Flash From The Past
James DePaiva (Dr. Bensch) may be new to GH, but the daytime vet and Maurice Benard (Sonny) go back to when they played OLTL’s Max and ALL MY CHILDREN’s Nico, respectively, 30 years ago. In fact, the actors often made public appearances together and even shared a near death experience — or at least, what they thought was one! “Every weekend, we were on a plane going somewhere,” DePaiva recalls, adding that in this one particular instance, “Maurice and I were in the front row of the airplane, and it was a rough day in New Jersey. We pull out of Newark, the plane gets about 300 feet off the ground… and lightning strikes the nose! The door, all the way around, lights up in the flame.” This was back before Benard’s fear of flying had formed, but he and DePaiva were understandably pretty freaked out! “We were both convinced a bomb had gone off,” DePaiva deadpans. “‘Please, dear God, turn around!’ But we kept going.” Thankfully, everyone survived the scare!
DePaiva and Benard were struck by lightening.