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Steve Burton Talks His Return To GH: From Patient Six, Contract Status, Billy Miller, Maura West, To Reuniting With His Longtime Pals!

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This week, during his Satellite Media Tour for his return to General Hospital, Steve Burton chatted with Michael Fairman on how things are shaping up being back to his old stomping grounds on the ABC daytime drama series, and playing out the storyline of “Patient Six”, (or is he the real Jason Morgan returned from the dead?), which has fans anxiously waiting to see how the story unfolds. All of this on the heels of the reveal that Jason had a twin brother, Drew. With Billy Miller still at this point inhabiting the role of “Jason” and Sam (Kelly Monaco) in love with her man and their trip to Manhattan on the way this week, the drama continues to take some twists and turns.

Here are some excerpts below from the video interview, where Burton clarifies that he has signed a contract with GH for three years, what it has been like to return and if there was any trepidation in coming back five years later, what it was like to work with Maura West (Ava) for the first time, and how things shook out with Billy Miller when he told him he was coming back to GH, and more.

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As to what Steve thinks of the storyline that has been plotted out, he expressed: “The way the story is rolling out is exciting for me.  Before, I would only read my scripts the night before. Now, I am reading ahead to see what’s happening.   As an actor, there is so much rich story to tell with going back and seeing what’s happened with everybody’s life with Sam (Kelly Monaco), Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard), Michael (Chad Duell), and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), and all these people that I had great connections with to see what’s happened, and if they have moved on, or if they are still around, and to figure out what is going on in Port Charles when I get there”

When clarifying for the fans just what is his contract status with GH, Steve revealed:  “I signed a 3-year contract.  So, I am here for 3 years.   I would like to be here longer, but obviously you go year by year, but I have no intentions of it being short term.”

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Coming back to GH 5 years later, since Jason was so connected and key to the canvas, Steve shared if there was any trepidation, or concern that the return might not go as one would hope: “Obviously, that is in your head.  There is huge emotion tied to me coming back for me, personally because of the cast and the crew, and being there for 20-plus years. Then you want to tell the story right. You want to do it justice.  You want to serve everybody who’s involved.  I think it’s playing out great from what I am hearing from the fans.  People are excited to see the next day, and that’s what soap operas are.  That’s what we want to do … we want to tune-in, and just keep watching.”

Since Steve returns imminently means he could be revealed to be the real Jason Morgan, he shared how things went down when Billy Miller found out Steve was coming home to the ABC daytime drama series:  “When Billy first started playing Jason Morgan, obviously there are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that people don’t know about.   Billy was gracious enough to call me when he got the role.  When I found out I was going back, the first thing I did was call Billy.  We got to work together on The Young and the Restless.  We were friends, and at one point we had the same manager.  So, there is not going to be this big face-off of Steve and Billy.  Everything is good, man.  We have been working together a lot.”

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Since Steve’s first scenes back to GH were with Maura West, someone he never worked with previously, he had nothing but kudos for the fan favorite actress:  “Maura has been in the business a long time.  She is incredible to work with, and I am glad I got to work with her first.  She was someone I had never worked with, and it was cool.  Obviously, I did not say a lot in the first couple of episodes, which was probably better for me (laughs) so I can get warmed up instead of being thrown right back into it, and figure things out.  Maura is great!  I hope I get to work with her more.  Ava did help “Patient Six” escape and so that’s a big one.

When pressed to how long fans might have to endure Sam, Jason, and Patient Six not truly running into each other, Burton said, “It’s sooner than later ….  It’s going to be very soon!”

Now below, watch the full video interview of Steve Burton on his return to GH.  Make sure to also subscribe to The Michael Channel on You Tube for more upcoming celebrity interviews and more! Let us know what you thought of Steve’s remarks after you check out what he had to share via the comment section below!

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Timmm
Timmm

WOW! I didnt realize he signed a 3 year contract? Thats great! Also happy to hear that he will see Sam soon and his reappearance wont be drug out for a year! Great to have Steve back!

Celia
Celia

T, I made such a complete turnabout with Steve. I have really come to admire him as an actor. Those last few werks at Y&R ingratiated him to me. I respect him and his craft.
Furthermore, so far, he has impressed so much dispelling any doubt I had.
The only hitch is his meeting with the Three Musketeers. ( Sonny, Carly and Sam).
I know you like Sam…… I tried…hopeless!! LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

I knew you would eventually catch Stevemania! Dylan was a brutal Y&R character BUT when they wrote him off, he got to show his acting chops! Steve has been great with Ava and even Huxley has been palpable. I do not look forward to him seeing Sonny and Carly. It will be too sweet and too many bro moments! MY Third Musketeer is Spinelli! I cannot stand him and he will blow a gasket when he sees Stone Cold! Sam, there are TWO reasons I like Sam, no just kidding, I like her. She is more tolerable to me than Liz.

