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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

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Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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ahh ha!
Good for Maurice!
Portraying Gotti has to be a thrill for him.

As for that network/ Lifetime, I never tune in, it’s sorta lame.
but– I’ll have to tune in to see Maurice as Gotti ..

((and! as I was channel surfing I came across that MeTV and saw it was that barney Miller show that Mike/Max was in so I took time to see Max as Whorowits/whatever..
ahaa he was the umm ‘slow’ character..
it was fun to see Max so young))’

Again– good going Maurice.
Strut your mobster-self !!!

Linda
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Linda

I agree su000

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I agree, su000. I’ll watch the movie also. And might I hope that this project will give us a respite from all the Sonny-centric tales in full swing right now?

su000
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su000

I wonder will the movie will air?
Maurice/Sonny has not been absent to have started to film in his upcoming movie..
I think it’s far away until air time.

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Soaphound, It’s been a while……LOL. My father-in-law and my husband’s nonno are stunned over this. I could never understand why these film makers cannot ‘hire’ an authentic Italian actor for such a role. I guess if one is not Italian, one will not understand. There is an affinity among Italians that exists nowhere else. This is a mockery to all Italians, and they will take offense. Italians are a close-knit lot and they will not appreciate someone who looks nothing like what an Italian looks like, play one of them. “Dante”, Dominic Zamprogna, for instance: typically Italian…compare the two.… Read more »

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Soaphound

Hi Celia. It’s funny, I agree (as a grandchild of 3 Italian immigrants) with much of what you say. And I’m sick to death of Italian-Americans being marginalized in our role of building the middle class of the U.S. And of being casually derided as EYE-TALIAN. Really? From where…EYE-TALY? But then I think of the many great performances from actors who didn’t match their characters’ ethnicity: Meryl Streep in SOPHIE’S CHOICE, Marlon Brando in VIVA ZAPATA, Natalie Portman in JACKIE, and many others. I definitely agree that casting non-Asians as Asians is deplorable…remember Katharine Hepburn as a Chinese matron in… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hello, Soaphound, I know exactly what you are saying. I have known my husband since I was six. He grew up in North Boston……I, on Long Island’s south fork…..but our families met on Martha’s Vineyard where we spent our summers in our respective homes (South beach)….. Edgartown’s Katama area. I went to University in Boston…..and, albeit he’s a few years older than I, I did catch up!! HaHa??????!!!!!! So, as my family, his is also extensive……my husband’s parents and grandparents are Italian immigrants…..the most colorful people one could ever meet. As a child, Soaphound, were you struck by the fact… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Celia, it’s no surprise we get along…your open world view is what makes life fascinating for me also. So many great people in my past helped me become the best parts of who I am today. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to the more intimate, emotional soap stories, rather than the mob action or cliffhangers. Different strokes. I like people-oriented stories because that’s what I grew up hearing. Real life is not only stranger than fiction, but more interesting as well. One self-correction: the Hepburn movie is DRAGON SEED. DRAGONWYCK stars Gene Tierney and is a much better movie. What… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Yes, my friend….we are people’s people….I love interacting with any culture….’Tis, indeed, what makes the world go ’round.
My background is pretty colorful, too…..I’m half Viking!! Can you see me on a hilltop, blond hair streaming and blowing in the wind as I blow my horn bugle? LOL.
The Dutch and Scottish parts of me are quite tame…double LOL.
Hmmmm…..Barash? I wish he would make his visit permanent…..Lord forgive me, but Tyler gets under my skin. Me no like!!
❤️

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Well, you know Barash is Jewish? And he’s playing a DiMera? Aren’t they Greek? For shame! 😉

Celia
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Celia

No, Rebecca. The DiMera’s are Italian. Again, I am not talking about one’s faith…..I am talking about race. Maurice Benard is not white; Gotti was. However, that’s not even the issue. I am just saying that the Italians I do know are very sensitive over the idea that non-white actors portray Italians in a role. The same happened when Jennifer Lopez ( who looks very much of mixed race with a defined Puerto Rican, Bronx accent) played an Italian maid in Manhattan? Even the Puerto Ricans complained about that. I know for a fact that Puerto Ricans are very proud… Read more »

