Stephen A. Smith (Brick) is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL!
(Photo Credit: Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
The soap’s executive producer, Frank Valentini, shared a photo of Smith posing with Maurice Benard (Sonny) in the set of Sonny’s living room and teased, “Look who dropped by GH to tape some scenes! Great guy!”
Smith is a sports reporter who appears on ESPN2’s FIRST TAKE and hosts his own SiriusXM radio show, but he is also a huge GH fan. “I have four older sisters, and when we came home from school, all the TV’s in the house were on GH,” Smith told ESPN Front Row. “Since I wasn’t allowed outside until I finished my homework, I watched the soap every day.”
When Benard was a guest on FIRST TAKE in 2015, he recognized Smith’s love for the soap and arranged for him to have a role as Brick, a surveillance expert for the mob. And while the reporter is a huge fan of GH, he was able to contain his nerves.
Benard with Smith during his first GH appearance (Photo Credit: Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
“Since I have watched the show for so long, I know Sonny and his mannerisms,” Smith confided. “So the scene was like talking to a long-lost friend. I knew him and how he goes about things. I imagined all that and it helped relax me.”
Smith made his first appearance as Brick back on March 31 and April 1 of 2016, and popped back into Port Charles again in August of the same year. What information might the surveillance expert have for Sonny this time around? Details regarding Smith’s newest GH stint and when it will air are not yet known, but we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop!
Check out some of the fun selfies Smith has taken with the stars of GH during his visits to the soap in the gallery below!
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"Sports superstar Stephen A. Smith chats with Donnell Turner at GH today, and Maurice Benard got in on the action," wrote photographer Jim Warren of this shot of Benard taking a selfie with Smith and Turner in the background.