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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lulu Lets Britt Have It For The Cover-up Of Baby Ben! What Did You Think Of Her Speech?

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This past week on General Hospital finally everyone learned that baby Ben is actually Lulu (Emme Rylan) and Dante’s (Dominic Zamprogna)  son, not Dante and Britt’s (Kelly Thiebaud)!

After the cover-up is revealed of Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati), Britt and Brad’s (Parry Shen) conspiracy to steal Dante and Lulu’s embryos so Britt could get pregnant and then pass off her baby as Patrick’s (Jason Thompson), lives are torn apart.  And now, Dr. O has kidnapped baby Ben, and has Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Ben held hostage!

But on Friday’s episode, the time finally came for Lulu to go off the rails and let Britt have it for her entire plot, and the pain and suffering she caused her and Dante.  While in the interrogation room at the PCPD after Lulu interrupts Dante trying to get Britt to talk to her mother so he can trace where  Obrecht is with their son, Lulu has these choice words to say to Britt!

Lulu begins telling off Britt:  “You hurt me, and you hurt Dante, and you hurt our son.  You stole him from us.  How you could do that?  You’re a doctor. You’re an OB/GYN.  You are supposed to help people have babies, not take them. You promised, no, you took an oath as a doctor to help me. You violated me, and you violated my husband. Those two embryos were our last hope of ever having a child.” 

Next when Britt tries to say that when she got pregnant, there was no way of her knowing that Lulu couldn’t produce more eggs, Lulu continued: “And when you knew, you sat there in your office and you told me that there was no hope. That Dante and I would never have a child.  But you knew that Ben was sitting in a crib at Wyndemere… OUR SON!  And you did nothing!  You did not care who you hurt as long as you got exactly what you wanted. What kind of person are you?  Just don’t pretend that you are sorry.  You planned this.  You covered it up, and you had no intention of returning our son to us.  In fact, if Elizabeth had not found that letter, you would be snuggled up with Ben right now.

I read your letter, and I know the reasons you did what you did, and I don’t care. They were selfish. They were delusional. They were evil. And yet you’re not sick, you’re not a sociopath, and you get it, Britt.  I get why you did it.  And that makes what you have done so much more terrifying, and I promise you, I am going to make sure you pay for what you have done to me.  I dare you to say again that you didn’t mean for any of this to happen like that is an excuse … like that makes a damn bit of difference!”

So, what did you think of Lulu’s speech to Britt?  Do you think everything that should have been said has been said to Britt?  Will Britt and Dr. O ultimately not pay for their crimes?  Weigh-in below!

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Dani
Dani

I loved her speech and she was right on. However, I do not think that anyone will pay for this crime. It is the way GH works. They’re not getting rid of Obrecht or Brit (unless the actors are leaving). Is there a custody battle in the works?

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t think there can be a custody battle for a child you stole– but Lulu and Dante could sue Britt— I mean at very least they could get her for malpractice

sandra
sandra

Looks like all the good actors are switching over to General Hospital Hm! maybe I should switch. I wonder if Adam from Y & R might soon be found over there and the old Billy

sandra
sandra

I also loved her playing Abby in the Y & R. Maybe a time for a change I use to watch GH years ago now that my favourite ones are showing up in GH.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Nailed ut!! Now maybe fans will quit feeling sorry for Britt. Shes a monster!

Liz
Liz

It was about time Lulu got to say something to Britt. I only wish it would have lasted a bit longer, and Dante hadn’t pulled Lulu back. Britt deserves more than what she got from Lulu.

Mark
Mark

Loved it! Britt is sicko!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lulu so soon forgets her past: she got herself pregnant by stepbrother Dillion when he was married to Georgie. Nice now but she is still not much better than Britt!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well to be fair what Lulu did may be immoral but not illegal, what Britt did was illegal and did violate her oath as a doctor which should at the very least get her medical license revoked. As you said in a different post elsewhere, it is okay to have immoral characters who do shady things, but having so many do criminal acts and no one ever goes to jail- or pays the consequences it gets unrealistic. Even if the bad guy dies, eventually another writer will bring them back from the beyond.

I guess that is the price we soap opera viewers have to pay for stories that are continuing— sometimes I think telenovels like they have in Mexico are better for that, because once the story arc ends, it ends– and a new telenovel starts with different characters and story begins. In that form the criminals can face justice because you don’t need next week like our soaps do.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Your right about the illegal part and i wish they’d stop making Britt and Dr.O do criminal acts that go unpunished…they can be villians without the illegal stuff…i miss villains like Rachel Davis and Lisa Hughes but i guess they cant write those kind anymore!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey jimh…I think we can give Lulu a pass…she was practically a child then…Brit is an adult AND a doctor! In my opinion…no comparison.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…but I do appreciate your comments/opinions…just a disagree on this one!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lulu was no child…just a brat…lol but she was still old enough to know better…agree or disagree i cant win all the time…lol…and i appreciate your response anytime!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Jasmine pointed out(below) something i almost forgot: Lulu took Maxi to court and lied on the stand, and attempted to run off with Maxis baby in an attempt to keep baby Connie/Georgie so she really isnt much better than Britt!!!

