Since it was falling into the pool at the Metro Court that caused Ned to lose his memory on GENERAL HOSPITAL and believe himself “Eddie Maine” again, it seems only appropriate that it was water that brought his memories flooding back! And for the episodes of the soap where Ned jumped into the water and Olivia went in to rescue him, it involved a giant water tank, a safety diver, and a whole lot of careful planning and direction!
“It was grueling, treading water in your clothes, but it was so much fun,” Wally Kurth (Ned) admitted on Instagram. “We had a blast. I could hear the director underwater telling me where to look and… what state of consciousness Eddie was experiencing? My eyes took a toll.”
GH shared some backstage pics on social media of Kurth and co-star Lisa LoCiero (Olivia) in the water tank with safety diver coordinator Hal Wells and camera operator Paul Fierst who kept the pair safe in the water and captured the dramatic scenes on camera. “What a day!” LoCicero exclaimed. “Thank you, GH, for keeping us safe!”
The soap also shared a behind-the-scenes video that kicks off with LoCicero jumping into the water and the crew being impressed that her jump was so much better than her co-star’s. “That looked a lot better than me!” Kurth joked as he sat by the edge of the tank with a towel wrapped around himself. “I wanna do mine over again!”
After joking “They don’t teach you this in acting school” from the edge of the tank, LoCicero praised the GH cast and crew for pulling this whole thing off so well. “Setting up the shots underwater,” she marveled, “our directors on this show are top-notch.”
The video also includes some footage of director Allison Reames Smith calling the action on the set and instructing LoCicero how to move underwater to tell the story. “It was an adventure,” Kurth declared. “I loved it, though. It was really, really cool.”
On the other hand, LoCicero came to a realization. “I would be a very bad lifeguard,” she laughed. “You definitely don’t want me in your lifeguard chair!”
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