Sunday, May 19, 2024

“General Hospital” Actor Reportedly Fired, Refused to Tape Final Scenes: Scientology a Factor?


I told you just over a year ago that “General Hospital actor Marcus Coloma was a hardcore Scientologist.

Since the pandemic started he’s missed a few shows here and there. There was some speculation last year that Coloma– who’s been on the show since 2019– might have a problem with the ABC Disney vaccine mandate.

Last week, Coloma abruptly wiped his social media and un-followed all his co-stars on the ABC soap. He was also out several days during November and had to be replaced by another actor.

Today, a soap site, Daytime Confidential, reports that Coloma was not only fired, but once he got the word he refused to film his final scenes. (I always wondered how that worked. I thought they had to complete the contract.)

Curiously, the first new Tweet on Coloma’s account was a retweet of Scientology actor chief Tom Cruise’s “daredevil “Mission Impossible” video posted a few days ago. Cruise thanks his fans for their support while skydiving from a helicopter. Is he reaching out to Cruise for help?

Scientology — which is largely a west coast phenom (you never heard of it on the east coast soaps or on Broadway) — has had a mixed reaction among soap casts. “Young and the Restless” actress Sharon Case has been a member for decades but never talks about it. Michelle Stafford, also on “Y&R” and a longtime cult member, had a brief stint on “General Hospital” that didn’t work out.

Coloma’s role will likely be recast, although walking out on the show won’t earn him any favors for future work.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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