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10 February 11th, 2011 GH’s Maurice Benard discusses Sonny & Brenda’s upcoming wedding!

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One half of the actors who comprise  soap opera’s on-going “doomsday” wedding couple, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) spoke with TV Guide about the upcoming nuptials of Sonny and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).  However this time Maurice lets it be known that the couple does wed, but not without everything under the sun against them.  But, of course! It wouldn’t be true Sonny and Brenda without the drama, right?  Here are a few juicy excerpts from the conversation with one of daytime’s greatest treasures, Maurice!

Benard on what goes down at the wedding with everybody trying to stop or ruin the big day: “Sonny believes he has so much security at the wedding that no one will get in who’s not supposed to be there and, the truth is, no one does get in. Carly’s secret does come out, but not quite in the way you expect because the secret is not quite the betrayal that Carly and the audience thinks it is. Sonny ends up really giving it to Carly. And because he’s, well, Sonny, he doesn’t like that something big was kept from him so he really has it out with Brenda, too. He doesn’t let Dante have it… Well, just a tad but not much. As we all know, Sonny stood Brenda up at their last wedding. In fact, he’s pulled a whole lotta BS on her over the years, which is why he goes easy on her this time. Usually, Sonny would be going, “To hell with this! I’m outta here.”  But he doesn’t do that this time. I thought I might have some trouble making that work, but they wrote me this long monologue — it’s like 4 or 5 pages — that says it all and works really well to explain where Sonny’s coming from. But Carly is not forgiven… At least I’m not playing it that way. At the end of the day there’s a bit of a truce but I hope we’ll have some scenes in the future where Sonny and Carly can really go off on each other about how she tried to wreck the wedding.”

Benard on the connection between Dante and Brenda and if he sees the the chemistry with Marcil Giovinazzo and Zamprogna:  “I agree with you about their connection. It could be interesting. At this moment, it’s all about Sonny and Brenda but who knows what will happen down the line? It’s funny you ask about this because the other day the three of us were shooting a scene and Vanessa was joking a little bit in rehearsal and touched Dominic’s face in a kind of romantic way. And I’m standing there thinking, “What the hell?” It would be so weird if we went in that direction… But it would make good drama. And it’s all about the drama!”

So would you like to see a Dante and Brenda and Sonny triangle someday? Let us know! And what about the lovely Lulu?

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  1. kay killgore says:

    The magic is gone! What is so great about these actors? Yuck!!!!


  2. Joan Tapper says:

    I think that DZ and VMG have zero chemistry. I am so tired of triangles and GH would be foolish to not have DZ (Dante) & JMB (Lulu) as a couple. DZ & JMB have a natural chemistry that compares with no other couples on daytime. I would compare their chemistry to Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand in “The Way We Were”. DZ & JMB’s chemistry is undeniable whether there are words or not. Ther scenes speak volumes!! Dante and Lulu have the potential to go the distance if GH plays it right and keeps them together.


  3. carmencara345 says:

    brenda is a FABULOUS actress, who underrates herself constantly in interviews. she always credits maurice, but i remember their scenes in the 90′s. most were magic but they BOTH were a little green. it’s my belief that they each helped the other become better actors through their natural chemistry. maurice does not have chemistry with all his co-stars, but vanessa does. she makes each of her romances and even friendships so believable and joyous to watch. with sonny, with jax, with jason, and before with lois and robin. it’s magic whenever vanessa is on screen. i’m loving GH now because she’s at the center of the show and i’m finally interested in most storylines. maurice has zero chemistry with the current carly and even less with his other love interests in the past few years. but with vanessa, he’s on fire. i also like his “chemistry” with jason’s character. anyway, 3 cheers for vanessa’s return and here’s hoping she’s given her due by guza, who is a questionable storyteller and has strange favorites amongst the actors (eg. jason??!). I LOVE VANESSA MARCIL!!!


    Anitra replied

    haha! I TOTALLY agree with everything you said.

    And To answer the interviewer’s question….

    NO NO NO NO NO I do NOT want a Sonny/Brenda/Dante triangle…

    man, that’s just some Jerry Springer stuff right there… eww..

    And to the people that have NO CLUE about the history of S&B… Please do not be rude if you have ABSOLUTELY NO idea what happened in the 90′s…I mean, I know it’s a free world and all but, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not do that. No one should make comments about a couple’s history if you know NOTHING about them….

    S&B WERE GH and they WERE ratings… nowadays, ratings DID go UP because VM did come back last august. So if you don’t like it… Deal with it..or just don’t watch.

    I haven’t seen GH when Luke and Laura were the hot thing back in the late 70′s/early 80′s.. but no one will EVER see a comment from me disrespecting that couple or what they meant to the fans… that’s just dumb.. I wouldn’t do it because I haven’t watched them in their prime, so who’s to say I should make rude comments about them? I know they are a supercouple because of how large their fan base is and how respected they are. It would be nice if those that DON’T know anything about S&B’s relationship/history could respected that couple as you would want others to respect your favorite couple..


    carmencara345 replied

    amen, sista! i also don’t know luke and laura, but i can’t diss them without having been a viewer in the 70′s and 80′s.

    but sonny and brenda — that i know was and is dynamite. i hope guza gives them a throw-down, gotta-have-you passionate love scene that only these two can do :) )

  4. erick says:

    can you please tell me the name of the song that is playing during the wedding?


  5. Debbie says:

    What is the name of the song that was played at the wedding reception of Sonny and Brenda’s?


    Carole replied

    It’s called ” home again” by Daena Jay


  6. Carole says:

    the song is called home again


    Carole replied

    “Home Again” by Daena Jay


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