Gold Star: Garren Stitt (Oscar)
Garren Stitt breathed life into Oscar’s death sentence
As GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Oscar finally learned that he has cancer, Garren Stitt delivered a performance that was so moving, it earned him this week’s Gold Star.
Cameron’s interest in Josslyn has given Stitt an opportunity to round out his sweet, well-mannered character and show Oscar’s jealous, judgmental side. But all the eye rolls, smirks and attitude quickly fell away once Cameron accused Oscar of lying about having cancer! Clearly baffled, Oscar insisted that he was fine. He seemed both incredulous and defensive — until Cameron explained how he’d jumped to the “wrong” conclusion. Though unable to deny Cameron’s logic, Oscar declared that his parents would certainly have told him if he had cancer… only to realize that they might not have. Swearing his frenemy to secrecy, he rushed off to clear up what he hoped was a misunderstanding.
Say It Isn’t So
By the time Oscar got to General Hospital, he seemed wracked by doubt. His
voice cracked as he called, “Mom?” and then demanded to know what was going on in her office — where she, Drew and Terry were meeting. And when he finally asked if he had cancer, the fear was all over his face. His eyes begged his parents to tell him that he was being ridiculous. But naturally, their hesitation only sent him into a panic. Oscar was desperate for the truth… but terrified to hear it.
The Truth Hurts
When Kim finally confirmed his worst fears, Oscar tried to hold his emotions back… but couldn’t. His breath caught, his lips quivered, and he let his mother hold him as he cried. Then, perhaps intentionally misunderstanding, he slowly talked himself into believing that his prognosis wasn’t really all that dire. He even let a smile cross his face… only to have Kim reveal that his tumor was both malignant and growing. “Am I dying?” he whispered.
When Kim finally used the word fatal, Oscar had no tears. He was stunned… and then angry! This kid is known for showing the adults in his life respect and deference. Faced with his mortality, however, he lost all patience with his parents, and a scowl overtook his sweet face. When Kim confessed that she’d kept Oscar’s illness from him, Stitt let his character blow. Oscar was enraged, but his eyes also reflected a crushing betrayal as he attacked his mother and then turned on Drew. “I can’t trust either one of you again,” he spat, and no matter how hard Kim tried to pull him back in, he refused her comfort.
Pushing her away, Oscar stormed out and, in the solitude of the elevator, raged for a moment… only to collapse in tears. “I’m dying,” he said aloud as if needing to hear it. The kid clearly wasn’t prepared for what lay ahead… but Stitt proved he certainly was!
Stitt took Oscar from disbelief to horror.