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Ingo Rademacher Tweets: "Always Up For A Visit To Play With Laura Wright & GH Cast!"

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For those jonesing for some Jax, fan favorite Ingo Rademacher was on Twitter within the last 24 hours to first congratulate former GH cast member, Antonio Sabato Jr. for getting ready to put on his dance shoes in the ballroom dance competition, which Ingo also was a contestant, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars! 

Ingo tweeted to Antonio and his DWTS pro partner Cheryl Burke:  “Right on mate!! Have fun!!!! Work him hard Cheryl!!”

Then a fan tweeted GH head writer, Ron Carlivati “When are you going to bring Jax back?” And Ingo responded with a tweet:  “Always up for a visit and play with the awesome Laura Wright (Carly) and the GH cast!”

With Carly and Jax daughter Josslyn (Hannah Nordberg) growing up into quite a handful, and Carly sleeping/rekindling her feelings with Sonny (Maurice Benard), isn’t it time for a visit from Jax to put some perspective on the situation?  Would you like to see Ingo make a return to GH in the near future?   Let us know!

 

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su0000
su0000

I would love to see Jax, again..
When the loved vets come back for a stint it is FUN!!
It’s always a good time when any return..
Hope to see Jax!!…. A fun time !!!

Jovin
Jovin

Since when do you like vets??

Momma
Momma

Jax only had mad chemistry with one person.

And that was Brenda during the 1996-97 triangle storyline.

Karen
Karen

WOULD LOVE to see Jax (Ingo) return. Would much rather have him than the villians (like Stavros & Heather doing reutrn visits) !!!!! Keep the villans AWAY !!!

Sue
Sue

Yes. Bring Jax back. Let the fun be again!!

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

I wouldnt mind a visit from Jax as long as it works for the current story…not for just Jax to pop in with a ‘Howdy Mate’…then leaves faster than a blink of an eye!!! So far Ric Lansings return and departure felt totally pointless…jmhof!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Bingo Jim. Jax needs a story. Dont bring him in to say hello. Ric may have just been brought in to set up a bigger story of his return from the dead. I hope to see him and for the Fluke story to be revealed in November.

Omar
Omar

I agree..Would be great to see Jax back, but only because of the storyline at hand…The whole story with Ric’s return, has basically slip my mind..Someone posted here once, that Ron begins a story and then gets bored and its never mention for weeks or even months..Ric is the perfect example. ..That is the problem when you a huge cast…GH might need a Co-head writer..I still like Ron and some of his stuff but…

stef
stef

They should of never let him go!!!!!!!

su0000
su0000

well..

Jax lives in Hawaii and GH is filmed in Hollywood, CA..
The flight from Hawaii to LAx is 51/2 hours (not counting airport time)..
Just how would you propose Jax be a regular on GH..
I very much doubt he would give up his home his life in beautiful Hawaii to work on GH….
He has many things going on career wise no need for him to return to GH fulltime..
I’m sure RC&FV and all would love to have him..

aria
aria

its Ingo, not Jax that lives in Hawaii, and he could come back and forth its not impossible, the show needs to be more flexible with their actors, he’s not asking to be front an center, but he could play a supporting role, its better then nothing , if the show would of been more flexible with steve burton, then he woud of probably stuck around, but in his case his story is more fishy, i still think he left thinking he could get a deal with JFP and James Franco when they were trying to develop some lame project together, thankfully by steve choosing to leave we will now get Billy Miller in exchange, and i take him over Burton anytime.

Martha
Martha

I want Ric to come back, I love Ric.

su0000
su0000

yes, Ingo could fly from Hawaii to LA every other day lol
Its long flight 51/2 hours and hour or two airport time and then back again..
I doubt that would be his pleasure..
Its not always what the fans want ..
the actors have their lives to live the way that makes them happy..
Ingo is doing very well he doesn’t need GH to survive..
I’m happy he is returning for stint, it will be fun to see him again 🙂

Aria
Aria

He could tape for two weeks or even 1 out of a month and so it’s possible and from what I hear GH tapes 3 episodes per day so if he did a week a month that 15 episodes so I’m sure it’s possible.

su0000
su0000

Yes, he could
but
would he want to ? 🙂

He does not need GH to survive he is doing very well ..
anyways he being in Hawaii and GH in LA, nawwww workout work out well..
(a pain in the azz situation LOL 🙂
I would not hold my breath that he will return ..
but ya never know..

davlestev1
davlestev1

su000 LOL does not detract from your biting remarks. You love stirring it up..lol

Jeanene Hayes
Jeanene Hayes

We’ve been begging for Ingo to come back on screen and execs and writers need to take note and make it happen..the s/l is perfect for his return right now!!