Brenda
Brenda

Correction: Lulu CONSIDERED running off with Connie/Georgie as any other person would have done in the same situation. In the end she didn’t do it, but let’s not forget that Maxie lied to Lulu and Dante for months, letting them think the baby was theirs when she knew she had miscarried. How is what Lulu did worse than that? Everyone keeps forgetting the role Maxie played in that situation–even Spinelli didn’t know until the day of the christening when Brad spilled the beans.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

I ike Britt, since she has been with Nickolas. I donot want Liz with Nickolas, and I was fond of Nickolas and Emily. I really like him with Britt. Like he has a REAL woman.
Lulu’s speech was good. I even re-inacted it, OUT LOUD, from the words above, since I didn’t see it on Friday. And I must say, I didn’t sound bad. LOL

Robert
Robert

I know what Britt. and her mother did was horrible but at the same time, they saved Lulu and Dante. from having to go thru the long draining process of finding a surrogate and the worry if the procedure will succeed. I know Britt. had no intentions of telling them the truth but the fact is they have a child thanks to emotionally damage Britt. and her Doctor Frankenstein mother.

FAS
FAS

You have a screwed perspective of looking at this. Seriously? If I would engage a surrogate to carry my child, I would want to be a part of the gestation process every step of the way. If this were real life, Britt and her mother would not have stood a chance in the medical field, ethiCally, morally and professionally. Do not fall victim to the writers of soaps. They want the viewer to forgive the most beastly behaviour to suit their purpose. None of these characters has a spic and span past. Just saying.

Lin
Lin

If she hasn’t paid for her crimes by now, the PTB at GH won’t make her pay now. Even if she is punished for 5 minutes it won’t stick. The writers are delusional. You have to plan.If my characters do x then y will happen. At GH they do not. They also rewrite history. I don’t think that is good writing.
Though obrecht is funny at times, making her the head of GH makes no more sense than making Mickey Mouse or Mr. Ed head of GH. If think a little comedy is good, like when Luke and Tracey were comical, but this is downright stupid. if it were a sit com, it would still be stupid to have Obrecht heading GH but a comedy is a comedy. I do not think the writer(s) are doing a good job. Though finally there are some scenes (having to do with this story) that have good writing. But after too long.

FAS
FAS

You are spot on!!!!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t know why but Lulu reminds me of those little lap dogs that can bark and bark, but you don’t really feel threaten by them. She makes a lot of noise, but honestly what is she going to do to Britt? On the other hand you got someone like Dr. O who just has to look at you and your blood runs cold.

As for the speech, it felt more like a recap of the plot for those just tuning in than an honest emotional response from the character—- but that’s just my view on it.

The better story would have been Britt coming clean on her own– to see her growth rather than have her just standing there like a child who was caught doing something bad and getting a verbal spanking for it–

rebecca1
rebecca1

I do have a general comment regarding the writing. I think it’s sort of in keeping with Brit’s sense of right and wrong given her psycho upbringing that she would use excuses like, “I thought I could give you another one,” or “I thought you would have Maxie’s baby and raise her as your own…” but it makes no sense to answer those remarks other than with a “SO WHAT?!!!!” It wouldn’t matter if they had one other baby, ten other babies, biological babies, adopted babies or cabbage patch babies!!!!! BEN IS THEIR CHILD!!!! That’s all that matters. There is no excuse…it wouldn’t matter if they had others…THAT’S the main retort that should be thrown in Brit’s face. SHE KIDNAPPED THEIR BABY. Operative word…THEIR baby.

Janeway
Janeway

Thank you ! Thank you! I wanted to scream just that at the TV. So what if they could have another? NO ONE has a right to STEAL someone’s child. Like Dante told Maxie when he found out Connie wasn’t theirs and she was going to substitute her for the child they lost-You can’t play GOD! Child are not interchangeable.

I laugh at people who think that Lante should thank Britt for carrying their child, Ha Ha. Thank the person who let them babysit for their own child? The person who would have kept their child from them for his entire life if they could have gotten away with it.

I also think that it ridiculous to compare Britt wanting to hold on to the child she STOLE and Lulu wanting to keep the child she was GIVEN and told was HERS.

