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WATCH: GH's Maurice Benard Talks Life In Front Of The Camera & Behind It On OPRAH's: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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Last night, General Hospital star Maurice Benard (Sonny) appeared in a follow-up interview and segment on OWN’s Oprah: Where Are They Now? The popular actor has been very public over the years about his battle with bipolar disorder and how it has affected his personal and professional life, at times.

In this newly aired segment with Benard, the cameras take you on the set of General Hospital where Maurice reveals even though he plays a tough guy mobster, growing up he was always the guy who would stand up for the underdog.  Later, the cameras sit down with Maurice and his wife Paula and their four children for some spirited conversation.

Finally, Maurice discusses his bipolar disorder and his latest film, The Ghost and the Whale which addresses the issue through the main character played by the soap star!

After the jump, watch three clips from last night’s Oprah’s: Where Are They Now? with Maurice! Then, let us know what was your most favorite or most touching part of Benard’s segment?

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

I for one knows what he suffers from…ive struggled for years with off and on irritablitity, mood swings, night cries and overwhelming sadness, depression…in my younger years ive attempted suicide it got so bad(too much detail to why i went there)…and many threads ago i had an episode which im certain many commenters remain aware of…i had a lot of family issues and medical crises(just recently two more family members ended up at the hospital one was serious but this happen after i had that episode) so i got so upset i lashed out on my soaps and got some… Read more »

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Jim kudos to you, you are such a nice guy and very open. I admire your honesty and openess, my sister suffers from depression and is also bi polar. She finally is on the right medication, but sometimes she gets nasty with our family, because my sister wants to be left alone. Last night she visited me, and she told me that she loves me very much. We cried together, and she told me thank you for being by my side and not judging me, GOD bless you jim, Also I love reading your comments on this site. Some of… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Thanks, you perked me up and i really needed it!!!

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I hurt for you, jimh. I have never gone into a deep depression, but I went through the “winter blues” with this last pregnancy. For some reason, I just hated winter. I felt aches and pains all over…mostly psychological. It is so weird because it is October and I already dread winter, something which I had never before experienced. It isn’t as bad as last year, thank goodness, but I am so afraid I’ll feel those weird pangs again. I am lucky to have a loving family and friends around. I knew about Maurices’s bouts with deep, clinical depression….really sad…but,… Read more »

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Strange, me too is dreading winter and its just the beginning of October…Jan to March is my usual winter blues months…recent family health scares might have been the cause for me to experience it earlier but i usually love this time of year of fall colors, apple cider and pumpkin pie…hopelfully ill get through it…actually watching soaps is helpfull now that my shows have improved and i find them more entertaining of late…thanks for the reply!!!

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Well Jim, I enjoy your posts and it is brave of you to be so open about your struggles. I hope and pray you remain upbeat and realize that you are important to people and people on this site enjoy your sense of humor and insight. Stay standing, Timmm!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks Timmm i enjoy yours too…this site has been a Godsend…thanks to Micheal Fairmen and all of you!!!

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

Thanks Donny, CeeCee, and Timmm for your kind words…its people like you we need more of…it meant a lot to me and i love you all for it!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

jimh…You’re never alone and people are always thinking about you…just write your way through the lows and always know tomorrow will be a brighter day!

su0000
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I come from a family of Psychiatrists..
(try growing with a mother who sees through you and a father who can tell all.. Mental health was monitored always with that look, you might know the one lol .. :
Anyways.. now is time for a group {{{{{{HUG}}}}}}} 🙂

Tea
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Maurice’s segment was amazing, wish it was longer. I loved the family stuff the most. They are very inspiring to those of us who has mental illness in our families. Thank you Maurice for all you do!!!

Jules
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I’ve hated Sonny for over 20 years. He’s always been the worst part of the show for me, along with his cohorts Carly and Jason. Nothing about this character is redeemable.

But I have always loved and have had so much respect for Maurice. He is generous with his fans and fellow actors, he speaks so thoughtfully and honestly. His candor about his mental illness is remarkable and truly brave. Of course, we know where he’s been all this time, but it’s nice that Oprah gave him a segment.

Charday
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Agree with you 110 percent about the Sonny character.

su0000
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I and a million others have always love the Sonny character !!

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I wish him the best with his movie, and hope it gets a good response. Mental illness & depression has been in the forefront of many news stories lately, with Robin Williams suicide and high-profile crimes being perpetrated by people who needed, but didn’t receive, treatment. Bringing more attention to it can only help IMO because for so long, people have been written off as “crazy loons” because their problem is “all in their head.” Even if someone becomes more compassionate to those with PTSD, bi-polar syndrome, or depression, that’s a step in the right direction.

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On Thursday, the very shrewd fans of daytime drama, noticed a very familiar face on General Hospital in scenes with Dominic Zamprogna in Dante’s return storyline.

Playing Dante’s Doctor turned out to be Christopher Cousins, most soap-famous for his role as Cain Rogan on One Life to Live from 1991 to 1994 and later reprising the role of the conman back in 2008.  Cain was romantically involved with Tina Lord (Andrea Evans) while in story in Llanview.

Cousins also made appearance on two other daytime drama: as Greg Houston on Another World in 1986 and as Colin Crowley on As the World Turns in 1990.  More recently Christopher has been appearing in numerous primetime TV shows and films.

So, do you hope Christopher sticks around on General Hospital?  Do you think it’s just a guest stint for him to serve Dante’s story? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Briana Lane Fills-In For Amanda Setton As General Hospital’s Brook Lynn

Since Amanda Setton has taken maternity leave from General Hospital, so Brooke Lynn will looks a little different starting with today’s all-new episode of the ABC daytime drama series. Briana Lane will take over the role temporarily while Setton is on her leave.

Amanda opened up about expecting her third child and her decision to be safe during this time to Soap Opera Digest, stating:  “Despite being really excited and eager to jump back into GH, due to the many unknowns with Covid and expectant mothers, it was advised for us to wait it out.”

Amanda went to say on her temporary exit from playing Brook Lynn: “I will miss her, but only temporarily! Looking forward to stepping back into her shoes soon enough!”

Setton had nothing but good things to say about her replacement: “I can’t wait to see what Briana brings to the character! I’m sure she will do an incredible job and will bring her own interpretations to this fun and complex character! I’ll be watching and rooting for her all the way!”

Meanwhile, Lane took to her Twitter account to express: “Honored to fill some big, wildly talented shoes and step in as the fierce and loving Brook Lynn Quartermaine. Working alongside such gifted actors and a kind=-hearted crew on such a legendary show has been a career milestone… So happy to be on board!!

Lane has appeared in American Horror Story, NCIS, All American, and 9-1-1 to name a few.

So ready to give Briana a chance at her take on Brook Lynn, while we wish Amanda all the best during her maternity leave? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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