JaxFan
JaxFan

Love Jax. My favorite character on daytime EVER. And I hope he never sets foot on a GH set while the current fools are in charge.

dmr
dmr

“Current fools-” so right! It’s very sad. I loved when Claire Labine and Wendy Riche were part of the behind the scenes team-in the 90’s.

rebecca1
rebecca1

It’d be nice. But once again it would probably be a short stay since he lives in Hawaii. (Ingo is still good looking…but man! He was stunning back in the late 90s when he first appeared on GH.)

Patrick
Patrick

“… man! He was stunning ”

I’ll leave it at that… he was too much for even one mind

I’d LOVE for Jax and Skye to return

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL and agree re Skye!

Shay
Shay

Of that we can certainly agree, rebecca1!!!!! Jax was oh so appealing back in his “golden guy” heyday! Now, not so much for me, but his character is still a welcome visitor…..

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

yes AMEN! bring him on:>)

Dana
Dana

Yes, I would love it if Jax came back!!

curacaoman
curacaoman

Morgan also needs him, he is long overdue

Lew S.
Lew S.

This would be a good time for Jax to return. But, it probably wouldn’t be long-term since Ingo Rademacher is living in Hawaii. – I think.

dee
dee

luv luv Jax , so yes bring back one of our favs back to Port Charles. At least for me he is missed!

Melissa
Melissa

I’d love for Jax to show up!

Melissa
Melissa

I would love to see Jax back! Long stay, short visit I’d take whatever we could get! Laura & Ingo always had great chemistry & he has a lot of ties still making him very current & interesting in the story lines right now!

Ame
Ame

I love Jax. U can bring him back anytime!

KMB
KMB

I LOVE Jasper Jax! If he ever came back, let him get involved with a woman who really loves him, and him only. I challenge these writers to do something unusual …..let Jax be the winner in a storyline for once!

harry
harry

He would be a sight for sore eyes for sure. Carly is torn between two complete sociopathic horrible men. The Carly we all once knew and loved would NEVER bed the man who orchestrated her virgin son’s prison rape, convenient tumor or no tumor. She (the old Carly) would never allow that serial killer around her little girl either.
And before someone screams, “This is fiction! Suspension of disbelief!” I will remind you that suspension of disbelief in fiction ONLY works when there are character driven stories. Sonny is pond scum, he is what you wipe off on the door mat–it’s disgusting, but mostly boring that Carly hooked up with him for the millionth time.
GH has too many villains to count and if they’re not a villain they’re wimpy and passive. There has got to be happy medium between those extremes. Jasper Jax is that happy medium.
Carly was at her best when she was with Jax–bring him back.

Patrick
Patrick

“…Carly was at her best when she was with Jax ”

Carly… for so long… what ? since rc/fv tenure ? has become a carbon copy of her former self

just not that interesting…. course, how long can she fight over her two sons

I think, this carly… played by Laura Wright… is good at fighting for her family… and her “own” demons… her libidinous wanton

I don’t think i’m in the minority here…. it’s just not working… not at all with Sonny… and is barely audible or registering with the uber hot… RH Franco

my thinking… is… it’s worth it to have Carly on GH , if only for the visits from mom Bobbi

I don’t know… i’ve been so disappointed in the Carly/Franco pairing… and if it’s this lame… the only “fire” that Franco can muster… is jelousy of Sonny ? where’s the passion… the manhood… in Roger Howarth character appeal. I Love him.. and it’s been far too long… a wait… to see Franco be any thing

Tea
Tea

hmmm…Carly slept with Sonny 3 times while she with amazing Jax. Let’s get real Carly LOVES Sonny & always will. How was she at her best when she was screwing Sonny when ever she wanted too and running around threatening his girlfriends…lol

Sonny might be pond scum but Carly can’t seem to get enough of him.!!!!!
I’m enjoying Sonny & Carly. No need for Jax in their story. Carly loved Sonny before Jax, while she was with Jax and she’ll love him long after Jax is gone. Kinda like NOW!

