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1 January 28th, 2010 Sonny in the Slammer? GH’s Maurice Benard on his hot story!

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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.”

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  1. mas says:

    The best would be for Sonny to serve time, it’s fairy tale to think this should not happen, it’s time for GH to come back to it’s root’s good story telling, family, and now and then the mob, but the mob should not be the focal point, also, about time to admit that the Sonny & Olivia f;ing is not working, the actress has no chemistry with Maurice, what they need is Kate back and not so quick to return to the mob boss. Sam need’s to be her own self not just a after thought of Jason, and about Jason time for the hit on the head to send hime back to ELQ, would love to see this BECAUSE then he could not testify against Sonny, and this would keep Sonny in jail for a limited time, AND when he comes out he is a “NEW” Sonny, the one we saw with Kate, oh he can still dabble in crime, gambling, ect. GH need’s to go forward and forget about all the “TRASH” they have been dishing out, Brandon, Jonathan, Kristen, Julie Marie, Drew, need to be the New generation of GH, the demise of the daytime drama is near, and the writers should see this.The viewers have showen they don’t like what has happened the ratings tell the story GH is losing, wise up GH…..

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