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Steve Burton Teases His GH Return: "There’s Going To Be Lots Of Surprises!"

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Viewers of General Hospital and Steve Burton got some inside dish and teases from Burton himself following the announcement this week that Steve is headed back to his old stomping ground of 22 years! During a facebook live chat and answering questions from inquisitive fans, Burton expressed some key points.

As to if he will playing Jason Morgan, now that Billy Miller is in the role, the two-time Daytime Emmy winner related “You know I can’t say anything about the story. All I know is it’s going to be real soon and there’s going to be a lot of surprises. So stay tuned. We’re going to have a lot of fun!”

When the events transpired behind the scenes to bring Burton back to Port Charles, he would not be more eager: “I can’t wait. It’s been my home for so long. It’s like my family there. We’re just really looking forward to reuniting.”  He called the turn of events, “Amazing.”

Steve revealed that it was Maurice Benard’s (Sonny, GH) agent, who recently became his agent which precipitated talks with ABC and the show to bring him home to General Hospital. Burton had not had agent representation in years as he noted during the live chat.

When asked how long he will be in Port Charles, and if it’s a short visit or long term stay, Burton promised: “I’ll be there for a while.”

So, what surprises to you think are in store for viewers of GH with Burton’s imminent return? Are you betting on him playing the real Jason, a faux Jason, a whole new character?  Share your theories in the comment section below!

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Patrick
Patrick

“… He called the turn of events… “Amazing ” ”

oh joy luck club – who can bear this

” I’ll be their for a while ” no such luck on the Guest Star arc

“we’re going to have a lot of fun”

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Scott5
Scott5

Steve’s return gets this response from me. ZzzZzzz. Too bad the agent didn’t tell Maurice and Steve to retire.

Terry
Terry

He has to be a twin. When Robin had Jason in the lab, it was supposed to be pre plastic surgery (SB) Jason. That is why Robin recognized him as Jason. That’s also why we only saw below and behind his head, and since SB was already on Y&R. So either he is a twin or a Casadine henchman who has pre-plastic surgery Jason face.

So Billy Miller is the real Jason.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Who cares anymore? The story’s so convoluted! (Double yawn)

MB
MB

If they are twins, Burton doesn’t have to be the twin and shouldn’t be, Miller should be.
Steve is Jason Morgan, if he’s not, there’s no point bringing him back. If lapsed GH fans would come back for Steve, it would be for Steve to be Jason, not another character.

GramS
GramS

Pffffft…..I’m over this guy. His monotone voice put me to sleep. No energy in the character he was responsible for. Put him back in the cryogenics lab.

Taelyn
Taelyn

I love his voice. It played in to the description of “Stone Cold”. So in truth I love both versions of Jason.. it took awhile for me to accept the obvious difference. But over time he adopted some of Jason’s traits.. Either way if BOTH are Jason and BM Is a replicant who is innocent and knows no other life Well Then it gets interesting because Sam loves Both, and will have to accept she has a CHILD with Both.
So regardless it will make an interesting story as all parties find their place in Point Charles.

(UNLESS THEY PLAN TO LET BILLY GO. ) ~shrug~

Soaphound
Soaphound

Me too, gramS. Enough of the phony exit stories and bouncing around. Billy Miller can act rings around SB.

jen i bowman
jen i bowman

I feel terrible for Billy. Everyone saw how popular Billy is and how loved Billy and Kelly are. They do not need to take a 3 year long love story away from us. Give Steve another character.

Phyliss
Phyliss

I agree..Billy Miller is Jason Morgan,and he is well loved by his fans ..viewers at GH.Steve quit.I do hope that Steve is not being brought back to GH and role of Jason taken from Billy Miller..Would be so wrong,and many would stop watching GH

Taelyn
Taelyn

Agreed to a point….. IF Billy is not the O.G Jason, Sam could still choose to stay with Replicant if he is in truth a victim as well, and as the Mother of his child. Along with the fact that she’s loved him for the last 3 years.

Diane
Diane

I know who Steve is coming back as. His twin brother, that is the little boy in the picture with franco…Jasons Twin

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, his return was the surprise, especially since he vowed that he wanted to grow his business, etc., rather than work on GH. Oh, well . . .whatever . . . (Yawn)

Soaphound
Soaphound

Me too, Nancy. Why can’t anyone be honest and say, “I’m bored and unless they pay me a boatload of more money, I’m going over to bore YOUNG AND RESTLESS viewers now”. One thing about Billy Miller…he never used a “business” excuse. Anyway, I adore BM and pray they don’t mess with him…or us!

dmr
dmr

The character he played on the Young and the Restless, Dylan, was incredibly boring!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Soaphound…EXACTLY!!!!! To me, Billy Miller is a WAY BETTER ACTOR than that Steve Burton dude. Oh…and I think that SB does nothing but CONTRADICT HIMSELF!!!!! BEYOND LAME!!!!!

