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Shawn Butler Pleads Guilty On General Hospital! What Did You Think Of His Decision?

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This week on General Hospital, actor Sean Blakemore was wrapping-up his run as Shawn Butler, when the character plead guilty to protect his mob boss Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard)!  GH fans learned during the recent GH Live episodes that Blakemore had finished his time on the ABC daytime drama.

In story, with the choice of choosing a plea deal and turning on Sonny for his freedom, and a chance to be a real father to his son, (that he never knew was truly his) TJ (Tequan Richmond), Shawn decides instead to protect the coffee importer/mobster!

Jordan (Vinesssa Antoine) and TJ are heartbroken over his decision, as Sonny thanks Shawn for his service, and his enforcer is carted off to jail!

What did you think about the decision Shawn made? Would you have protected Sonny Corinthos? Weigh-in below!

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Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Duke did the same thing. Seems their “manly mob moral code/loyalty” weighs more heavily on them than choosing their family…as much as they might want to. That, and the fact that he was unfortunately given the boot!

The only positive is that they didn’t kill him off…so at least the door’s open for a possible return.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

It’s one thing to have mob characters on the show. But, for a guy to go from serving in the armed forces, one of the most honorable professions, to pledging loyalty to organized crime is a disgraceful fall from grace IMO. And, to have actually brainwashed a young boy into believing the same is a tragedy. If Sean ever returns, I hope it’s to realize how wrong he was & to try to set TJ straight.

The way GH writes this seems like they want to elevate the mob to a higher calling. GH, will you EVER make this right? After 20+ years of this, it’s too late to just say “it’s fiction; it doesn’t mean anything.” YES, it does mean something when 220+ episodes a year x 20 years shows you portraying law enforcement in a consistently pathetic, disrespectful, incompetent light. Do you really hold police officers, detectives, federal agents & people who have been executed at the hands of criminals in such low esteem? It’s no longer entertaining.

su0000
su0000

Shawn did not plead guilty to protect Sonny..
He was ready to go down for So0nny..
He didn’t take the deal to protect TJ from the fallout, not Sonny..
He did it for his son..

It will come out the he was not the shooter, and he isn’t the shooter, and perhaps a recast in the future..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Not having been the shooter to hit Hayden should have come out already. He did shoot….just not the target for which he was aiming. As I said, ballistics should have already proven that. Incompetence on the part of the PCPD…. OR, by the PTB, I say!

Fanny
Fanny

Predictable certainly not surprising, by the time the PCPB discovers Shaun isn’t the shooter
it may be too late for him. The Corinthos Organization is well known all around especially
In prison,Shaun’s bound to get ambushed and eliminated.

Virginia
Virginia

I knew Shawn would not turn on Sonny, that’s the kind of man he is; he also did not want to hurt his son . I also didn’t hear anyone say the bullets were examined [in murder attempt] who’s to say the Prince’s “hit man” wasn’t the real shooter. I think the powers that be released Shawn so that when Jason gets memory back he takes his job back [enforcer for Sonny] .I think they could have kept him on the show. I am sorry to see him leave. They kept the actress that plays Ava………mmmmmmm something to think about.

Aden
Aden

Ask Olivia. Like buddy…..if you don’t want to give birth to mobsters children…..stop sleeping with mobsters. Tough call there Einstein!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Lol, Lol….Aden!!!!

Omar
Omar

Week story but that said, glad we are getting rid of of these stupid character that basically were fillers for years..Franco next PLEASE THEN, Brad, Olivia, Ned, Kiki, Molly, TJ, Rick, Nicolas Cassadine, Silas,Felix and yes Dante too, he has been boring for years, and NO Cousin Val story will make this character better.

Maybe GH, will soar wilth less of these fillers and concentrate on relevant characters..The kids need to be aged up to keep the show more interesting with stories..Spencer, Emma, Cameron and Jocelyn, need to be teens to give the summer ratings a big audience gain..Nobody cares about whinny kids, we got them at home, we do not need to see them in our soaps…Teenage drama is good for ratings for the summer.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Nickloas Casadine a filler!?! He is a legacy character. HE should be the GH lead..

Timmm
Timmm

I agree to thin the cast. Nick stays. He is finally getting interesting. Brad stays. I think they will tell the story about his family and the Asian Quarter will be relevant again. Ned is leaving and I think it is terrible. He is a wonderful actor and a Q! I would leave the kids alone. Less is best but dont age them. I dont think we need summer teenage drama anymore. Teens do not watch soaps anymore. They have 500 different options now and daytime soaps are not one of them. I wish that were not the case.

su0000
su0000

Timmm, hi
huh? you said
” dont think we need summer teenage drama anymore”
GH doesn’t have any teens out side of Molly and TJ and they are awesome..

