"I almost did 'Salvador' with Oliver Stone, until he hired me and found out I was Luke Spencer, and pulled back his offer. It was hurtful at the time, but I understand that if you're doing a big film, for the five seconds or less that someone goes, 'Isn't that that guy on "General Hospital?"' -- they're out of the movie. You want to take them into a movie and you want them to stay there. So a face or a voice, after all this time on TV, can be a negative to a film. Lucky for me, I don't enjoy doing film that much. Otherwise, it would have been devastating."
About This Interview
Actor Anthony Geary was interviewed for two-and-a-half hours in Beverly Hills, CA, consisting of two parts: one-half hour with General Hospital co-star Genie Francis, and two-hours alone. Geary describes his early interest in movies and his acting ambitions. He talks about his move to Los Angeles, appearing with Jack Albertson in "The Subject Was Roses" on stage. He describes his work in two soap operas, Bright Promise and The Young and the Restless. He mentions his primetime appearances in the 1970s in such series as All in the Family and The Streets of San Francisco (in particular one Streets episode in which he played a heroin addict). He speaks about his approach to acting and how he learned the craft. He recounts his casting in his most well-known role, as "Luke Spencer" on the daytime serial General Hospital and his work with ingénue Genie Francis, who played "Laura." Geary gives his impressions of producer Gloria Monty and credits her with changing the face of soap operas. He talks about Monty's unconventional approach to producing General Hospital and cites as an example Monty's decision to shoot a scene between he and Genie Francis entirely improvised: a nine minute sequence that led to his first Emmy Award win. He looks back on the character of Luke, how he was originally conceived and his backstory. Throughout the interview, Geary discusses frankly his continuous struggle to keep the integrity of his character and avoid the pitfalls of clichéd writing. He talks about General Hospital storylines, working with his fellow actors, and fan reaction to "Luke." He speaks about playing a different character (a cousin of "Luke") in the early 1990s on General Hospital and how that character was killed off, dying in the arms of "Luke Spencer," thereby completing the transition for another return of Geary as "Luke." He fondly recalls meeting screen idol Bette Davis and the thrill it was to hear her say that she knew his work. In their joint interview, Geary and Genie Francis discuss acting together as "Luke and Laura" and the fan reaction to their appearance at ABC's Super Soap Weekend in 2006. The interview was conducted by Barrie Nedler on June 14, 2007.