On Recasts, or: Maybe It’s the Chemistry

When I first really started watching General Hospital, “my” Sonny and Carly were Maurice Benard and Tamara Braun. I loved what they both brought to their roles, and adored their chemistry. Tamara was the only person I could envision being Carly and when I learned that she was leaving the role in 2005, I was crushed.

I was absolutely certain a new actress wouldn’t be able to bring Carly to life the way Tamara had and I knew a new actress wouldn’t be able to generate the kind of chemistry Maurice had with Tamara. 140331_GH-CarlySonny

The first recast, Jennifer Bransford, proved me right. I absolutely hated the storyline they gave her, and wasn’t too fond of the actress myself. It was a complete disaster. Perhaps my dislike stems from my hatred of the storyline, but I really came to dislike her and lamented that the Sonny and Carly I loved were “dead.”

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