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There Will Be Blood! The Jerome Vs. Corinthos Mob War Heats Up On General Hospital!

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In a newly released ABC promo teasing what is coming up on General Hospital, it looks like we have only seen the tip of the iceberg between the Jerome and the Corinthos clans mob war!

With the voice over saying, ” In the mob world, where there is betrayal …there will be blood” the action centers around Julian (William devry) telling off  Morgan (Bryan Craig), “Are you working for me? Or, are you working for your father?” Next, Sonny (Maurice Benard), Julian and Ava (Maura West) all are toting-guns!

Watch the promo after the jump!  Then, let know what you think will happen next?  Do you think Sonny will win the war, or can Julian and Ava can take him down?  Or, will everybody double-cross everybody?

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rebecca1
rebecca1

I can’t see any of the major players getting killed at this point; they’re all too pivotal to the story…not to mention loved. (I know; there are probably a bunch of people who could do without Morgan. I for one think he’s great! Great looking, great acting…very poignant…the crux/heart of his emotional conflict with his dad and brother.)

It’s seems from the clip that Morgan betrays Sonny…but also seems that at this point Sonny doesn’t realize it’s to keep his family safe from Julian’s threats.

Wondering how Lucas will fit in. If he’ll wind up in the crossfire…son for son? Naaaa…that’s not Sonny’s style.

I’ve a feeling in the end Ava will side with Morgan against her brother if need be. Crazy times ahead…go GH!

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

I agree with everything you said but in wake of recent and past headlines, Hollywood needs to cut back on the violence…too much focus on solving problems with a gun…i know they gotta have some gunplay to tell a story and i do like the Jeromes…im not saying drop the violent acts entirely but maybe cut back at least some(too many real life nut cases see this stuff)…Heathers stabbing was too brutal and explicit…i wish the show would explain how she got treated and up and about…especially after being buried alive with a near fatal stab wound?

Sharonda
Sharonda

I wouldn’t call how the actor portrays Morgan as great acting. I would rather have Debbie Morgan come on and be the sister of Sean and TJ’s mom or have her be Simone Tom Jr ex wife than to have Morgan on GH, if we could do without Kristina-we can do without Morgan.

rebecca1
rebecca1

@JimH…I think it’s because he only wedged the knife between her side and her arm. LOL…sorry…but that scene just looked too staged to me! But yeah, ya know…just have to suspend your disbelief. Everything else is so ridiculously non credible that i’s almost a moot point!

@Sharonda…I (obviously) disagree. I think “Morgan” is one of the best new actors to come aboard. He has great scenes with Sonny…very expressive…I feel his angst when he vents. I feel his dilemma…his confusion…his hurt. And, for me anyway, he’s great on the eyes!

missellie
missellie

I have to disagree regarding Morgan — I think the actor is very good but the writing is not great for him. He seems like a very soulful actor who can show great emotion.

I do however, agree with bringing on Debbie Morgan. She would be a great addition in any role.

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

I like Debbie to be T.J.s mom…she could also be Felixs secret mother…maybe gave him up for adoption before she met T.J.s father and having T.J. then its revealed Shaun is Felixs father?

k
k

Love the Debbie Morgan idea…but we must have Darnell too……

Sharonda
Sharonda

@K. Darnell could play Sean’s friend from the military or Felix’s father. The actor who plays Morgan isn’t the best compared to Jonathan Jackson teen/young adult years. But he is easy on the eyes as Rebecca1 noted above, he should just model. But that’s just my 2 cents.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Speaking of Kristina….. whatever happened to her character? She is barely ever mentioned anymore? Did I miss something/

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I actually like Bryan Craig’s portrayal of Morgan. He’s really grown on me since his initial arrival and relationship with Kiki. I think Mr. Craig is quite talented, I just think the writing for Morgan has been spotty at best from the get-to. Kiki and “Captain” were so freaking annoying when they blew into town he’s had to work very hard to overcome that. But he has done some really powerful work IMO.

Laurie
Laurie

I know your comment was from January, but boy did you say a mouthful here! I’ve never been so annoyed by these 2 blowing into town as you said, all irritating and whiny. Morgan overcame the inconsistent writing. Can’t say the same for the Kiki character.

