TV Guide Magazine spoke with the elusive, and mega-talented soap superstar, Maurice Benard. And as we all know, on tomorrow ‘s General Hospital, Sonny finds out that Dominic is indeed his biological son, Dante…after shooting him! Now with that on his rap sheet, and taking the rap for his other son, Michael killing Claudia, its looks like Sonny behind bars is just around the corner. Maurice weighs in on some of these subjects and more in this quick, but revealing interview. Here are some excerpts below!
Maurice on how GH built the Dante and Sonny story over a long period of time : “It’s been nice to have that slow build. Usually, they do a story in two weeks. Of course, you can’t build on something if it’s not that good to begin with. Also, we really needed time so that Sonny didn’t come off like a moron. He couldn’t come to trust Dante after just a month. He needed to slowly start liking the guy, a little here, a little more there. Otherwise, the audience would be going, “This is stupid. Why would Sonny ever trust this guy?” Now we’re at the point where Sonny has really come to care about Dante in a weird way—it’s like on some level he already knows he’s his son before he finds out for sure. The whole thing plays kind of eerie. It’s cool stuff, man.”
Maurice on if Sonny will go to prison and ultimately on trial ( well,we know that’s coming): “I think that’s how they’re writing it so I’m playing it to the hilt. I truly believe Sonny’s done this time. He wants his son to be safe and he sees no other way out. And Sonny wants Dante to feel like he’s the one responsible for sending him to prison. He doesn’t think he can get away with it this time—at least that’s the way I’m playing it in the scenes we’re shooting now. I’m going to play it from here to whenever that this is the last time Sonny will see his kids, the last time he’ll see anyone he cares about. I’m not going to be all mushy-mushy about it. [Laughs] That’s not me. I’ll be a tough son of a bitch but, yeah, this could be it for him. I certainly want the audience to think that.”
Maurice on Jonathan Jackson’s powerhouse performance this week and working with Dominic Zamprogna: “The other day I tuned in to see Jonathan Jackson’s big scenes—where Lucky tears into Elizabeth and Nikolas for having an affair—and he was phenomenal! There’s a lot of damn good actors on the show right now. It’s good to watch them work—especially the young ones. I love Drew who plays Michael. I have a rapport with him that’s cool as heck. And Dominic I clicked with from the get. When I auditioned with him, we had this confrontation scene and he was the only one of the Dantes who I felt was really gonna punch me out. There was this animal thing there. Damn he was great.”