‘General Hospital’ (GH) spoilers find that says that Mark Lawson (Dustin Phillips) found out that he would be leaving the hit ABC soap in the worst way possible. Here’s what he has to say.
Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, the handsome actor admitted that he had a lot on his mind when he learned that the show’s producers were looking to kill off his character. Mark had been on the show since July of 2019.
‘General Hospital’ Spoilers: Mark Lawson Opens Up About His Exit From Port Charles
He recalled, “I was actually a victim of the Hollywood Con Queen hoax [an elaborate grifting scheme targeting actors and showbiz tradespeople]. I had about a 24-hour window where I thought, all of a sudden, my life was going to change; I was going to be the fourth lead in this new Tom Cruise movie, I was going to fight him and have all these scenes with him — and then I found out the next day, 24 hours later, that it was all a hoax. So, I get that call, I’m devastated, and five minutes later, Frank [Valentini, executive producer] called me to let me know that unfortunately, Dustin had to go.”
And while this would have been devastating news for anyone, Mark took it all in stride. Or at least, he did so after the news sunk in. He explained, “When Frank kind of gave me the gist of what was going to happen, I was fine with it,” he says. “I’ve always been recurring; I always knew [my last day] could happen at any time.” As for the con he fell victim to, he muses, “There were people who were really, really grifted. There are just terrible stories. I got off really lucky and, in fact, I feel like I took something good away from it. There was a moment where I thought I was on the phone with a studio head who was basically offering me this role, but making me commit to whether I wanted to audition for the role and at some point, I finally said, ‘I’ve been out here since 2013. I don’t want to audition for the role. I’m ready for the role. I want the part.’ And I’m going to keep that [determination] with me. So, there was some good that came out of it.”
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