Jonathan Jackson Talks "Whirlwind" Return With TV Guide Magazine





General Hospital's returning son Jonathan Jackson has sat down with TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan to discuss once again assuming the role he made famous.

This is stunning—and very welcome—news! You made an indelible mark on the role, and the show.

I’m sort of in a whirlwind. This is pretty much out of the blue. It’s been 10 years since I left the show but in some ways it doesn’t feel like that at all. When I [got the offer] from GH I talked about it with my family and it felt like the right time to return. [Jackson is married to former GH star Lisa Vultaggio. They have a son, 6, and a daughter, 4.] I also talked it over with Tony Geary [Lucky’s dad Luke], who was really positive about this. Our relationship goes back a long way. That’s one of the biggest motivators in my coming back—getting to work with Tony again. It feels like a very exciting adventure.

Welcome home Cowboy!!!

 
 

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Tony must have peed in his pants at the news.

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I wonder now if Tony will still think this whole Ethan is Luke's son storyline is so great now that JJ is coming back as his son.

This is actually what they did to Stephan Martinez. He was Nik than they offered TC to come back as Nik and SM was dumped.

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Ethan days are numbered ......
And TG I hope he will talk with GV and tell him good luck .....

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Great interview. Thank you Jamey for posting. Can't wait for October 27. It's been awhile since I was actually excited to watch "GH". Who would of thought....^^

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Bye, Bye Ethan

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i like jj, but just feel like poor gv is being dumped on by not only tptb, but now tony.

all the supporting tweets are nice to see.

jamey - do you think greg had any warning and was just towing the company line or did this come out of the blue? to find out yesterday and have jj back on thursday barely leaves time to order a cake.

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I do feel for Greg and it's always sad to see someone lose a job but such is the life of an actor.

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Angry Boy i hope Greg Vaughn moves on to something bigger & better then G.H! He did a great job on the show and got dumped on by the writers. And now Tony seems to be supporting it? THAT REALLY SUCKS! I wonder what Julie Marie Berman thinks about this?

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Speaking og JMB what about RH ??
This is the man who she will work with very closely and she did have chemistry with GV and what about TC ????
he said he was sad to hear about GV but what he thinks about his new old "brother "

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Greg Vaughn quit, huh? Those bastards at ABC are something else. Why would he say he got the axe if he didn't? And why did this switcheroo happen so quick? If GV had really quit, we would have heard about it a month ago...

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Angry He looks so young/baby faced that he could probably be mistaken for one of Kristiana's boyfriends instead of a cop!

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I'm sorry but who really cares about what Julie or Rebecca or Tyler have to say? As long as they're still getting direct deposit they'll just sit there and be happy they are still employed.

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I don't think that GV quit, but he sure as hell wasn't happy either. I think ABC took the chance when they got it and brought JJ back to maybe turn the role around and make Lucky a little bit more interesting again and/or to have some buzz worthy news now that the ratings weren't that good over August/September.

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I am sure Tony Geary has a lot to do with this and with the way Lucky has been written lately. I wonder what GV ever did to him. When will they kill the idiot Luke Spencer off? I guess he will be on till cancellation. And believe me JJ coming back is not going to keep that from happening, as long as Fruza and Geary are involved in how storylines develop.

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He looks so young/baby faced that he could probably be mistaken for one of Kristiana's boyfriends instead of a cop!

I understand the anger over Greg being replaced but be for real.

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This reminds me of the greenlee debacle.

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Why does it not surprise me that tony geary had his hands all over this. Guess he's tired of his latest toy NP.

Given the lack of loyalty TG showed GF back when they let her go, this doesnt surprise me. I am also shocked at the lack of loyalty ReH showed GV...you could honestly tell at GHFCW there was some definately tension between the two.

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I'm just happy that JJ is returning. I wouldn't even mind a "real Lucky returns promo"
What GH did to GV is not nice but can you really blame them?

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GV cant act, never could .. he is a real stiff, I for one am happy JJ is returning.

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Of course Tony is happy, Luke and Lucky haven't been the same since Jonathan left. I am sorry for Greg, but this is normal for soaps. Seriously. How many times have we seen recasts? Greg himself was a recast for Diego Serrano on Y&R. You think if DAYS called him up right now and said, "Hey Greg, we're gonna toss Eric Martsolf for you," he wouldn't jump at the chance? I think a lot of people are minimizing Jonathan Jackson's popularity in this role. Lucky was a phenomenon when JJ played the part, and no, I'm sorry, it wasn't just the writing. He is an amazing actor—best of his generation on soaps— where Greg is a decent actor who struggled to make a second recast his own.  He gave it the college try, and will no doubt land on his feet, but GH made a very smart decision in my opinion. Show business is still a business.