Later.

Ivy
Ivy

Super excited to see him return! HE NEEDS TO COME BACK AS JASON MORGAN!!! NO ONE CAN EVER REPLACE HIM! THIS IS ALL HELENA’S DOING!!!

Celia
Celia

That’s what I said, Ivy—Helena did it, LOL.

Shay
Shay

Yes, most probably Helena did it, CeeCeeGirl! (Doesn’t she always? LOL.) But having said that, I really cannot understand the brouhaha over Burton’s return, as long as Billy Miller retains his place on the GH canvas, as well. I was generally pretty neutral on SB’s Jason whilst he was around and when he left, I was okay with that, too. It made for good drama, which probably never would have happened if he stayed for that regime change which saw most of the beloved legacy characters downgraded and/or discarded like yesterday’s trash in favor of numerous insipid newbies and “vet gets” from other soaps. We most likely also wouldn’t have gotten the all-too-brief treat of a resurrected AJ either, since his “return from the dead” was predicated upon Monica’s inconsolable grief over Jason’s demise…I also believe Sean Kanan’s last stint was largely—-if not totally—made possible in order to placate disappointed longtime Burton fans who fondly remembered the days when these two portrayed a virtually-identical pair of Q half-bros. Just a thought…At any rate, I’m hoping we will get an interesting and—at the least, somewhat plausible—explanation for this actor’s return to Port Charles with a character and storyline that shows both imagination and fealty to the background of Jason Quartermaine/Morgan as he was originally presented. If those two issues are approached with respect and forethought, then this “big event” may just help GH turn around its deplorable state of disarray and overdependence on too many uninspired nouveau characters that simply are not working!

Sue M.
Sue M.

I like who is playing Jason now! Steve Burton left GH to do other things. To be on another soap opera.
Why the turn around? Thought he wanted to be done with GH.. As I said I like the one who is playing Jason now!

MICHELLE
MICHELLE

My thoughts exactly! He left…following Jill Farren Phelps to YR and saying he wanted to live in Tennesee, I think it was. Now, he’s back…so Rebecca Budig, Michael Easton and Kathleen Gati are out of a job. I was just starting to root for Finn and Hayden, also the growing relationship between Hayden and Elizabeth as sisters. Also, what’s gonna happen to Billy Miller? I’ve accepted him as Jason.

I don’t know if anyone remembers this, but it looks like turnabout is fair play for Rebecca — in a way. A popular actor returning to a role has lead to her ouster. The same thing happened to the actress, who took over the part of All My Children’s Greenlee. Rebecca wanted to return and TPTB were so hyped about that, they unceremoniously dumped the new actress in the part, just as she was finding her see legs.

What was so egregious about that was ABC ran promos touting Rebeccs’s return, saying
” ‘the real” Greenlee is back” — while the new actress’ work was still airing. I know it’s “the business,” nonetheless ABC’s actions were sooooo tacky and disrespectful! I’m not saying any of this was Rebecca’s fault; it’s just ironic how things play out sometimes…

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Michelle, how unfair is all of this? Who decided the show rises and falls on the presence of Steve Burton? All these first rate actors have to suffer (not to mention the audience) because some soaphopper decides he needs a regular paycheck. Well, if Billy goes, so do I. Hope it’s worth it to them.

dmr
dmr

I’ve just never been a fan of Rebecca Budig. I remember her as Greenlee, I wasn’t a fan then, either…as for Steve Burton’s return, I’ll hope for the best, and well, you know the rest..

Vicki
Vicki

Amen she’s gone. Her character was convoluted in the first place. No one will miss Hayden. As far as Steves return goes GH apparently to be worried about RC at Days and what’s up there. I think that’s why they have him back. I hope it can all be worked out. Hey maybe Liz can get rid of Franco now…lol

Gadys
Gadys

JASON MORGAN!!!!! YES I do like Billy….he’s a good guy… BUT THERE’S ONLY ONE JASON…. and Billy’s NOT HIM!!! Give Billy another Character…… and let JASON BE JASON!!! I’M SOOOOOO FRICKEN HAPPY HE’S FINALLY COMING HOME!!! I waited… never gave up believing and it paid off!!

