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GH's Maurice Benard discusses Sonny & Brenda's upcoming wedding!

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One half of the actors who comprise  soap opera’s on-going “doomsday” wedding couple, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) spoke with TV Guide about the upcoming nuptials of Sonny and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).  However this time Maurice lets it be known that the couple does wed, but not without everything under the sun against them.  But, of course! It wouldn’t be true Sonny and Brenda without the drama, right?  Here are a few juicy excerpts from the conversation with one of daytime’s greatest treasures, Maurice!

Benard on what goes down at the wedding with everybody trying to stop or ruin the big day: “Sonny believes he has so much security at the wedding that no one will get in who’s not supposed to be there and, the truth is, no one does get in. Carly’s secret does come out, but not quite in the way you expect because the secret is not quite the betrayal that Carly and the audience thinks it is. Sonny ends up really giving it to Carly. And because he’s, well, Sonny, he doesn’t like that something big was kept from him so he really has it out with Brenda, too. He doesn’t let Dante have it… Well, just a tad but not much. As we all know, Sonny stood Brenda up at their last wedding. In fact, he’s pulled a whole lotta BS on her over the years, which is why he goes easy on her this time. Usually, Sonny would be going, “To hell with this! I’m outta here.”  But he doesn’t do that this time. I thought I might have some trouble making that work, but they wrote me this long monologue — it’s like 4 or 5 pages — that says it all and works really well to explain where Sonny’s coming from. But Carly is not forgiven… At least I’m not playing it that way. At the end of the day there’s a bit of a truce but I hope we’ll have some scenes in the future where Sonny and Carly can really go off on each other about how she tried to wreck the wedding.”

Benard on the connection between Dante and Brenda and if he sees the the chemistry with Marcil Giovinazzo and Zamprogna:  “I agree with you about their connection. It could be interesting. At this moment, it’s all about Sonny and Brenda but who knows what will happen down the line? It’s funny you ask about this because the other day the three of us were shooting a scene and Vanessa was joking a little bit in rehearsal and touched Dominic’s face in a kind of romantic way. And I’m standing there thinking, “What the hell?” It would be so weird if we went in that direction… But it would make good drama. And it’s all about the drama!”

So would you like to see a Dante and Brenda and Sonny triangle someday? Let us know! And what about the lovely Lulu?

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kay killgore
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kay killgore

The magic is gone! What is so great about these actors? Yuck!!!!

Joan Tapper
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Joan Tapper

I think that DZ and VMG have zero chemistry. I am so tired of triangles and GH would be foolish to not have DZ (Dante) & JMB (Lulu) as a couple. DZ & JMB have a natural chemistry that compares with no other couples on daytime. I would compare their chemistry to Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand in “The Way We Were”. DZ & JMB’s chemistry is undeniable whether there are words or not. Ther scenes speak volumes!! Dante and Lulu have the potential to go the distance if GH plays it right and keeps them together.

carmencara345
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carmencara345

brenda is a FABULOUS actress, who underrates herself constantly in interviews. she always credits maurice, but i remember their scenes in the 90’s. most were magic but they BOTH were a little green. it’s my belief that they each helped the other become better actors through their natural chemistry. maurice does not have chemistry with all his co-stars, but vanessa does. she makes each of her romances and even friendships so believable and joyous to watch. with sonny, with jax, with jason, and before with lois and robin. it’s magic whenever vanessa is on screen. i’m loving GH now because… Read more »

Anitra
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Anitra

haha! I TOTALLY agree with everything you said. And To answer the interviewer’s question…. NO NO NO NO NO I do NOT want a Sonny/Brenda/Dante triangle… man, that’s just some Jerry Springer stuff right there… eww.. And to the people that have NO CLUE about the history of S&B… Please do not be rude if you have ABSOLUTELY NO idea what happened in the 90’s…I mean, I know it’s a free world and all but, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not do that. No one should make comments about a couple’s history if you know NOTHING about them…. S&B WERE GH… Read more »

carmencara345
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carmencara345

amen, sista! i also don’t know luke and laura, but i can’t diss them without having been a viewer in the 70’s and 80’s.

but sonny and brenda — that i know was and is dynamite. i hope guza gives them a throw-down, gotta-have-you passionate love scene that only these two can do :))

erick
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erick

can you please tell me the name of the song that is playing during the wedding?

Debbie
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Debbie

What is the name of the song that was played at the wedding reception of Sonny and Brenda’s?

Carole
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Carole

It’s called ” home again” by Daena Jay

Carole
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Carole

the song is called home again

Carole
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Carole

“Home Again” by Daena Jay

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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