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THE BRADFORD ANDERSON INTERVIEW – GENERAL HOSPITAL

bradfordMain.jpgGeneral Hospital’s Damien Millhouse Spinelli, better known as “The Jackal”, also known as actor Bradford Anderson, has been a scene-stealer for quite some time now on the long running ABC Daytime soap opera. Working alongside “GH” veteran Steve Burton (Jason) as his partner in crime, “Stone Cold”, no one in the town is safe from his “Spinelli-isms” (nicknames for the shows characters). The loveable charm that Bradford brings to his unique role, as a geek who solves crimes via his uncanny and savvy computer skills, has landed the actor in soap infamy! In fact, Spinelli rates high as one of soaps most recognizable characters, something it has taken other actors and their alter-egos years to pull off.
But what about Spinelli’s current on-screen love life? Will he end up with his “Maximista” who shows signs of interest in Johnny Zacharra? Or, will he somehow be paired with the female version of him, Winifred? In this new On-Air On-Soaps chat, Bradford reveals his sentiments on some of the confusion and plot points that he feels may be tough for fans to swallow if the powers-that-be aren’t careful, and working with his favorite on-screen partner Steve Burton. We also go a round of “Spinelli-isms”, which at one point I just tapped out…out of confusion! Always a completely entertaining interview… here’s Bradford!

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MICHAEL:

One of the recent plot points that was quite upsetting is that Spinelli sees his “Maximista” (Maxie) kissing Johnny? What happened? What’s going on there?

BRADFORD:

He just walks in on them kissing on the docks. He had been there earlier and had lost his PDA on the little wooden bench that resides on the docks, and sure enough, there they are kissing. It’s a mixture of hurt and anger over what they are doing to his friend Lulu, too. I am sure 75% of it is the hurt he experiences from it. So the way it first came out was, “How could you two do this? I mean really! We are two people who care about you. Don’t you see? Don’t you see what you are doing, not only to me, but to Lulu?” I think Spinelli is just in awe of how they seemingly care little about the people they say they care about.

brad_kristen_top.jpgMICHAEL:

The audience feels bad for Spinelli, because we see him not quite connect with Maxie the way he seemingly wants to. He loves her, right?

BRADFORD:

Yeah, I think he does, and who knows if they are soul mates or not? But there is something about each other that makes them able to bring out the best in each other, most of the time. And, that by itself is pretty neat. They may not be a perfect pair, but there is something about that. (He laughs)

MICHAEL:

I loved the little SOAPnet Christmas promos with you and Kirsten Storms (Maxie)! They were really funny!

BRADFORD:

Oh, those were really fun!! It’s been really neat that our two characters caught on, because it has given Kirsten and I other opportunities to do promotional stuff, and what not. It’s fun to be a part of a popular couple, as it were. I never knew I would
be part of a popular couple, but the funny thing is we are not even a couple. We are a popular non-couple!

MICHAEL:

What about Winifred? When they said to you, “Bradford we are going to bring on a geeky girl character,” was your first instinct to go, “Are you kidding me?” Or, “Oh, cool?”

BRADFORD:

brad_confusion.jpgThe initial storyline was not what it turned out to be. The initial idea was this girl Winifred was an FBI agent who was putting on this character to get into Spinelli’s inner circle. That is how they were going to get information. So, there were actually scenes written that when she was with Spinelli she ‘talks the talk’, but then there were scenes where Winifred comes to Maxie and says, “Look! Don’t get in my way. I have a job to do.” Then there were scenes with Maxie and Spinelli going, “Oh, my God! She came over to my house. She does not talk like that at all, and she threatened me.” When Senta Moses (Winifred) and I did those first scenes, everybody enjoyed what happened and they were all like, “Oh, my gosh! She is great. We have to do more of this!” So then they kind of dropped the fact and the idea that she was putting on that persona. Then the producers and writers thought, “Well, what if she was just like that?” That immediately became slightly problematic, because there were scenes that were already written where some of the onus fell on Kirsten to try to make sense of the dialog that had been written to support the previous take on the storyline.

MICHAEL:

Yeah, I was confused. I thought wait a minute, is Winifred putting this on, or is she a geek head?

BRADFORD:

Right! That scene I just mentioned where she said, “Look! She came over here and she threatened me. She is not who she says she is,” we had to shift things a little bit in playing that. So, now Maxie had to be a little nervous about her, but more subtle. So we went with that. She is exactly like Spinelli, and I think it’s interesting at times, but there are not many places we can go.

MICHAEL:

So, she is a geek? Final answer?

BRADFORD:

bradSenta.jpgSo, what ended up happening is she is the female version of Spinelli, which at times I think can be really fun and really interesting. What I was nervous about is that I know Spinelli is a lot to handle, and having two Spinelli’s they might begin to hate both of us. I think as it is now, her being in love with Spinelli and him not needing anything from her, is tough. It’s tough to have active scenes where Spinelli is oblivious to Winifred, when there is not a whole lot for Spinelli to be doing in those scenes. He is supposedly oblivious to her feelings right now, but down the road I am not so sure how that will work. I am not sure what they have in mind. Senta is a really talented actress and we enjoy working together. It will be interesting to see what happens, but the initial concept of, “Hey Look! We can put two crazies in the same room and just watch them,” I think it was cool for a couple of days. Now there has to be something that actually happens, or it’s going to just drive people crazy!

