General Hospital fans had the whole weekend to lament over the identity of the man pretending to be “Duke Lavery” and the real mastermind behind the “death” and kidnapping of Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough). In a true classic soap opera cliffhanger Friday, Robin’s reunion with her formerly presumed dead stepfather Duke took a horrifying twist when Robin caught the imposter in a lie and he began to peel off a prosthetic mask only to be viewed by Robin’s eyes and viewers had to wait till Monday, Nov. 12 to find out the man behind the mask was no other than Cesar Faison (Anders Hove).
Executive Producer Frank Valentini has pulled off yet another secret return as rumors of Anders Hove returned floated around the internet but it was a surprise to fans that the actors return was already under wraps. Hove said he had a blast reprising the role of the long time villain with an obsession with Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).
“I had so much fun acting with so many of my old friends at GH,” Hove told Soaps In Depth on Monday.
Although the character is terrorizing, it was also good for GH long time viewers to see the scary villain back even more obsessed with Anna. In fact it is Faison’s obsession with Anna that has motivated many of his misdeeds. Hove originated the character back in 1990 as the son of Anna’s childhood nanny. He grew an unhealthy obsession over Anna and calculated plot after plot to win her love. The latest being pretending to be a man she truly loved and believed was dead for so many years. Faision has also wreaked havoc on the town of Port Charles. He has stalked and kidnapped Felicia, faked the death of Lucky Spencer, and was also a part of a cartel that plotted to take over ELQ.
Head Writer Ron Carlivati spoke with Soap Opera Digest about the shocking twist and pulling off yet another secret return. In the interview posted on Monday said Fasion made the most sense as the man behind Robin’s kidnapping.
“My thought even before you saw Ian with Kimberly [the first time] was that it had to be Faison that was behind the whole thing and that’s who took Robin. I think it’s the one that makes the most sense, but because it’s the one who makes the most sense, I think the audience was right there with us and they figured that it was Faison. So Frank [Valentini, executive producer] and I talked about, “What can we do in that reveal that will be a little different and not make it so obvious?” And then we came up with the idea of showing Ian, knowing that he was about to be free [after leaving] DAYS OF OUR LIVES [as Ian]. So, then it just became the trick of, at what point are we going to go for it and reveal it? And I felt it couldn’t go on so long because I knew people were angry at the way Duke was behaving and I felt that relatively quickly, we had to reward them with this reveal that it was in fact Faison and not Duke.”
Another major surprise was pulled off at the end of Monday’s episode when an angry Fasion went into a room where the real Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan) laid tied up and very much alive. Carlivati admits he is having a lot of fun writing for classic characters.
“It’s very exciting to have all these characters to play with and I think, obviously, for the audience who has been there all along, they are going to be thrilled, and also for the newer audience, it’s just an exciting story to get on board with.”
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