We lost Ned Q and got a Dillian Q ..

I’m luvin Nichols the Cassidine Nik, GH needs a Cassidine!! can’t let them die/fade away..

Shay
Shay

@Timmm….Yes, it’s about time that the “Asian Quarter” story is revisited….and an appearance by Jade and Yank would be absolutely topping! As for the list of peeps that need to go, well, it has to begin with Sappy, followed by Felix, Jordan, TJ, Grossalie, Val-Chops, Ric, and yes, Nina! I’m still willing to give RoHo’s Franco one more chance to make a splash, but he needs to be in a scenario away from the CrayClay….perhaps he can spend more time with Dr. O.? They are delicious together! As for Nik, he’s never been my favorite, but he is needed as the current lone Cassadine on the canvas, particularly with Laura’s return, but I hope his underhanded antics are soon put to paid.

Timmm
Timmm

@Shay…We are asked to believe so much on any of these soaps so why not just reboot Roger Howarth and assign him a new character? What about that new Cassadine that was supposed to appear way back named Valentine? Or if Stephen Nichols doeant want to return give Roger that role. Evil Nick needs to go up against his uncle Stephan!

Shay
Shay

@Timmm….Why RoHo wasn’t “Valentine” upon his initial return to the GH canvas is beyond me. That role would have been perfect for him…or even another new “Q.” However, the warped-beyond-redemption character known as Franco was already too far gone to be given a second-chance incarnation, even in Howarth’s capable hands, and the constant meandering of his mirthful misanthrope from joker to evil genius and back, just hasn’t worked. He was dubious at best as Carly’s main squeeze, and is completely grating with the insufferable Nina by his side. I cannot imagine what other tricks remain to be employed to save this loser of a character.

Timmm
Timmm

@Shay. I dont like James Franco and I hated his character on GH. When James left the character should have been eliminated! Roger can be funny, mysterious and evil. Sounds like a Cassadine to me!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Teens can be whiny too…i have one at home…id rather see Sabrina and Rosalee leave than Nik and Ned but Ned wont be at GH much since Wally Kurth is at Days with a contract…Ned and Olivia have the potential to be the next Alan and Monica!!!

Fanny
Fanny

Agree with Timmm and Jimh… Teens R no longer a viable option to increase ratings.
Gripping storylines, a major LOVE STORY, something’s lost it needs to be recaptured.
They really need to make us FEEEEEEEEEEEL again.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, but we need young children in soaps….more realistic. And, Spencer is soooo precocious and cute….a perfect buffer for Jocelyn, when she’s around.
Furthermore, what will we do without Emma? That kid has more sense and is more stalwart than many of the adults around her.
I agree that some of the characters you mention are superfluous, but we need foils to uphold main character….as GHlover says, Nik is a permanent fixture because of his legacy.
Kiki’s presence is important…tying Silas, Ava and the Jeromes nicely…..well, until Ava fesses up and admit Kik is Nina’s…LOL.
What I would ask is for a Kiki recast. I have yet to see real emotion out of this girl. Her expressionless, unemotional face is as “atonal” as Sam’s voice…..zero on the Richter Logarithm scale…LOL.

Fanny
Fanny

@ CeeCee
Spencer and Emma R an intricate part of GH’s history, it’s present and future.
Unfortunately they’ve left Jocelyn out in the cold more often than not…
If Kiki is indeed Nina’s daughter, all HELL will break loose…Cat fiiiiiiight!!!
Ava will have MET her match in Nina.
Agree w/ you CeeCee, on replacing current Kiki, I’d like the original actress
to come back, but she chose to leave and pursue other ventures. Understandable.
If Sam’s monotonic voice is annoying, try focusing on her eyes constantly squinting
& closing after every half sentence is uttered………. CRAZY about Kelly M, but that
Makes me nuts.

aria
aria

Sorry but shawn went out like a coward. I know in the world this character lives in, loyalty among thugs is consider more honorable then loyalty to your own family, so Shawn picked the thug life and for that he’s going to prison. As for Sonny, he really is full of himself, i wish Jordan would of slapped his ass when he had the nerve to call her out in the courtroom.

CeeCee
CeeCee

….See, Aria….Sonny has what I call, the Napoleonic-syndrome…LOL.
Sonny probably drives a BIG car, too……little man, big ego!!!