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rebecca1

Hey CeeCee; let’s start with our fictional people first. Don’t know why but I actually thought they were Greek! But, here’s an example of people of different heritage playing others; Billy Flynn is Irish, Brandon Barash who will be stepping in for Stefan O is Jewish. My point is, as you stated, with some “looks” it’s hard to tell. Others it’s obvious. I still don’t know why it matters unless it’s a historical figure of great importance, like with my example of Jesus. I see you didn’t respond to that example. It makes no difference who believes in Jesus as… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Rebecca, I agree with you…..do not get me wrong. But, no one can attest to witnessing anything untoward regarding Kavanaugh. Who knows, really? I just do not like to jump on the band wagon, especially when neither has been heard. I find these women ‘iffy’…..Plus, the democrats started pounding on all Trump’s ‘picks’…. regardless of whom it was. I am so sick of the shenanigans ….the level-headed democrats see both sides…..let’s find out!! Then, interject. That’s all. We are all American, we are all human with flaws…..But, it seems to me everyone on the liberal side has a bone… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi CeeCee; actually, yes, we do know what Jesus probably looked like; well, the features he had. They’ve taken skulls and data from men who lived in his time from his origin/religion and deduced a reasonable representation. I think it was PBS many years ago and it was, I believe, an archeological study done by Christian theologians. There must be others, as well. But, yes, he was Sephardic and Sephardic are of olive complexion. They also derived that he had dark curly hair. So, all those lily white, blond, flowing hair images are just the “ideal” that one race came… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I am rmbarrassed to even read my own writing: I apologize for all the typos and malapropism…..Correction: dire straits.
Too many typos to even count!!
Always in a hurry!! Sorry. Forgive me?
Again, I am glad we are where we are…..communicating without rancor!!

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rebecca1

Hi CeeCee; Just saw this; I think the “without rancor” was to me? If so, yes! I agree! LOL: can’t say we don’t keep on trying!

Shay
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Shay

Thank you for being the voice of reason, CeeCee. I always enjoy your posts because they are measured and quite logical in nature….you take into account both sides of an issue before you speak through common sense, not ideological talking points!!! (And you don’t name-call and try to negatively pigeonhole people ala Alinsky tactics…) Of course, in this particular case, I wholly agree with you on the Judge Kavanaugh matter….this clearly contrived scenario is just too pat and convenient with the timing and all…extremely suspicious, to say the least! Just more delaying tactics to deny this exceptionally-deserving and eminently-qualified man… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Shay, I’m pretty sure I did respond…..did not post, perhaps? I certainly did not mean to ignore you……very busy substituting…..plus, everyone chose late summer and fall to get get married this year. We were invited to six weddings…..four of which I am one of the bride’s maids. Sooo stressed out, LOL…. …..so, on that note….let’s discuss Oscar. For the first time in several months, I had the best cry…..a release I needed to have. I’d rather laugh, but crying was good. Oscar is officially my favorite character. Such a ‘big’ man for one so young. He is killing his… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Oh, I do so love autumn weddings, CeeCeeGirl! You didn’t per chance attend a certain “conscious coupling” in the Hamptons this weekend??? Lol…But seriously, I hear what you are saying…most of my replies never wend their way to you either and I am assuming vice-versa…coincidence? I rather think not….it’s like reading a book with half of the pages missing…no continuity whatsoever! Totally frustrating, to say the least…and it’s not just where you are concerned…..I’ve had numerous remarks to all sorts never make post, even though the vast majority are totally pleasant and innocuous in nature….not provocative or broaching controversial topics,… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Shaybelle, Forgive me for taking so long answering you….finally returned from a 4-day ‘wedding’ stay, in Montauk. Last one, thank God!! I vowed to stop wearing stilettos for the rest of my life!! My poor feet!! I will be sharing classes, back and forth, with another teacher ( she’s expecting). And, yes, one of the classes is English. I am very happy for Laura’s return…..I haven’t caught up….just had a chance for a couple of episodes. I did catch up with Y&R and Days….I sort of snuck into the suite and caught a couple of eps…. I am working… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Well, CeeCeeGirl, I’m glad you survived the marital marathon in Montauk…and I hope your feet have recovered so you may live another day in stilettos, but you needn’t apologize for your brief absence and lack of rapid response. I figured you were simply enjoying the long holiday weekend! (A belated Happy Columbus Day to you and your extended Italian family ….) At any rate, this is my second reply to you in the last 24 hours…in the prior one, I discussed the GH developments you had mentioned, as well as gave my sincerely-held take on the appalling behavior of the… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Ciao, bella, Yeah….the bias runs rampant!! Too stressful to watch the obscenity in the streets of this beautiful land…..THE MOB, by definition, Shay—no matter how it is spun….we all have a voice and we should all be heard with words not actions. If there is any fairness within social media, bias should not exist. Protest with civility….not resort to such vile tactics. Both sides of the aisle need to meet in the middle, but infringing upon one’s civil liberies? Gone too far. Engaging in perilous “oration” will not end well. We have seen that—before our eyes…Congressman Scalise!! Why? I want… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

