General Hospital’s Maurice Benard just celebrated his 50th birthday, and now the show in which he has starred for the last few decades, is about to have their own golden anniversary the first week of April! The Daytime Emmy winner talked about his life as loveable mobster Sonny Corinthos, his Port Charles loves and storylines, the feature film he just completed shooting, and the big returns coming back to help ABC celebrate GH’s milestone in a new interview with marinij.com!
One of the more interesting responses from Benard happened when asked about how the latest regime of executive producer, Frank Valentini and head writer, Ron Carlivati have de-emphasized the mob stories, which for years under former GH head writer, Bob Guza had been the main focus of General Hospital. The mob stories were also an issue for long time fans of the series, where many felt that too much airtime was given to the characters of Sonny and Jason (Steve Burton) and the people around them, at the expense of seeing the entire canvas of characters.
When asked if he was a fan of the move to lessen the grip on the mob stories being front and center, Benard replied, “At this point, I think we need to get back to it a little bit more. On the other hand, I think it’s great that we’ve been able to bring a little more balance to the character (of Sonny) and to put him in the position of having to fight for the woman he loves. I do think we can be doing some more with the mob, but they (the producers and writers) know what they’re doing.”
OK GH fans, do you agree with Maurice? Would you like to get back to some more mob stories, where Sonny gets to keep fighting for his territory? Do you think the balance has shifted to far away from the talented Benard? Let us know your thoughts?