Heather Roberts
Heather Roberts

I couldn’t agree more. I like Billy a lot just not as Jason. Steve Burton will always be Jason in my eyes. I am very curious to see this all play out especially since Sam just gave birth to Scout. I can’t imagine SB playing anyone but Jason Morgan.

Bonnie
Bonnie

Billy is a great actor but no one can play Jason like Steve. I’m glad he is coming home I have missed him.

Shelly Kidwell
Shelly Kidwell

Jason has a twin , Billy Miller is Jason’s twin . Remember when they tryed to pass Franko has his twin . Just as long as Billy stays on show . Billy will be the Dr and him and Sam will stay together in the end . It is a good thing cant wait to see jason and sonny back together but it will be short jason will take over and sonny will leave the mob after he takes out a couple of people lol

fginaspy
fginaspy

I prefer Billy Miller in the role as Jason. I can live without Steve Burton on my TV screen. I agree with GramS about his voice. How he wins Emmys I don’t understand. I hope his story is better written than the two Todds story when Roger Howarth returned to OLTL.

Celia
Celia

Agree with your thinking. I am not familiar with Burton’s Jason ( wasn’t watching during his tenure), but many an actor/actress wins an award because of one scene, popularity or an existing bias for said performer.
For me, the beat example is Gina Tognoni. I can’t think of anything outstanding she did, as Phyllis, to merit an Emmy…….not when Nancy Grahna and/or Laura Wright were in the running.

Taelyn
Taelyn

You say you’re not familiar. You might want to catch up on you tube. He played the part for like ’22’ years.And has a very different personality and an ingrained loyalty to Sonny, Carly, and Michael. Billys version IS Different, not bad just different. He does not have these loyalties or even closeness.. And Sam always understood his loyalty. I love Billy M. And don’t want to lose him. So if SB IS the real Jason. I hope they can find a way to keep Jason2/Jake around.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Well, Celia, I agree. Laura Wright was especially awesome this year in that Nelle debacle. Gosh, I wish you had seen her first Emmy win years ago for the storyline where Michael got sent to prison. I will never forget her look of horror and disbelief when the judge gave him a 5-year sentence. It was both breathtaking and heartbreaking. As much as I like Gina Tognoni, she’s never affected me emotionally the way Laura Wright has.

dmr
dmr

Celia, I think that Nancy Lee Grahn deserved to win this year. Her portrayal as a woman coming undone, unraveling, feeling tortured, and numbing herself with alcohol was outstanding. She took that material and made it her own. She was incredible and deserved to win!

su0000
su0000

ahaa yah sure——
”Steve Burton Teases His GH Return: “There’s Going To Be Lots Of Surprises!”

That is bs promotion speak..
J&S couldn’t write an actual Suprise if they were forced to by threats of torture..

A big build-up that will ppppfttttt as all the other surprises.

Anyways.. the promotion may will be more exciting than the surprise..

Thing is;
GH is so totally boring that the slightest upbeat moment will seem like a WOW because the standard has dropped so terribly low that not much of anything above the low standard will be surprising .. LOL

Crystal
Crystal

Love Steve! I was super upset when he left and although I was disappointed when he joined YR, I was still happy for him. It was hard for me to accept Billy as Jason at first when he was with Liz but, when he got with Sam, all was well. The chemistry they share is amazing and I believe he’s done a fantastic job. As much as I always wanted Steve back, I feel that this will push Billy out and that upsets me. What the heck will they do? I can’t see the writers doing a good job with this. What, have Billy’s Jason be an imposter? So, Scout and all of what they shared is a lie? Have Steve play Jason’s twin? Stupid! So then that opens doors for the whole jiz/jasam crap again? I’m over that. I think they should’ve brought him back in Sam’s hallucinations. Kelly has great chemistry with either men but, Billy took that role when Steve left.

Keffen
Keffen

I will accept SB..he is the true Jason Morgan!

Fran
Fran

I agree 100%. there are much better story lines for SB. I f they push out Billy for Steve, and that stupid twin story line I’m done with GH. I’m 62 and have watched since I was a kid. tired of these stupid stories.GH has been sooo good latetly, why mess it up ,because SB wants back in / shame on GH !

