This article appeared in TV Guide
on October 26, 1996. It also ran on the webpage.
Time for a Tony Award?
by Michael Logan
we just hand Tony Geary next year's Lead Actor Emmy now and forget the
pretense of a contest? For the first time since his 1991 return to General
Hospital, daytime's greatest male star has a story worthy of his talent. The
result is a chilling, spit-in-your-eye performance that is shocking fans and sending
his peers in the industry scrambling for superlatives. ABC is not about to overlook
his reascendance to the throne: On November 15th, the network celebrates Luke
and Laura's 15th wedding anniversary with an episode focusing solely on Geary
and Genie Francis. He will also be prominently featured in a special prime-time
hour of GH airing December 14.
TV Guide: Luke's return to the dark
side--his enraged estrangement from Laura and the intimations that he'd resort
to murder, if necessary, to be rid of her first-born son--is brilliant. But it's
also scaring the hell out of the audience.
Tony Geary: Well, baby, that's what
I do. The more dangerous, the better. No good ever comes from homogenization.
When Luke and Laura were returned to the show and were the sweetest couple in
town, nobody gave a damn--including me. Luke had become a sofa cushion. In my
mind, he is reborn.
TVG: But murder?
TG: I put in every one of those
references [Geary is probably the only star in soaps who actually has it in his
contract that he can rewrite dialogue]. The scripts originally had [mobster] Sonny
Corinthos offering to have somebody bump Nikolas off, and Luke saying, "Oh, no,
that's out of the question." But it's not out of the question. Luke is
not a forgiving man. He considers Nikolas a child of rape [by Laura's third husband,
Stavros Cassadine]--and rape is a real hot-button for Luke Spencer. We may be
painting ourselves into a deep, dark corner, but this is the Luke I know and believe
in. He will do anything to protect his family from perceived threat.
TVG: What if you lose Jonathan Jackson
[Luke's son, Lucky]? As of press time, renegotiations have not gone well.
TG: I get a lump in my throat just
to think about it, so much that I went to [the GH powers] and said, "If
we lose him, then let's kill Lucky." Jonathan is too much a part of us to replace
him. He is an inspiration, an amazing actor. We're riding on his coattails.
TVG: That aside, you're content?
TG: I've finally separated my work
from my life to the degree that I now do them both a lot better. I'm not so consumed
with the future: Will I be on a soap the rest of my life? Will I ever be a movie
star? Should I be on Broadway? I've come to see that it's all about stamina and
how much you can tolerate the B.S. And, as the years go by, as I get up in the
morning and my body is stiffer and my eyesight is weaker, I can tolerate it all
a lot better.