MICHAEL:

Ok Bradford, let’s run though the infamous “Spinelli-isms”? Let’s begin. Tell me who “The Unworthy One” is?

BRADFORD:

“The Unworthy One” was Logan.

brad_johnny.jpgMICHAEL:

“The Valkerie”?

BRADFORD:

Carly…

MICHAEL:

…And then who else? Take it away!

BRADFORD:

Well, the “The Mob Prince” is Johnny Zacharra, and “The Demented One” is Jerry Jacks, “The Unhinged One” was Anthony Zacharra, and “The White Knight” is Jax.

MICHAEL:

And who is Samantha? Didn’t her “Spinelli-ism” change?

BRADFORD:

Well, she was initially “The Goddess” and then she was offended that I called her “The Goddess”, and she felt I was objectifying her. Of course, Spinelli was horrified that he thought he offended anybody, so “Fair Samantha” is Sam, and “The Original Blonde One” is Lulu, because she used to be “The Blonde One”, and Maxie used to be “The Bad Blonde One”. And of course now, Maxie is “Maximista”.

MICHAEL:

So, here you are handed a script for the day and you have to say a bunch of these. How many times in doing scenes does this get twisted-up for you?

BRADFORD:

You know it’s funny, it happens sometimes. I am trying to think of certain names that I have mangled, but it doesn’t happen too often, because generally they are pretty clear-cut. I mean, “The Original Blonde On”; that’s pretty straightforward and there is nothing too crazy that doesn’t fit with their characters.

jason_spinelli.jpgMICHAEL:

Do you and Steve Burton (Jason) laugh a lot?

BRADFORD:

We do, but not over nicknames.

MICHAEL:

He is your bud on the show, right?

BRADFORD:

Well, yeah. I would say the times we find each other amusing is not really what happens in a script. It’s usually when, we as actors are connected in a scene, and then something that is unplanned happens and kind of catches us both off guard. When they say, “Cut”, that’s when we enjoy ourselves, because we realize something came out of something we just did. Either we think we are clever, or Steve thinks I am stupid. Of course, Steve is doing it in good humor, and it’s usually when I put a twist on something at the end of a scene. And he will go, ”Gosh, you are so stupid!”

MICHAEL:

Spinelli just recently found out that Jerry Jax is alive and he was instrumental in discovering about the siphoning of money from Ian Devlin’s account. So, will he become more active in the current plot of finally getting the truth to Sonny and Carly about Claudia, Jerry, and Ian’s involvement in Michael’s shooting?

BRADFORD:

We had seen actions on Ian Devlin’s account, so I tracked that down and found out that Jerry Jaks had been doing this. I assume I will be instrumental in the next phase, because people can’t seem to find or locate anybody without Spinelli’s help. With Jerry Jaks, for example, he is either in the hotel, on the docks or at the diner. There are three places you can really look in Port Charles to find anybody! I mean, where do people go in Port Charles? They either go to Kelly’s, The Metro Court, or the docks, or maybe a random place in the park, or I guess, we could throw in a random warehouse, too. I mean there are only a few choices.

MICHAEL:

Are you aware of the enormous popularity of Spinelli? You have to be, because he is such a different character for the soaps that has caught on like wildfire with the audience.

abcfanevent.jpgBRADFORD:

When people recognize me they always have nice things to say, and whenever we go to events, I always have a good time at them.
I am assuming they are having a good time, too. Whether they like my character, it’s kind of about that we are all having a good time. I mean, I don’t think I have had any death threats lately. So, in that sense I think I am doing Ok. (He laughs) It’s wonderful to hear nice things, and its good news in these tough economic times that I have a little job security. I just go to work and have a good time every day. I guess people recognize that, and that is great.

MICHAEL:

If you were to say a few words to describe working with Kirsten Storms, what would you say?

BRADFORD:

She’s hilarious! She’s incredibly talented, and she has such good humor. We have so much fun together, and she is a pistol. She really is! She has a lot of fun energy. The most fun actors to work with are the ones that when you are in a scene, that it’s exciting that anything can happen with them. But, you also trust them enough to know that nothing is going to happen to completely throw you off. You feel safe, but also that it could go in an adventurous way. So, it’s safe, but fun.

MICHAEL:

Of course, all these years many feel that Sonny and Jason are the true super-couple of “GH”. Do you think Jason and Spinelli are the true super-couple?

BRADFORD:

You know, I have heard people say that… and hey, any pairing with Steve Burton is good. So get rid of Sam. Get rid of Elizabeth! (He laughs)

bradford_forward.jpgMICHAEL:

I mean, they work so closely together that we should really call them a “Super-Team”!

