General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Upset Over Drew Garrett’s Departure




Upset over Drew Garrett’s (soon to be ex-Michael, General Hospital) firing? You are not alone! Maurice Benard (Sonny) shares in the fan’s displeasure over the young standout’s departure. ABC Soaps In Depth reveals  Benard was shocked to learn that his onscreen son was getting a face change much like Ingo Rademacher and Laura Wright both previously revealed on their respective Twitter accounts. Maurice also tells SID he was not made aware of the change before it happened, but he plans to carry on.

As for the shake-up coming at a time when GH is clearly at a high, with important story for Sonny and Michael, Benard says he’ll have no problem carrying on with the plot. “Sometimes,” he says, “you have to put personal feelings aside.”
 

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  1. Avatar of east.west
    east.west

    I gotta do the human thing and at least give this boy a month b4 I make a decission about him. I guess due to the Kish debacle, ABCD is being really good at not letting info leak.

  2. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Yeah, it does make sense to give this "Disney guy" Chad Duell a chance, but I don’t understand why they got rid of Drew. I doubt very seriously that it was Drew’s choice to leave. I will reserve my judgment until I see him in action, but I hope that Mark Teschner and the producers made the right decision. This is GH, and they never cast bad actors, so maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

  3. Avatar of GH LOVER
    GH LOVER

     I don’t know if Mo Steve or Laura can do anything about it, they are all upset by this and I know that Lexi is also…..
    I just feel bad for Chad because he is coming to this show with all the Drew love it has to be tough, and Mo said that he does not want to talk about that… Awww 

  4. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Sassydreams—

    That is not a case of bad ACTORS, but rather badly-written parts. There is a difference. Just like that damn lawyer, Claire, is a poorly-written part, but the actress who plays her is wonderful. Sometimes a badly written character can make the actor or actress playing it look bad as well.

  5. Avatar of jaroo
    jaroo

    [quote=alstonboy4315]his is GH, and they never cast bad actors, so maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.[/quote]
     
    Um Carly #3? Jennifer whatever her name was? She was TERRIBLE.

  6. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Jaroo–

    I disagree. Jennifer Bransford did look a little bit, um……manly (too much testosterone in her development, probably) for my tastes, but I still think she was a great actress. I think that was just a case of picking an actress with the wrong look……

  7. Avatar of Grimm
    Grimm

     Funny someone mentioned Carly #3 Jennifer Bransford…I recall Maurice Bernard fighting hard to keep her as well and being similarly upset that tptb still got rid of her.

  8. Avatar of disillusioned GH fan
    disillusioned GH fan
    As for the shake-up coming at a time when GH is clearly at a high

    What "high"??!! …this show sucks and the storyline is even worse!

    Maurice ought to be paying attention to whats going on over at Days Of Our Lives, where bringing back the favs of the 80′s and 90′s is sending their ratings into orbit and leaving GH to eat their asteriod dust!

    GH is as bad as it’s ever been and not getting any better!

  9. Avatar of sassysdreams
    sassysdreams

    disillusionedGHfan – "Maurice ought to be paying attention to whats going on over at Days Of Our Lives, where bringing back the favs of the 80′s and 90′s is sending their ratings into orbit and leaving GH to eat their asteriod dust!"

    MB does not do the hiring at GH nor does he write the stories so why should he worry about what another soap is doing?  It’s beyond his control as nothing more than an actor!  And I think your soap is a big bore.  GH is, was and will always be the best soap on television in my opinion!!!

  10. Avatar of sassysdreams
    sassysdreams

    alstonboy – "That is not a case of bad ACTORS, but rather badly-written parts. There is a difference.  Sometimes a badly written character can make the actor or actress playing it look bad as well."

    Yes I agree sometimes that can happen but I don’t think there was anything anyone could write for Lisa #1.  She was just plain terrible in my opinion.

    And sometimes a really good actor can take a not so well written script and still make it really great!  Now that’s real talent!

  11. Avatar of troymcclure
    troymcclure

    [quote=sassysdreams]MB does not do the hiring at GH nor does he write the stories so why should he worry about what another soap is doing?  It’s beyond his control as nothing more than an actor!  And I think your soap is a big bore.  GH is, was and will always be the best soap on television in my opinion!!!
    [/quote] 
    I love GH and i think it’s the best soap on daytime and DOOL is a snooze fest contaminated with bad acting.

  12. Avatar of disillusioned GH fan
    disillusioned GH fan

    SASSYDREAMS—–> No sh*t Sherlock!*grin*  I’m fully aware that MB is simply an actor and has no creative or management control of GH! It’s Guza and Phelps destoying the legacy of this soap and the actors have no choice but to go down with the ship!

    GH has been in the toilet for some time and the continual need to revolve this show around MB and SB adnausium, is killing interest in this shows ability to be successful. While you can call Days a snooze fest (I don’t watch it, I just see them smacking the crap out of GH and other ABC soaps left and right by reverting to what works best and a ratings rise GH should be green over!)

    The fans have stated time and time again, they want the mob crap gone from GH and to get back to what GH has stood for in the daytime industry, an iconic soap that knows how to tell a good story and engage it’s viewers with talented actors. They have talented actors, they just lack intelligent writing and direction!

  13. Avatar of sassysdreams
    sassysdreams

    disillusioned GH fan - We will have to agree to disagree.  I’ve been watching since 1974 and the mob has always been a part of GH.  Maybe not as heavy as in the past 10 years but always present.  I agree there needs to be more balance and I think they are trying to bring us that.  But I still feel GH is the best soap on TV!  As for AMC and OLTL, it’s a contest to see which one is more boring than the other in my opinion.