Donna
Donna

I’m really not crazy about this idea. Steve wanted to leave, and now he wants to return? Sounds like he can’t make up his mind. And Billy Miller is doing a fantastic job as Jason, and he has incredible chemistry with Kelly Monaco, so I’m hoping there won’t be any changes made there. If Steve must return to General Hospital, I hope that he will only be around for a while. (I’m thinking that Sam will have some kind of dream or flashback and see Steve Burton’s face as Jason. But I am still not crazy about this idea. I just don’t see the point of bringing him back at all).

Steve
Steve

Actors leaving on their own accord and returning a few years later is commonplace. Among GH’s current cast, the following have all CHOSE to leave and return:
Sonny
Laura
Felicia
Lucas
Scott

Donna
Donna

As long as Billy Miller stays on as Jason, it won’t matter to me. But if he is removed to bring back Steve Burton, who decided to go, then I won’t be too happy about that.

Stacey
Stacey

Helena had him and changed his face to look like jason. Valentine took over when she died and released him now that hes in prison!!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

I agree with you Donna. Either they’re desperate for a ratings boost (which I understand on a business level) or they really believe SB’s wishes/demands are the most important thing since the invention of the wheel. THAT I will never understand. But l’ll try and stay hopeful they will keep our beloved Billy…or they’ll be losing me. Not that they care…but I do.

Donna
Donna

Thank you Soaphound. Yes, I will be very upset if they remove Billy Miller over this. I really hope that Miller stays on GH and as Jason no matter what they do.

SZima
SZima

This is going to be terrible! No matter who/how/why SB comes back as, it’s going to be a convoluted mess and these writers CAN NOT BE TRUSTED to write a decent storyline.
I predict SB will be bored in less that a year and be gone, leaving a mess in his wake.
I can’t believe GH and ABC are this stupid!

Carrie Nauseda
Carrie Nauseda

Cannot wait!! I am so excited and thrilled! I love Steve! He has fabulous chemistry with everyone he works with! Even the bad guys lol Welcome Home Steve!

downtownla
downtownla

The only way I’ll be happy with his return is if Billy Miller turns out to b AJ. I am sure it won’t happen. I haven’t even worked out in my head if the timeframe makes sense, but just looking for a way for them to rebuild the Q’s.

Howard
Howard

I m still trying to put grasp it all. Billy Miller–has delivered amazing performances in the character.I hope he continues in the role. 1 of 2 things.. Hopefully with Steve Burtons return,it could mean that Heather knew all along of twins or….Helena and the Chimera are behind it. But I can bare to watch right now watching Sam crumble. Going to be interesting. If they are twins, that neans more Quartermaine aires. Or….they need Doctors at GH..all sooo very interesting.

Daisy
Daisy

I’m not going to say who I prefer in the role, because who cares. I don’t know how to feel about this news. I suppose if the writers handle it well, it could be good. If they decide to make BM Jason’s twin, then I think what is happening to Sam now could really play into that story. You know, maybe not wanting a husband who is in the mob ISN’T a sign of mental illness, wouldn’t that be radical? What do you think writers? I know, b itches be crazy and all, but it’s something to think about it.

If they decide to keep BM as Jason, maybe SB could be either be the twin, or someone who had plastic surgery to make himself look like Jason, to mess with Sam. Either way, good writing is a MUST.

As long as Miller has agency and isn’t Greg Vaughan’ed, bygones. If not…

Lynne
Lynne

If he comes back as the person to take over sonny ‘s business than it opens up a lot of storylines to explore with a lot of the characters

Delores
Delores

Finally the REAL Jason is returning. I quit watching GH for awhile after he left and started watching Y&R just to see him. Billy Miller was a total bore as Jason Morgan. Can’t wait for StoneCold to return. Missed you Steve.

Patty
Patty

I am so happy I can’t stand it I always hoped Steve would come back. I reallyyyyy love Billy as
Jason he has done a fantastic job. Stepping into such big shoes to fill with people not giving him a
Chance to show his talents was wrong and I felt bad. Billy has done such a great job beyond my
Wildest dreams I have grown to love him as Jason. He is so sweet and caring but I hate to say I love love
Steve as Jason I grew up watching steve as Jason. I feel so happy he is coming back but also sad
And conflicted about Billy. Should be great to see what happens I am sure GH can pull it off. Excited.

Charday
Charday

I want AJ Quartermaine to return to GH (whether played by Burton or another actor). I’m still waiting on Monica to confront Sonny for murdering her son. But since this scene never happened (on camera), makes me think AJ is still alive. Also, while you’re at it GH, bring back Nikolas Cassadine and Britt Westbourne.