Shay
Shay

@Timmm….So then, exactly what, pray tell, are those two reasons you like Sam??? Her immense intellectual prowess and awesome ability to emote? Yeah, I thought NOT! LOL…(Just teasing, Timmmbo! I’m actually pro-Sam, too…) Still, your sentiments regarding the roles Sonny and Carly will be playing ala the “Q a Deux” scenario are certainly not unique….most of us seem to be dreading those two taking front and center during the telling of this “twinning” tale. However, as for Spinelli? I am excited to see him reunited with his old pal, “Stonecold” since theirs was a genuine friendship and yes, “bromance” that was both heartwarming and sincere, even if it frequently took a backseat to the ongoing melodramas which ensued at “Casa Corinthos!”

Jimh
Jimh

Patrick McGoohan played Number 6 in The British tv series The Prisoner..is this where they got the idea for calling Steve Burton’s character?…seems that way!!!

Jimh
Jimh

Number 6…Patient 6???

Shay
Shay

That’s an intriguing theory, jimh! I never watched “The Prisoner,” but I am aware of its premise! However, you are certainly not alone in your efforts to infuse GH’s current storylines with such a creative and logical aspect, since a number of us have previously sought inspirational clues from classic dramas, literature and world history to explain various mysteries, even though I suspect probably none of our breathless suppositions will actually bear much, if any, fruit.

rose
rose

Good call Jimh. Loved The Prisoner series. The Brits have such a captivating way to tell good stories. Other ones I’ve liked are The Avengers and Tinker,Tailor, Soldier Spy. Maybe Steve’s character is a pickup from this Patient 6, and it would be nice to know the newer generation of writers even know about some of these older series and would borrow from them. I would like to think so.

Shay
Shay

By the way, jimh, your mention of this iconic series was downright prescient! I just happened upon a new RadioTimes article which celebrated the show’s 50th anniversary and shared news of a documentary (“In My Mind”) being released about this still-unforgettable program, which includes rare interviews with its notoriously press-shy (and now sadly departed) star/showrunner, the late Patrick McGoohan. Having said that, I am definitely going to have to check out “The Prisoner”…its idyllic Welsh seaside village looks like my kind of place and actually reminds me of Doc Martin’s “Portwenn!” (Which is rather ironic, when you consider he often conveys the notion he feels like a prisoner amongst all those local yokels residing in his own backwater burg!)

Patrick
Patrick

“Burton clarifies that he has signed a contract with GH for three years,”

WOW… I was happy knowing that his “for awhile” was perhaps 6-9 months

THREE effing years

me
me

You think GH is still going to be on the air in THREE “effing” years?

Patrick
Patrick

you made me laugh…. rollingly so

it just took me by complete surprise.. that GH is THAT ( fargone ) to invest so much time in Steve Burton

already his eyes look tired

David
David

Let’s hope the show lasts that long!

Gertie
Gertie

I’m one of five people I know that’s been watching GH for the last 30 years or more. We don’t have any concern that it won’t be around for the foreseeable future.
What’s the matter, did somebody steal your lollipop?

Kim
Kim

I’ve been watching for 54 years, I think it will still be goung in 3. However; recycling actors as different characters does stretch the limits of what even loyal fans can endure. Steve Burton IS Jason, period.

Brandi M Charlson
Brandi M Charlson

I’m getting excited too! Because like Steve said it can go anywhere! Grateful for you coming back!

David
David

Gertie, what does watching the show 30 years have to do with anything? Ratings are in the basement and the show has not been renewed yet for another year. So that is a legitimate concern. I work for ABC and GH is not their top priority.

3rd

Harry
Harry

David, I appreciate your input.
I guess this is a case of killing the messenger? Or maybe more like cursing the weatherman who gives a forecast one doesn’t like?

lynn harrison
lynn harrison

I’m very excited that Steve Burton is back I will I’ve watched him ever since he began playing on General Hospital I’m so glad he signed a three-year contract but I hope it goes on for another 30 more years.

Florene Little
Florene Little

Yayyy. I’m so glad your back.

Florene Little
Florene Little

I love u Jason. So glad your back. You and Sonny are the best.

Becca
Becca

That remains to be seen

Connie Rains
Connie Rains

He left the show for “greener pastures” so I really hope he is NOT returning as Jason. He deserves to be allowed to return, but not as Jason. If he turns out to be Jason, I will stop watching.

Elaine
Elaine

So agree.The character of Jason is already on screen with Billy Miller.I personally do not want Burton on or anywhere near GH

Stephanie Minton
Stephanie Minton

Steve Burton IS Jason Morgan…aka stone cold. He perfected that character! I’m thrilled he’s back! Billy Miller is a great actor… IMO he’ll make Drew an amazing character out of this storyline. Steve always got results. Billy makes things worse! He doesn’t have the instincts. But he plays the family man(when the kids are there! ). He’s the attentive husband..I’m glad Billy’s staying,I like him… Butt Steve HAS to be ??!!!