Sharonda
Sharonda

I wish Sonny would go away and return as the thug he started out being-owning the strip club and pimping out Karen, I would rather have Jagger return as the chief detective than have useless Dante. The actor who plays Dante should have came back as Jagger. I want the Hardys back on here. And Felix should have been Tom Hardy III-otherwise he is useless and so is the Disney character of Sabrina. She should have some eating disorder or cutting thing or hooked on drugs or some other addiction to make this character relevant. She is as useless as having Juan come on here to prop her up on her non-wedding day. There are a lot of characters that have fallen by the wayside since the 80s and the writers should look to their children to bring on as new characters than the excess we have on here now with no history to this show or purpose. Where is Gia?! She should be with Nikolas.

Johnny
Johnny

So much of this cast is dead weight! Sonny, Olivia, Felix, Brad, Duke Lavery, Carrrlos, Franco….and the list goes on. Now the show is jumping on the Y and R “Lets blow the budget on former prime time stars” bandwagon. I dont get it.

Melissa
Melissa

I agree with pretty much everything you said, Rebecca. I’m a huge Morgan fan, I just love him to death. I am not a Sonny fan at all, so I was and still am fine with them at odds. I am happy that he and Michael are working their way back to a relationship. Kiki never should have come between them, she’s not worth it and I blame her.

I would like anything except the usual Sonny always wins tripe we’ve been forced to swallow over the past decade plus.

And I would be thrilled if Ava went up against Julian in order to protect Morgan. Those crazy kids deserve some happiness and a way to be together. Pairing them up was one of the best moves this show ever made. They are my love.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL..thanks Melissa. We do differ on a few points…I actually Kiki (maybe I’m just loyal to OLTL’s Starr)…but she plays a good role. She’s honest, fair..and I like her loyalty to Franco. (Which will also be interesting because even though her instincts about Franco are right…and it will eventually be proven…wonder how/if Michael will forgive her for protecting/hiding Franco and for lying to him. ) Another dilemma in the making…

rebecca1
rebecca1

that was supposed to be “like” Kiki…

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

I still think Franco will turn out to really be Kiki’s father…making her Scotts granddaughter…Meanwhile, Micheal will break up with Kiki for lying to him about Franco. Then Micheal will rehook with Penny from the hospital who will turn out to be Scott’s daughter Serena who then would turn out to be Kiki’s aunt once Kiki finds out Franco is really her father! This is wishfull thinking on my part but i hope Frank and Ron see this and use it on the show!

rebecca1
rebecca1

did all you former OLTL fans notice that Franco is really Todd by a different name…and Silas is really John…seems to me Frank and Ron just got around the legalities by changing the characters, their names and their histories…but really…their personalities are essentially the same (in my opinion). Kiki (Starr) is 50/50…but obviously whether she’s “Franco’s” daughter or not they’ve established the same co-conspirator relationship they had on OLTL. Starr was always going to bat for her dad…she was his biggest supporter…

Very sneaky Frank/Ron. It sort of satisfies the OLTL crowd…and the ones who never watched they appear brand new!

@JimH…LOL…I’m not sure how Michael will handle Kiki’s “betrayal…” but I’d like to see them stay together. If not, maybe Emma will leave with Robin…come back in two months and be 15 years older and voila…a new couple is born! 😉

janet
janet

This will be more of the same garbage. testosterone filled guys .everyone shoots and only day players die. GMAFB.No one is guilty of anything. maybe some innocent will be caught in the crossfire. If any of Sonnys kids die it will be because he caused it as always,. car bomb for Krissy, Bullet in chest for Dants, Bullet in the head for Michael, and Sonny put a bullet in carleys head while she was in labor. He is still on the show WHY ? The last time I shut the show off for years was also too much mobs and molls.

Cindy
Cindy

I love the show but I agree with your comments about Sonny. I am so tired of him. I don’t understand how he has such a large following of fans? How could any woman like him? He is a misogynistic bully, who has put everyone close to him in danger. He never has to answer for any of the things he does. I am completely sick of this character.

su0000
su0000

I love Sonny!!
He would not hesitate to die for any of his children..
Sonny is a very layered character..
He goes from dark and dangerous to loving and kind ..
Sonny is a protective loving father and a dangerous man as a mobster..
Sonny is both sides of the coin ..

Bill
Bill

So bloody sick of the “Soapranos.”

rebecca1
rebecca1

i get it! cute…

Charday
Charday

Let’s hope Sonny dies or is sent to prison for life.

