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Thaao Penghlis Tweets On His GH Exit To Cartini: "Thank You Both For The Wonderful Character Of Victor …"

Photo Credit: Alan Mercer

Photo Credit: Alan Mercer

Have we truly seen the last of Victor Cassadine on GH?  Well, after yesterday and today’s episodes of the ABC soap opera, for  now it looks like Victor has met his maker! And that means that it’s a wrap for the very popular Thaao Penghlis, who as we posted in this morning’s recap on Tuesday’s episode, gave one hell of a performance on his way out!

This afternoon, Thaao tweeted his sincere gratitude to General Hospital’s executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati stating:  “Thank u both for the wonderful character of Victor & the exciting epps I was given to play. Thanks 4 the magic.”

So will GH ultimately bring Thaao at another point in the story?  Everyone can bounce back to life on GH, well, almost everyone.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Thaao to GH’s Valentini and Carlivati?  Post your thoughts to Thaao here, if you loved and enjoyed his performance as Victor C.!

 

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mk
mk

Come Back, he is a villain with 34 yrs of History and we hardly know Victor. He could be just as good as he was on Days. I was hoping for a Luke/Victor Confrontation.

Alice escudero
Alice escudero

Going to miss the character of Victor! He brought a lot of humor to the character and Thaao is such a wonderful actor! I wish they could him back to the show some how! I hope to see him maybe perhaps in another show! VICTOR ROCKS!!!!

Cathie M
Cathie M

I hope they bring Victor back. He will be missed. I still can’t believe they killed him. Hope somehow he is still alive & got out of there b4 explosion. We love u Victor Cassadine.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I’m disappointed that we never got to see ALL the Cassadines come together & hash out their history with PC in one crazy scene. That would have been epic – from Danny & Spencer on up to Sam, Alexis, Nicholas, Stavros & Victor. That *could* have left us all crying w/laughter. Pin a reminder note on the writer’s board for next time, Ron!

I love GH
I love GH

You are so right, Kansas Guest!

Ces
Ces

Stupid they killed him off, how about a love interest for Liesl? They waste good characters/actors and keep stupid ones around like Michael (annoying!!!) Franco (Annoying!!!) Kiki (annoying!!), Silas (drab) and I can go on ….. lame.

Dawn
Dawn

Wish they would have killed Victor, I would have liked to see where he and Dr. O could have gone, they were a hoot together better than Faison, besides little Spencer brought out the best in him. so sad.

Dawn
Dawn

Wouldnt have killed Victor love him.

lisa
lisa

Cassadines never really die….well most of them.
Even crazy as a hare Helena rose from the dead after having been shot by Luke.
We’ll probably see Victor again when storyline dictates.

Debbie
Debbie

I read that Victor, Stavros and Levi will all return in the future……not for awhile though.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Since Helena was never seen @ Crichton Clark, & we know Victor was trying to reanimate her, I think there’s a good chance she will repay Victor for saving her. I agree with the other commenter sho wrote that Victor should have had scenes w/Luke. Maybe he will in the future. Scenes w/Fluke would not resonate emotionally because he would have no bone to pick with the Cassadines.

Maureen Stephan Hoeler
Maureen Stephan Hoeler

Thaao, it’s a shame, we just got you back, and i am sure the ratings for GH went through the roof. I don’t understand why they would let go of the very best actor GH ever had. We love you Thaao and wish you the very best of everything. Please keep in touch with us. (General Hospital Respect) {{{{{hugs}}}}}

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Couldn’t agree more!

su0000
su0000

Victor Cassadine is invincible !!
The Cassadine’s never die, they fade away for awhile and they always return..
thanks for the stellar performance, I enjoyed you , a lot 🙂

See you again, Thaao Penghlis !! Love yah !!

((RC&FV do not kill off Cassadine’s, nope ) Victor is alive 🙂

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

What a class act! Love this man, always have, always will! Maybe Days is back in his future? 🙂

Omar
Omar

Bring him back..He is such a gifted actor and he was entertaining and very suave…They should make him less of a bad guy and pair him with Lucy or Tracy or even Monica, who has not gotten laid in forever and throw in the crazy Dr. O, and make it a triangle with a bit of comic relief.

Patricio
Patricio

Great point Omar! He could be so great on the canvas!