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As much as I liked JJ as the "real" Lucky, if they are bringing him back to simply step into JY's and GV's Lucky -- the one who slept with Liz's sister, manipulated her, became a drug addict, slept with Maxie, slept with Sam, became an inept cop -- I think I would rather not see it. The character of Lucky has been basically destroyed since JJ was last in the role and no matter who is playing him Lucky and Liz still did all those lousy things to each other -- the only way the old magic could be captured is if they did a "John Black" kind of thing...

QUESTION -- I may be remembering wrong but didn't they explain JY's Lucky with surgery? How will they explain suddenly looking the same again?

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I agree, I think that they will undo the whole Ethan story, and have him either as Robert and Holly's son or just a scam, and he will be gone before the year's over. I have a feeling Tony had his hand in this as well.

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Didn't GH do the same thing when they brought Tyler back as Nikolas and got rid of the other one? Another World tossed Cali Timmons, who was popular as Paulina, the moment they could get a name like Judi Evans in the role. It's the way the cookie crumbles.

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season - i agree that quote is extreme, but jj is 9 years younger than gv so it will take awhile to get used to a younger lucky again. i just hope they don't immediately "fix" lucky and liz - she has done him wrong and he needs to shun her.

jamey- i agree. justin deas had the great quote "we're actors, we get fired, it's what we do" (close enough Smile )
it's just a shock. i am ginormously saddened for greg, but to be honest if this helps keep gh and other soaps relevant and on air, i'll take it.

also, people never question jj's acting - he's been handpicked to work with some of our finest actors today and deservedly so.

but poor greg..Sad boohoo. i wish they could have found some way to keep him on. like make him sly or something. guess we know where sarah's salary is going...

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I was a huge J Jackson fan back in the days. However I'm sorry that Greg got the shaft, Im sure he will find something though. I wouldn't be shock if Amber (former Emily) comes back down the road.

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Jamey how are u ok with this but not ok with what went down with SS.

GV was fired for the old Lucky and from what I hear he only signed a 6 MONTH contract!

And p.s.s I hate Lucky no matter who plays him but this is messed up.

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Jamey, you are right, Stephen Martinez played Nicholas for about four years and he was doing a great job, I loved him with Marissa (Gia) they were hot together. But I don't what happen, but soon Stephen was out and Tyler was back in as Nicholas.

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Jamey I cant speak for anyone else, my comments in no way should be taken as detracting from JJ, nor do I like the negatives about GV. I do think its a business and I get that. But there is a decent way to do business and a crappy way to do business and this IMHO reeks. And for the record, I didnt like the way they handled the SM/tc issue either. TC may be the "better" nik for many and definately has been the "more known" or even "more popular" nik, but SM did a fine job in the role and the pairing with Gia was quite good. I think if they had stuck with him, at least we wouldnt have gotten treated to all the years TC phoned it in, banking on his reputation of talent and popularity to care him through lack luster performances. I dont watch Another world so I cant comment on that one.

In all of those instances, I dont fault the actors, but I do fault tptb. I have had to fire people, never pleasant, but I would like to think that I treated those folks with respect and decency. And I do fault tg because he has made it clear for ten years how little he has thought of the recasts. Shut up and do your job already. Maybe if he spent less time pandering for the Ethan is my son story, recruiting new luckys and forming pay alliances with other actors, and more time on his own performance as Luke, the character could be interesting again. I think its funny how much more tolerable ethan has been with Luke off the canvas.

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Who is SS? Oh, Sabine Singh! I made fun of The Real Greenlee campaign, because I felt the old Greenlee was overrated. I also think Sabine improved on the role. I can't say the same in this case at ALL. Jonathan was phenomenal as Lucky, he matched Genie and Tony in every scene.  Also Sabine was just coming into her own, Greg has had years to make this role work.

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Personally, I feel the writers wrote very few storylines that enabled TG and GV to connect as father-son. I did see a little bit of something when Lucky (GV) was in a coma and Luke had to consider taking him off life support. I do feel that GV tried to make the storylines work, espcially when he was given meaty material. I believe his best work occured during the drug addiction storyline. His relationship with Sam was also quite enjoyable.