Patrick
Patrick

as … long … as “Drew” ( Billy Miller ) breaks OUT of the dullard Corinthos orbit… then I wouldn’t give a damn what … Steve Burton and Kelly Monaco… do

there are enough – uninteresting – characters on GH.. that adding back in .. SB and KM … does not matter.

THE WRITING SUCKS

just , for the love of God, make Drew the missing twin… get his memory back… and lo and behold … he’s a doctor. he’s been missing all these years.. and yes, playing Jason

we can let that go… and it will have to mean a break up of : Billy Miller and Kelly Monaco. so she can go and hide behind Steve Burton.. who made her a star. gave her longevity at least.

IF , I F , if … GH has any smarts left

they will – bank – on Billy Miller as the reigning Quartermaine and give BM the free range to ACT .. as we all know he can. GOD , enough comments have been made… that he’s just not their. he’s trapped with Maurice Benard and Laura Wright… he’s more than a pretty boy toy… he’s no fool ? no? he wants to act… and recall his rise to the top @Y&R . GOD

let Steve Burton and Kelly Monaco.. go back

let them toil squander and WEAR the matching black outfits.

let’s watch a renewed vim and vigor at the GH hospital… and yes.. it’s going to be a reckon… with “Drew” Liz and Griffin.. and Dr. Bensch.

where are all the women @GH hospital… ok bobbie is enough.. still ?
GH simply has to fire Micheal Easton. Finn is a nonessential.

Cheryl
Cheryl

I agree. Steve is Jason and Spenilli gave him the perfect nickname of stonecold. He made that role and plays it to perfection along with Maurice as Sonny. I am glad he is back!!!❤❤

MB
MB

LOL! Burton has the “right to return” but not as Jason! He IS Jason. The idea that Miller is somehow owed the character when he’s totally miscast and a total flop is absurd. He also only signs one year contracts and would leave for “greener pastures” in a minute if he could. That’s unlikely though as his “great acting” is a figment of superfan imaginations. Maybe he was good on Y&R, I don’t know, never saw him. But Miller swallows his words, mumbles his lines and has no range of expressions. He’ll be at GH for a while and not as Jason Morgan.

Patrick
Patrick

@MB –  Yes yes Yes – thank you

I’ve posted oft enough –  I haven’t seen Billy Miller – since – Y&R

your post reads “perfectly”

“… his “great acting” is a figment of superfan imaginations. Maybe he was good on Y&R, ”

if GH doesn’t give BM at least a try @Drew as a doctor? just to get him out of … the Sonny and Carly show.

perhaps BM superfans may never get that want. I’m at “last” feeling this way now, about Nina. they are so close yet so far.. because of the friggin stinking writers.

I’d like to see Michael Easton on the chopping block.

I wish Sonny and Carly dead

i’m certain we can all agree on a right turn.. somewhere… the clueless Shelley and Frank, know by now their poop stinks

In any case … “LOVE YOUR last few lines”

“But Miller swallows his words, mumbles his lines and has no range of expressions. ”

is this not close too ? Stone Cold ? two for the price of one set of twin

what is Monica to do ? Robin Christopher for the heat and sensation

Patrick
Patrick

in any event : how far does Franco the nut up get with his new found lings ?

it’s always an interesting “charge” when a superfan gets another shot

I never watched Roger Howarth on OLTL. when he showed up @GH as Todd…

WITH Connie. this turned everything for me. I knew what fans meant. naturally, I fell in love

when a soaphopper scores. and it’s vanquished because of that law suit.

this is a great opportunity to flesh out and give Billy Miller and Roger Howarth some new tunes… dance

it really stumps me that @GH writers … give Franco these quirks and oddities… like being so afraid of losing Liz.. and acting jealous. at least this is the last reel we know. I like that “twin” portrait. it’s adding dimension to what could be RH . give him something to hold on to. so that other characters can appreciate him . show him building and gaining character.

if I never get to see BM outside of Sam. what a LOSS.

as for Steve Burton. all I know is his quiet masculine stature. and carrying out order.. and romancing Sam just enough to keep them

oh god.. heres to seeing that mortorcycle back. LOL

this trio of ; is at least far better without Carly and Sonny

Geri
Geri

Great that Steve is back. I am enjoying the exchanges with the man on the freighter.(sorry, I haven’t picked up his name) Great story lines will be going on I’m sure.Off to a good start!

rose
rose

I’m enjoying having Steve back so far as well. Like how it started with Ava who I’m sure will play a part on his return to Port Charles. And yes Huxley. Sometimes these unexpected encounters can provide some of the most fun. Wasn’t Huxley also the one who held Nick and Ava captive in his english estate?

su0000
su0000

If Steve’s return screwed with Billy then it’s war !!!

