‘General Hospital’s Michael Easton On His Abrupt Departure From ABC Soap: “I Would Have Liked To Have Brought A Little More Subtlety”

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Michael Easton is grateful for his time on General Hospital. But the actor, whose last day on the ABC soap was June 27, has one regret over the way his character, Dr. Hamilton Finn, wrapped his time in Port Charles.

“From an acting standpoint, I would have liked to have just brought a little more subtlety and nuance to it,” he recently told Soap Hub about how his character fell off the wagon and immediately went off to rehab. “I had to get to a point very quickly.”

But, Easton added, “I was the beneficiary of a lot of really good writing and directing. I got to work with some really wonderful actors.”

On June 26, Easton revealed via social media that he was leaving the ABC sudser. Easton first joined GH in 2012 after departing One Life to Live, where he had played John McBain since 1999. He previously starred on Port Charles and Days of Our Lives.

“I’ve always been partial to the Irish goodbye. That’s where you leave the party without actually telling anyone you’re gone,” Easton said in a video. “But I thought you all deserved better, so I just wanted to let you know that I just filmed my final scenes here at General Hospital.”

Easton told Soap Hub that his hardest goodbye on the show was having to say farewell to Jophielle Love who plays his TV daughter Violet.

“That was the hardest goodbye of them all,” said Easton. “I have a daughter [in real life], and so Jophielle and I had this immediate connection. People said that our relationship looked so natural, as if we’d known each other in past lives. I think [Jophielle] is going to do amazing things both as an actress and as a singer. She’s going to do amazing things in life.”

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