Johnny
Johnny

Ya. This is EXACTLY what the fans have been asking for for the past 15 years. MORE mob stories. WHY do the writers and producers NOT read forums like this???? For every ONE fan who actually likes the character of Sonny, there are probably 100 who despise him. For every fan who wants their beloved General Hospital to be a low-rent knock off of The Sopranos, there are a thousand who don’t. The “mob as heroes” throughline has never made sense, but it is even more glaring now. Especially with the shoddy writing of the character of Sam. This is a woman who has spent most of her life being a mob moll of one sort or another. then, the man who GAVE HER LIFE and SAVED HER SON’S LIFE comes into her life, and she wants nothing to do with him because he waged a mob war against Sonny. You would think she would embrace him as Father of the Year!! WHY would this ditz have ANY more loyalty to Sonny than Julian? Sonny is the sleaze who knocked up both her, Sam, and her own mother. The writing here is so character deficient. It would make MUCH more sense if Sam sided with Julian. Sonny is threatening to MURDER HER FATHER…THE MAN WHO GAVE HER LIFE AND SAVED HER SON’S LIFE…AND WHO COULD DO IT AGAIN IN THE FUTURE. I’m typing this in capitals hoping to make one of the writers make sense. People are actually resenting Julian for not stockpiling his DNA so Sonny can murder him quicker. And somehow…still, Sonny still comes out as the hero. WHO WRITES THIS CRAP?????? Bob Guza used to…I know that…but why is Ron C making it ten times worse??? I HATE mob stories, I loathe the character of Sonny, and I long for the days when the mob, logically, was EVIL, and there were GOOD GUYS who won in the end. Now, we have a show that is trying to present two warring mob factions as people that the audience should root for. It’s gross, it’s disgusting, and this show has abused and abandoned its core audience LONG ago. Soap viewers tuned in and stayed tuned in to see romance, people we could root for, and the knowledge that the good guys would triumph in the end.

su0000
su0000

I disagree with most all you wrote..
I love the mob which in fact is not merely 2 families fighting for the power, when they fight..
when are not fighting their personal lives are very innerspring.
The Jerome family is very layered and good stories that are not related to any fighting.
The so called mob part is is small in comparison to the family.

The writing is excellent, the stories intriguing..

There is no longer mobs in Port Charles it is more like the 2 families living out an old feud like the Hatfiedls and Mccoyes..

Sonny and Shawn and Julian and Ava and Carlos, are mobs? hahaha! use webester for defination of mob 🙂

Laurie
Laurie

Johnny I don’t know you but if I wasn’t already married I’m come stalk you down and marry you! THANK YOU for this excellent post from January 2014 (yikes..I’m behind). I admit I get on my soapbox about Sonny way too much, but I’ve never been able to word my disgust quite like you. I feel like we are soulmates! But seriously, there is not one thing in this post that I do not agree with 100%. Too add to it, Sonny used to have a compass. He’s always been a tortured soul, but he was capable of great kindness, and even though he’s a thug criminal, he had limits. That made the audience hate him 1 week and love him the next and root for him! Even though one may loathe Sonny’s career choice and may not want to be exposed to it, him Jason would be the first people I’d call immediately if I was ever in a bind , in danger with my back up against the wall. The guys he took out were often temporary players, day players that were just pure evil. There was a method to ihs madness, like Dexter. That is GONE! I’m trying to think of 1 good thing he has done in the last year and a half that would make me warm up to him. I can only think of 1-he hijacked a heart for Alice. Does that erase all the hell he has put his family through and all the pain they have coming because of his lies and deceits. To say he’s doing these things for his family is just a straight-up, bold-faced LIE! It USED to be true.This is not the same Sonny and quite frankly,I have no idea how MB can stand to go to work every day and churn this crap out. He looks boed out of his mind, except for some exceptional scenes with Ava and Carly in the past year. Shows me that the actor still has it, but he’s so bored with it he rarely turns it on. I do like a lot of stuff these new writers are delivering. I’m glad the ratings are going up, but imagine how much more they’d go up if they laid off the gunfire 4 outta 5 days a week. I always love su0000’s posts, except our opinions of Sonny couldn’t be more opposite. If they would reduce the violence or have the mobs or whatever your want to call the crime families fighting, it would be tolerable and understandable. su0000 you said it wasn’t a big part of the show but it’s the driving force of the show. These stories are front and center with NO sign of slowing down and I just don’t get it!!! Sonny is past the point of redemption. He has lost his throughline. Everything that was presented to us by MB and Wendy Riche about Sonny Corinthos is gone. How he yaps on about how he’s doing it all… Read more »

Johnny
Johnny

And even the tagline here…to get viewers to tune in…it used to be “Love in the Afternoon”. Now it’s “There Will Be Blood”. Gee…great!

su0000
su0000

The mob stuff is a small part of all the on going stories..
Also, The mob stuff has a lot to with family..
There are very few scenes of actual violence.. we are grownups and watch prime-time.. And GH has been prime-time quality .. 🙂
When watching GH one needs to see the whole of GH not a small part of it, tunnel vision and soaps do not mix, there are so many stories taking place..

