In the first interview, where soap opera favorite Michael Easton comes forward and offers his thoughts on the upheaval that went down behind-the-scenes between ABC and General Hospital and Prospect Park’s One Life to Live, not getting the opportunity to play John McBain again, and trying to make sense of playing his new character of Silas Clay on General Hospital, TV Guide has a must-read interview for fans of both GH and OLTL! Easton is also promoting his upcoming appearance this week at San Diego’s Comic-Con where he will be promoting his new grahic novel called Credence! Here below are some interesting excerpts from TVG’s chat with the uber-popular star!
Michael on how unhappy a lot of GH fans are that he, Roger Howarth, and Kristen Alderson, are now playing Silas, Kiki and Franco, and that they feel they are getting to much screen time: “Everyone is doing the best they can with the cards they’ve been dealt. The three of us were ripped out of our comfort zone and our characters and all their relationships were suddenly out the window. It’s been a little scary. Hopefully the audience understands that this situation is unprecedented and really tough. The fans are so aware of the circumstances that went on behind the scenes, so I would hope they’ll give us a pass and let us have the opportunity to play this out. I’m really encouraged by what’s coming up. Some real fire will come out of the storytelling.“
Michael on the situation between Prospect Park and ABC that was the impetus for GH to change his character: “The whole thing was awkward and I don’t think anybody handled it very well, but it is what it is. It feels really terrible to be in the middle because the people on OLTL are my friends. I would love to have worked with them again. It was really hard to have it go down that way. And to not be able to support them and go along on their ride to the Internet made me kind of sad. But I do think people are being too hard on ABC. They kept OLTL going for over 40 years. Yes, having it cancelled was a really bad thing but the network’s four-decade commitment shouldn’t be forgotten. You can’t dismiss it. But that’s just my take.“
Michael on if he misses playing John McBain: A lot. He’s a tricky character. It took a while for even me to like him. I didn’t care for him much, at first, but I came to appreciate that it was his job to be grounded and enhance the many other extreme, extraordinary characters who were spinning around him. It’s almost like McBain was the straight man to Todd, to Victor, to David Vickers. I really liked fulfilling that purpose. It wasn’t the flashiest role, but I really liked investing in the character. So, yeah, I really miss him. And I’m really, really sorry that he just sort of…went away. I hated it to end that way. I wish McBain had gotten what he deserved — a chance to go out in a blaze of glory.”
Michael on if he would have considered returning to One Life to Live: “There’s a fairly lengthy paper trial documenting my discussions about how we could make it work. I have a family now and I’ve never spent a night away from them, so trying to figure out how to make it work with us living in L.A. and OLTL shooting in Connecticut wasn’t easy but we did seem to be working toward something. Prospect Park and ABC seemed like they wanted to work together but we just couldn’t come to an arrangement. And then, suddenly, things built into a tempest between the parties and there was a lot of confusion and uncertainty, so I tried to stay away from it and focus on my writing and my family. In the end, I don’t know that the situation worked out all that well for anybody.”
So what do you think of Michael Easton’s comments? Do you think the situation between ABC and GH and Prospect Park should have been handled differently? Do you want things to resolve so John McBain can return to GH, but also to OLTL? Are you digging Michael as Silas Clay on GH? Or, is it jarring to you? Comment below!