  14. Avatar of Jack661
    Jack661

    I wonder how long it will take for the real story to surface about the reason for the recast.  Most of the soap mags will just report the company line…. but I’m sure Jamey or Nelson will get the real scoop eventually.

    As for Jennifer Bransford, she really is a solid actress (and did a great job on OLTL in the late 90′s)…. she was just miscast as Carly.

  15. Avatar of jlj0117
    jlj0117
    It’s beyond his control as nothing more than an actor!  And I think your soap is a big bore.  GH is, was and will always be the best soap on television in my opinion!!!

    HELL YEAH SASSY!

    I have soap net. thats how i watch GH every night. DOOL comes on right after, so I usually get to catch it. They drag their story lines out longer than OLTL sometimes, and it drives me nuts. The girl that plays melanie gets on my damn nerves. She whines even when she isn’t whining.  Half the time when she is crying, it looks and sounds like she is laughing.(stupidly) and that little twit that plays Mia, goes through every scene like she is in a coma.  the only reason it stays on my TV, is because by that time of night, I am just too tired and lazy to get up and change the channel. 

    the only thing i ever liked about the show is Bo and Hope, and now TPTB have wrecked that for me.

    Bottom line, in my opinion, DOOL doesn’t hold a candle to GH.

  16. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Sassydreams—

    I TOTALLY agree with you about GH being the best soap opera on television. My favorite soap opera up into recently was Y&R, but Maria Bell and Paul Rauch are testing my patience with the ever-growing level of foolishness that they are promoting and trying to shove down my throat over there!!

    GH is hands down the best WRITTEN show with the most realistic dialogue, the BEST cast of actors, the most complexly-written characters, the most thought-provoking and intriguing storylines and the best directing.

    Other shows are sometimes hit or miss, but GH, for me, is NEVER boring!!!

    Aside from this show’s bad habit of killing off core characters on a whim, and the fact that it is far too violent AT TIMES, this show is the best in daytime.

    Now, I must I will get off my soapbox!!

  17. Avatar of seanny
    seanny

    I personally saw nothing wrong with Jenny Branson or Lisa1 & 2.  The problem with JB/ was that she was a relatively unknown and she came on right after a hugely popular actress left.  The public refused to let her get comfortable in the role and make it her own.  She was fired (unfairly) in less than a month.

    As for the Lisas, the problem is with the writing not either actress.

  18. Avatar of snarkgirl85
    snarkgirl85

    I feel like one of the things that could have led to Drew’s firing being so very last minute was the assumption that MB or LW could very well lodge an effective protest if given the time. Say all you want about Sonny, but Maurice has gone to bat for laid off actors before.

  19. Avatar of cheryl85
    cheryl85

    Glad Maurice has spoken up on this recast.  It’s very disappointing when in actor is doing so well playing a part, which the fans appreciate and they are suddenly cut off at the knees. However, this is GH they always find someone to make recasts work, if not they’ll cut them.

  20. Avatar of sunchild79
    sunchild79

    There is a Facebook page called http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-want-Drew-Garrett-to-keep-playing-Michael-Corinthos-on-General-Hospital/109409995744100?ref=mf it started on friday with just a few people now at almost 600 its has phone numbers to call and address to write to. Even if you dont thnk it would help get Drew back on its a good way to show Drew support. His reps say he had no idea he was leaving and that he is completely devasted .(hope I spelled that right)   Anyways at least we could show him some love.We want to get everyone who is a fan to add the page to your face book plus there are some fan videos that were made for him.The girls that started the page have been going on soap radio stations to inform everyone of the support we are given him. His agent and him are now aware of us lets make him proud!

  21. Avatar of Beth
    Beth

    [quote]
    The problem with JB/ was that she was a relatively unknown and she came on right after a hugely popular actress left. The public refused to let her get comfortable in the role and make it her own. She was fired (unfairly) in less than a month.
    [/quote]

    I agree. GH underestimated just how popular TB was when she left, and they should have given it a month or two before they replaced her.  I thought towards the end of JB’s tenure, she was doing a great job with Carly’s breakdown story.  She was another victim of poor decision-making by the powers that be.

  22. Avatar of jaroo
    jaroo

    [quote=alstonboy4315]

    Jaroo–

    I disagree. Jennifer Bransford did look a little bit, um……manly (too much testosterone in her development, probably) for my tastes, but I still think she was a great actress. I think that was just a case of picking an actress with the wrong look……

    [/quote]
    Wrong look?? No. She was a terrible Carly and not because of her look.  Her scenes weren’t believable and she was just ridiculous.  Carly was my favorite character… I’ve loved her since the SB days… Tamara did a great job.  Laura is doing a great job.  Jennifer? Just no. 

    [quote=Grimm] Funny someone mentioned Carly #3 Jennifer Bransford…I recall Maurice Bernard fighting hard to keep her as well and being similarly upset that tptb still got rid of her.[/quote]
    I don’t remember that at all…nobody liked her as Carly.  It just didn’t work.

    [quote=Jack661]As for Jennifer Bransford, she really is a solid actress (and did a great job on OLTL in the late 90′s)…. she was just miscast as Carly.[/quote]
    Miscast… exactly which is what the poster was talking about.  They were talking about GH and it’s good casting abilities.  Not every great actress can play every role.  I will not say anything about her acting abilities in general but she made a terrible Carly.

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