Brenda's Kid and more about General Hospital
Date: 2011.04.02 | Category: News | Tags: brenda elvis,brenda kid,brenda son,brende kid,elvis martinez,general hospital
General Hospitalhas devastated — okay, outraged — many of its viewers with the accidental hit-and-run death of four-year-old Jake Spencer, an unthinkable tragedy compounded by the revelation that Jake’s killer was his own grandfather, Luke (Tony Geary). Now, thankfully, here’s some good news on the Port Charles kiddie frontOn April 5, heroine Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) will comeface to face with the child she thought she’d lost years ago in a stillbirth. Now three, he’s a happy and healthy boy named Lucian. spoke with GHhead writer Bob Guza about this new kid in town — played by the adorable Elvis Martinez — and how his arrival will rock Port Charles!
You’ve been telegraphing the return of Brenda’s child for quite some time, so this is no surprise. Why play it that way?
GuzaBecause this is so much more than a reunion of a mother and son. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Brenda has always wanted children and she bonds quickly and hugely with Lucian — and he with her — but there are great psychological ramifications for her and her new husband Sonny [Maurice Benard]. He’s made it clear he doesn’t want any more children. She’s fiercely protective of Lucian, and wants to keep him away from Sonny’s mob world.
So there’s already trouble in paradise?
GuzaWe are going to resurrect the Brenda and Jax [Ingo Rademacher] part of the Brenda-Sonny-Jax triangle, and it will all hover around the return of Brenda’s child.
So Ingo’s not going anywhere?He’s been Tweetinga whole different story to his fans.
GuzaHe has? I don’t know anything about that. He has a major story coming up.
He seems to think he’s being phased out.
GuzaNope. Not true. Maybe down the line, but not in the foreseeable future. We’re going to take care of all those fans who feel we’ve ignored or haven’t done justice to the old Jax and Brenda relationship.
What about La Giovinazzo dropping hints that she’s leaving soon? At the beginning of March she toldAccess Hollywoodher time is ‘almost done.’
GuzaNews to me. [Laughs] If she’s leaving, I’m in big s–t trouble because I have big plans! I can’t stress this enoughThis is a sprawling umbrella story. Jax and Carly [Laura Wright] are coming off of the hugely emotional near-loss of Josslyn, and that baby is a very precious part of their very existence. At this point there’s not a whole lot else going on between them. The stories of Brenda and Sonny and Carly and Jax will be intimately intertwined.
Let’s back up. How does Brenda reunite with her son?
GuzaAs you know, she believes she miscarried but Suzanne [Adrienne Barbeau] comes forward with the child and tells Brenda what really happened. Suzanne was terrified that the Balkan [Daniel Benzali] would do something to Lucian, and rightly so, so she placed the boy with a family in the Midwest. Now with the Balkan dead and out of the way, Suzanne feels she can introduce Brenda to her child and it appears to be quite a magnanimous gesture on her part — appearsbeing the operative word. This will unravel in a big way.
Meaning what? The kid might be an imposter?
GuzaJust remember thisSuzanne will do anything to protect her grandchild.
We’d like to think that most mothers instinctively know their own children, even under these wackadoo soap circumstances. If this child is a phony, why would Brenda connect with him so “quickly and hugely” as you say?
GuzaLet me pose a hypotheticalA woman has no idea she gave birth. Now, three and a half years later, she’s at a playground and sees a child. What on earth — biological, physiologically, scientifically — would make her think this kid is hers?
Huh? You’re giving me a headache.
GuzaRemember that even though Brenda had no idea this child existed, there’s still this subconscious guilt.
Aurghhhh! Moving on. Why the name Lucian? It sounds like one of those antichrist kids in theOmenflicks.
GuzaHe was deliberately named, as you suggest. I’m just planting a little seed here, desperately hoping that daytime will be around in 15 years and we can harvest it. Lucian is old way beyond his years.
Is the Balkan really dead?
GuzaYou know I can’t answer that question.
I’ll take that as a no. So all is forgiven between Brenda and Suzanne?
GuzaNot at all! Brenda’s whole take is, “I get that you were trying to protect my child, but shouldn’t you have told me?” It’s a big bone of contention.
Why so many kid stories right now? You have the return of Lucian, the death of Jake, Josslyn’s kidney cancer and the Sam-Jason baby thing playing out at the same time.
GuzaIt’s this whole notion of the sins of the fathers in its many, many forms. Some of our characters have gotten away with an enormous amount for a long time. Our heroes are bad guys. They’re criminals. They are certainly haunted by what they do but now we’re showing them the consequences of their actions. We want to show the ramifications as their legacies are passed on.
Jake’s death and the organ transplant that saved Josslyn struck many viewers as a replay — if not a downright rip-off — of Claire Labine’s great death of B.J. story in the ’90s. What’s your comment?
GuzaWe absolutely thought about that, and it was a very real concern for all of us. But that was a long, long time ago and, more importantly, we found a way to do a big variation on it. If the rollout couldn’t be different there was no point, because Claire did the story magnificently.
Was Jake’s death the original impetus for gettingRebecca Herbst[Liz] off the show after you fired her?
GuzaYes, but we came up with a much better idea and we went to Becky and asked her to stick around.
Her immense popularity aside, it seems odd you were willing to let her go considering you have a whopper secret — the true parentage of Liz’s baby Aiden — just waiting to explode.
GuzaI wouldn’t have killed the character at all. I would have let that secret lie fallow and play it later. We just came up with a better wrinkle, which we like a lot. So that’s why Liz Webber is going to remain a big part of this canvas.
One last thing. Let’s address the anger that the Liz and Jason fans feel over Jake’s death. I’m guessing their primary beef is that you’ve eradicated the one solid link that keeps these two characters in each other’s lives, and therefore jeopardizes any chance of a romantic future. Well?
GuzaIf that’s the case,they’re not thinking. The quickest way to bring a couple together when they’re distanced is to give their child a tragedy. Think about it. You’re going to see a lot more of Jason and Liz in the wake of what happened to Jake than you ever saw before. And what will this do to Lucky [Jonathan Jackson], who raised Jake and is the father in all ways but blood? The ripple effect is going to be wonderful!