On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, we began to notice a disturbance in the force that turned Damian Spinelli into Jackal P.I. when former girlfriend (and non-spouse) Maxie began chipping away at his persona with sweet stories of their former romance. Does this mean Jackal P.I. is beginning to fade away?
Fans have not taken kindly to this new incarnation of the former sweet, bumbling computer hacker who adored his Maximista and would do anything for his closest “Stone Cold” friend, Jason Morgan.
General Hospital airs weekdays at 2pm PST on Riverside affiliate KABC channel 7.
At last weekend’s General Hospital Fan Club Weekend, Spinelli/Jackal P.I.’s portrayer, Bradford Anderson, spoke to me candidly about the story line and where the character is headed.
EXAMINER: So Bradford, people have been a bit confused over the rationale behind Spinelli’s morph into Jackal P.I. Now that new head writer Garin Wolf is in place, what can we expect from your character?
BRADFORD: Well, the old regime was very much event oriented, so Spinelli suddenly waking up as Jackal P.I. was really more of an event but had no real reasoning to explain it. I wasn’t really sure how I should play it since I didn’t know what was behind it all. Was his persona supposed to be humorous or sad or what?
Our new head writer is very much about, okay, what’s going on with this guy? Yes, he’s Jackal P.I., but why is he like that? There’s clearly a problem here, and we need to investigate that and talk about what’s really going on with Spinelli.
EXAMINER: So does that mean we’re going to see Jackal P.I. return to the same Spinelli or will it be another incarnation of his personality?
BRADFORD: What’s coming up is going to be very dark, and we’re going to have Spinelli coming out of this very different and learning things about him. It’s really exciting.
EXAMINER: So Port Chuck has really taken off with the fans! Do you prefer acting or playing in the band?
BRADFORD: Oh, the band is really great. I mean, I hope things continue to grow with that. I really love General Hospital, and of course it’s always great to have new opportunities, especially with a family.”
At the end of our interview, Bradford showed me a photo of his beautiful new daughter, Juna Meredith, and I asked him if being a father was the best thing that ever happened to him. He gave me a tired but wide grin and responded, “yeah, pretty much.”
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