Not everybody loves dirty rotten General Hospital lawyer Scott Baldwin, but the slimeball character has somehow clocked half a century on the canvas. Kin Shriner has portrayed Scotty for forty of those years, and he says the secret to his success has been leaning on his original fans.
“The old-time viewers, the ones who remember how he was wronged when Laura [Genie Francis] dropped him like a hot potato, always stand by him,” the actor told TV Insider about Scotty's tendency to be quite a jerk. “They love him no matter how often he crosses the line. [Laughs]. It's the new viewers I worry about. They're like, ‘I can't stand that Baldwin! Why is he always in everybody's face? He's like a baboon!' So I'm sticking with my core voters.”
And lucky for those fans (and perhaps unlucky for Scotty haters), Shriner plans to continue ruffling viewers' feathers as his daytime alter ego for as long as possible.
"Did you watch Feud? Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were exactly like us old soap actors. They wouldn't let go!" he shares. "I'm not happy with just 40 years. I want 40 more! But every time there's a new writer or producer regime at GH, I have to start over and sell 'em on Scotty. My first job as a kid in Texas was going house to house as [a] Fuller Brush man. And now here I am -- all these years later -- still trying to stick my foot in the door so they can't get rid of me!"
For Shriner's full TV Insider interview, click here.
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