In an extremely candid interview with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, the actor who has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor (more than any other performer) Anthony Geary, talks about his current and past life as Luke Spencer on General Hospital!
Geary, whose performances are some of the finest in television history, spoke on why he does not see a future for super couple, Luke and Laura (Genie Francis), unless something were to drastically change. Tony also talks about Luke’s current on-screen situation where he finds himself near death if he does not get the antidote for polonium poisoning!
When answering the question, what does Geary have to say to the fans that want Luke and Laura back together? Geary related, “The past is best left in the memory. Nothing stays the same except butterflies under glass. In drama, there has to be conflict and movement. There is nothing less interesting to me than the thought of a 65-year-old man making goo-goo eyes as he feeds his wife strawberries and they forever relive their glory days. The viewers you speak of have always wanted Luke and Laura happy and growing old together like Ward and June Cleaver. They’re like a child who never got over his parents’ divorce and lives in perennial hope that mommy and daddy will get back together again. For a variety of reasons, that is not going to happen. The audience needs to let it go and find interest in tomorrow instead of yesterday.”
Although there are no plans to kill-off Luke Spencer, even with fateful polonium poisoning, Geary weighed-in on if he ever did leave the show how he would want to exit: “If I ever do leave GH — not something I want to see happen anytime soon — I want Luke to die. I don’t want him coming home for Christmas episodes or the birth of his great grandchildren. I would prefer to have him go out in a blaze of glory and also that it be the climax of a wonderful story that involves the entire community, rather than some inconsequential B plot. Remember how The Bold and the Beautiful got rid of our wonderful Susan Flannery? That was a terrific story, really sensational, and you couldn’t do it with a better actress. ”
So GH viewers, after reading the article from TVG in total, do you understand Tony’s feelings on not wanting to rekindle Luke and Laura? Do you agree that if Luke should be given the most dramatic send-off honoring this legacy character if Tony were to ever leave the show permanently?