After a Cameo video circulated online in which Tristan Rogers (Robert) commented that GENERAL HOSPITAL mishandled and miscast the Peter August storyline, saying the actor was too nice to play the villain, Peter’s portrayer, Wes Ramsey, took to social media to have his say.
“Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons,” he wrote. “We’re also in the business of cultivating trust because that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. in the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arc of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) and trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story, is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.
“You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day,” Ramsey continued. “Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers, and fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (and my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness, and passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lie) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.”
Although there might have been criticism that Ramsey appears too nice to play a dastardly evildoer, many fans have come to the actor’s defense to argue that it’s exactly because he can play both the kind and conniving sides of Peter’s personality that the character is so well-rounded that he’s not a cardboard villain being written into a corner.
“Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it,” Ramsey declared. “I was raised a gentleman and have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.
“I am leery of the pitfalls of social media and believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure),” the actor added, “but I will always defend and protect what I hold dear (my job and career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love and respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet-dominated culture.”
The GH star closed out his heartfelt post by expressing his thanks for all of his fans who have had his back during this time. “To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement and support,” Ramsey concluded, “I hear you and am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… Onward we go.”
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