Royal Shocker

Coltin Scott Is Out and Tyler Christopher Is Back In As GENERAL HOSPITAL's Prince Nikolas

In July, 1999, Tyler Christopher opted out of playing GH's Nikolas and was immediately replaced by Coltin Scott.  A year later, Christopher nixed the idea of a return to daytime, saying "I think I can go ahead and close the book on it, regardless of what happens."  So, it was quite a surprise when Sott, in the middle of negotiations to renew his contract with GH, was abruptly replaced by his predecessor, Christopher.

Just as Scott slips out of Nikolas' shoes, the role's originator, Tyler Christopher, puts them back on and is set to first air on April 21.  "To be honest, it was a shock, " Christopher admits.  "It happened quite fast.  I didn't know which way it was going to go, but all the chips seemed to fall in the right place at the right time.  I took advantage of it, and here I am."  Christopher played the tortured Cassadine prince Nikolas from 1996-99 and has since appeared in prime-time and independent films.  "I'm excited to see what new things I can bring to the character that weren't present before," he says.  "I've grown in a lot of ways since then and hopefully I can bring that maturity to the character.  We're just trying to pick up right where [Scott] left off.  The character has always been complex and multilayered.  The work is laid out for me.  I just have to recapture it."  The actor acknowledges that while he had visited his former castmates during his absence, returning to GH was "surreal and bittersweet.  You never imagine when you leave someplace that you may be back.  At least I didn't.  But the overall attitude around here seems to be up.  The show's doing well.  They got some great actors in here over the last few years, so I'm excited to work with new people.  That's all I've received:  reassurance and positive comments."

Having married Eva Longoria (Isabella, YOUNG AND RESTLESS) in January 2002, Christopher is also looking forward to being a member of a two-soap household.  "This is going to allow us to do a lot of other things with our lives, now that we both know day to day what we're doing," he smiles.  "We're going to be able to finally enjoy our lives toegether without the craziness of running around going from job to job."

As for what viewers can expect, he hedges, "I honestly don't know.  I started watching [GH] again, but I really haven't re-absorbed it yet.  But I don't think I'll need to.  I've been here before.  I have rapport with the people.  I know the character.  It's not like I'm jumping into something new.  I think it will be a smooth transition back into the character.

Soap Opera Digest --  April 15, 2003page 26
note:  I only added Tyler's portion of the article.

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