Harry
Harry

I don’t think Steve’s return will hurt Miller. If anything, his return might enhance Miller’s performance.
As others stated, Burton IS Jason Stonecold Morgan. Miller never felt like Jason to me and this comes from a huge admirer of Miller’s.
There is room for both men I think.

rose
rose

I think there is room for both Steve an Billy as well. The only problem is that Steve IS Stonecold which could put him back into the sphere of Sonny and Carly. And I have just had enough of their dominating GH. But what else can a Stonecold do? Just can’t see him going back to pre-accident days and becoming a doctor,

Becca
Becca

He did to me and Billy is a great actor on his own. Three Grammy’s to prove it. Doesn’t need Steve to help improve his acting. It’s all about the writers and how good the story is. Both he and Steve work well together.

Steve
Steve

Normally, ABC does not comment on contract issues, but they let it slip out that Miller signed a new contract so fans wouldn’t think Burton was forcing him out.

Becca
Becca

If he leaves it will not be because Steve forced him out. Steve said that Billy was awesome actor. He always signs a one year contract everytime because he’s interested in primetime and if something comes up he wants to make sure he’s tied down for too long.

Cynthia Gibbs
Cynthia Gibbs

Great to see him back. Cannot wait till he see Sam and Carly.

Becca
Becca

Hope Billy’s Jason stays with Sam

PennySoap
PennySoap

Very, Very Happy!

Gloria G.
Gloria G.

omg now can’t wait to watch general hospital every day Steve Burton makes the show ! He is the true Jason Morgan!!!

Becca
Becca

No he doesn’t. Everyone makes the show.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Excellent interview! I am so happy to see him back on the show. Equally exciting is the zest that Mr. Burton is exhibiting regarding his return. As soon as I get home from work I turn on the television to see where this story is taking us next. Very good stuff!!! 🙂

Angela M Hoppe
Angela M Hoppe

I can’t tell you how crazy Happy I am that Jason I mean the real and only Jason as far as I’m concerned is Back. We Love you Steve!!!

Becca
Becca

I love Steve but I love Billy too.

Susan presley
Susan presley

I am so happy Steve is back. I can”t wait for him and Sonny to see each other. I don”t care what anyone says Steve Burton is Jason. I like bully but I love Steve as Jason.

Catliver
Catliver

Maybe Elizabeth can have Jason(Steve Burton) since they have great chemistry and since Kelly Monaco an Billy Miller have great chemistry everyone could be happy for once

deb
deb

i agree I love sam with Billy let Liz have him and keep billy…

Harry
Harry

Works for me but that leaves Franco out in the cold.
On another note, am I just tesy and cantankerous or does Kelly’s manner of speaking get on anyone else’s last nerve?
She mumbles in a monotone so badly that I sometimes need to put on the subtitles feature.

Stephanie Syck
Stephanie Syck

Seriously people first off Steve coming back is the best thing that’s happened to General Hospital in years!!!!! And really…..!? Sam belongs with the real Jason….so let them be together and Liz if something happens with Franco ( I love Franco by the way) let her be with Billy Miller!! I love Billy Miller also!

Becca
Becca

Yes. Except I don’t want Liz with Steve either. Tamara Braun is coming on. Let him have her she is connected to the storyline.

don
don

I think patient 6 will be revealed as THE JASON MORGAN and Miller’s Jason will be revealed as twin brother Drew. It will be interested how it will affect the others.

Becca
Becca

Hope not

Luzcelenia Rodriguez
Luzcelenia Rodriguez

I think patient number 6 should turn out to be Nicklas

Steve
Steve

Nikolas is the yet-to-be-seen Patient 7

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

I didn’t watch GH when Mr. Burton was on. Always thought he was kinda dull on Y&R until his ‘swan song’ and really was impressed with his performances when given something more substantial to do. I am keeping an open mind about his return. I thought he had great chemistry with Ava, would like to see more of that going forward. Can’t stand Sam, now talk about boring! Really enjoyed the scenes he had with Trent Dawson this week! (Can we keep him, too??)

Celia
Celia

I like the way you think, jeanine. I didn’t watch GH at thst time either. I have come to like Burton after Y&R, as well.

Sha walker
Sha walker

Get on with the exposing of the storyline the plot is dragging out too long is he Jason or is he not?

Becca
Becca

A matter of opinion. Nothing boring about them

su0000
su0000

Steve and Billy can’t be the twins..
Steve is much older and looks much older than Billy..
Their height and age is way off for twins.

CincyMom
CincyMom

Thank you. Finally someone other than me noticed it. There’s nearly a 10 year age difference in them and it’s obvious.

Satan
Satan

Except Billy supposedly had his face entirely rebuilt after Ava ran over it in a stolen SUV. So they will use that as a reason to explain why Drew (Billy) looks younger than Jason.

It’s probably the most believable part of this whole twin story actually.