And the best are those that think Lulu deserves to lose the baby that she created with her loving husband, because as an immature, insecure teenager she slept with the boy she had a crush on (& broke up his marriage) and had an abortion because she was not ready to be a mother. The irony of this situation is that Lulu has been very sorry for the pain that she caused and made peace with the people she wronged. The potential grandmother, Tracy has been one of her greatest supporters and does not blame Lulu .

rebecca1
rebecca1

Janeway: Nice to find a like-minded viewer on something you would think EVERYONE would naturally agree on. It just seems so insane to rationalize why it might be one iota acceptable or excusable to steal someone else’s child…and to actually come up with 100 plus reasons why it’s not okay instead of just shouting…YOU STOLE OUR BABY!!!! And the laughable yet frustrating thing is that the conversation was repeated in several different ways/days…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lulu was no insecure teenager when she took Maxi to court and lied…or when she tried to run off with Maxi’s child even when she knew the baby was Maxi and Spins…even if she was a teenager and all she still knew it was wrong to sleep with her married stepbrother…but i agree what Britt had done is far more criminal…however, knowing the writing of this show she’ll probably do no time for it…jmo!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

jimh…
the situation with Maxi and Lulu is totally different than Britt and Lulu.

Britt STOLE Lante’s embryos. STOLE. She impregnated herself with another woman (and man)’s child. She went to her lab, took THEIR EGGS/SPERM/EMBRYO…mix n’ match as you will…and placed it in her own body. First…to deceive Patrick. So right off the bat she’s stolen another couple’s child…and has another man believing she’s having HIS child.

After she reached some semblance of normalcy…and had opportunities to attempt to make it right…which could never really be made right…she perpetuated the lie. As Janeway said…she was basically “allowing” Lulu to babysit…or even hold…her OWN child! It was so beyond outrageous…so beyond wrong and nutz!

I don’t see a comparison with the Maxi/Lulu thing. That was good intentions gone wrong. Maxi loves Lulu…she waned to do a selfless act…she sacrficed all the way thru. First, in carrying their child..then…giving her own child to them so as not to hurt/disappoint them. When she realized she couldn’t go through with it…she gently tried to reason…she was devastated at the fallout.

Lulu…understandably was grief-stricken. She believed this was her biological daughter. She loved this child from the time Maxie carried it to the time she held her in her own arms…brought her home…bonded. There was of course confusion, hurt, betrayal, loss…it was just an emotional devastation from all sides.

I didn’t particularly like Lulu through this SL only because while I realize everything I just wrote above in this twisted tale…I still thought she should have caught Maxie some slack and appreciated her misguided friendship…since Maxie did what she did out of love. But the point is Lulu was fighting for what she was led to believe was her daughter…one she’d bonded with and come to love.

Britt came to love a child she STOLE…a baby literally stolen in its embryonic state….soooo different a situation.

Sigh. I’m exhauseted! 😉

Jasmine
Jasmine

Lulu was right on. But if memory serves me right, wasn’t she trying to steal Maxi’s baby when she knew it wasn’t her baby? Didn’t she take Maxi to court and lie on the stand too? She is no better than Britt.

Charday
Charday

You have a good point, Jasmine, as did Jimh (leave it to beaver). I can’t stand Lulu (or Dante)—they’re so self-important and full of themselves and only see their point of view with anything. The Lulu character was so mean to Maxie when she found out the truth there–unredeemable after that. While Lulu had every right to be mad at Britt, she ought to be thankful that Britt essentially served as her surrogate and gave her a baby. I’ve really enjoyed the Britt and Dr. O characters the last year and hope there’s a lot more of their shenanigans to come.

Shay
Shay

So true, Charday!!!! I LOVE Dr. O. and the huge reveal that she was Britt’s “mutta” was one of the best on GH in years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed their up and down mother-daughter relationship and all the capers that ensued because of it. Definitely never a dull moment with those two….I am looking forward to more fun escapades from them! As for Lulu and Dante, you really nailed their basic attitude and behavior, too. I’m so tired of their unending melodrama……….particularly Lulu’s crazed, over-the-top obsession with babies.

su0000
su0000

Whomever wrote the script/speech for Lulu did and excellent job!!
It was stellar..

long awaited… loved to kidnapping twist.. it’s a soap and the drama is never ending!!

((when this is over I hope they give Franco a great story 🙂

Toby
Toby

Lulu had every right to say what she did to Britt. Lulu has made mistakes, but she has owned up to them and moved forward to make herself a better person. Britt, on the other hand, continues to only think of herself. She is evil and won’t change. Hopefully, we will see Lulu do what she says and make Britt pay, but I do not think it will happen because it doesn’t look like Britt or her evil monster mother are leaving. So for what it was worth, Lulu was at least able to scream at Britt and vent her feelings.

