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Soap opera actor filming movie with rapper turned actor. has learned that General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Port Charles’ Sonny Corinthos) is headed to New York to film the movie Equal Standard. The actor revealed the news in a video posted to Twitter, where he also discusses a rare upcoming East Coast fan appearance. “July 14, the reason I’m going out is I got a movie that I’m going to be doing that week with Ice-T called Equal Standard. I can’t wait to see you guys.”

Equal Standard tells the story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl with some undercover cops who are convinced that he is a local street thug. The melee ends in tragic death followed by an uproar within the local gangs and the cops in neighboring communities, as well as across the city. The movie is to be directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane (The Grind), and was written by Taheim Bryan, who is also a producer of the film along with Jen Hertel (Shortbus). The film stars Ice-T (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) as Croft, Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods) as Detective Rullan, Fredro Starr (Moesha) as Du, Tobias Truvillion (Empire and Vincent Jones on One Life to Live) as Chris Jones, and Anthony ‘Treach’ Criss (Come Back Kings) as Trigger. Benard’s part is currently unknown. The movie is set to be released sometime in 2019.

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Benard will also be making two rare fan appearances in the New York and New Jersey area while filming. Fan appearances for the star are rare due to his fear of flying. On July 14 the actor will appear at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. The appearance is from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM and includes a show, a photo op and one autograph per person. Tickets are $99 and can be purchased at Eventbrite. That evening he will attend a private dinner in Astoria, NY from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Tickets are $160 and include appetizers, a show, photo ops and one autograph per person. They can be purchased by calling (718) 728-8581.