My dad wasnt Italian but also communicated with just hand gestures-well he used certain fingers that is!!!!

Celia
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Celia

HaHaHaHaHaHa…gotta love you, Jimmy!!
❤️

Linda
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Linda

I agree wholeherily with your outlook.that many great actors in the past portrayed a character of OF a different race or ethnicity very well. And, in turn, many great Italian actors such as Al Picinno, Sly Stallone, Leonardo de Caprio, portrayed characters as not necessarily an Italian in many roles. Your last two sentences, says it like it should be. We’re all equal, no matter what race or cultural ethnicity.

Shay
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Shay

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when the nonni let loose! I don’t blame them for their righteous indignation in the least, CeeCeeGirl! Just look at how many hissyfits have recently been pitched when some big name actors were cast in roles that specific “communities” felt could not truly “represent” them….those perfectly capable performers were summarily dismissed from the projects to be replaced by more suitable candidates, all in the name of placating these special interest groups and upholding their “pc” agendas. Yet, this latest piece of curious casting is supposed to be applauded, particularly when there are… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oh, yeah, Shaybelle…..I know exactly to whom you are referring.
“Me-Too” has gone too far. Beware!! Every white male we encounter is out to get us….as young as ten years old!! …..unless, he follows a certain ‘established social group’…evidence be damned!!
Amazing how “Demokratia” has become “Democrapia”.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

CeeCee. Don’t assume ” me too” has gone too far. Women have not had a voice since forever. Victims are coming out now BECAUSE of that! If they’re not believed now, can you imagine what type of chance they had then? What about the Catholic Church and thousands of young boys that were sexually abused? You know the silence around that. You know many of those boys were afraid to speak up. The entertainment field is taking the accusations way more seriously than the White House. Trump was accused of assault and even said he grabs pussy because if you’re… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Correction: judicial system; not justice. Two completely diferrent ‘entities’, independent of each other. Oh, Rebecca, Lest I forget…..Remember Ted Kennedy and the Dyke Bridge in Chappy, MA? I don’t mean remember the ‘accident’. We are both too young, LOL….but, you know what I mean. His pregnant mistress’s car went over and she drowned under suspicious circumstances. He swam the length to the other side ( so he said) which is Edgartown and alerted the police three days later. What happened to him? He became a senator, no less. Then he had the ‘blanks’ to accuses Bork of mistreating women (… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

So, in other words, CeeCee, we are to be wary of own fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and many other white males, like extended relatives, friends, mentors, educators and professionals, who have blessed and enriched our lives through the years with their impeccably-behaved presence? I don’t think so…if we cannot vocifierously defend what has been in my own—-and I suspect, your—-experience with the vast majority of (caucasian) men we have encountered who are truly upstanding individuals and do not conduct themselves in a manner unbecoming without being accused of the “r word,” then humanity really has reached the point of no… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Shay; I really think you’re confused. This is a soap site. Breitbart is a different link.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

LOL! Yep, those poor, abused white men. “No other group as maligned than white males of a certain age?” “Their place being usurped in our society?”

Haha…the alt right would be proud. Where’s the barf option.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Was there ever a Jewish actor who played Jesus? He hasn’t even been represented with the right coloring; for years he’s been hanging on people’s walls with long flowing blond hair and blue eyes. Mel Gibson’s anti-semitic “film” about the Crucifixion cast a non-Jewish actor, James Patrick Caviezel, to play Jesus. But he did manage to cast a bunch of smarmy looking extras to represent his vision of the “Jews in the crowd.” How about Moses? Last I looked Charleston Heston wasn’t Jewish. How about the many Jewish actors who never get to play Jewish roles: even on GH! Matt… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

On another note, I had no idea John Gotti’s wife was Jewish! (Her mother was.) Never knew that.