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

Cassadine men do not die unless their name is Mikkos or Stefan.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I’m still not fully convinced Stefan is dead… Cassadines have a way of coming back, and I feel like Stefan will make a return at some point in the future

Marc
Marc

Total class but you ‘d expect nothing less from Thaao . Always enjoy seeing him and I would of loved to see him and Liesl be an evil super couple . Although I truly believe everything ended as it should .. it is the wrong show for him. He will always be Tony Dimera too me . 🙂

Lorraine
Lorraine

Loved having him back on GH! Always loved him as Tony Demerara too!
He is wonderful. And will surely miss him!

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Why are they letting him go? He and Liesl had great potential and I loved the idea of him being Nathan’s father. I’d much rather have Victor running amok than Helena!

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

It’s possible GH tried to get Thaao on a long term contract but he wasn’t interested. After all, he had been on Days for years.

Shay
Shay

Since you mentioned RKK’s “real life” role as a pilot, can you just imagine someone who has seen him as the stark raving lunatic “Stavros” then discovering that he is the one flying their plane???? Oh dear! (I know it’s all make-believe, but that man is an extremely convincing psychopath!)

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Better to leave people wanting more than to overstay one’s welcome.

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

In my opinion, Thaao Penghlis could never overstay his welcome. Neither could RKK.

Ces
Ces

I agree Mary Lynn!! 🙂

Reagan
Reagan

I enjoyed Thaao’s portrayal of bad-guy Victor. And I’m for a Cassadine presence on GH like I am for a Dimera/Kirakis presence on Days… but at some point the dying and coming back to life thing has got to stop. Once or twice with a character is acceptable in the realm of the soap world, but frozen, unfrozen, wash, repeat– gets old.

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

I don’t care just so long as the two Cassadines they keep bringing back are Victor and Stavros.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I agree, the back-from-the-dead or no-so-dead-as-we-thought stories are getting old. Personally, I would love to have Victor come back because Thaao Penghlis is such an amazing actor.

Reagan
Reagan

Victor can come back as long as his deep freezer is taken away. Ha ha

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

I hope Victor had an unknown twin brother if Victor is really dead named Hugo(also Thaao) who turns out to be Nathans father…Hugo tricked Dr.O into sleeping with him by pretending to be Victor…then we later find out Victor is alive held hostage by the evil Hugo and Victor really is Nathans daddykins…Hugo had one of his men in Critchon Clark change the paternity like he did years early with Dr.O because he was obsessed to have a son like Stravos was with Lulu…so much wanted Liesel and Victor to be a couple and become the head of the Cassidines…bummer!!!

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

Great idea. Maybe the until now unseen Valentin could be Victor’s twin.

Cindy
Cindy

Loved Thaao on GH. Miss him terribly on DOOL!!!!!!

Ces
Ces

LOVED Thaao on Days as Andre/Tony!!! Days blew it with him the last time they had him on there but I’m not surprised about that. Gave up on that show 2 years ago.

Cindy
Cindy

You should give Days another try. It is sooooooooooooooo much better than it was two years ago!!

Ces
Ces

I’ve watched Days since 1982, quit for 9 years, returned and left for good 2 years ago. I think I’ve given it the ‘ol college try plenty 😉

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Depends on what Ron writes.

Reagan
Reagan

Perfect point.

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

Right on. In this stage of his career Thaao would have no desire to remain on GH unless the story line is challenging and fun.

su0000
su0000

I wish Thaao had a contract.. I would love to see see in lots of stories..
Thaao is the best of the best, and GH and ME, need him!!
I protest killing Thaao, even if for a few months..
I want Thaao !!!

Marianne
Marianne

Thaao brings an extra level of excellence whenever he appears on screen. He is absolutely a joy to watch. I can’t take my eyes off him. He engages the audience and keeps you wanting more. Those deaths scenes showed so many range of emotions each played superbly by Thaao. His delivery of lines perfection. Tic Toc GH please don’t let too much time go by before you bring Victor back again from the dead. It would be a huge mistake not to.

Travis T Thomas
Travis T Thomas

And that right there is how u exit a Soap. These younger actors need to take a page from his and many other veteran Soap stars. So many of these younger kids have this need to vent every frustration to the world and every social media outlet at their disposal.

Back in the day there was so much drama behind the scenes, and u never heard about it till YEARS later because so many of them knew not to burn bridges or put their business out there. It was about being professional and keeping ur composure.

