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May 28, 2009

The People vs. Tony Geary

I liked life so much better when I operated under the assumption that everything bad about General Hospital was solely the fault of Bob Guza, and that the lack of rioting by the cast was just an example of their professionalism. When a certain daytime icon began being destroyed in a systematic faction and became history-denouncing and unlikable, my first reaction was, "For the love of Xenu, Guza, will you stop at nothing in your quest to be terrible?"

Except it turns out that while Bob Guza ruins most things, he doesn't ruin everything and cannot be fully blamed for the curious case of Luke Spencer, since Luke's portrayer is the story's biggest cheerleader and has taken to the streets (or, more accurately, the soap mags, but the image of Tony Geary roaming the streets proselytizing about Luke's story arc is the only amusing part of this debacle) to chastise viewers who are unhappy with the way Luke has been written.

If you are perplexed by a Luke who cheats on Laura and chooses a mumbly grifter over his own children, prepare to get schooled after the jump!

"Luke has faced his mortality, and that changes people...[we've] reinvented him as a fuller, more mature man facing the end of his life...whenever that may be"

I literally cannot comprehend this version of Luke being described as mature. It does not compute. Unless he is using "mature" as "older". That I can see, especially since the average Port Charles lifespan is shockingly low.

"Through Ethan, who is so like him and who shares his demons and dreams, there seemed to be a perfect opportunity to really take a hard look at what he's accomplished, what he's failed at and what's left for him"

Dude, you don't need Ethan for that! Here, I'll sum it up for you:

What he's accomplished: ruining one of the most beloved legacies in daytime
What he's failed at: entertaining the ever-dwindling number of GH viewers
What's left for him: poorly written shenanigans

There you go! You can send Ethan back to wherever he came from now.

"It's interesting that fans have never been angry with Lucky for the way he's talked to Luke," Geary says in his character's defense.

That IS interesting! It's COMPLETELY interesting that my mind went to "sympathy" and "affection" before anger when discussing a character who has done little more than dare to be mad at the father who blatantly disrespects him, judges him, dismissively refers to him as having a dead-end life in which he raises other men's children and has a hearty chuckle at that time Lucky was kidnapped and brainwashed.

I completely love this justification, and by "love", I mean "can't compute because my brain exploded". "All of these people are mad at Luke for being a douche, but what about Lucky?!?! He's the mean one! He's mean and disrespectful and...he's mean! To Luke! Make him stop!"

"Whether or not Ethan turns out to be his son, the fact remains that Luke had an affair on Laura," Geary acknowledges. "Of course, fans aren't happy with that."

I could almost feel him rolling his eyes dismissively in that last sentence, perhaps because I am paranoid and have an overactive imagination.

"But you know what? It doesn't make him love Laura any less. This is the way life is. I've always known that Luke has had women on the side."

This is me speechless. Literally, all I could muster when I first read that was a shocked "...". I know he has mentioned Luke visiting hookers before and I either repressed it or wrote it off as some sort of hallucination. "This is the way life is"? If life means having one of the best couples in all of daytime set on fire for a tawdry and stupid, and boy is it stupid, story, I want no part of it. In fact, to quote one of the worst movies of the late 90s, I DOAN'T WAHNT YOUR LAHF, MR. GEARY.

"He grew up in a whorehouse."

Is this the new "Deke locked Sonny in a closet when he was younger, so please excuse the ensuing decades of terrible behavior"?

"I've said for years that he has successfully separated sex from love all his life."

"I've said it so many times! Why do I still have to explain this to you? God, you guys are lame."

"That doesn't mean he wasn't totally devoted to Laura."

Um...that is actually exactly what it means.

"I have always embraced challenging the fans"

Thank you for taking time out of your day to do this community outreach, Mr. Geary, and doing your best to educate the poor, dumb fans who don't get the genius of your new, dark version of Luke Spencer!

"But they have a tendency to want to freeze you in time. They want to keep that character what he was when they were happy."

This is highly reminiscent of Julie Hanan Carruthers accusing people who were unhappy with All My Children of rewriting the show in their heads and imagining stories that never actually took place. Like, what GH is doing with Luke is just too good and we, the fans, are just being selfish by not recognizing that. We're living in the past and it is totally cramping Tony Geary's style!  

"But life changes. People change. I think if they stick with it, they're going to be okay with it. If they're not, they're not and that's okay, too. I'm thrilled that they're going to be challenged."

"If the viewers we have right now are idiots who don't recognize sheer brilliance when they see it, that's okay. I pity them for living such sheltered, sad existences, but it's okay."

On Luke's ongoing battle with his son Lucky: "Lucky carries Luke's rage and his sense of justice," Geary says. "It's not the same sense of justice that Lucky has, because they come from different worlds. But they both have an inability to get on with things when they face something unjust"

That answer was a convoluted, unintelligible mess of vagueness. I especially like how quick he is to point out that Lucky doesn't have the SAME sense of justice as Luke, as if a shared sense of justice would mean that Luke caught Lucky cooties.

On What Luke has learned from Ethan: "To love life again", states Geary. "Luke has been looking at life as if it were over, the best years gone. He's not kicking it with the relish that he used to. Ethan is reacquainting him with the reasons he loves life. They're so amazingly connected."

First of all, the phrase "kicking it" brought to mind a host of terrible middle school memories wherein teachers would try their hardest to use slang they thought was in, and was invariably hopelessly outdated and cringe worthy. Stop trying to make fetch happen, Tony!