KMB
KMB

Actually as a Jax fan, I agree with you. Let Carly and Sonny stay together. I am dying to see Jax with someone other then Carly or Brenda. Those two can fight over Sonny. I just want to see Jax in another romance with someone totally new and different for once. I hope we both get our wish. 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

Personally, on appeal alone, I’d take Todd aka Franco ala Roger. He’s just one hot dude…But I digress…

At least she can rationalize/believe that Franco wasn’t responsible for Michael’s horror due to his brain tumor. Valid or not…I can see where she can believe that.

But how can she rationalize that Sonny threatened to kill her when he found out she was responsible for shooting Olivia. “If she dies…you die.”

Back to Franco…he risked his life trying to find her from his lunacidal mother. He took a bullet for her. He never gave up the search.

Sonny? Didn’t lift a finger to find her. (Which I thought was out of character…) But the point is…he didn’t. It was Franco that found/saved her.

As for Franco, they’ve aged him…emotionally. He’s not half as ludicrous as they made him so I’m enjoying him more/rooting for him more. Love Roger and he’s bringin’ it.

Jax? Ya, always loved Jax. But since he won’t be sticking around even if he does show up…we’re back to Sonny and Franco. Process of elimination…after Franco finds out about her cheating…the shite’s going to hit the fan. So, back to Sonny?

Ha! Wouldn’t it be funny if she winds up with the new Jason?

harry
harry

Franco, as played by RH, has been one long mission of damage control–that is all he is. He’s the personification of fast food redemption ordering up a convenient brain tumor at the drive up window. It was a horrible decision to make Roger Franco and they can’t undo the damage of it.
Sonny and Carly on rerun over and over is, as Yogi Berra once said, “deja vu all over again.”
Yes, bring back Jax–GH needs a strong, solid character who is actually a good idea.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Harry…you are so RIGHT ON!!!!! I AGREE!!!!! I always thought that Jax was THE BEST ONE for Carly. I still do. To me, Sonny is nothing but a MANIPULATIVE MORON!!!!! Furthermore, any chick that would fall for Sonny and his ICKY AND LAME-ASS ways (or whatever) clearly has NO TASTE AT ALL when it comes to men. Nope. Bottom Line Here: Jax is (among other things) charismatic, charming, dashing, handsome and romantic. Sonny is NONE of those things!!!!!

harry
harry

Thank you, Jaybird.
As I said, he reminds me of Nick Tortelli from Cheers.
Sonny (Nick) says to Carly, “Admit it, you’ve been thinking about me.”
Carly (Diane) responds, “Only during tic and flea season.”

jaybird369
jaybird369

Harry…dude, your Cheers-like comment really made me LMAO…LOL!!!!! GOOD ONE!!!!! Thanks.

aria
aria

ummmm duhhh, yes, if he’s not going to pay them “port charles ” a visit , he can come an pay me a visit. this is a no brainer. to bad Jax is linked to Carly, and joslyn only, i’m not a fan of either, but Jax deserved better then Carly or Brenda.

Phil
Phil

Bring him back contract! I would love for Carly and Jax to get back together.

Martha
Martha

What does Igo do in Hawii ?

rebecca1
rebecca1

His wife was born there; they both love the ocean…they do a lot of watersports and I believe his wife just started her own clothing watersports line which he may be involved with too. But he’s involved with a lot of activity there…I think it’s surfing; not sure.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Jax and Carly were the perfect pairing; it’s disappointing to know he’d only do a visit return, though, I understand his life taken a different turn.

Tommy Hardy
Tommy Hardy

Oh YEAH, Jax was/is the only man I truly believe Carly was in love with and the chemistry between Ingo and Laura is undeniable!

