Gold Star: Dominic Zamprogna (ex-Dante)
Dominic Zamprogna shone as a darker Dante
Thanks to Sonny’s stand-alone “What if… ?” episode, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Dominic Zamprogna finally got the chance to show Dante’s dark side — and he played the twist so beautifully that it earned him this week’s Gold Star!
Forget good cop Dante, who somehow balances his world view with his father’s lifestyle. In the alternate universe Sonny imagined, his son was a mobster who showed him zero respect. Sure, Dante tried to play nice at first, but he turned cold at the suggestion that he leave behind his “lucrative” business to move back to Brooklyn. Even worse, Sonny disrespected his bosses! Bowing his head, Dante stewed silently until the Jeromes left… and then he lit into his “pathetic” father, who’d never risen beyond the rank of sergeant or been much of a provider. Refusing to be calmed, Dante finally sniffed, “My mother’s going to be working at the salon until she’s 90!”
After Sonny stormed out, Dante betrayed his own insecurities with one last snark
about his father. Then, he went to apolo- gize to his bosses. While he seemed right at home discussing products and shipments with the Jeromes, Dante was also clearly in his element when he met with Agent Ashford. Jordan may have misunderstood his reason for turning on his bosses… but Zamprogna filled his character with a frightening stillness that made it clear his father was not going to be pleased with his endgame!
When Sonny tried getting through to him again, Dante turned up his chin defiantly. And even as he commended his father for guessing that his plan was to take over the Jeromes’ territory, there was no love in his smile. Stepping up to Sonny, Dante bragged that he wasn’t afraid of power and, with a dismissive pat on the shoulder, brushed off his dad’s warnings.
When Sonny called out that he was nothing like him, Dante couldn’t resist turning back. He let a little chuckle and hoot slip out, as if entertained by it all. Then, he pursed his lips and listened. But he was too defensive to actually hear his father’s love and concern, so eventually, he simply turned his back on Sonny.
With wife Sam, Dante never raised his voice… but wow, was he cruel! He was exasperated to realize that she wanted out of the Mob, and when she tried to reach the Dante she’d fallen for, she only got the made man he’d become. “Baby, if you don’t like the life I have given you, then you can leave… and I’ll find someone else to take your place,” he cooed warmly before kissing her cheek and walking away.
By the time Zamprogna’s reimagined character shot Jason, we believed this coldhearted Dante more than capable of murder. We weren’t sure he was any better than the Jeromes, as he insisted… but we were sure that we wanted to see the actor come back to GH and bring some of that weight to the real Dante!
Zamprogna showed us a side of Dante we’d never imagined.