April 13, 2009 6:34pm CST
I guess the previous spoiler I read about being surprised about Dante's identity applies to the casting department too! Do you think they should wait for Pelphrey? Or is that just a distraction technique and it won't be him, but someone entirely different? http://www.soapcentral.com/gh/news/2009/0413-dante.php Tom Pelphrey or David Lago? Both of these award-winning actors have been rumored to be joining the cast of General Hospital as Dante, Sonny's long-lost son. Months have passed, and there's still no sign of Dante. Is the show really going to cast the role, or was this a diversion so that the show could recast Michael? For at least eight months now, General Hospital fans have been whispering about the arrival of Sonny Corinthos' here-to-unseen long-lost son, Dante. You may remember a soapcentral.com report first posted in January that announced that the role would be cast imminently. So here it is April, and there's still no word on Dante. What happened? According to sources, General Hospital's casting department was not able to sign the actor that they wanted for the role. At least not yet. To compensate for not casting Dante, the show moved forward with plans to recast and age Michael Corinthos. As reported last month, newcomer Drew Garrett will take over the role. So who was General Hospital trying to sign? The leading candidate remains two-time Emmy winner Tom Pelphrey (ex-Jonathan Randall, Guiding Light), whose name was first bandied about as a possible Dante way back in August. When the actor recently relocated to the West Coast, it was widely believed that he was thisclose to signing with General Hospital. Pelphrey, meanwhile, said that his move was designed more to allow him to pursue opportunities outside of daytime television. With Pelphrey reportedly unavailable, rumors surfaced that the show wanted another Emmy winner -- David Lago (ex-Raul Guittierez, The Young and the Restless). Recently, however, Lago told Soap Opera Digest, "No one at General Hospital contacted me. I would have been happy to discuss it, but I never heard from them."Published reports, however, still claim that Lago tested for the role of Dante several months ago. The latest word on the street is that General Hospital continues to wait for Pelphrey to become available because the actor remains the show's first choice for Sonny and Olivia's son. What is unclear, though, is how long the show is willing to wait.
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• United States
14 Apr 09
They are just pushing your buttons!! They'll let a little word out and leave us all hanging about a new character...and drag the final answer out into oblivion... just like they do these story lines! I don't know abou tyou, but the new GH - I've been in alot of hospitals and have not seen a set of stairs like those the lobby ..or is that the 7th floor... or the 10th.....currently has! Just means we are going to see alaot of stories that involving falling down stairs!!!!
• United States
13 Apr 09
Why? Why oh why do they have to get Sonny another kid? I mean do they want the fans to hate him more than they do? I like Maurice Benard and the character of Sonny. But the writers seem like they want to make him more unlikeable. I would go for Lago over Pelphrey, just because I think Pelphrey looks so much like the ex character Stone. I wish though, that they would just scrap the plans for Dante at all. If I could pick the actor who would play Dante, I would pick Jesse Metcalfe. He isn't doing much these days. And he played Miguel on Passions, so he has soap opera experience.
14 Apr 09
I think that they are waiting for the actor to sign up for the part and I think that Peiphrey is holding out until he gets paid what he wants for his contact. So as soon as he gets what he wants, he will sign up. Besides it heightens the suspense.