BRADFORD:

Well, yeah. One of the reasons I enjoy playing the emotional turmoil of the chararacter is being able to talk to Jason. So, for Spinelli to be able to talk to him about stuff creates really fun scenes. As much as Jason pretends he doesn’t care about Spinelli, he does. I think when Jason says, “He doesn’t care,” that’s just because he feels uncomfortable. For a while I did not work with Steve. Now we are starting to work together a fair amount again, which makes me very happy.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Comes Home as Jason and Carly Begin Their Wedding Night

Monday’s episode of General Hospital continued to set the stage for major payoffs in the long and winding road tale of everyone in Port Charles believing Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is dead.

Only now, with his memory in tact, Sonny is very much alive, no longer living as “Mike” in Nixon Falls. and back in the town which he ruled as the mob kingpin.  Problem is: his wife, Carly (Laura Wright) just got married to his best friend, Jason (Steve Burton) and they are about to have their first night together as newlyweds.  And without all the subplot and subtext, Sonny has no idea that they were first brought together to be a united front to save Sonny’s territory from the ‘Five Families’.  Only now, the two have admitted they truly are in-love with each other.

In story, after the bomb that went off was proven to kill mobsters Buscema and Novak, and not its intended target – the newlyweds – thanks to a double-cross from Ms. Wu – Jason, Carly, and Ms. Wu discuss Cyrus Renault’s (Jeff Kober) involvement and that Wu is happy for Jason and Carly.

 

At the wedding reception, Michael (Chad Duell) gives a touching speech about his mom and Jason and gives the official toast.  Later, Jason and Carly head out after Carly throws the bouquet which Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) catches.

Meanwhile, back in Nixon Falls, Sonny gets out of dodge and away from Nina (Cynthia Watros), thanks to Jax’s (Ingo Rademacher) plane, while Nina gets a visit from Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Anna (Finola Hughes), where she admits that Peter (Wes Ramsey) was in Nixon Falls, and caused the fire, and is going to go after Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and the baby.  She does not tell them what she did keeping Sonny away from his family for 9 months.

Anna and Peter split up to find Peter, and Peter’s exit ride hasn’t show up yet to get him out of Nixon Falls, so Anna catches him, gun drawn.

Later at the Corinthos home, Jason and Carly are alone together in the bedroom with wedding night jitters, but Jason says there is no rush as the two kiss, just as Sonny arrives home, smiles, looks around, sees photos of himself with Carly and the family, and heads upstairs!

Will Sonny find the two in each others arms and not tell then he is alive?  Will something call him away? Will Jason and Carly have sex? When will Nina get payback for all that she has done to Carly and Sonny?  Will Peter get away from Anna? Let us know your theories in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Tells Nina He Knows Exactly Who He Is; Jason & Carly’s Wedding Comes to an Explosive Conclusion

Is it game over for Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros), or does she have another trick up her sleeve to keep Sonny (Maurice Benard) to herself, now that he remembers who is he?

On Friday’s dramatic episode of General Hospital, “Mike” looks to be gone and Sonny has come back in full force complete with a super hero moment escaping from being trapped underneath the beam that had fallen on top of him inside the burning Tan-O.  Sonny makes his escape after inhaling so many fumes, that he needs medical attention and is rushed to the hospital with Nina going along with him.

Inside the hospital, once given the all clear, Phyllis (Joyce Guy) tells Nina, “Mike” is asking for her, while Jax (Ingo Rademacher) pleads to let the doctors handle this situation.  But, Nina heads inside the room to see Sonny.  Then came the dramatic moment that many GH fans were waiting for.  As Nina calls him “Mike, he rips off his oxygen mask in anger and says that his name is Sonny and he remembers everything!  Nina does a pivot, knowing she is caught, and says the name may have have been a fake one, but they cannot deny the way they feel about each other.  She tells him that she honestly loves him and Sonny defiantly tells her NOT to say that.  Meanwhile Jax confirms to Phyllis that Nina always knew that “Mike” was Sonny and hid it from her and Sonny for months!

Back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly’s (Laura Wright) wedding comes to a conclusion! No one interrupts the wedding and the two look lovingly at each other to start their new life together as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony, mobsters Ms. Wu, Vincent, and Charles have a moment where she says “be wary of tomorrow”.  Jason and Carly have a moment alone where Jason looks truly in love with Carly now and all of those feelings he had buried for years have now come back to the surface. How will this all play out when Sonny comes back into everyone’s lives, alive and well?

After the reception had ended, Jason and Carly get in their limo to drive away as newlyweds.  She asks Jason what Ms. Wu whispered in his ear at the reception, he says she confirmed something he already knew.  Meanwhile, Vincent and Charles get in their limo.  Charles shares the world is about to be a better place without Carly and Jason in it.

Next, Carly tells the driver to start the car, and we see a bomb device under a car and the chapel blown up as the show comes to its conclusion.

Our bet is that the Novak/Buscema car was blown to bits, not Jarly’s limo thanks to a Wu double-cross, but we shall see next week! Great performances from Maurice Benard, Cynthia Watros, Laura Wright, and Steve Burton throughout this one.

So, what did you think of the moment Sonny told Nina he remembered who he is? What did you think of Jason and Carly’s nuptials? What do you think will happen next? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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