Fans were immediately thrilled when Ned learned the truth about Nina calling the SEC on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but just as quickly crestfallen when he tripped and fell, hurting his head and waking up believing he was Eddie Maine again… and with no memory of Nina’s confession! Actor Wally Kurth was excited by the storyline twist and getting to revisit Eddie again, but also because it meant he got to do a stunt on the soap!
“It’s been years since Ned’s had a fight or gotten into any kind of physical altercation,” Kurth told Soap Opera Digest. “So getting hit by Drew a couple of weeks prior to this and then doing the thing at the pool, I really did love it. It’s very fun.”
While the actor did the running and tripping on the towel, it was stuntman Anthony Molinari who took the actual fall into the pool. And Kurth was thrilled to learn that he’s previously done stunts for Mark Ruffalo, George Clooney, and Matt Damon!
“He did it all in one take,” Kurth revealed. “He was really good. I did the towel trip and I did a forward fall onto a mat. And then when Anthony came out, he actually said the line, the same line that I had just said, and then he did the fall onto the deck and rolling into the pool, and then he laid there for a while, and then when you saw it pick up, it was me, obviously, laying in the water when they turned me over.
“It was really fun to get in the water with a suit on!” he added. “It was a nice, warm water. And I don’t get to do very many stunts, so I loved it! I loved having to take a fall onto a mat and all that stuff.”
Of course, when it came time to actually shoot the fall, the GH star admitted he was slightly nervous. “When it came to the fall, they were like, ‘Ready?’ and I was like, ‘Just hold on, give me a moment,’” Kurth confided. “I did take just a moment to get my head around it, you know?”
And the final result, combining the actor’s and the stuntman’s falls into one, worked perfectly. “I thought he made the stunt look fantastic,” Kurth declared of his double. “It was in one swoop — he hit the deck, rolled right into the pool. It was very cool.”
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