Wishful Casting: Van Hansis as General Hospital's Lucas, Paired With Dr. Matt Hunter
Those of you who follow me on Twitter know I started calling for As The World Turns' Van Hansis (ex-Luke) to join General Hospital as Carly's (Laura Wright) gay, little brother Lucas since shortly before the World stopped turning. I planned to post it as part of a complete Wishful Casting for the cast of ATWT, however those enterprising ex-Oakdalers are finding jobs at a much faster rate than I can formulate ideas, and/or soaps to place them on, so I decided to divide them up and begin posting them starting today. I don't know about you guys, but I think Hansis would be a nice addition to GH's younger cast as Lucas Stansbury Jones, the adopted son of Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman) and the late Dr. Tony Jones (Brad Maule).
I know what you're thinking. "Jamey's just typecasting Van as gay since he played another gay Luke on CBS." Okay, I won't lie, I do think it could be good for GH to capitalize on the actor's legion of fans from the defunct CBS soap where he cut his cliffhanger teeth, however that isn't the only reason I think GH needs to bring Lucas back with Hansis in the role.
GH is probably the only soap on the dial that could do a gay love story without it being a "gay love story" because let's face it, GH lacks sentimentality and heart. There won't be any impassioned declarations about gay marriage on GH anytime soon, therefore "Mainstream America" could relax, keep their angry letter writing pencils down and continue watching good, clean "family friendly" shows Dancing With The Stars, and/or Sarah Palin's Alaska. I see Russians and homos from my backyard!
The last time GH attempted to tell a story involving Lucas (then-Ben Hogestyn), they of course went the violent route by having him gay bashed. Hopefully, if the character is revisited, that particular chapter can be "been there/done that" in exchange for Lucas simply being allowed to be who he is, while exploring his various relationships on the GH canvas.
I'm particularly interested in how a now-adult Lucas would relate to Carly, the sister who destroyed his parents' marriage. There has to be some resentment there. What if, upon returning to Port Charles, Lucas decides to do to Carly precisely what she did to Bobbie, and seduces Jax (Ingo Radamacher)? I know, I know. It will never happen, but I'm just throwing it out there.
Another way to go would be to have Lucas decide to become a doctor to honor his late father, who lost his life a few years back following a valiant struggle with Monkey Flu (RIP, Tony). Maybe Lucas butts heads with Matt (Jason Cook), when he's assigned to shadow the cocky, seemingly-hetero doctor on his rounds? Oh come on, there has to be a reason why Dr. Hunter hasn't had a relationship with a woman of any merit since arriving in PC, bring on Latt! I know, it's not exactly a great squish name, but the only alternative I could come up with is Mucas.
What if Matt is so freaked out by his attraction to his new pupil he starts to pursue Lucas's cousin Maxie (Kristen Storms) even more vigorously? Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) could be the first to pick up on the sexual tension between Lucas and Matt. Would he run straight to Maxie with the info, or ask Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) to put the moves on the young doc first to prove his theory? Spin's logic would be, If Matt can resist the charms of The Divine One, he's definitely gay!
Throw in Lucas's other cousins, Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) and Michael (Chad Duell) as confidants, mix in reactions from Patrick and Robin (Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough) and I think GH would have a winner! What do you guys think? Share your thoughts on my latest Wishful Casting in the comments!
Photo of Jason Cook courtesy of ABC