‘GH’s’ Maurice Benard Praises Bryan Craig’s Performances: “He’s Kicking Butt, Right Now”

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Sonny Corinthos’ response to learning his son Morgan was bipolar on “” was the complete opposite of actor ‘s upon learning  would be tackling the challenging storyline.

“Sonny’s first reaction was guilt,” explains Benard. “He felt guilty, because he thought he had something to do with [passing this onto his son],” explains Benard, whose GH character has also been diagnosed with the manic-depressive illness.

Benard, on the other hand, was intrigued with the plot turn and eager to help and advise Craig on the subject. Since Benard himself suffers from the mental disorder, he knew he could over encouragement and advice on portraying it. So the two actors got together to discuss things.

“Bryan came to me, and we talked a lot,” recounts Benard. “We talked about what happened to me in my life… what I went through. And we talked about what he should do, acting wise.”

Benard offered Craig some tips on how to portray Morgan’s highs and lows, drastic mood swings and manic episodes. “There was one scene in particular, where he had to [unravel]…,” recounts Benard. “I thought that he had to talk faster and have his thoughts racing. I told him, ‘Have you ever done anything or taken a [prescription] drug that made you feel like that? He said, ‘Yeah.’ I told him to use that feeling and that’s what he used and it was incredible.”

How would Benard assess Craig’s performance so far? “He’s like a sponge. He soaks everything up,” says Benard, regarding Craig taking ideas and implementing them into his performance. “The kid’s incredible. It all worked out for the best, because he’s kicking butt, right now.”

  • The only reason Maurice Benard is happy is because his character gets to be front and center. If his son is in the spotlight so is he. Snooze fest.

  • missmocha15

    Morgan isn’t my fave, but from what I have seen from this storyline, I think Bryan has been doing a great job.

  • Dawnie Hodges

    love that GH is using the mental health problem of Sonny to educate the public on this horrible sickness. Morgan is doing a brilliant job in portraying manic depression and Sonny is a great mentor and advocate for him. Kudos to GH on this PSA …..loved your Shriners Childrens’ Hospital PSA and now this mental health one…..great insight on the part of ABC and TPTB for this action. keep it up please…….more is needed on both of these fronts.

  • Laura Parker

    how is carly related to nell?