Just look how many times Days has burned Thaao, and he has never once given a negative interview or slammed them whatsoever. And dont get me started on Matthew Ashford. Days has screwed him every time he has gone back, and again he has never spoken on the record about it. I respect this generation of Soap Actors. He will def be missed on GH.

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

It’s possible that Thaao could return to GH if the story is right.

Lisa
Lisa

Great performance. I remember him from back in the ice princess days and was thrilled to see him back. I hope this wasn’t the final end and GH finds a way to bring him back again!

Bea Wilson
Bea Wilson

Will miss you. You gave a great performance. Maybe you are only “sort of” dead and will be back again Anything can happen in Port Charles!

Gerene Keesler
Gerene Keesler

Yes, yes yes Bring him back alive! He’s fantastic!

Iakovos
Iakovos

He has not been on that long! Why do soaps do this in-and-out game? GH and BB seem to be good at it. I like to spend more time with characters and do not care for this trend toward short-term use of such talented actors and interesting characters.

Reagan
Reagan

I think it’s a budget tactic– to bring people they want in for stories when they can’t afford to put them on long term. It has some advantages, but often I just feel “eh” about it. Personally, I could do with less new characters and more vets or veteran characters being on the payroll.

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

I disagree on this one. I have no doubt that GH did offer RKK a long term contract but he did not accept. RKK lives in wife/children in St Louis where they have created a happy home life. When he’s not acting the man is a pilot. If he were to accept a long term contract then one of two things would have to happen. First, RKK would have to move his entire family back to LA. Both RKK and his wife Miriam have been there done that. Neither one may not want to raise their children in LA either.

The second possibility would be that RKK would have to commute to LA and back to St Louis on a constant basis. That sounds good unless you have to do it on a weekly basis over a long time. RKK may have decided that possibility is not good for his family. So GH keeps putting Stavros in the deep freeze until the writers can find a reason to bring back RKK.

As for Thaao, I bet he was also offered a long term contract and said no. He was on Days for a lot of years. From what I’ve heard in LA there were issues with some of the writers. To his great credit Thaao has never spoken publicly about any problems he had on Days. While he was on Days Thaao, like the rest of the cast, worked long hours. The man is almost 70 years old so therefore may not be willing to go back to working all those hours once again. So, the writers will put Victor’s body in the deep freeze until they can bring him back.

Jan Shyone
Jan Shyone

I refuse to believe that Victor is dead. Why would General Hospital kill off one of the most delicious villians that they have ever had? Imagine the possibilities with Thaao Penghlis as Victor pulling the strings in Port Charles? The list is endless and should include much more than a “who’s the daddy” story line. I can think of a few powerful women that I would like to see Victor involved with, not to mention the damage/fun he can have as the head of WSB. Way too much disturbing left for this suave and delightful character…Victor we hardly knew ye. Come back, please?!?

Reagan
Reagan

Does this kind of feel like the same missed opportunity when they brought AJ back? After reading your post, I thought about it and feel like it was along the same lines for me.

Jan Shyone
Jan Shyone

It does. We were given a few tastes of the delicious Victor, enough to whet our appetites for him, and then? This death and destruction, which of course leaves me with hope for more, but one never knows what these writers have up their sleeves. So, yes, in answer to your question. Another missed opportunity.

Shay
Shay

Maybe Victor will have a twin named Andre(as)!!!!!!

phonda
phonda

thaao..you did a great job..wish you would come back and be a good guy..your talent is out of this world..very talented

Vicki
Vicki

Thaao has a captivating scren presnce that few matched , we can only hope to se mor of him in the future. Until then , wishing him the best xo

Mary SF
Mary SF

That is the trouble when you make your characters so vile at some point they either have to die or be put into prison. But since this is GH, I suspect when necessary ole Vic will be back– but right now his stay has served its purpose, bringing back Jason and Helena. I fear Helena will force poor Robin to become surrogate for Lulu’s and Stravro’s embryo.

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

We do think alike…i too under a previous posting mentioned itll be Robin carrying the child which means she will disapear again…maybe Jason will go looking for her unless the blast caused him to suffer amnesia…burned like you said in a previous posting…Patrick will find him or treat him unaware who he really is…maybe Patrick will give him the name ‘Billy’ until he learns his true identity…lol…had to run over to use my brotherinlaws computer when my internet went out and he (also named Jim) asked me why i watch that silly soap which i thought was funny because i had earlier caught him watching it with my sister on demand…which is proof more people watch soaps than the ratings give credit!!!