Stefani
Stefani

Question to the Jasam fans.

Even if Billy stays on as Jason, do you seriously think that Jasam are never going to be split up and put with other people? Because if you do, you don’t know soap operas. Couples are split up and the characters are given other love stories all the time. Hell Luke and Laura, the most iconic supercouole of all time, didn’t end up together. Luke and Tracy pretty much got their happy ending with both of them off the show, and Laura is with Kevin now. Jasam is not immune to it whether it’s Billy or Steve in the role.

Dawn D
Dawn D

I truly hope he will be a doctor and be a Q again. WELCOME BACK STEVE!! you have been missed from a old time viewer!

dmr
dmr

I posted something similar below. I miss the Quartermaine Family. I always hoped that Jason would remember his family roots and remember that he went to medical school.

Judith
Judith

Please take Burton back to GH and give us Billie Miller at Y&R! We miss our Billie.

GramS
GramS

We have a wonderful Billy at Y & R. TPTB have said Jason is going nowhere. Billy Miller dumped us at Y&R for greener pastures so he can stay at GH.

JL
JL

Billy Miller was nerver Jason in my eyes… he just doesn’t have it. Like Steve, Billy Miller will always be “Billy” from Y&R to me. And Billy Miller is off to do a prime time show… so bring it on I have so missed Stone Cold!!! Will be great to see Steve back on the

Patrick
Patrick

CAN… any one; answer

since “Jason” is adopted… isn’t that a possibility… he really could have a twin ?

I can’t answer if GH has shared how much of “Jason” biological family is known.

any way : ” I will be here for a while” I guess that’s to see just how well he is faring in the role.

I truly can deal with either or ( Steve / Billy ) . it’s Kelly Monaco. her character is so uninteresting.

Jackie
Jackie

I really believe this is very low budget of abc to let an actor Billy Miller make the character his own and then since Steve Burton is available again take the rug out from under him. Three years Is a lot of
Time and to me is nough time. I do not want Steve Burton back and just think this is so unfair to Billy Miller

Soaphound
Soaphound

YAY, Jackie, finally another voice I agree with. Billy is a one-of-a-kind original actor. I saw that from Day One of his Y&R stint. I remember calling my friend at work telling her, “Wait till you get home and see this guy. He’s a REAL actor, such charisma”. I still feel that way. To me, SB is a more-or-less standard, bland soap actor. But I know many disagree. Let’s hope both men, and we, are treated decently and fairly in this potential disaster.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Soaphound…to me, Steve Burton (and his ONE-NOTE acting) are BLAND…PERIOD!!!!!

Later.

Glenn
Glenn

I think he is going to be a ‘friendly’ mob guy that buys Sonny’s properties.

Rita
Rita

Maybe Steve will be Jason and Billy will actually have been a resurrected AJ after all this time. Billy’s build is closer to Sean Kanan’s than Steve Burton’s, after all!

Steve
Steve

AJ is the older brother. Miller is 13 years younger than Kanan and 8 younger than Burton.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t think anyone would or should care about the age difference of the actors. I don’t think that’s the way they’re going to go but if they did the age thing wouldn’t even be in my mind. They all look around the same age…

Steve
Steve

When it comes to romantic pairings, I see your point, but having the older brother be almost a decade younger would be obvious. Miller definitely looks younger than Burton.

When Franco was believed to be Jason’s twin, it made sense, because they looked about the same age. That story was retconned before Miller took over the role.

Granted, we’ve come to accept the small age differences in parental relationships (Olivia/Dante, Julian/Sam and Laura/Nik). Siblings are a different story.

Angel
Angel

He’s AJ

Ashlee
Ashlee

Just like when we all got excited when Jonathan Jackson came back as Lucky, didn’t like an aspect of the job & then quickly left again – ultimately killing the true character. So, what was the point then? What is the point now. I liked SB until he left for the country & a peaceful life, which actually was just another soap. Can’t believe this guy…

rose
rose

The big challenge is how writers can develop a plausible (tricky word to use in a soap) story with both actors and characters Billy/Jason and Steve/Jason. Hope they can pull it off. Will be waiting.

Patrick
Patrick

Steve Burton is not fooling any one. His press of his two emmy wins does nothing

How is it possible that he won over john anniston and “abe carver”.

