait to see how this whole story ends with Helena and the others and all of the people we may think are dead… but are really in the clinic or were. Happy 50 to the best soap ever!!! Way to go everyone at GH!!!

Annalee
Annalee

Love Faison !!! he is the stuff nightmares are made of!

Christina
Christina

You bet he is. I love how he’s so off the wall. Most of all I love GH. I look forward to it everyday!

Christina
Christina

Mitch Lawrence was right up there too!

Marisa
Marisa

I agree. Mitch was the most evil.

jp
jp

Oh yeah. Most definitely. Mitch caused great havoc on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Susan
Susan

Anders Hove as Cesar Faison makes Days Of Our Lives Stephano easy. He makes all the villains of daytime TV seem sort of bland or ordinary. The actor who hails from Nuuk, Greenland, is a force to be reckoned with.
On a personal note, Mr. Hove is happily married with two sons. Ooo, that sounds too sane for Faison.
Susan

NewFan
NewFan

I must say I have only been watching GH for one year but in the last months I have become totally hooked up with it! I’m a long time YR and BB fan but at the moment GH is the best! It’s amazing how entertaining it is 🙂 Kudos to the amazing Andreas, Ian, Tristian and Finola!!!

Robert Coplin
Robert Coplin

I thinks Anders Hove can play one of the creepiest villians of all time even more so then the actor that played Mitch Lawrence on OLTL.

MK
MK

No Villian (maybe Mikkos and Mitch) creeps me as much as Hove’s Faison. This is the true faison, compared to the character assaination by guza in 1993 on Loving and GH in 2000.

ashlee
ashlee

I have just finished watching the most schizophrenic episode of a soap I think I have ever seen in my life. I cant even explain it. It included a ridiculous boxing match between a hypocritical murdere and his back from the dead rival, it featured an unnecessary effeminate gay newbie that could and should have played by a woman, it featured gratuitous violence against a woman by injecting her with a drug, .alternated with all of that, it also featured beloved veterans, rewarding actions by legacy characters, and surprisingly logical reactions from formerly unrecognizable characters! Todays GH is a total dichotomy. The veterans are back in full force, but many of them are now in their 50‘s and 60‘s so watching them play out action adventure stories from 30 years ago is a little absurd. The foreshadowing to Lucys return is awesome, but having an effeminate gay nurse wanting to demand credit for the ball reinforced the truth about gay people. At the same time as all these over the top plots are playing out, you have intelligent characters speaking to the ridiculousness of the unfolding events. With all of that said, this show is must see tv. Lol. I cant explain it. I LOVE that the writers have Michael in AJs corner. AJ is his father, despite Sonnys murderous wrathful claims to the contrary. I have despised the character of Sonny since 1993 when the usually brilliant and sensitive writer Claire Labine romantically involved him with a teenager. I am thrilled that Michael is seeing Sonny as the violent dark hypocritical thug that he is! AJ offered to make peace, and Sonnys reaction was to beat him to a bloody pulp. This episode boggled my mind, lol, but there are enough glimmers of. Hope for the future that I am on board with Rons writing. Ditch the femmy unnecessary gay and all will be forgiven.

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Yeah, I don’t really get your point when you said the Felix character just reinforced the truth about gay people. What in the world does that mean? There are effiminate gay men as well as men that act like, well, just men. I’m curious to see where this character’s story is going go to, but I wouldn’t write him off as easily as you appear to have. Give the boy (and his story) a chance.

Patrick
Patrick

“featured an unnecessary effeminate gay newbie”

” having an effeminate gay nurse wanting to demand credit for the ball reinforced the truth about gay people.”

“Ditch the femmy unnecessary gay and all will be forgiven.”

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Thank You General Hospital and ABC… Homosexuality… is here… and will forever be in our lives.

Marisa
Marisa

I like AJ and Michael bonding. I hope this relationship develops in a positive way. I also like the new character Felix.

Faison
Faison

Dear Folks…got this link sent from a dear friend….would like to say thank you for all the sweet respond, – it was a pleasure to work with the great cast and crew again…merry x-mas to all of you……

heidi
heidi

Merry Christmas to you too! Excellent job and you must come back again! You are very talented and portray Faison in such a way that we can’t wait to watch what you will come up with next.

ethel
ethel

i love anders hove’s portrayal of faison – he is just a fabulous villan…….he was on our screens for the right amount of time because a villian like that will loose his effectiveness if seen all the time – they should bring him back in a couple of years with something else up his sleeve………………ijs

heidi
heidi

I like Faison more than Mitch because Faison is less evil. I watched these scenes a few times and they had an opportunity to play it just a bit differently… actually they are doing it very well… but… Faison is creepier and most interesting to me when he is not violent/evil or physically aggressive when he is more cerebral. At his age and after all these years he’s just in love with Anna at all costs and wants to succeed at getting the love of his life (irrational as it is… and howvever or whomever he has to be to get there). Anders and Finola dancing around the room and the terror and creepiness that she feels for his irrational love is incredible. More masterminding for his love for her and less guns and force is very intriguing here. There is something about how Anders plays those scenes with her where you see how much he really cares for her that is quite touching but very creepy. Let him work with others who do the dirty work… except that he did shoot my fave Jason and dumped him into the harbor. Let his love for Anna be his downfall. I would like to have more scenes with Anders and Finola and slightly less with Ian being Faison… though those are good too. There is just something about Anders and Finola’s chemistry that is very interesting.

Daisy
Daisy

I am TOTALLY BORED with the whole Faison, Duke, Anna, Robert storyline. Then throw in that stiff John and its just AWFUL! Love Anna, but the rest just need to get off my tv screen.

lizzing
lizzing

Awesome job! just hurry and bring Robin back.I keep watching youtube videos of Robin and Patrick to get my scrubs fix.

Ces
Ces

LOVED yesterday’s show!! I’ll miss Anders. He’s briliant!! Big Kudos to Ian Buchanan – gotta wonder if Anna will find the real Duke. The melting mask was GH in prime form 🙂

Natalie
Natalie

Yes, he did. Hove is absolutely captivating in this role. I haven’t watched GH since I was a teen and it is so fun to relive the magic. Hove and Hughes are television gold. Bring Hove back!

mary
mary

Gh is so much fun to watch these days. all the great characters coming back; Robert, (love him), Faison, lucy. Love it!!!

mary
mary

I still miss watching OLTL and I wish GH was still on at 3pm. I work in a school and would come home at 3:30 and watch the last half of GH. Now I can’t. Will never watch Katie. Tooo boring,

Christy
Christy

can’t you record it? I used to VHS tape the shows all the time. I missed a lot when my VHS recorder died, but now I have a VHS/DVD recorder works great even with a digital tuner (no cable). I never miss it!

Christy
Christy

WOW! they were all super! yes – that face melting/screaming/ good bubbling over his face – I imagine hard to breathe under all that mess and continue to act was difficult enough! I watched several days at a time and I was fast forwarding thru it cuz I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, “what’s going to happen?!”

I so hope Robert was wearing a thick vest… I don’t want him to die just as he’s found Robin! that would totally suck! please don’t let that happen… altho I can’t see the new crew killing off a beloved character, especially Robert Scorpio. Not when it’s so easy to have them all reunite and then Robert could go off to spy land after a while again.

He’s got to hang around for Luke to return and thank him – if Luke hadn’t of “saved” Robert, Robert wouldn’t have been able to save Anna or Robin!

the show / writing is phenomenal!

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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.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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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