There is probably not a more original, unique, talented and more beloved actor in the soap genre, then Daytime Emmy winner Roger Howarth! With his own quirky and riveting acting style, Howarth is able to bring the viewers along the ride for whatever character he plays, and make the audience care, no matter if his on-screen alter-egos are doing not to nice things! And that goes for his portrayal of Todd Manning on One Life to Live and General Hospital, Paul Ryan on As the World Turns, and now Franco on General Hospital.
Having made the decision to make Roger a recast Franco, originally played on General Hospital by James Franco, due to legal issues between ABC and Prospect Park with the character of Todd Manning, fans have watched for several weeks now as Howarth has been playing the larger than life Franco to the hilt.
For a bit of insight, On-Air On-Soaps caught up with present GH head writer and former OLTL head scribe, Ron Carlivati at the recent 40th Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet where we asked him how he felt the repositioning and re-emergence of Howarth, Michael Easton (Silas) and Kristen Alderson (Kiki) was going in their new GH roles to which he responded, “It is weird, but it’s fun. Once I got my mind around it that Kristen, Michael, and Roger are going to be new people, it’s a lot of fun to see the actors do something else. It’s mind-blowing to be doing this Franco thing, which came with its own host of challenges like, ‘Are you really going to recast a movie stars part?’ But it seemed to make so much sense, because I think Roger needs to play someone larger than life like Todd was, and also because we had made that character a Quartermaine, and that also put him front and center, and I think that was important.”
So we pose these questions to you; do you think Roger’s new character on General Hospital is a good one for him, now that you have seen him for several weeks in his new role? Are you enjoying him in the role? Do you at all think he is playing Todd Manning, but with a different character name? Does it matter what part he plays as long as he on GH? Are you wishing things could revert back and he could be Todd again? Share your thoughts!