Viewers were surprised to see Scott Baldwin zooming around on a scooter during the June 25 episode of General Hospital, and it turns out it wasn't just an amusing writing decision to put the character on such a device: portrayer Kin Shriner is recovering from foot surgery and needed the scooter to continue working.
After the episode aired, Shriner joked on Twitter: "Color TV... debuted 68 years ago today. I was lucky to be on General Hospital today. Scotty on scooter and all to celebrate anniversary!"
When asked about what prompted the writers to put Scotty on a scooter, the actor revealed that he injured his foot in a boating accident. "Had four-hour foot surgery two weeks prior. But the show must go on at General Hospital!"
Thanks had 4 hour foot surgery 2weeks prior. But the show must go on @GeneralHospital !!!- Kin (@kinshriner) June 26, 2019
Shriner's longtime GH costar Jacklyn Zeman also revealed some behind-the-scenes details about the actor's incident, sharing with TV Insider that the original idea to aid Shriner with his real-life injury was an on-screen wheelchair.
"Kin's been on a scooter because of a sports injury. He called [GH executive producer Frank Valentini] and said, 'Frank, by the way, I can't walk. I'm going to have to use a wheelchair,'" she revealed: "The writers have written us some great scenes [coming up]. Kin is so great at comedy."
Almost as if to prove Zeman's point, the always-hilarious Shriner posted a photo of him on his leg scooter next to James Bond actor Daniel Craig, joking: "Q not giving James Bond high tech injured foot gadget. Scott Baldwin @GeneralHospital has smoke screen, high speed, rear jets!" [Editor's Note: Q is the technology guru who supplies James Bond with his fancy, high-tech gadgets.]
Here's hoping Shriner is back to normal health as soon as possible -- and Scotty keeps riding his new scooter just for giggles!
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