General Hospital Comings and Goings: GH Director Makes Daytime Debut
General Hospital (GH) spoilers indicate that long-time director Phideaux Xavier will soon make his daytime tv debut. How is being in front of the camera different than directing the action?
Xavier Was Caught Offguard
The long-time daytime director admits to being shocked when he was told by Executive Producer, Frank Valentini that he wanted him to appear onscreen. Xavier is a musician but doesn’t mix it with his day job or directing the well-known soap opera. Xavier says that GH executives have been really good about taking off for his music. Xavier says he had recently taken three months off to work on his music when Frank called and asked him to perform on the show because they needed a live band. Xavier says he was tempted to say no.
At first, Xavier said wait a minute, this doesn’t make sense. However, finally agrees even though he only had two weeks to get ready for the performance. Xavier admits that he had just recently written the song “Do What You Will” and sent it to Frank. Frank approved the song and Xavier returned to Los Angeles to work up the song with his engineer and producer before performing it that Friday.
What Happens Down Below?
General Hospital director Xavier admits to always being in the director’s corner. Xavier said going onto the set was completely different. Xavier was assigned a dressing room extra and got to see the other side of the business. However, Xavier had to fill the roles of his band members as well. Among others, Xavier enlisted his sister who was a huge GH fan and a former member of Black Flag to play bass in his band. Xavier’s sister was thrilled as she has been a GH fan since she was 14 years old.
The Cast Was Excited
At first, the General Hospital cast was not aware that Xavier was going to be the singer. As the cast began to learn that he was on the show instead of directing they were thrilled. Xavier mentions that several GH regulars complimented him on his singing and his acting abilities. Xavier says singing to the cast seemed surreal but it was interesting for them to see him in a different light.
Xavier says this was like an out-of-body experience. Xavier says he has watched soaps for years, ever since he was in high school, however, he never thought he would be on one of them. Xavier says that performing on GH was nothing he had dreamed of because he never thought it was possible. Xavier is very grateful to Frank for giving him this opportunity.
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General Hospital as a whole is a disaster. Under the leader ship of Frank Valentini & the current writers GH ratings have declined. I have stopped watching because storylines are disastrous. None are interesting enough for me to start watching again at this time. Frank favors certain fan over others. He is using high profile actors to promote GH storylines causing fans to boycott these actors which is causing hateful comments on social media. ABC & General Hospital needs to step up to the plate and correct this problem. As a long time fan, I don’t want to see GH canceled like other ABC soaps have been.
I’m very much in agreement with you!!! The storylines have been a joke. I’ve commented here as well as on a couple of the G.H. YouTube channels. I too long for the writing of the G.H. of years gone by. What they did with the Sonny storyline was pathetic. And with Nina of all people and now she is back and with no consequences for her actions. To have taken Sonny virtually completely off screen was shocking. While it might have been nice for Maurice Bernard it certainly didn’t do the show any favors. Fans were patient for his return, although I actually only watched parts of a couple of shows each week just to see what was happening because they dragged it out so long. Everyone was anxiously awaiting Nina paying the price for what she did to Sonny’s family as well as the danger she caused Port Charles to be in due to Sonny being assumed dead.
I too fear that G.H. will fall to the wayside like All My Children and OLTL if they don’t kick it up a notch or two when it comes to the writing/storylines. They need to start listening to the fans!!
I love Steve Burton AKA Jason Morgan. It will be a terrible loss to the soap if you lose him. As for Jax’s character I believe we all should have freedom of speech when it has to do with the vaccine. I know he made a transphobic remark about someone in Congress and that is never ok but there’s so going on in our country everyone is targeted at one time or another we might not know it publicly. It might be swept under the rug. Please give him a chance to publicly apologize for his comments about transphobic people but dealing with the vaccine we should have a choice to get an injection if not and it’s required that’s dictatorship and that’s isn’t what our country stands on. We should still have the ability to say no bc if not get ready for our country to be split up