Secondly, if only there was something in Luke's life that he could love! It's such a tragic shame, isn't it, that he is unmarried, with no children and no siblings in Port Charles for him to love. No wonder he glommed on so quickly to this mysterious con-man. Childless, single orphans are very easy marks and obviously Luke was no exception!

Thirdly, his discussion of Ethan in this interview, and others, is always spoken in the most breathless and reverent tones. It makes me uncomfortable and reminds me of nothing so much as Bob Guza's relentless worship of Jason Morgan.

On Luke's attraction to Holly: "He'll always have feelings for her", nods Geary. "She's a con woman. She seduces men to get their money. He loves that about her. It's a turn-on".

RIP, The Real Holly Sutton. I'll always like you more than your Guzafied, poorly-written 21st century incarnation. At least we'll always have YouTube to remember how you used to be!

On what makes Luke and Tracy's marriage work: "She's his constant and is the best challenge Luke ever had," Geary remarks. "And I do believe that they have great, rough sex. I think they slap each other around and love it. Why do you think he calls her Spanky?"

I imagined a variety of horrifying explanations for the Spanky nickname and yet none of them managed to be quite as disturbing as the one offered here.

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I think it's clear that my hatred of Luke is not going to end and is, perhaps, amplified by the fact that Tony Geary is so damn giddy about the direction Luke has taken, even if that direction is terrible.

Special thanks to Beth R., Simone and Charles for alerting me to this crime against humanity!

Comments

I would rather they bring Genie back and let her interact with her children and family and ship Luke off permanently. It would also allow Tracy to return to her independent, fiesty self which has been missing while she has been a doormat to TG's fantasy about who Luke is. Luke is irrelevant.

The Luke/Ethan story was a total flop and is now shoved to the backburner s/l. I guess we refused to be challenged like Tony Geary thought we would. We are not like cattle who you can just lead by the nose. I've watched since the beginning of Luke and Laura and cheating was not part of their story. Guza and Tony's new Luke was a failure and the ratings showed them just how many people remember the REAL story of LnL.

I think TG is out there for sure. Tonia, cheating was actually part of the L&L story - Laura cheated on Luke w/ Stefan, and Luke cheated on Laura with Felicia.

I wonder if TG is some what responsible for the fact that GF is not on the show. GF admits to resigning from the show in '02 when she requested time off and TBTP said no - she admitted that it was not in her contract. I wonder if TG keeps Laura out of the story line on purpose b/c he likes this drunk, dark character.

I started watching L&L in '79, and I think that they are a done deal. I have scene clips from Laura's return in '08, and I think that GF is amazing, but I don't think that TG was. Honestly, I think that TG is too old to pull off the Luke we used to know. I just didn't find it believable - that Laura was still so attracted to him, not just because he looked old and ragged, but also b/c Luke was not the same Luke we watched for many years.

I think GH would have more than survived if TG had left years ago. GF was the draw - at 17 she was a better actor than GF was, and he had been acting for years by then. GF has chemistry with most, if not all, of the actors that appear on screen with her. I think that she could have carried the show w/o him. I've scene a lot of clips on YouTube featuring them, and GF has out acted him time and time again. He sometimes messed up his lines or looked right into the camera. I have never scene her mess up her lines or look at the camera (although I admit that doesn't prove that she hasn't messed up or looked straight into the camera). One of the actors from the movie "Bare Essence" said that GF only messed up one line when filming that movie - which was not shot live on tape like GH was (no editing back then).

I would like to see GF come back permanently or more often then she has in the last 8 years. I would like Laura to return from Paris with someone else - a new character - or to come back w/o someone else straighten out her kids and live her own life and maybe introduce a completely new love interest b/c none of the male characters she was involved with deserve to be with her, not Luke and Scotty. It would be nice to see her teamed up with some her own age or younger - TG and KS were too old to be paired with GF (even the characters Luke and Scotty were too old for Laura).

TG should quit and go to Amsterdam. I've been there and didn't care for the place. I find it odd that someone would pick there to have a second home.

Luke always needed Laura & Tony Geary always needed Genie Francis. Luke/Tony are just jerks without her. When GF left GH in 1982 she took HALF of the viewing audience with her. TG's s/l's were always boring without her. Hated the templeton sisters,him with holly sucked, connie was hideous & the list goes on & on. He's only likable when he's with Laura. Without GF his GH career would have lasted 13 weeks.

I can not believe this. What is GH trying to do ? Prove to the world that there is nothing like love or romance alive anymore?I think Tony always sells what they ask him to sell, in 80's and 90's they wanted Luke and Laura saga so he went on and on about his love for her, now they want "us" to like luke and tracy so he is trying his best to showcase that. Obviously there is no way in hell that a man can describe tracy and luke's love in affectionate ways therefore he has gone down to describe them as the sexual beings who like to spank each other (ewww). Now when GH brings back Laura and if gh hospital wants them to get back together then Tony will erase all these comments and say something like " Tracy was a mere challenge , a lustfull experience for a old man , laura was and is Luke's love" , it won't be hard for him. If he can go aganist Laura then he can do it with anyone and tracy can't even withstand laura's power and influence.

@madelyn:

the video is cute ! ;)

Methinks Tony Geary resents his conservative, female fans. That's what methinks

Tony Geary is getting what he wants. To make the fans angry and unsatisfied. He is probably loving this. He doesn't want to give fans what they want. Why should he? The fans made him a what he is, Luke Spencer, who he hates. What an ingrate. Laura always did call Luke a male chauvinist pig and now I guess we find out that Geary is one as well. Who'd a thunk it? Genie Francis is better without him. She has something special with anyone she is acting with. Tony Geary does not. He seems like a dull, washed out shell of a person.

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