New York and New Jersey get ready — GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) is heading your way! But this time around he’s not just in town for a couple of his rare personal appearances at fan events… he’s also filming a new movie! “The reason I’m going out is I got a movie that I’m going to be doing that week with Ice-T called Equal Standard,” the actor revealed in a Twitter video message. “Can’t wait to see you guys, I truly can’t.” Then he pointed at the scene from GH on the TV screen in the background of his shot and grinned. “Look what I’m watching. Oh boy… Max and Sonny. Yes!”
Then on July 9, the Emmy-winning actor shared a shot of himself in costume side by side with the movie poster where he is featured prominently alongside the film’s other stars. “Always great to play different characters,” he confided. “In New York playing a police captain. Very cool and interesting script.”
Equal Standard tells the powerful 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. It is written by Taheim Bryan and directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane. In addition to Ice-T and Benard, the movie also stars Robert Clohessy, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent).
East Coast appearances were once extremely rare for Benard due to his crippling fear of flying. But having worked through that, the GH star can now make the occasional trip East to meet and greet his fans. He’ll be appearing at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ on the afternoon of Saturday, July 14, for a personal appearance, and then later that evening, fans can join the daytime star for an intimate gathering at a restaurant in Astoria, NY. For more information regarding these fan events and to get tickets for yourself, please visit CoastalEntertainment.com.
As Benard is only just now filming Equal Standard, a release date is going to be quite some ways off, but as more information about the movie and how you can see it is announced, we’ll be sure to let you know! For more on your favorite GH stars, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
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