The story about the initial pairing of Sonny and Brenda is showing up all over my newsfeed. Apparently, it's one of the things covered in Benard's book. Here's one article about it: https://soaphub.com/general-hospital/maurice-benard-reveals-sonny-and-brendas-general-hospital-beginnings/
One quote from MB that I found interesting -- and very telling -- was this: "In the beginning I told my friend Vanessa it wasn’t working for me. She could’ve told me to go to hell, but she chose to work her ass off, because she was so determined. I was very proud of her and the rest, as they say in show business, ‘is history.'”
Am I wrong, or is he saying that Vanessa did all the work? If so, then he's unwittingly made it pretty clear that he's always been a tool.