General Hospital News January 18, 2024


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GH Alum Richard Simmons Calls Out Pauly Shore Biopic

Richard Simmons says he didn’t accept his story being reported.

Scotty Baldwin referenced Richard Simmons as one of Bobbie Spencer’s closest friends at her funeral in General Hospital. Many long-time viewers remember the fitness guru’s appearance on the show in his own character. In the present, Simmons discusses the possibility of making a documentary on his personal life.

General Hospital News January 18, 2024
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When news broke about Pauly Shore (Encino Man) produced bio-features on Simmons the fitness star made a post on Facebook to express his opinions on the issue. “Hi everyone!” Simmons began his post. “You might have heard that they are planning to make the film with me, starring Pauly Shore. I haven’t given permission to this film. Don’t believe the information you hear.

“I do not have a manager, nor do I do not have an agent,” Simmons continued. “I simply try to lead in peace and be at peace. Thank you so much for your kindness and support.”

As long-time GH fans will recall, Simmons debuted on Port Charles in 1979 as the role of a fictionalized version. He taught fitness classes during the morning at Campus Disco before the establishment changed into the city’s most popular nightclub in the evening.

GH created the story in Simmons’s wish to assist people in getting into shape. Simmons played Beverly DeFreest (Louise Hoven) Laura’s (Genie Francis) friend who was struggling in her overweight. Richard advised Beverly not only physically but also emotionally. The man was ahead the curve when it came to encouraging both mental and physical health.

Simmons was still for GH for a short time. The year 2013 saw him returned to the role of himself GH to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show. After confronting aggressively Lucy on stage at the Nurses Ball, Richard attempted to become the host of the show. Milo Giambetti (Drew Cheetwood) and the Magic Milo dance troupe, that included Dancing with the Stars’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Anton) assumed control of the situation. Richard was threatening Lucy.

While being removed from the space by Milo, Anton, Felix (Marc Samuel) and other people, Richard crossed paths with Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman) and told her, “Hello, Bobbie Spencer…say hello to Lesley (Denise Alexander).” Then there wasn’t any justification for Richard’s unfounded desire to target Lucy.

Shore has fought for the role of Simmons in a film about his life, largely because of their passing physical similarity. He played him as a character in The Court Jester, an upcoming short film set to premiere at Park City during the Sundance Film Festival.

If Simmons’ biopic is successful, it will probably focus on his appearance on GH because his appearances on Port Charles helped make him famous.


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