Celia
Celia

Su, I’ve said this from the beginning, remember? I concluded Jason 1 and Franco were twins. I think you agreed?
However, some fans pointed out the fact that Jason/Billy had plastic surgery after his accident, which accounts for his youthful appearance.
As far as height, not necessarily true. I have an identical twin and she’s, at least, an inch taller than I.
But, the point is, I agree that the two Jasons are not THE twins….enter Franco.
Hey, you never know, Russia-Jason may still be Nikolas. LOL.

Celia
Celia

@Steve.
Hey, Steve,
When I brought up the age difference between the two “Jasons”, you sort of nullified my comment by saying that Jason’s 2 youthful appearance was due to his plastic surgery?
Have you changed your mind? Do you now think that Jason 1 and Franco are twins?

Steve
Steve

@Celia

No, I’m sure that Franco is the spawn of Scott and Heather. I just found Harry’s theory to be funny.

I do wonder what was in the Moore family background to give both Jasons their innate ability to fight. It didn’t come from the Quartermaine side. Yes, Alan tried to blow up a house on Monica and Rick, but he wasn’t a fighter.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And why did he have to be brought back in with Ava’s “help”? Don’t know why TPTB keep pushing Ava on us? She should have been gone a long time ago–she was written in the proverbial “corner” and trying to “redeem” her has become just as tiresome as the “redeeming” of Julian (and now he’s out of prison and returning–egads).
And the scene today with the “renegade priest” had me sickened (double egads!). BTW, how did the character become a priest and a doctor: how many years would that take??? And the “priest” is young–could pass for Ava “child” (triple egads!!!). Sigh! Whew! Crazy-making. I mean, one can only stretch credulity only so far, right?

Shay
Shay

Correct on all three counts, Nancy! I’ve repeatedly noted that Ava has overstayed her welcome in Port Charles…there’s too great a sense that this character has already run her course, so it truly does beggar belief that she should experience yet another shot at redemption regardless of her most dastardly past deeds. Ditto for the cougar-themed rerun in which she is now co-starring with Griffin….her May-December rumpy-pumpy with the witless man-child Morgan was certainly bad enough, but this soulless creature sinking her unholy teeth into a lapsed padre’ of “The Church”—especially one so obviously her junior—is downright distasteful at best, and utterly disgusting, at worst. (If Griffin had to fall for an older woman, it should have been Anna…at least their connection would have been emotionally and romantically satisfying, not to mention, understandable!) As for Dr. Munroe’s seemingly simultaneous career paths in the medical and religious fields, I can only surmise he must have been a child prodigy who enjoyed a most youthful running start on his college education.

Harry
Harry

I do agree. I know twins are sometimes born minutes apart from each other but ten years apart? Poor Susan!

Steve
Steve

That’s hilarious. Add to that, she gave birth to the second twin 9 years after she died. If Soap Dish can bring back a deccapitated character, why can’t a dead woman give birth 9 years later?

Harry
Harry

Steve, I tend to visualize things too much, maybe you do as well.
I just pictured the doctor telling Susan,”Okay, your first baby boy is doing great and the other one is on the way.” Nine years later……………..

Becca
Becca

Their height is the same in real life. Both are 5 11. Their is 9 year’s difference in their real life ages. Since Billy’s Jason had plastic surjery they are saying that’s why he looks younger.

Pat
Pat

Please bring SB back as himself Jason .Sam story line will not be so boring there is no chemistry like SB SM. Billy Miller should be with Elizabeth.

Becca
Becca

Heck no. Way more chemistry with Billy and Kelly. Don’t want either with Liz. Especially my Billy. Tamara Braun is coming as new character. She’s involved with Patient 6 storyline.

Sharon
Sharon

So glad to see Steve back really missed him as Jason hope he goes back with Liz welcome back Steve

Nancy Mojica
Nancy Mojica

Glad he’s back. Welcome back Steve!

Betsy hack
Betsy hack

I was not happy when Steve Burton left GH but when Billy took the role of Jason wasn’t too sure of him but I love Billy as Jason I hope Billy doesn’t lose his contract because of Steve because he decided to come back and alot of good characters were let go because GH goof up and did the kiss ass thing to pay Steve Burton more money to come back to GH not cool at all why hurt and confused the kids with this nonsense poor Sam who will she turn to Jason or Dean

Becca
Becca

Billy. They are so hot together. They show more skin too.

Joanna
Joanna

Steve Burton’s interview was awesome <3 <3;-)

Jen
Jen

Love that he is back !!! I’ve watched GH for nearly 40 years !!!

Rochelle Ahearn
Rochelle Ahearn

I actually stopped watching soaps when Carly’s son died. It was to close to home for me but my mom called and said Jason Steve Burton was back and I have been watching again. I have seen Mr. BURTON IN OTHER MOVIES HE HAS BEEN IN. LIKE WITH ROBERT
REDFORD. TRULY ENJOY HIS ACTING.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Have to say I missed him with Redford. Enlighten me please.

