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GH's Maurice Benard On Being Part Of David O. Russell's Film JOY: "Working With David Is Like Working With An Incredibly Talented Mad Scientist. The Energy Was Out Of This World And It Made Me Want To Be Great."

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Soap fans have become more excited this past week to see David O. Russell’s latest film Joy, which features a character Terri played by Virginia Madsen, who is obsessed with her daytime soap, The Joyful Storm!  The savvy O. Russell decided to bring in the real deal to play very noted soap actors to play the characters in the fictional soap, which is a key ingredient to the movie.   Jennifer Lawrence stars as Joy, in a story inspired by Joy Mangano, and her rise to being a mogul for her creation  … the Miracle Mop!

Soap heavyweights: Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children), Donna Mills (Ex-Abby, Knots Landing), Laura Wright (Carly, GH), and Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) were cast in the motion picture.  After the story broke where O. Russell sang the praises of daytime soap actors during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable with the hottest directors and their latest films, Maurice Benard took to his facebook page to return the favor and say some very nice words about being part of Joy and working with David and his experience.  Plus, the Daytime Emmy winner revealed even his fear of flying could not stop this from being a joy-ful experience.

Maurice shared: “It was such a priveldge to be in a David O. Russell movie. Working with David is like working with an incredibly talented mad scientist. The energy was out of this world and it made me want to be great. I suffer from major anxiety when it comes to flying, so it had been 10 years since I’d been on a plane. Through this experience, one of my biggest fears turned into ‘Joy’. The people on the set could not have been nicer and more respectful and what made it even more of a blast is that I got to work with my friends Laura Wright, Susan Lucci, Donna Mills and John Enos.”

So what did you think about the sentiments shared by Maurice on the filming of Joy? Will you be running to the theatre starting Christmas Day when the film opens nationwide to catch Maurice and the gang in it? Comment below!

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That’s very cool!

im a major anxiety sufferer as well but i cant go on planes at all…i get panic attacks when im on the second floor of my home!!!…I was terrified of heights ever since i was a young child when i went on a ferris wheel with my sisters friend from high school…i was 11 and she was 16 or 17….she kept swinging our seat when we were on top as the ferris wheel stopped to let someone off….she rocked it too fast and i almost fell off…never again did i go on another ride or anything high after that!!!…My sisters friend was a real jerk and i regretted going on the ride with her!!!

0oohh dear Jimh..
I enjoy climbing .. I didn’t always make it to the top but when I did the feeling is wordless, like I conquered the world LOL
I’ll tell you a secret that not many think of– getting back down is harder than going up, at least for me.. lol

Maurice is sooo awesome! he, getting on the plane and facing his fear can open up a new world of flight for him, perhaps.. he calmed his anxiety, good for Maurice!!
I’m looking forward to seeing him as ‘Jared; in Joy..
He is very excited for the movie and his part in it..
Nothing has been mention of the other 3, hopefully we will hear something from them also..

climbing rope in gym class was horrible….id get to the top and had a hard time climbing back down…had panic attack…hated it…coach had to coax me back down…lol

What a story. Did you ever try to get help for fear of heights?

Yep…but it didnt work…i can go up only so far…was in hospital fourth floor as a patient and they had to keep the curtains closed…i also get attacks in lower places too…i spend short periods in the basement…

i can’t wait to see it.

Looking forward to seeing the move ” Joy !
Maurice Benard is the Marlon Brando of the soaps, indeed

John Enos is salivatingly HOT…

Maurice Benard ???

mind blowing muster (?)

“…and it made me want to be great.”


prop much

Right on, Patrick. Far out and sock-it-to-me. So sorry, he will never be great. I think he thinks he’s Rodolfo Valentino.

Will I? Absolutely!


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General Hospital’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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