Maurice Benard Considering Retiring - General Hospital


Maurice Benard has kept General Hospital fans enraptured as mob boss Sonny Corinthos for almost thirty years.

However, in a new appearance on his video blog State of Mind, the actor has revealed that his acting days are numbered.

During a  live stream episode of State of Mind on April 24th, Benard answered a question about his plans.

“Acting is not what it was when I was young,” the soap star said.

“Sometimes it is difficult, and it hits me in places that I do not like.”

Although Benard’s emotionally taxing performances do not satisfy him as much as when he was a younger, hungrier actor.

“I am thrilled right now. I am at a point in my life where I do not want the extra pressure, extra stress.”

Benard admitted. “It is too much for me.”

Instead of playing Sonny Corinthos, Benard would rather dedicate himself to his passion project, which encourages conversations around mental health.

He is spoken with GH alum Tyler Christopher and co-star Chad Duell in recent episodes.

“If I ever left, I want to bring State of Mind [to] a place where I can make a good enough living just to do this,” Benard revealed.

“There is less pressure here for me, and I can still work with mental health.”

So when should GH fans brace themselves for this major career transition?

“But acting, I do not know when, but I will be done with soon enough,” Benard revealed.

“Sorry. I hate to say that, but it is the truth.”

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