Rhonda
Rhonda

I can’t think of the name of it, Nancy, But I think Steve Burton was in a prison drama movie. He was good in it. always thought Burton was a good actor and really underrated.

k/kay
k/kay

Brubaker done in 1980 filmed around Tennessee where SB eventually moved it starred Robert Redford and the late James Gandolfini SB was a priso guard I think.

Harry
Harry

Kay, Brubaker was a great movie but Burton was ten when that movie was released. Redford was in another prison drama movie called,”The Last Castle” which I think came out in the mid 90s and also starred James Gandelfino and Steve Burton.
The late and great Gandolfini praised Burton’s acting prowess which was really high praise coming from him.

K/kay
K/kay

I know Harry I have both movies n my files! sorry ! Thx for correcting me ! As for the character of Jason the only reason I would want Billy to really be Jason is to see egg on Sonny’s face he has treated BM on and off screen classless!

Sonia Dominguez
Sonia Dominguez

I’m so excited as Stephen is coming back patient 6 I like Bill but I would love to see patients 6 as our Jason Morgan

Becca
Becca

I love BILLY!

Melanie Pruitt
Melanie Pruitt

I am so happy Steve is back, Missed him since the day he left. But now I keep hopes that either Nicholas will be found alive, Just like a Chasidine, or even Morgan as I remember their bodies was not found. They have both been mentioned over and over again so storylines can still come up. Msybe Luke can make a cameo appearance of finding Nicholas or Morgan with nomemory, and bring them home. That would be a miracle story for Christmas. That would be the biggest dream.

DeMeir Jones
DeMeir Jones

So glad he’s back at first from the storyline I thought he was going to be Nikolas cassadine but I realized it was Jason not to be mean but I never really connected with the other Jason kind of irritating character he just never seemed believable. Toodles for bringing this character back now bring back

Gthomas
Gthomas

They can be twins…it TV. I want Steve to play Jason. Nothing against Miller but he didn’t play a good Jason and the storyline that Carly and Sam and Micheal says something is off with the fake Jason makes me believe that SB will come back as himself and Miller will be Drew. GH write some good stuff. Please. And will ya’ll get Shawn out if jail for a,shooting he didn’t commit. Julian has killed a million folks gets in and out of jail. Shawn doesn’t hv to appear on the show for him to get out. And what happen to the line that Brad parents maybe mobsters. Is his mom Ms Woo. Now that would be something.

Steve
Steve

Shawn is in prison with Blackie Parrish, Matt Hunter and Steven Lars Webber. All relatively minor criminals. Meanwhile, Sonny (and soon Julian) stayed on the “just visiting” portion of the “go to jail” space.

Scott Bilotta
Scott Bilotta

“Drew ” or Jason. Just glad Steve Burton is back. I am hoping he’s Jason….but happy either way
been watching the show for 35 years

Angelic
Angelic

Im.so glad the real Jason is back cause GH was not the same without stone cold so hopefully Sam will know the difference. This is a long awaited I stopped watching GH because Jason wasn’t on there now I’m watching hopefully everything goes back the way it is was I’ve been watch since I was little grandma got me started so GH is a family air loom let’s keep it

Miss Ella
Miss Ella

Great to see the Real Jason come back. Will we know where his twin Andrew has been since he was 5 living with Franco and presumed to be imaginary? What an aweful thing to do to a child. I love GH

Sheila Stigall
Sheila Stigall

I am so excited that you are back!! I have watched GH for 40yrs. When you left I was so peee o’d at you, I never thought I could forgive you. LOL I feel as if Steve Burton is the one and only Jason Quartemain – Jason Morgan – JaSam … I loved Luke & Laura but Jason & Sam I love more!! I hope you 2 get to stay together & Billy Miller is a twin that Helena has had and he finds his TRUE self and this is going to be so interesting!! I am exited about tuning in just like I was yrs. ago WELCOME BACK!

patty
patty

Jason Jason, Jason !! What about the other characters on GH. Thrilled that James DePavia is on GH !!! Hopefully, the writers will NOT make him a hated character. GH could really use another Steve Hardy like doctor …Dr. Bensch is perfect !! He has a fantastic soap opera history … already loved so much !!! Loving Kristina and Parker’s love story !!!

Patrick
Patrick

I’m just so excited to see another post.. loving, James DePaiva.

