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On World AIDS Day, Kimberly McCullough Shares Heartfelt Message On The Powerful Story Of GH's Robin & Stone

With the recent passing of soap opera scribe, Claire Labine, who created the love story of Robin and Stone on General Hospital back in 1995, this heartbreaking storyline was once again brought to the forefront of soap opera viewers minds.

But today on World Aids Day, December 1st, 2016, it was none other than Robin’s portrayer, Kimberly McCullough, who touched so many people via social media with her heartfelt message on the importance of this day, and to those who lost their fight to AIDS and those living with HIV.  Making it all the more powerful is that Kimberly has played Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake, a doctor living with HIV for decades with such dignity that her series of tweets were all the more impactful.

On this important day McCullough shared: “In 1995 I had the privilege of playing out a storyline on GH revolving around a young man who died of AIDS. Today I am proud to still be playing a character who is living with HIV, has a healthy daughter and a career as a doctor. The story of Robin and Stone enlightened and educated many through an emotional plot line. Let’s not forget the love and Acceptance those two characters showed us through how they loved each other. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost someone from this disease. Love and progress always #WorldAIDSDay”

Watch below the key scenes in which Stone loses his battle with HIV, with Robin there to comfort him and as those who love him find out the news of his passing.  Then share your thoughts, remembrances for this story, and those we have lost in the comment to AIDS in the comment section below.

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k/kay

Best soap opera telling in forever KM shined so did the actor who played Stone our state up 7,000 in aids/HIV positive and yet we ignore and make sex just a passing thing wake up America lease!!!!

Tom
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Tom

This story continues to grab me by my heart and my eyes cannot stop crying.

su0000
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Hollymooly ! That sexy handsome young guy was Sonny! I could tell by his voice.. Whoooa I had to take a double look at him. That goes for Luke and Carly, too. HIV a serious subject, it has broken hearts of millions. A cure will come. My heart goes to all that suffered from HIV .. Not only the victim of it but the friends, families, loved ones that suffered . Heartbreaking. thankful that we’re all more informed and understanding of AIDS. But– the scene was pure heavy campy campy sappy soap drama.. Old days campy soap (I like Ron’s… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

That’s what I said to Timmm on the other thread. I could not believe that’s Sonny. W O W…..H O T !!!!!!

su0000
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heeeey CC
yes! Maurice was a hunk of everything sexy hot!!
He still is awesome.. a very handsome man in great shape too.

000hh lordy, I never want to age, physically !!

Celia
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Celia

I admit it, su; Sonny was a looker!! We all age….unfortunately. When will someone discover the real fountain of youth? I hope I will be able to age gracefully, and not resort to plastic surgery. But, who knows??
Do you stand in front of the mirror and look for wrinkles yet? I do!!!!! I am afraid of crow’s feet. LOL.

Lisa
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Lisa

I’m sitting here just bawling my eyes out – I had forgotten how powerful that storyline was.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I remember watching these scenes and breaking down. Still chokes me up to see this all over again. It really was a wonderful story that hit all the right notes.

Timmm
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Timmm

These writers today couldnt touch this story with a ten foot pole!

Kelly Publicover
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Kelly Publicover

21 years later this storyline still makes me cry. Beautifully done by Kimberley and Michael Sutton.No other story has even touched this kind of heart strings.THANK YOU KIMBERLEY & MICHAEL!

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What an amazing story it would be if it were to be revealed that the girl that slept with Stone actually wound up pregnant and never told anyone. I dont remember if the show adressed what happened to that particular escort (at least i think she was an escort)…. Stone’s child could now come back and he too could be living with HIV (he may have gotten the disease at birth). He could become a realy strong character for the show, especially if Robin would be back. Plus, with the recent death of Morgan, this character could bond even more… Read more »

Jenny
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Jenny

I remember Stone told Robin the girl he slept with was a drug addict who swapped needles and she eventually died of a drug overdose.

Addison
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Addison

Why is this scene incredibly sad without being depressing? Yes. there is a difference, abject sadness has a resolution and sense of motion which depressing scenes leave the viewers feeling bored and unsatisfied as in the case of the endless, badly paced Mourning Morgan story. The reason this scene is so sad and so well done is that it incorporates beauty, dignity and integrity into it. In addition, you see that Stone’s death had a ricocheted within the Port Charles community leaving a lasting impact on the characters’ lives. The acting was stellar and the writing was poignant, respectful and… Read more »

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GH’s Michael Easton and Finola Hughes Deliver the ‘Power Performances of the Week’

It was an emotional week of episodes on General Hospital as the double-wedding of Finn (Michael Easton) and Anna (Finola Hughes), and Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) took a double nose-dive.

Each installment left us wondering if either couple would actually get hitched, but when Finn and Anna were the first to combust and not Peter and Maxie, it set the stage for two beloved soap veterans to once again, remind us all, why they are always at the top of the game when required to play high drama that tugs at the heartstrings.

In story, Finn is gut-punched, (and no one can play that better than Michael Easton), when Anna reveals that she knew that Peter was not her biological son and had done all the horrific deeds he has been hiding, in an effort to stop Maxie from marrying Peter.  When Finn realizes Anna confided in Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and they were working together to bring Peter down it was too much for him to take.

Finn walks out on their wedding.  Alone and with tears welling up in his eyes, Finn feels his chance at love is dashed again.  Add to the fact, he has DNA results to prove if he is Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father and not his brother, or not, and the guy has been through the wringer of late.

As for Anna, she has literally imploded her own life, while trying to save others, after realizing the error of her ways; constantly putting her faith in Peter.  When she comes to visit Finn, she knows no matter what she says to Finn it looks bad.  She sees how she has hurt him, and hopes they can still repair their now fractured relationship, but she has to stop Peter and help her God-daughter, Maxie from making the biggest mistake of her life, so she leaves him to go back to the scene of the double-wedding.

Later in the week, Anna shares a heartfelt scene with her ex Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), whom she knows she can have an honest conversation knowing her life of espionage and their shared history.  Meanwhile, Jackie (Kim Delaney) and Finn’s pull is there as well, as it appears Jackie’s attraction to Finn still remains all these years later when he visits her shortly after being blindsided by Anna at the nuptials.

Throughout the week, Easton and Hughes played all the nuances of their character’s emotional life, as the audience witnessed which just might be the end of the line for Finn and Anna.

For all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV names Michael and Finola’s work, The Power Performances of the Week.

So, let us know, what did you think of what happened to Finn and Anna? The double-wedding fiasco? Did you enjoy Michael and Finola’s scenes? Comment below.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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WATCH: Maurice Benard & Friends In ‘The Birthday Bash’ – The Movie

Now here’s a way to celebrate your birthday! Having lots of fun with your friends filming a project and making your directorial debut! That’s just what two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) has done.

On his “State of Mind” You Tube Channel, Benard dropped the birthday video which includes many of his friends and family members.

Benard shared: “You’ve probably heard me say that this year I wanted to do something for the fans on my birthday. Well now the time has come to reveal my special project. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I want to thank each of them for being so willing to join me in this adventure no questions asked.”

Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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