Wishful Casting: Vincent Irizarry as General Hospital's Ric Lansing!
Just in case Vincent Irizarry isn't ready to give up those frequent flyer miles commuting back and forth from NYC to LA, I think I might have come up with a near perfect Wishful Casting for the talented Daytime Emmy winning multi-soaper. What if Irizarry joined the cast of ABC Daytime's flagship sudser General Hospital as Sonny's (Maurice Benard) despised half brother Ric Lansing?
While Irizarry's one-time Guiding Light cousin Rick Hearst (Hearst played Alan Michael during Irizarry's second GL stint as Lujack's twin Nick) was immensely popular and underserved in the role of Ric, Hearst has long since moved on to the campier pastures of The Bold and the Beautiful. I think it would be fun to see Irizarry going head-to-head with fellow daytime titant Benard. Not to mention, how powerful a storyline former Santa Barbara scribe Bob Guza could pen for Irizarry and Nancy Lee Grahn's Alexis, as both actors appeared on that sudser.
Just think of Ric blasting back into town just as Mac (John J. York) and Alexis have made love for the first time, and Mac is becoming a father figure to Molly! Maybe uptight federal attorney Claire (Dahlia Salem) was once a law clerk for Ric and they had a scandalous affair? Or better yet, what if as a troubled teen, Claire appeared in a sex tape and her rich father hired an ambitious young Ric to make the scandal go away? What Claire and her father didn't realize is that sleazy Ric kept a copy for himself! Now Ric has the ammunition to destroy Claire's career, but will the look of trust and affection in little Molly's eyes make him do the right thing? The possibilities are endless!