Total sham he’s a waste of energy

He’s cashing in. He has a band /restaurant / nutrition fitness qvc that he has a vested interest. Epic fail and has only his blue eyes that mean anything

ScoobyDum
ScoobyDum

Remember when they did this same exact storyline on One Life to Live with Todd Manning/Victor Lord, Jr….or when they did it on Days of Our Lives with Roman Brady/John Black? Or when they did this story with….You can see my point hopefully 😉

Keffen
Keffen

I m glad he’s back..now write a story for Jasam

And there children Danny+ Scout

Sandie
Sandie

As far as I’m concerned I am SICK of all this crap going on . 1st They are letting Rebecca (Hayden) go,,which is beyond a completely STUPID decision. She is a extremely gifted actress,, plus she’s in the middle of a good storyline WTH ARE THESE WRITERS THINKING?
2nd So PISSED about WDV (Julian) ,, of course I didn’t like what he did to Alexis,,but they did try to correct it. Julian and Alexis are one of my favorite couples
3rd So all this havoc goes back to bringing back a one note BORING AS HELL Steve Burton. He has no talent,,sorry to those who like him. But his monotone, blank look on his face makes me cringe! GH has sunk to another level of LOW!
I’m done with GH! ABSOLUTELY DONE!

dmr
dmr

All I want is for the Quartermaine Family to be resurrected. I would love Jason to remember his Quartermaine heritage. Remember that he went to medical school. Respect his legacy. I miss the Quartermaine Family. I loved watching them in the 90’s. They were always so comical and had so much chemistry with one another. They were fun to watch. I am sick to death of the mob, sick to death of Sonny, sick to death of Carly-and their offspring. The show needs a new focus.

Dawn D
Dawn D

Jason is not adopted. He has a different mother but Alan was his father just FYI. After today’s epi I’m nervous Jason will be the new mob boss since Sonny wants to retire. However Steve is a great actor and if written well he will rock. Maybe update the “mob” from the Godfather days? Jason and family are as boring as watching paint dry.

Christy
Christy

I hope it’s Not the “I’m the real Jason and the other different looking one is my twin, brainwashed to think he’s Jason.

Hmmmm where have we and this same producer heard this before?

Hmmmm could be One Life to Live? when towards the show ending they brought back the original Todd (Roger Howarth) and we find out that they are indeed twins (the one that was in town for eight years had been brainwashed to think he was the real Todd and also had his face changed too) and then fake Todd (Victor) was shot and killed by, maybe the real Todd, or maybe by someone else… And then at the very last scene of the last ABC day of the soap, its revealed that Victor wasn’t dead but actually tied to a bed by another cookoo head.

Ahhhh, the memories! 🙂

PJ
PJ

He has to come back as the real Jason Morgan. Though the other guy has done better than anyone expected, he’s still not Steve Burton. It will be devastating for Steve to return as someone else. I’m sure the writers can find a way to let both remain on the soap but Steve needs to be the real, one and only Jason. Also he should be reunited with Sam and start working with Sonny again. Now those were the days!!!

Fran
Fran

back in the day ,I loved Steve as Jason, but sorry to say Billy Miller hands down is a MUCH better Jason. I like the possibility that Steve could be AJ. that would make a great story and lots of mahem !

Fran
Fran

although I have always loved Steve Burton, I would hate to see Billy Miller have to leave. I think he plays an awesome Jason ! please give Steve another role ( as was done with Michael Easton) Jason (Billy) really loves Sam and the kids ( one of which is his !) as for the possible twin thing, I hope they have Sam pick Billy !) Carly knows he is the real Jason, has from the get go , when no one else did.

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“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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ABC Names William Burton As The New Head Of Daytime

Over the years there have been several changes to ABC Daytime, and now comes word over the last 24 hours that William Burton has been promoted to Senior VP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC.  Burton starts in his new role immediately.

Deadline first reported the executive level move by the network.  Burton had previously been overseeing the business operations of ABC Daytime since earlier this year as SVP Daytime following the departure of former Daytime head Rebecca Campbell.

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Those duties have now been formalized in Burton’s expansive new role,  In terms of General Hospital, the creative aspects from the network are still being handled by ABC head of current programming, Vicki Dummer.  Burton has been behind the business operations of ABC Daytime including the daytime drama.

In addition, Burton will oversee the creation and production of syndicated programming across ABC platforms including the upcoming daytime talk show from Tamron Hall that is in development for a potential debut in the fall of 2019.

So, share your thoughts on Burton being named the new head of Daytime for ABC via the comment section below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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