Reagan
Reagan

Except somehow Dr. O “Mutter” stays on canvas 🙁

Addison
Addison

Agreed. I love this guy. He is an incredibly talented actor. I will take him over Dr. O (mutter) and his Popsicle brother any day.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m hoping against hope the tweet was a trick or tweet (ahem) sorta thing. Maybe it’s to keep us all thinking he IS dead…until Helena brings him back???

Here’s hoping…

jeremy
jeremy

Thanks for the Entertainment!!! Come back SOON.. 🙂

Jimmy
Jimmy

Thaao Penghlis is truly amazing… such a class act and so incredibly talented. Every scene he was in, he stole. I loved to hate Victor because he was such an incredible villain, just like the rest of the Cassadines. I do hope Victor isn’t truly dead because I would like him to return, but at the same time, all these return from the dead stories are getting a bit tiresome.

In the meantime, though, it would be amazing for Thaao to return to DAYS as Tony… after all, the DiMera count is getting low, with E.J. and Kristen on their way out now… Chad can’t do all the heavy lifting on his own!

Sandy
Sandy

Really hated to see him get killed off the show. His character was just getting interesting. Thought there was a good storyline with Victor, Dr.O, and Nathan. Enjoyed watching him on GH tremendously.

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

Don’t forget that deep freezer the Cassadines have. In the near future Victor and Stavros could both return.

Charday
Charday

Too short a stint for this great character and actor. GH will stretch-out some storylines for months/years with no resolution, but this one ended too quickly.

Aurelene McGruder
Aurelene McGruder

Thaao Penghlis’ performance was top notch.. He covered the gamut of emotions. He said so much in a look without a word of dialogue. He gave several shades of meaning to each spoken word. He made the character seem dangerous without raising his voice. He carried every scene he was in. He is a man who knows his craft. GH was blessed to have him. No doubt he may return to their canvas.

su0000
su0000

C’mon..
No one actually believe that RC and FV would kill off the great Cassadine’s, not going to happen..
the Cassadine’s are are a cornerstone of GH and very much wanted and loved….

Victor is not dead there is something else afoot as Sherlock would say..

colleen brooks
colleen brooks

I think u truely are amazing
I love the work you have shown on gh as victor &days as Tony . I hope
Sometime gh can bring you back. Geez helena can put u on the rocks.
Your a cassedine im sure youll be back sometime. But in the meantime great job
And cant wait to see what you plan to do next. God bless.

Dan
Dan

Victor isn’t dead, just like Faison isn’t dead, just like Jerry Jacks isn’t dead, Helena Cassadine, and so on, and so forth. They’re all classic fan favorite GH villains, and that’s why their characters will never truly die. And I’m totally fine with that. It’s a soap opera, people coming back from the dead is a staple of the genre.

Thaao was fantastic on this return to the show. They really gave him some meaty scenes. The drama and action taking place at the clinic over the past two weeks was riveting. They weaved the stories of Maxie and Nathan, and Dante and Lulu in with Victor, Stavros (Robert Kelker-Kelly was tremendous, as always, in his brief return), and Peter/Levi, and also worked in the dynamic between Anna and Dr. Obrecht, who I think are a riot the way they snipe back and forth at each other.

It was the type of umbrella story involving a lot of the canvas that GH has always been known for. I enjoyed every minute of it. My only regret is that I wish they could have made it last longer.

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

I loved the umbrella story too! It was so great seeing all the great characters. Hope they come back soon.

Michael
Michael

Soap characters have more lives than cats so he’ll be back.

Harry
Harry

True, and yet Tony Jones and Alan Quartemaine remain dead. There is no justice.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I think that has a lot to do with the fact that Stuart Damon is actually ill. Sadly.

Annalee
Annalee

Classy.

Terri Tolle
Terri Tolle

What a great villain ! Enjoyed the chemistry between him and Dr. Obret such a talented team . We will miss him.

andrea
andrea

No way hes dead!! This IS Port Charles. He has to come back and clear up Nathans paternity. cause DrO is NOT the mama!!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

A class act! Cartini, can Victor PLEASE have a twin? We need MORE Thaao!

