General Hospital’s 6 Worst Re-Casting Decisions
Re-casting an established character on a daytime soap opera is not an easy thing, especially when said character is an integral part of the show, or a fan-favorite. However, to move a storyline along, re-casting is an essential part of soap opera life, especially when it is hard to get the original actor or actress to come back to a show. Sometimes re-casting can be successful, and a perfect example is when Billy Miller slipped into the Jason Morgan role on General Hospital (GH) in 2012. Unfortunately, GH hasn’t always gotten the re-casting thing right and below are the top six re-casting fails.
6. Roger Howarth as Franco Baldwin
Taking nothing away from the incredible acting talents of Roger Howarth, the original character of Franco was made famous by movie and film actor, James Franco. Seeking out to work with GH and having the same agent as Steve Burton (the original Jason Morgan), James Franco played the eccentric artist turned serial killer, who had a weird obsession with Jason in 2009. Acting as a guest star, James Franco added a star-like quality to the role, and because Franco didn’t appear on the show regularly, when he did, it seemed like a genuine treat for GH fans. Originally playing Todd Manning on GH, due to a contract dispute GH had with Prospect Park about the character, Howarth stepped into the Franco role in 2013. While he has done an incredible job with the role, sometimes no matter how hard an actor can try, there is nothing like the original.
5. Hayley Erin as Kiki Jerome
Kiki Jerome burst onto the Port Charles scene in 2013 as the young woman who caught the eye of two brothers: Morgan and Michael Corinthos. Feisty, passionate and strong, the original actress who played Kiki, Kristen Alderson, was simply able to portray the character and capture her true essence. Unfortunately, in January of 2015, Alderson decided against renewing her GH contract, and that is when Hayley Erin entered the picture. Sadly, Erin has not really been able to add that spark and seductive quality that Alderson had when it came to nailing down the character. Perhaps it doesn’t help that she seemingly has zero on-screen chemistry with her current love, Morgan Corinthos. As such, it is easy to see why Morgan continues to turn to Kiki’s mom, Eva, for comfort and love (and not Kiki herself), despite the generation gap between the two.