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'General Hospital' star Maurice Benard ready for new drama

ABC7
ABC7
 2021-09-24

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Maurice Benard is one of the most popular actors in daytime television. He's played mob boss Sonny Corinthos on "General Hospital" for almost 30 years.

Until recently, Sonny had been missing. But now that he's back, look out!

Sonny reunited with his love, Carly, after he had an accident, nearly drowned, got amnesia, disappeared for nine months and was presumed dead.

There is also the issue at hand that she had to marry Sonny's right hand, Jason, you know, for mob reasons. But other than that, things are getting back to normal in Port Charles. Or are they?

Benard says to expect some stressful viewing.

"I was stressed so you're going to be stressed," he said.

Benard is excited about what's ahead.

"In this particular storyline, I do have an excitement level that I haven't had in a long time," he added. "Sonny's dark. And for me, being mentally ill, it can wear on you after 28 years. But it's what the audience digs and I have to go there."

Over the years, Benard has been very open about being bipolar, once calling himself the "poster child for mental illness."

There was a moment in the beginning where he almost walked away from his "General Hospital" role.

"You know, my first three weeks here, I had a nervous breakdown and I quit and I wasn't going to come back," he said. "I wasn't going to act anymore and I did. And thank God I did because... this has been the greatest acting role... I've done."

Benard is hoping to shoot a movie sometime this fall with Harvey Keitel called "The Legitimate Wiseguy." He'll once again be playing a mobster.

"General Hospital" airs weekdays at 2 p.m. on ABC7.

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Christie Sabinson
09-24

Love Sonny. He has been awesome for years!!!!! Beat wishes in anything he’s a part of. Just saying I love my Sonny and Carly ❤️❤️❤️

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Guest
09-24

Please don’t leave General Hospital. I’ll leave if you do. Sonny is totally awesome and I love him. Hopefully you can do both jobs.

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boom boom ?
09-24

Sonny is the back bone of the show. I understand that playing the same thing with the same person could get old. But we the people just adore you an Carly. We are all getting older with you, are retirement age an put a lot of attention on you an your show. Helps us in our boring life’s. Please just try to stay for us fans we need you that hour of our day. So appreciate what you do every day for our entertainment. Sending love an hugs from Massachusetts!!!!

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