I don’t know what… he’s about… it’s giving me the heebie jeebies

Dr. Bensch… needs to be on this show.. in his few scenes.. he’s already kicked to the curb.. Michael Easton ‘ Dr. Finn . how dull is he

there is a mystique intrigue and whet the senses

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Would have loved prisoner 6 to have been Nikolas–what a rich story that would have offered Genie Francis–now THAT’S what the viewers would have loved–at least this viewer and the longtime viewers of classic GH characters–and admirers of Genie Francis and her acting skills. But TPTB appear to be dedicated to NOT giving the viewers what they want.
And I’m putting it out there: I think Julian should just go away and let the sleazy doc and Alexis pair up–chemistry there and who doesn’t love James DePaiva–another good actor. Guess TPTB won’t give us that either. Another sigh. (And the doc can keep his paws off Kiki–but sexual predator would be a timely story to do given the Weinstein horror story, Bill Cosby horror story, and Trump man horror story.)

rose
rose

I haven’t given up on Nik making a return. Better story than Laura holding a gun on Valantin. And there are other rating cycles. And Spencer coming home form school. Plus, like the Q’s, we need more Cassadines. Don’t think I’m ready for a sexual predator story. Too much of that in the real news. But I am curious about doc/DePavia’s intentions. But wasn’t he also a little shady on OLTL? But not completely?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Like you, I haven’t given up on Nik’s return.
And, yes, Max was a bit shady on OLTL–but not completely. And I’m hoping he will have shades of gray on GH. More interesting that way.

Patrick
Patrick

James DePaiva is offering intelligence and trigger of sense’

are shelley and frank that daft

wouldn’t I like to kick them to the curb.

Carrie
Carrie

I would be great if Nikolas returns for Laura and Kevin’s wedding.

mariemary
mariemary

Franco finished come clean and tell Elizabeth the truth Jason have twice brother name Drew he not dead we note he is not death he is alive. Watch to see how Elizabeth will handle this wait see what will happen next.

k/kay
k/kay

He should be Jason and pretty sure he is but I guess I am. Not getting the so called chemistry between him and Kelly or Billy and Kelly! I just still think he would be. Great in politics. Never have I seen an actor manipulate a fan base like he does! Hey guys selling juice hey guys I have a restaurant hey guys I have brewery’s hey guys I have health shakes hey guys I quit y & r to be with family! Blah blah blah

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Thanks for info re Redford film. I did see Brubaker but didn’t remember SB.

Patrick
Patrick

I remember now – it was with the Soprano’ the late great.. and sexy

James Gandolfini

admired and loved him

k/kay
k/kay

@patrick JG has the kindest soul I ever knew and he was not fake I am watching the Sopranos I miss him so much!

K/kay
K/kay

I was wrong see above Last Castle was the movie! Thanks Harry for setting me straight! Just got the movies confused but hey they both starred Redford !

patty
patty

Burton is back . Now, Jessica Tuck is coming onto the GH soap. RIDICULOUS !!! Scrapping Kristina and Parker’s love story and taking two of GH’s best actresses (Lexi and Ashley) “off contract”, is a disgrace !!! They were the only new storyline. The writing on GH leaves much to be desired. Everyone bowing to the great Steve Burton. I stayed loyal when all ABC soaps were being canceled. They can cancel GH. I’m done !!!

Steve
Steve

Ashley was never on contract and Lexi has not been on contract since she resumed the role a few years ago. That two recurring characters got a storyline was actually pretty good. Someone pointed out that Lexi booked some film/tv work, so Kristina has to be written out. Kudos to her. Parker has no other connections to the canvas, so use that money for vets.

If Tuck turns out to be Helena’s presumed dead daughter, that would certainly be interesting. Would be great to see Cassandra bump into Bensch at GH.

Satan
Satan

Who the Hell came up with the insane idea that Jessica Tuck would be Helena’s mostly mute “daughter” Cassandra, who was running around Wyndemere half naked well into a NY state winter?

That girl was the dumbest plot point Garin Wolfe wrote, and that’s saying something, giving his sickening obsession with turning the entire Spencer family into chemically addled arsonists. But she was in her mid 20s at most, while Jessica Tuck is clearly in the upper 50s. There’s no possible way in Hell that they could be the same person.

BTW, they never did bother to explain how Helena would have had a child who obviously would have been born after Mikkos turned himself into a popsicle.

Sure somebody else could have been Cassandra’s father (Faison maybe?) but then, she wouldn’t have been a Cassadine, and wouldn’t have had any rights to be squatting at Wyndemere while Nikolas was out of the country, and Helena was a resident of Hell (in between her escapes… let’s just say we tightned up the security in the Cassadine compound after that last round of “vacations”)

Steve
Steve

@Satan
The concept of making Tuck Helena’s daughter was probably wishful thinking by some to try and connect another new character to a long term family. I agree “the lady in white” storyline was beyond dumb, but Wolf was let go before it wrapped. It was Carlivati who made her Helena’s post-menopausal daughter and killed her off all in the same episode. He obviously wanted to wrap it up quickly and clear the deck for his stories. Tuck would be believable as Helena’s daughter, unlike the original actress.

Wolf also made Monica a sudden alcoholic and was planning on permanently killing off Robin.