As for me, the campy crappy love problems are stale ..
Love in soaps is filler ..
GH has enough couples and their problems..
Count to couples ..

Johnny
Johnny

Not ONE post in favour of Sonny, the greasy, misogynistic, narcissistic, violent, murderous, disgusting, hypocritical thug. Hmmmm….writers…..READ THESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

su0000
su0000

Funny, that is not the Sonny I see 🙂

Johnny
Johnny

Oh. And where do I buy your brand of rose colored glasses?. Lol. Just kidding. I am really not insulting you for your opinion. But that is EXACTLY how Sonny is presented and portrayed. To see him any other way is only to view him as “misunderstood”. And I dont see any misunderstanding there. Sonny orders hits with glee. He whines and cries when his loved ones die ad nauseum, Yet he makes no effort to get out of the mob. And before anyone says “You cant just get out of the mob”….I say its a soap! If the Cassadines can freeze people and the earth, then Snny can get out of he mob. Bottom line…Sonny loves power and violence that go wih his world. He always has, and no writer has presented it any other way.

Jared
Jared

Can we finally have the end of Sonny? I don’t know whom I cannot stand more, Sonny Corinthos or Victor Newman.

davlestev1
davlestev1

AMEN AMEN AND A HUHHHMNN HALLELUJAH

davlestev1
davlestev1

And suddenly it seems as if Mr.Bernard realizes you can’t just phone it in anymore so he added that halting near tears over dramatic pause to the majority of his lines now. Like “do ya hear the tears in my voice..DO YA??” When Mob should spell must watch it just spells must FF my DVR for me when it comes to Glummy!!! Oops, meant Sonny!!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

And Victor Newman. Another ET phone home on the daytime canvas. At one point somebody in charge has to tell these people…take a break for a few months..YOU GO ALLISON SWEENEY…Tins in the fire and not afraid to set DAYS aside for a little while.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

And the award goes to….VICTOR NEWMAN for worst leading man in a daytime drama. Please Y&R “rest” this character. He is beyond horrible and total FF material.

rebecca1
rebecca1

If it’s not the mob…it’s Faison, Obrecht, Helena, Stavros, WSB…the ol’ days Scorpio, Tiffany, Sean…back to the sorta new…Jerry Jax…the point is it’s not just the violence of Sonny and the mob…soaps are always good vs. evil…whether it be gang related, international crime, blowing up the world, poisoning the water, poisoning your children against one of their parents, sleeping with somone’s parents, step parents…stealing babies, kidnapping babies…hahahaha…can’t blame it all on Sonny.

good vs. evil. such is life….

Johnny
Johnny

I agree with you there. However…my main point is that the morality has gotten skewed. The bad guys never pay for their crimes, while the good people suffer endlessly. While Sonny gets loyal family and an endless parade of love interests, Georgie and Emily die gruesome deaths. Back in the good old days of soaps…the payoff was in seeing how the bad guys would gt their comeuppance and the good guys would triumph. That was rewarding entertainment. Remember David Kimball from Y and R? He terrorized the town. He was not presented as a misunderstood leading man…he was evil. That story built over several years. Sure fans were infuriated by his crimes…but we knew it would to a payoff. And it did. He got crushed in a trash compactor. Soaps dont write payoffs for the good guys and they just keep recycling the same thing…and that is why ratings have fallen so dramatically. You cant compare daytime soaps to shows like The Sopranos or Breaking Bad. Those shows are ABOUT the bad guys, they only air once a week, they are limited to maybe 6-7 seasons, and then they are done. Soaps are every day..and are continuing for years and decades. Stefano DiMera has been terrorizing Salem for over 30 years and for what? He is in his 80’s. It just looks ridiculous to see him continuing being evil. Same with Victor Newman. He is a patholigically power hungry sociopath still being written like he is going to live forever. And Sonny….well…how many people have to die around him before he makes a life change? Wen characters dont grow or change at ALL…it becomes very redundant and not entertainin. Ad when evil is subverted and presented as good, it makes for very depressing viewing. A don the flipside it is not entertaining when the characters we do root for never change either. Watching Erica Kane in the final years of AMC was just painful and embarrassing. This character never changed a day in 40 years. She was written the same whether she was 18, 42, or 60. It all comes back to the writers. Soaps have recycled the same writers for decades…and most of them only know how to write in soap opera-ese, and they are just flat out devoid of any creativity whatsoever. Didnt OLTL hire an 80 year old as their headwriter as they were trying to launch a daring, trendy new venture on the internet?? To me…”risky and daring” has a totally different meaning when applied to soaps. I would consider it risky and new and daring for soaps to present some happily married, committed couples. There is tremendous drama in life. I would consider it shocking if the soaps actually REALLY killed some characters. It would be totally novel if some of these misunderstood bad guys went to jail for a long time. I think it would be bracing and shocking and awesome if GH had the guts to kill Sonny off. Like, not soap opera… Read more »

