While lesser men might use any weapon at their disposal to take down an enemy, General Hospital's Johnny Zacchara (Brandon Barash) is a mobster with principles. Which would explain why Johnny hasn't used his knowledge of young Michael's(Drew Garrett) culpability in the death of his sister Claudia to stick it to Michael's pop, and Johnny's nemesis Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard).
"Johnny sees Michael as an innocent victim in the whole thing, " said Barash in the pressroom at the recent ABC/SOAPnet Broadway Cares event in New York City. "I think when Johnny looks at Michael he sees what Johnny used to be and what Johnny could have been if he didn't kind of follow in his father's footsteps. He sees Michael kind of at that tipping point and doesn't him to go down, but wants him to start over. I think Johnny sort of feels like its his duty to not let Michael go there."
Not that Johnny is going to let up on his vendetta against Port Charles' top crime lord anytime soon. Especially if Sonny comes sniffing around Johnny's lady love, Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).
"Johnny may feel a little threatened," Barash admits with a chuckle when asked if his alter ego is worried about Sonny and Olivia sharing a past, not to mention a son in torn cop Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), "but at the end of the day, Olivia's going home to Johnny and vice versa!"