The amazing Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) is going for the gold at this year’s Daytime Emmys when they are presented on June 23rd from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on HLN! If Geary, who is considered the frontrunner to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, were to hit the stage it would mark his record 7th win in the category, and exactly 30 years after he received his first one!
TV Guide has an exceptional interview out today with Geary, where the soap icon talks about why he choose an episode with Luke in the Bordello as opposed to Luke’s intervention episode for Emmy contention, the good and bad of former GH head writer Bob Guza, (who wrote the emmy nominated episodes for Geary), and the four-way romance seemingly headed Luke’s way with Tracy, Anna, and Heather all vying for the man’s attention and heart! Here are some interesting excerpts below!
Geary on if he agrees that Bob Guza gave him some best material he has had ever had to act with on GH: “I agree. There were times Guza certainly infuriated me, so I’m not saying he wasn’t flawless but, when he did provide, it was pretty grand. I remember the day he called me to his office and said, “We’re going to have little Jake run down by a driver. There are several ways I can go but I want the killer to be Luke. What do you think?” I said, “Please let me kill the child!” I was so tired of having nothing to do that was challenging. It turned out to be a very difficult few months for all of us…in a good way.”
Geary on why he chose a different episode than the expected Luke’s intervention episode for his Lead Actor reel: “GH also submitted the intervention show for directing and writing. It was a great episode, and Bill Ludel has already won the Directors Guild award for it. But I decided to go with a simpler show, the one that aired a bit after the intervention where Lucky tracked down Luke at the brothel. I suppose the intervention was a more spectacular thing, but I thought maybe there was too much trickery — what with all the technology and the flashbacks — for an actor’s submission.”
Geary on how Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky) was key in his decision to choose the Bordello episode: Jonathan Jackson came to me and said, “I think you should relook at that episode at the brothel. It has a sort of mythic quality to it.” So I did. It was a rough one. It even had Luke telling Lucky, “I feel liberated for having killed your child,” which is just a horrendous thing to say and maybe too much for people. But I feel comfortable with it, basically because I feel so uncomfortable. That episode is difficult for me to watch and I’m way more exposed than I’m used to being. But if you’re exposing yourself to the point where you have to look away, that pretty much says you’re going the distance. Of course, with Jonathan that’s what you always do. For my money, he’s one of the five best actors on the planet. He just unzips his heart and bleeds for ya. We’ve known each other for so long now that our connection is almost on a spiritual level.”
Geary on playing the comedic side of Luke and his romantic life with Heather, Anna, and ex-wife Tracy all in the picture: “I never thought I’d see the day three women would be fighting over him! And me at age 60-blah-blah! Of course, one of them’s a lunatic, one’s a shrew and one’s a crazy bitch. [Laughs] I’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which.”
So soapers, what do you think of Geary’s Emmy reel choice? Are you betting on him to win? And, what woman do you think Luke should end up with of the three in his Port Charles orbit now? Do you think Bob Guza gave Tony some of the best material of his soap career? Weigh-in!