Mateo
Mateo

I was surprisingly moved by the story with Shawn. Even though the reality was that Shawn was a “bad guy” he had an amazing heart and the fact that he took a fall to protect his own son was very noble. When Jordan and TJ each cried tears over this, I cried a few myself. It was that real. The story itself had a few weak spots but overall the actors knocked it out of the ballpark. I am gonna miss the character of Shawn. Who will Sonny turn to now that his team is basically gone? I am loving GH more and more each and every day. Thank you for a great job well done, Sean Blakemore. You will be missed. Maybe someday you can return.

curacaoman
curacaoman

Rush to justice? No one bothered to do a ballistics test on his gun, so we have no clue whether he was the real shooter. Then again this is the PCPD, ineptitude is their motto

su0000
su0000

He was at an arraignment and pleaded guilty, it is not going to trial, no evidence needed..
He said he was guilty, end of his story

CeeCee
CeeCee

That is the very first thing I posted, curacaoman. Amazing, isn’t it? Rule of thumb in all CSI is to check ballistics. We practically said the same thing, down to the ineptitude of PCPD …verbatim…LOL.

Diane Jones
Diane Jones

I want Shawn back,why did he leave.Can he come back,it was even him that shot her.

Rose
Rose

I get the reasons why Shawn took the rap…loyalty, TJ. b.s.

Two things really bother me is that Sonny let him. Especially since we all know how much Sonny loves Pentonville. I just find there’s been no reason to like Sonny for years, since he started as a punk strip club owner.

And two, while the writers can make Shawn a sympathetic, nice-guy character, he was a hired killer and a terrible, hypocrite and example as father-figure of the year. “Do as I say, not as I do,” with T.J.’s main takeaway being loyal. And making a good BLT.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Three cheers and then some, for you, Rose!!!!! Hip, hip……

Aden
Aden

Memo to Carlivati…….you’re not writing orange is the new downtown throne game walking dead. You are writing a show that millions loved before you came in and decimated it.

Aden
Aden

Well… Patch pretended to dump acid on Hope. And he became a hero. So why shouldn’t Brad….who threatened to rape and blackmail his lover’s nephew….be th e new GH hero. Lmao. At least his family is mob linked!!!!!!!!

Aden
Aden

I don’t get Ron Carlivati’s writing “style” AT ALL!!

su0000
su0000

hmm

GH in its’ own way has a cult following..
GH is for cool peoples who ”get it” ..
some simply do not get it, the Y&R type can’t grasp it …….. lol

I watch both Y&R and GH, and still ”I get” GH ..

Timmm
Timmm

I watch them both because they are so different, yet entertaining.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Su, you have said this before. What is it that “we” don’t get?….explain. Do you mean we don’t get the satire? All the storylines are satirical to me. It is like making fun of life,in general.
Don’t get me wrong, I love GH, and I am so happy I tuned in when I did…right after OLTL died.
Also, what does it take to be cool? And what is there to get? That killers get away with murder?
I don’t know, Su….just sayin’.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Out of context…but…Su, again you were right. I did agree that Denise and Ava are one person. But I was wrong in assuming Silas was aware of this…I put my foot in it. Probably Delia helped Ava become Denise behind Silas’s back. He did save Ava, though. Everything else is true. Okay, I’ll shut up now.

Aden
Aden

Sign me up for that law school!! Lol.

Aden
Aden

Discernible brainwave activity NOT required. No transcripts!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Aden, you are sooo sardonically hilarious.
Actually, not too much brain activity made Kim Kardashian world famous…probably the most famous, right now…..all she needed was a bed and a Camcorder…LOL.

Daisy
Daisy

Good. Mobsters be gone. Get out. Don’t come back.

Aden
Aden

Wal Mart Greeter!!!!!!! You can be drunk and do that job!!

Aden
Aden

Why would Michael…a teenage male rape victim….not tell his promiscuous “Uncle Lucas”….that his fiance wanted to rape and sodomize him???? You’d think that would be one of the first topics of discussion!

Aden
Aden

Memo to TJ…..cops are good! Blood thirsty murderers are bad!! Most teenagers get that!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

You bet. What is all this angst against his mother, Jordan? I guess TJ accepted her as a drug dealer, but cannot as a cop? Instead, he repudiates her badge, a symbol of justice, for his mobster father figures/Dad? Obtuse kid.

Aden
Aden

As soon as GH installs their laugh track….I Wil be on board!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Who needs a laugh track……its just as funny without one…..lol

Fanny
Fanny

You tell him Jimh!!!

Aden
Aden

It’s really not Jim!! Try it!!

Timmm
Timmm

It looks like they are setting up a space in Sonny’s organization for Jason’s return so Shawn was not needed. He will return someday. I liked the actor who played Shawn who could actually act unlike some of the lunk heads down at the PCP station!