Carrie
Carrie

Thaao is amazing. General Hospital could use his magic.

Max
Max

Thaao is wonderful.. loved him as Tony and Victor.. Please bring him back!!

su0000
su0000

Send tweets/mail to FV and RC.. tell ’em to get the C’s back !!

su0000
su0000

Victor and Stavros are not dead..
Last we saw of Victor he was not dead he was activating the destruction thing and could have just passed out…
Stavros was laying on the floor, dead we don’t know..
The goons could have taken them to the tunnels..

An explosion= no bodies=no dead ..

dawnhaze
dawnhaze

Victor’s not dead. Didn’t you see the smile on his face? He’ll be back!

Phil
Phil

Good….now DAYS needs to snag him up and bring him back!

Shay
Shay

What do you get when you combine a fabulous, intriguing character, beloved, gifted actor and an interesting, absorbing storyline? No complaints! Well done, Cartini!!!! Oh, but please bring back Victor…..encore, encore!

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

Victor and Dr. Mutter should be head of the Cassidine empire, and GHs biggest super couple since Lucy and her Duck…oh, fudge, i meant Luke and Laura…lets hear it for teeeeaaamm ‘VUTTER’…lol

su0000
su0000

jimh,
I volunteer you to make RC and FV make it happen..
You tell then we want Victor and Mutter!!!
send them a 1,000 mails 🙂 tweets too!

Shay
Shay

Or “Viesel”…..Sounds rather intimidating, as would befit this most super of couples, eh jimh?????

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

Shay, “Viesel” sounds way better…good one…plus we need back story using flashbacks! and su, how do i wish FV and RC would listen to us fans!

Shay
Shay

Thank you, jimh! I like it, too…..so edgy and menacing in tone!!!! Really captures the essence of those two deliciously wicked characters! I was so hoping they would get together and base their evil reign over Port Charles at Windemere. Perfect setting for such dramatic baddies! Oh well…. : (

Andrew
Andrew

Thoroughly enjoyed Victor and figure he had some escape route planned ahead of time (you don’t rig your entire facility with explosives without at least one way to get out when you have to activate it). Much less interested in any more Helena or Stavros appearances but I guess they both have fans. Sigh. And Levi is definitely not dead – he’ll be back to torment Maxi and Nathan in the future. I have grown rather to like the character now that he’s a kind of grifter/loser who blames Maxi and Nathan for the death of his father.

But oh geez, how many more days do we have to see the headless Jason? Does anyone else think it’s weird that it’s clearly not Steve Burton but they keep showing his face when we see pictures of Jason? Seems like they should have replaced his face in those pics by now to ease the transition to the new actor. (But I’m also not a Jason fan and am not looking forward to the recast/return).

rebecca1
rebecca1

A lot of us feel that Jason as we (and Port Charles) knew him will have his face injured in the explosion…which may explain why he gets a new face ala plastic surgery. So…I think showing Steve Burton’s face was for continuity…since that’s the way Sam et al remember him…..

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

Thaao Penghlis played the villain, Victor Cassadine, to perfection and I hate to see him leave. His part was not long enough and I hope he will get to come back to Port Charles again soon and shake up the residents in this city. He didn’t even have a chance to fight against Luke/Fluke so he needs to come back and battle with him when Luke returns. Good luck Thaao……until we meet again!!!!!

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

I agree 100% Shirley!

Marisa
Marisa

I will miss him. I loved his scenes with Spencer and Dr. O!!!

dmr
dmr

I absolutely loved Thaao’s portrayal of Victor Cassadine and I am sorry to see him go. He is a very talented actor. I was too young to watch him as Victor in the early 80’s. I do remember him from Days. The only thing that I did not like was that Victor was the one behind Patrick and Sabrina’s car accident. I liked Victor being evil, with a side of charming while trying to woo Liesel, and a side of funny while plotting with Spencer. I’d much rather see Kristen Alderson leave Port Charles. This ridiculous storyline of Rosalie trying to break-up boring Kiki and Michael is a snooze-fest. All it does is give Kristen more air-time, which is too precious to waste.

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

I am always sad when a Cassadine dies. 🙁 Please bring back Victor and Stavros!!!!

General Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: ABC

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

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

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

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

Right, and to have to fight for something…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The evil-eye necklace!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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