Patrick
Patrick

Hi Patty

I agree with you

bringing back Kristina and Parker.. was an ideal situation.. showing maturity and relevant story to newbie audience factor

I was ready to be distracted.. and hopeful … for Kristina , Valerie, and parker. dang it.. I am so enjoying Valerie.

GH went off track.. when they REELED him dim lost for word and blue eyed him all over the place

so friggin what

what a coup .. big Steve Burton

k/kay
k/kay

They do not have the guts to tell a gay storyline on daytime they did on NBC but everybody else is scared

Mateo
Mateo

I can’t with Steve Burton. He acts in every scene the same way. One note. He is boring. When they want to ratch it up a tad, they have him fight someone. YAAWWNNN! Three years. Way too long for me. Look General Hospital has one of the most amazing casts in the business. However, this guy is so limited. No wonder he signed for a 3 year run. No other show would have him. Y&R had him only because soap killer Phelps had a crush on him. And we all know what happened to her. It rhymes with MIRED. Look I want to believe that this addition to the show will add some spark but let’s face it. A world without Billy Miller is not a pretty world. I know he’s not going anywhere but can we please have a world where people know who they are? I mean seriously, one more unknown twin? Steve Burton needs to go to some online series with Phelps as creator and Pratt as the writer. They all go together. GH, you need to get your act together because if you don’t pull the rabbit out of the hat you could go the route of One Life To Live and All My Children. We need solid writing. We need to stop trying to relive the past and we need to be on par with Y&R and DAYS for good stories and consistent writing. I will never knock GH because of the talent on this show. I mean they are almost perfect but no matter how good the acting is, you have to have a good story to hold you. Stunts like Burton coming back from the dead just doesn’t work because he is a 3 in a cast of 9’s and 10’s.

Patrick
Patrick

“… GH, you need to get your act together because if you don’t pull the rabbit out of the hat you could go the route of ”

of course.. Shelley and Frank are so dim .. daft.. and extra dullard

their shit stinks.. and they now know it

Steve Burton “eyes” are blind

Ashland22Cripton
Ashland22Cripton

On a bit of a side note, could Hamilton Finn be a spin-off of the classic Mark Twain novel book character, Huckleberry Finn? Could Hamilton be a long-lost relative of Huckleberry? Lolz. If not that, then my current hunch is that “Hamilton Finn” is a cover up name for what and / or with whom could very well actually be a facially-reconstructed and alive-and-possibly-well Mikkos Cassadine? Unless Mikkos character should be much older in age-wise right now, that is IF this character were to actually be really alive and on the canvas today and / or these days.

If not Mikkos, then he could be another Cassadine. A long-lost one, unless they end up pairing up both “Hamilton Finn” and “Cassandra” / “Irina Cassadine” romantically…. and since Cassandra / Irina is most likely a Cassadine figure of some sorts, that might get too close for them to without it being an incestial thingy-majiggy.

What about maybe pairing Anna Devane with Doctor Bensch? Both Finola Hughes and James DePaiva may very well have some really good on-screen chemistry and / or “pull”, so-to-say. Or have a Valentine / Cassandra / Doctor Bensch / Anna quadrangle going. Maybe Nina can get straddle herself more towards Hamilton Finn’s orbit (?romantically?). Then, come to find out, either Kiki or Nelle is Nina’s long-lost daughter.

Shay
Shay

Well, those are intriguing theories, Ashland! I like the notion that Finn really could be a Cassadine….he has that dark, romantic “look” that would work well for such a role. I’m not so sure about him being Mikkos, though…I do believe his character was well over 50 when he attained frozen status, and was most decidedly not a chick magnet in the physical sense….so much so, I don’t think even the most skilled plastic surgeon could have molded his possibly thawed being into a magnificent specimen like Michael Easton! But as yet another son, brother, cousin or otherwise resurrected member of this most cursed clan? Well, yes, I find that to be a most tantalizing concept! Perhaps he is even the “real” Valentin? That would be so cool in that he was actually present and hiding in plain sight in Port Charles all along as an imposter was doing his bidding….what a fabulous twist that would be! Your proposed pairings could also bear some very interesting fruit, although I’m getting the uncomfortable feeling that Dr. Bensch likes his ladies on the young side, ala Kiki, so there’s a standalone story unto itself! As for Nina “straddling” into yet another man’s “orbit” (and bed?) I’m truly tired of the gargantuan effort to bring this abomination of a character into so many different dramatic spheres when she essentially fits into none of them….she most certainly should have been gone once poor Silas assumed room temperature at the hands of her mother, given her extremely limited usefulness was basically almost nil even before that point.

Steve
Steve

It’s almost time for Michael Easton to switch characters again. Finn can join Silas Clay, John McBain, Caleb Morley and Stephen Clay in the character heap.

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Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher At DAYS

According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

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Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

What are your thoughts on Brandon as temp replacement for Tyler as Stefan O? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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