Fans have been very vocal about wanting Sonny back on GENERAL HOSPITAL but Maurice Benard has been equally vocal about how much he’s been enjoying playing “Mike” in the Nixon Falls storyline. However, the actor recently spoke up to address the rumors regarding the controversial storyline’s origin.
“I know people think this story is my idea, like I needed a break or something,” Benard told Michael Fairman TV. “it has nothing to do with me needing a break. They came to me and said they were going to do this story. I said, ‘Let’s do this!’ I’ve been enjoying this. It’s a different energy. The energy that Sonny has is dark. It’s like in third gear. Mike is like in first gear, calm, relaxed, happy.”
Because he’s been enjoying how the storyline has been unfolding, the Daytime Emmy winner was a little taken aback at how passionate some viewers have been about wanting it to end. “The audience — at least my fans — they don’t care how happy I am or whatever,” Benard confided. “They are screaming ‘Go back to frickin Sonny!’ I like that in a way, but I didn’t know that it was going to be this vocal from people. It’s not that they hate Mike, they just want Sonny. And Cynthia is put in a tough situation because of her history in that character.”
Throughout all of this, fans have been directing much of their ire at Nina for keeping Sonny away from his family and loved ones, so Benard has found himself defending co-star Cynthia Watros (Nina). “She is a real actress,” he praised. “She makes adjustments and she listens, and I’m really happy to be working with her. She is just stuck in a circumstance that is not her fault.”
The storyline has continued to twist and turn with Sonny’s wife, Carly, now planning to marry his (and her!) best friend, Jason, so when Sonny does regain his memories, Benard promises “a great fight when Sonny does return.” Because this marriage is going to make Sonny and Carly’s eventual reunion not as happy as fans might want it to be! “ The thing about Sonny is that it’s what Sonny does best — or what I do playing him best — is betrayal,” he declared. “So, for him, this is not a good thing. I would assume he’s just going to go, ‘What the…?!’ and all hell is going to break loose!”
So stay tuned to GH to enjoy the fireworks!