Anthony Geary (Luke/Fluke) is presently on a extended vacation from General Hospital at his home in Amsterdam. As many know, Geary has had issues with his back and recently underwent two spinal surgeries thus the reason that this time he will be away from the ABC soap opera till October, but he still managed to film some scenes here and there that will keep him in the story as the evil Fluke!
In a new interview out today from TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, Geary discusses how he loves playing the evil Fluke, how he almost quite General Hospital for good, and what he thought of Luke’s lurid come-on’s to the younger Kiki (Kristen Alderson) and more. Here are a few excerpts below!
Geary on almost leaving GH: “A year or more ago I went to them and said, ‘I’d like to exercise the out in my contract. I’m really not pleased with what’s going on with Luke. I feel like I’ve done it and done it and done it. As you know, I have a wonderful life in Amsterdam and felt it was time for me to pack it in and go there permanently. And (executive producer) Frank Valentini and (head writer) Ron Carlivati were wonderful. Frank said, ‘We don’t want you to go, but we understand.’ Then, when I had about four months left to go, I realized it was going to be hard to walk away — a lot harder than I expected. This show has been my life for so long and I felt I still had something more in me. They said, ‘Great! What do you want to do?’ I told them, ‘I’d like a story when Luke is proactive rather than reactive. I want him to cause problems for people, rather than helping them solve problems. I want to see a side of Luke we’ve never seen.’ When Ron came up with this Fluke idea he said, ‘Now, this is pretty far out. I don’t know if you’ll want to do it.’ And he got about three sentences into it and I said, ‘I’m in! Sign me up!’ This storyline has revived my whole interest in the game.
Geary on who Fluke really is and if he thinks it works well in the story: “I know who he is and what his motivation is, and I think it will be highly believable when all is revealed — and that’s what was most pleasing to me when Ron pitched the idea.”
Geary on what he thought when he saw that Fluke would be smitten with Kiki: “Even I was shocked when he went after her! I thought, ‘God, I hope we’re not going into pedophilia territory. But, hell, we’re already on this ride, so let’s see where it goes.’ I love that Kiki found Fluke so creepy. I think even poor Kristen Alderson was grossed out. After a few scenes with me she said, ‘Eeeee-w, I don’t like this.” And I’m, like, ‘Thank you! (Laughs]) Because I live for this stuff!
So are you glad that Tony decided to stay on GH? Do you think when we learn who Fluke is you will be excited for the pay-off? What did you think about the Fluke and Kiki scenes? Weigh-in below!