One Life to Live fans are getting revved up for the return of one of their all-time favorite leading men and characters when Michael Easton premieres next week on General Hospital as John McBain on the March 13th episode! So, just how will this soap crossover work? How is John entreched in the story of the mob with Sonny Corinthos? And what about Melissa Archer’s Natalie coming over to join him in Port Charles? These questions and others were posed to the talented star in a new interview out today with TV Guide. Here are a few of our favorite and telling excerpts below!
Michael on his decision to make the move from Llanview to Port Charles: “Frank Valentini gave me an impassioned speech that really got to me. My biggest concern was that I didn’t want to go to GH just to bait some of the OLTL audience. I didn’t feel that was very valid or fair. It would just piss off the GH audience and disappoint the OLTL fans. There needs to be a really good reason why McBain is in Port Charles — something organic, not forced — and I think they came up with a good one. At first he’s there to apprehend and bring home Todd Manning to stand trial for Victor’s murder, but then Blair asks him to look after Starr and help see her through the loss of her baby and boyfriend. Then it’s revealed that McBain has a history with Sonny.Their relationship goes way back to McBain’s very early days with the FBI. Sonny was responsible for McBain losing someone who was very close to him. It was one of those situations where the only way he could catch Sonny was to corrupt evidence or manufacture some and he couldn’t find it in his heart to do that. So he had to bury it and let it go. So Sonny remained the one that got away, the big white whale. This time around, McBain is determined to see justice done one way or the other. ”
Michael on if Sonny and John get into it from the get-go: “Day one, he and Sonny have a casual encounter. No one knows what’s happened between them. But later Sonny tells Jason, “This guy’s going to be a pain in my ass. Don’t let him get carried away. Let’s get him the f–k out of Port Charles. My character also ends having a surprise history with some other characters, connections I didn’t see coming. I feel it’s very inspired.”
Michael on how the show will address John’s gal Natalie and their son Liam! “They’ll have their hands full trying to make that work because that baby was everything to McBain. I think they’re waiting to see if my storyline works or not. For now they have him calling Natalie saying, “This is going to take longer than I expected.” But they do need to deal with it since they have me tied up for quite a block of time.”
Michael on the sad and disappointing failure to bring One Life to the Internet after wrapping up 43 years on the air: “It really hurt. I’m not a particularly sentimental guy about things like that. I’ve been on so many primetime shows that were cancelled — after one episode, after 10 episodes, after just one season. I got used to that. But I found myself choking up a bit at OLTL. It was really hard to say goodbye to those people. It was not the way we wanted to go out. I wish we could have closed it out in the right way and really gone out with a bang, but hands were tied. I went to the wrap party and it seemed like everyone was medicated. It was kind of like that movie Westworld where everyone is walking around in a daze. And I really feel bad for the fans who were left with that false hope that something was going to happen. That’s why I feel so strongly about this move to GH. We have to do everything possible to keep these soaps going.”
So what do you think about how John will be woven into the GH canvas? the status of Jolie? And, Michael’s sentiments on the final days at One Life? Let us know!