rebecca1
rebecca1

you write well Johnny. and you have written an in-depth SUBJECTIVE view of soaps. And I don’t say that as negative feedback…but my point is…it’s a soap!

If you want sensitive…watch the Hallmark channel. If you want family…watch reruns of The Waltons. If you want people put away in jail, watch CSI. My point is…and I don’t mean it to be condescending…is just the point you made. These shows are on every day…these characters are on a lot of the time…and that’s why we watch soaps! We get attached to characters…they become some sort of fictional family…fictional neighborhood that we visit every day (or night…or weekend if you marathon them online). My point is…why would I want one or more of my characters permanently dead….or pemanently in jail…(unless they did scenes from the jail and incorporated it into the show).

As for Sonny? He, in my opinion…is but a shell of the man he used to be. I don’t think he’s gone unpunished. He’s lost almost everyone he’s cared for. His loves, his dad, his best friend…his son (albeit temporarily) turned against him. He’s a man that doesn’t know how to be any other way. He lives for it…thrives on it…yet is in turmoil. He doesn’t want his kind of life for his sons. He always fears for those he loves. Think of the old days…Sonny, Carly, Jason, Max, the kids…Alexis, Robin, Stone…he was always surrounded by friends/family. Now, people drop by. Yeah, he’s loved, lost and loved again. But I see him as broken; not someone who’s gotten off scott free.

Soap operas are formulaiic. They’ve worked for 50 years plus now. And if the audience is indeed filtering down…well…times they are a changin’. Lots of competition that soaps of yesteryear didn’t have…and many veiwers watch online so there may be more fans than are counted.

Am I disappointed in the way some “reactions” are handled? Absolutely! That’s what bothers me most. People come back from the dead and no one barely blinks an eye. After an initial “hey, your’e back!”…it’s like the person never left. I find that emotionally ungratifying. Because thru it all…good, bad, etc. I want to see and feel human connection. Julian for his kids and for Ava…Sonny for his kids and Carly, Alexis, Molly. I like that and so for me, if there was one thing that should change on the soaps is the connectedness and the realism of love, loss and bonds…

rebecca1
rebecca1

viewers.

Rodd
Rodd

A while ago, I read that the actress who played Lily might be talking about coming back to GH. I wonder if that happened, and she asked Sonny to walk away from the mob, if he’d do it? Would he be willing to give up “his territory” in order to find true love with Lily again? I think this would be one way to end the mob war and keep everyone on the canvas. The only problem with that is, What would you do with the darker sides of the characters? I don’t mind a shoot out every now and then, but I wouldn’t want to see it every day. I think GH does a pretty good job telling different stories and as long as they maintain that balance, I’m fine with things as they are. JMHO.

Patrick
Patrick

“… Next, Sonny (Maurice Benard), Julian and Ava (Maura West) are all toting-guns”

LOL

davlestev1
davlestev1

BLECH!!! MOB WARS…so not the DRAMA,,,

su0000
su0000

There are no mobs..
(where are some people seeing mobs?
2 families fighting for power over an old past is not a mob.
I’s the the Hatfiedls and Mccoyes.. LOL !
not even enough people to be them them, but closer than a mob..

Sonny and Shawn and Julian and Ava and Carlos, are mobs? hahaha! a mob is not 2 or 3 people 🙂

What people are calling a mob story is not about violence mob stuff it is about the families, actually, the Jerome’s are an intriguing family who we rarely see being gun shooting mobster . shhezus ,,

Michele
Michele

Finally they have Sonny looking like a real Mob boss. Frank and Ron must of took my advice and watched some Sopranos episodes. Don’t make Sonny look like a dumb ass

Ji
Ji

Thaao Penghlis/Victor Cassadine is back after years being gone,
I will watch to see him, coming Jan: 30th 2014

kimberly gubitosa
kimberly gubitosa

let the jeromes die and corinthos comes alive

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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