smoochie
smoochie

Like I said before Lulu has every right to do whatever she is capable of whether physically or verbally ,to give Britt what’s she deserves, but watching the two actresses it’s like seeing David (Lulu) and Goliath -(Guess) Lulu is like the mouse that roared with a strong Kelly Thiebaud/Brit towering over her. Emme/Lulu is a much more petite woman in comparison with a seemingly bigger-boned and broad-shouldered Kelly (Brit who at 5’9″ appears taller than TB ( 5’10” and he has to look up into her face)It’s almost like watching the mismatched pair of Tom Cruise and Kelly ‎McGillis in Top Gun- So I hope something is written for Emme/Lulu where she gets to posture herself to appear larger than life so that the dastardly duo of Mutter and Dutter can’t help but cower in the wake of Lulu’s wrath. For me, no matter what kind of spin is being put on this convoluted baby-napping in order to gain sympathy for these two (three actually including Brad) villains du jour, redemption has left the building and left them in the dust of it’s gonna be time to pay.

Janeway
Janeway

Bravo to the writers & Bravo to Emme Rylan! Lulu was spot on about everything! It was about time Lulu had her say.

Nik stole the show at the party expressing his hurt and anger at Britt for betraying his trust and breaking his heart. Dante expressed his anger and pain to the woman who had caused so much pain to him and the woman that he loved, and who not only stole their child but almost ruined their marriage as well.

Lulu hit the nail directly on the head when she said that Britt VIOLATED her and her husband. No matter what kind of crazy mother Britt had, she is a doctor, she took an Oath. She is supposed to help people have babies. She had access to their genetic material. She is supposed to be a trusted professional. Doctors aren’t supposed to steal patients embryos and keep their babies. Especially after Britt realized that Ben was the only child that Lulu would ever have and had a ringside seat to the torment Lulu felt when she thought Dante had a a child with Britt. It was beyond cruel it was selfishness to the utmost.

Also loved tiny Lulu going after Britt, and Dante having to pull Lulu off her. He couldn’t exactly let his wife attack a prisoner in the police station as much as he would have liked too. LOL

Daisy
Daisy

Thank you Janeway. Perfectly said. Britt VIOLATED both Dante and Lulu. If all had not been revealed, Britt would have continued the deception, playing the kind and caring mother and ALLOWING Lulu to spend time with her own son. Oh, but Britt felt so guilty. BUNK. Not enough to tell the truth. Not enough to see Lulu suffering every day and yet continue to lie. I won’t deny that she loves that child now, but it didn’t start out that way. She didn’t care at all about the baby. It was a means to an end.
I find it amazing that some say Britt did them a favor. She gave them a baby. They didn’t have to find a surrogate. I guess what those people are saying is any “incubator” will do. Sorry, I don’t feel that way. Thankfully, the truth is out and hopefully Britt will suffer. I don’t care if she doesn’t go to prison, but I want her to see the disgust on peoples faces and in their eyes every time anyone looks at her. I want Dante and Lulu to change that little boys name and even take that away from Britt. I want her left with NOTHING.

dmr
dmr

Honestly, I just want this ridiculous storyline to be wrapped up. I shook my head as Dr. O. walked out of Nik’s bedroom with the baby, back to Dante and Lulu. That would have been the perfect opportunity for them to pull the woman by her hair, since her back was turned to them. Or at least trip her, and grab the baby!

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

Lulu did an excellent job! I like Britt but it was good to see her put on her place

Red
Red

It was a great speech delivered by a subpar actor, unfortunately…but the words will not be reflected in the story. Britt’s character will not pay for this brutality. She will be redeemed in some way so they can keep the character on the canvas.

Sharonda
Sharonda

IA with what Lulu said. However, her delivery was off. She should have slapped her at the party and then with a lawsuit! the next day and the hospital. GH is as much to blame because they hired her. Lulu should seek monetary damages from Maxie (either Dante added Maxie on his insurance as a dependent unless she got Medicaid-which I doubt, or either paid out of pocket for everything because of the funds given to him as a gift from Sonny) and the hospital, and criminal negligence from Britt!

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of Police Captain In New Film, ‘Equal Standard’

While the cast of General Hospital is on their three-week summer hiatus, many of the actors have gone off to do different things with their time … some are traveling … some are on tour or making personal appearances, and some are making movies or filming other projects.

Maurice Benard is continuing to land film roles when he has the time to step away from his role as mobster Sonny Corinthos on the ABC daytime drama series.

Now in an Instagram post this week, Maurice shared an update on the filming of his upcoming motion picture, Equal Standard which also stars Ice-T.

In his post showing him in his character’s police uniform sans jacket, Maurice expressed: “Always great to play different characters.  In New York playing a police captain. Very cool and interesting script.”

In story, Equal Standard tells the story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl between undercover cops convinced he is a local street thug. The melee ends in a tragic death followed by an uproar within gangs and cops in neighboring communities and across the city. The movie also features Robert Clohessy, and OLTL alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent).

So, glad to hear Maurice is getting the opportunity to play more diverse roles?  Comment below.

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