I love gh
I love gh

I agree with Harry – the old Carly would never be with Franco. She simply wouldn’t.she was great with Jax … Would love to him back for the Michael/who shot AJ reveal.

Kim
Kim

Bring back Jax full time to support both Carly and Morgan…..as Jason is looming, Sonny’s going to be in a pickle soon, it would be perfect. LONG TERM, not short.

Gloria zimmerman
Gloria zimmerman

I sooo hope ingo (Jax) will be coming home to GH soon …. Ingo has always been an important part of the GH story , he has been gone far to long…

Kathryn
Kathryn

We need Jax…Carly needs Jax….most defiantly Joss needs her Dad, he’s the only sane parent she has.

Jenny H
Jenny H

Why not bring Jax back? They have brought everyone else back…. and I happen to LOVE Jax!!! It would be great to see him interact with his daughter and give Carly some business about her romance with Sonny.

Timmm
Timmm

I would rather see Steve Bond return before Ingo. Nothing against Ingo but for me, nothing come to mind that Jax did on the show that begs for his return. Sonny and Jax have heat but Sonny always wins. So thats boring. Jax is a business man. Maybe take Michael under his wing to piss off Sonny? One thing for sure, if Jax comes back, have him return with a fiance not named Brenda and have zero interest in Carly.

Nancy
Nancy

Yes, pretty please, bring back Jax and let him and Carly re-unionize! Love him!

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

I think a visit from Jax to Port Charles at this time could prove very entertaining. He needs to see how fast his daughter, Josslyn, is growing up and I’d like to see his reaction to the Carly/Franco affair. Even tho Jax won’t stay long, it could be long enough to shake things up some in Port Charles!!! So I say “Bring Jasper Jax to GH and see what action he can create and hopefully lots of excitement!!!

MARY ARSENAULT
MARY ARSENAULT

REALLY …YOU HAVE TO ASK…TIMING IS RIGHT ..NOW , PLEASE!!! : ) GREAT TIME FOR A JAX VISIT…AND…OFTEN : )

Jenn
Jenn

They should send Sonny to jail and bring Jax back.

harry
harry

Jax and Carly just worked for me and this comes from someone who has never liked Carly.
Sonny and Carly?
Well, these two seem to be the result of having nothing better to do…..it’s akin to picking the dust off one’s inward facing belly button. No that I know anything about it.

Bohemien
Bohemien

When Jax first appeared on theGH canvas, Ingo was in his young prime, simply stunning and oozing charisma. He had that fairytale storyline as prince charming ala wunderkind with never-ending deep pockets and became love interest Brenda’s knight in shining armor . Imo he had the best chemistry with Vanessa Marci; the writing was great for them, and they were at their best craft wise at that time.

Ingo and Laura were good together for awhile until the writers put Carly and Sonny back in the sack yet again, and also ruined the integrity of Jax’s character e.g. making him a liar and in general not the knight in shining armor that he once was. The writers succeeded in stripping Jax of his personal power (except to use for the bad which we rarely saw in action but only the result) which what made him such a hero vs Sonny who wielded a dark power. My favorite memory of Jax was his romance, courtship, relationship with and loss of, Brenda. I loved his back story, and was fine with all until Jax became unrecognizable to the point where when Jerry became written as a cold-blooded murdering,psychopathic sociopath and menace to society, Jax still protected him. I know it all was suppose to highlight Jasper’s loyalty to his family and love for Jerry, but it went past the point of being okay and admirable or even realistic..

If Ingo/Jax should return I hope it’s under contract, and with the character of Jax restored to his original self, who I loved. The question of which actress should play his romantic interest is another story. I happened to like him with Nancy Lee Graham out of the actresses he’s been in story with before, or perhaps test his vibe with Kelly Monaco.

Barbara Weaver
Barbara Weaver

I enjoy watching you on general hospital. Love to see you back on general hospital.

Jared
Jared

GH is ridiculous overrated train wreck. I like Cartini at OLTL and when they first took over GH, but this show is a joke now. ABC canceled the wrong show.

General Hospital

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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