In a whopper of an exit interview from Michael Logan at TV Insider, Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) shares his thoughts and lets it rip on many a subjects related to: his final chapter as the iconic Luke Spencer, working with his long time co-stars again Jonathan Jackson (Lucky), Genie Francis (Laura and more, if he will submit himself for the Daytime Emmys next year, even though he is no longer with the soap and more.
Additionally, the mighty Geary teases how Luke will exit the canvas on next Monday’s July 27th episode (in a scene with Maurice Benard’s Sonny) of the ABC daytime drama series, his thoughts on the story reversals of having both nemesis Frank Smith and the child Luke ran down, Little Jake Spencer (James Nigbor) turn out to be alive during his final weeks on the series. Geary also relates how he had chosen in his contract to have the right to rewrite dialogue over salary during Luke’s over three decades in Port Charles.
Below are a few interesting excepts from the interview, but make sure to check out the entire feature!
Geary on Little Jake being alive in story: “The audience saw that little boy dead on the operating table, and his organs were harvested. I do not understand the value of disassembling two of the best stories we’ve told (note: referring to Frank Smith as the other). I guess the point of bringing the child back from the dead was so Luke could be redeemed, but I never felt he needed that. I hate redemption. I’m sure there are audience members who didn’t want him to be a child killer and so they’re pleased, which is fine. But I was not thrilled.”
Geary on if he will submit himself for the Daytime Emmys next year in particular for GH’s 52nd Anniversary, where we learned Luke killed his mother and father: “I’m not like Oprah and Ellen, who took themselves out of the running after winning so many times. (Laughs) I don’t have their unyielding good taste. If nominated, I will happily be at the awards. I do not take those trophies lightly, because every one of my wins was for extraordinary and very meaningful material. I never think it’s in the bag.”
Geary on getting the opportunity to work with Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) one last time: “Jonathan and I sat in my dressing room for two nights in a row, well into the night, and we deconstructed the scenes we’d been given, and it was an incredibly creative, collaborative experience. Without changing the writer’s intention, we tried to bring to the fore what the audience knows about Luke and Lucky’s relationship, because it just wasn’t on the page. I feel our work it resulted in some of the best moments Jonathan and I have shared on screen. And that’s saying a lot, because we’ve had many. The boy is extraordinary and a true artist.”
Geary on Genie Francis (Laura) saying she was surprised that Tony would want her back for his final run on GH: “Genie was surprised that I was willing to work with her? Really? Wow. OK. I wonder who she’s been talking to. You know, there are very few great teams that last as long as the fans want them to. Astaire and Rogers. Abbott and Costello. Martin and Lewis. They rarely end well. It’s a struggle.” He also noted about working with Genie: “She’s always been a wonderful actress and a supreme professional. We’ve had our ups and downs. There’s no harm in saying that. It was a stormy marriage, on screen and off. But this last time together was absolutely lovely.”
So soap fans, what do you think about Tony’s comments on Luke’s final story? Genie Francis and Jonathan Jackson? Would you like to see the icon nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2016? The rest of his sentiments in the interview? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!