I digress. It makes no difference what ethnicity the actor is who plays a real figure from life unless minority ctors who are rarely given good roles are passed over for a white actor to play someone from their culture. Gotti was a criminal. Bernie Madoff was a criminal. Know who played him? Robert DeNiro. It’s called acting.

Jesus, on the other hand?…’bout time a.Jewish actor plays the part,

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Rebecca…agreed. It is called acting. But, Jews and Italians are white….. This is not just my feeling….the actor/character, in such a role, should be as closely suthentic as possible. I don’t know, I think Maurice is all wrong for the role…by the same token, it’s a TV movie…… I didn’t know Gotti’s wife was Jewish either. I am soooo good at pin-pointing an Italian….it’s usually in the eyes—and I don’t mean color since my husband’s parents, grandparents and siblings all have either blue or green eyes. The only problem I have is that many a time, I cannot tell… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

True. CeeCee. (about Jewish, Italian, etc looking similar to some extent. I’ve been taken for Italian many times, especially in my “dancing in the club” days! LOL). I went out with a Sicilian guy for two years during college (his parents and grandmother didn’t speak a word of English and he came here when he was three). When his grandmother met me she took my face in her hands and started talking to me in Sicilian? Italian? I don’t even know. I did get a fantastic baked eggplant parmigiana recipe and one for fried cardoon. Ever hear of it? Delish.… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi Rebecca,just like to chime in with this. I would watch Maurice play Santa Claus, if he wanted to, and although I think he will be really good, I can also see another actor, who is Italian play the part and that would be Leo DiCaprio. YUM!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Violet! To be honest I’m not even a big Maurice fan. I can’t stand Sonny for a lot of reasons but I absolutely adore him compared to how I feel about Carly. But, objectively, I think he can do this role justice and I don’t think “race” matters one iota. I never even thought of Maurice as “non white.” Never even entered my mind. I’m not even sure he isn’t. I just can’t believe this is even an issue for some. I CAN see it as an issue if a minority hero is the subject of a film and… Read more »

Bren
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Bren

I’m so looking forward to watching his new movie.

Larrian Dutton
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Larrian Dutton

Can’t wait to see it. What’s the date of release..

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Can’t wait to see this movie. I know Maurice can do as good, if not better than John Travolta.Kind of looking forward to seeing a bad, meaner side, which we hardly ever see with Sonny.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I’m with you, Violet. MB is very good at playing a character’s sinister side but with humanity. John Travolta is good in certain roles but he’s about as threatening as a pack of gum.

Skyking
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Skyking

Great choice, Maurice “Sonny” is the perfect man for that role, I am a true fan of GH since 1978 and since Sonny Jones the cast back in 1993 he has really given it a spin. I am confident that he will do the same in this movie. He has a unique talent for the art. My best to Maurice

Anna Lehr
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Anna Lehr

Yes, love Maurice – when do we get to see this?

Beverly
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Beverly

Can’t wait to see it he will be great

Constance
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Constance

I think Maurice Bernard will do a wonderful job playing John gotti

Linda
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Linda

I’m so excited to see this Lifetime movie with Maurice Bernard playing Gotti. I did see the documentary on the life of Gotti with his son in it & enjoyed it so much.. I can’t think of anyone more capable to portray the notorious mobster than “Sonny Corinthos”. He’s an excellent mobster character on General Hospital that my husband & I have been watching for forty plus yrs. I would love to know when this is going to be aired on TV. CANT WAIT!

jmbeach
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jmbeach

Congrats Maurice Bernard happy about the news. I recently bought the “Gotti Movie” with John Travolta but some unknown reason I am unable to see it. Let me know when the Victoria story movie is coming to life time?

R Lee
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R Lee

Congrats! Maurice, I been watching him on GH for 40 years. I think he will do a fantastic job. You do not need to be a certain ethnic to be the perfect person to play a role. All you need is the ability to be a extremely and talented good actor to play the role. Once again congrats! Happy for you. Can’t not wait to watch.

Sandra Lee Rodkey
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Sandra Lee Rodkey

I love watching him on general hospital he would b good as gotti he already plays a mobster the role will b befect

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