Stephen A. Smith Landed His General Hospital Role By Gushing About The Soap On TV – TechVerdant


Sportscaster Stephen A. Smith appeared on “The Tamron Hall Show” in May 2023 and discussed his role as Brick on “General Hospital.” He explained that after his cameo appearance on the sudser in 2007, he gushed about being a fan of soap operas on his show, “First Take,” noting that his co-workers gave him some ribbing for it. This, however, worked to his advantage, as he explained that afterward, “The executive producer for ‘General Hospital’ Frank Valentini was watching it, and next thing I know I received an invitation to come and do a scene with Maurice Benard who plays Sonny Corinthos.” After his initial performance, Valentini approached him and offered to make the role recurring rather than simply a one-off if Smith thought he’d be able to fit it into his schedule. 

He then reminisced about watching “GH” in his youth, recalling, “I go back as far as Luke and Laura, the Cassadines, Frank Smith, and the weather machine, Bobbi’s boyfriend, getting shot in the elevator when it was supposed to be Luke Spencer…” He explained he was in his nearby school when the other ABC sudsers “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” were on, but got out at 3 p.m., racing home to watch “GH.” When appearing on the soap, he doesn’t have a great deal of rehearsal time, getting his lines only days before shooting and often memorizing them the night before.


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