Tom
Tom

Sorry to see him go. I guess with Jason about to return, they didn’t need two hitmen. But it would have been interesting with Shawn, Jordan & TJ. Jordan dropped the news then Shawn goes. Too bad. That was full of possibilities.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I hope with all my heart, Jake will not fall prey to that irreverent lifestyle, albeit what you say makes sense. Shawn’s leaving lends oneself to believe that his exit paves the way for Jake to become Jason Morgan and pick up where he left off.
By the same token, Jake could choose to remain Jake or go back to his true self….Jason Q.

carol
carol

I think Sean and Jordan made a great couple. They could have had Sean quit the mob and explore relationship with TJ as his son, etc.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Fine, Shawn is a stand-up, loyal guy. I get that. But he JUST found out that T.J. is his son, and he was facing prison time. Doesn’t it make sense to try to avoid prison at all costs, and have the ability to build a stronger relationship with your son? That would be my main concern, especially considering T.J.’s already rocky relationship with Jordan.

Plus, Sonny is not a good guy AT ALL. He makes no attempts to leave the mob, and lets others take the fall for him, like he did with Shawn. If I were Shawn, I’d look at all the people that have been hurt because of Sonny (including his kids) and think it best that this mobster be taken off the streets and locked up, where he would still be if not for that flimsy pardon he got.

They wrote this story terribly, because it just doesn’t make logical sense why Shawn wouldn’t take the deal. While I’m sad to see Sean Blakemore leave, because he is a good actor, I won’t miss Shawn. He didn’t have much of a purpose, and the fewer mobsters there are in Port Charles, the better.

Shay
Shay

You’re right, Jimmy, Shawn didn’t have much of a purpose, and so he was expendable. However, the same could be said for both TJ and Jordan. It would have been far more logical for Mr. Butler to take the deal and leave town with them in tow. There would have been a “happy family” ending and three superfluous characters would have been dispensed with in one fell swoop. But then, that would have made too much sense….couldn’t have that, now could we?????

su0000
su0000

Shawn had to confess to leave the show..
If he took the deal he would be staying, he needed to leave GH..
Shawn is a killer, a hit man, his exit should indeed be in prison..

Sahawn could not just leave town, no justice in that..
He is a cold blooded killer, he kills people..
Going to prison was the right exist ..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sonny is a COWARD……

CeeCee
CeeCee

@ Su…..Shawn is a cold blooded killer…finally agreed. But what is Sonny? Doesn’t he deserve a fate worse than death or prison?

Mary SF
Mary SF

Part of me is bummed that they waited until the character is going off the canvas to reveal TJ is his son. The reveal was great, I’ve been waiting for a long time for this tidbit to come to light, but what no fall out? What fun is that?

I’m Canadian so I’m not well verse on the American court system,but even based on the hundreds of American law shows I’ve seen, I think a first year law student should be able to get that conviction overturn on a number of legal formalities that were bypassed

Also I don’t think Shawn is noble. We all know his bullet didn’t hit Hayden, but he doesn’t know it, and he didn’t seemed to care that he put this innocent woman in a coma– I could understand him wanting to go to jail, because he felt guilty about that and wanted to go because he felt he deserved it and it was justice for Hayden if he did go– but going to jail in order to protect Sonny who wouldn’t do the same if the positions were reversed was just lame. If they had taken I deserved to go to jail for what I did to that woman angle then his guilty plea it would have made more sense.

Aden
Aden

Legal system?????? LMAO. There’s no such thing in Port Charles.

su0000
su0000

Shawn said he was guilty, case closed.
He is a murder a killer a hit man his job is killing people..
Anyways,, when a person says ”yes, I did it, I am guilty of the crime, it’s over.
No trial needed.

even if took the deal he would be a dead man and his family in great danger..
A snitch never lives long..

janet
janet

I haven’t been watching. but , Didn’t Shawn shoot at someone. His bullet missed ? what is new ? Shawn is the most inept killer for hire ever. He intended to kill Jake so attempted murder .TJ is now on my &Hi7 list. mad at his mother because she was not a drug dealer ? WTH is TIIC of GH thinking or are they. I saw the TJ part in the gym. WTH are the powers thinking.? Sonny wins again Are Guza and goons in the writers room again I refuse to watch this drivel.This show would be a joke if it wasn’t so sad the way they are destroying it.

Shirley
Shirley

The dynamics in the relationship between Shawn’s character, family members and “work’ was a superior story line. I hope that producers and writers will see fit to bring back thet character in order to explore more possibilities.

Rena
Rena

I love Shawn and I am very sad that the character is gone. Shawn did not have to stay in the mob. He could of gotten out of the mob and became a PI. His storyline with TJ being his son could of been explored more and he and Jordan could of eventually reunited. There was no reason to drop another black character. Why couldn’t Shawn stick around, longterm, like the other nonblack characters? There seems to be a pattern of not keeping black characters longterm or they barely get screentime. Well, this have turned me off of GH and soaps, in general. Apparently, blacks have no place on soaps. And the black viewers should have no place watching anything that has been anti-black for decades.

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Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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