I have a confession to make – I’ve watched the last two days of “Days of Our Lives.” On Tuesday it was on accidentally on while I was working and there was a lot of sex and hot shirtless guys so I stuck around and taped it the next day. Parts of it were super cheesy (there was a body double guy made by some nefarious characters through plastic surgery that even fooled the original guy’s girlfriend. They should have gone for the twin angle!) but the man candy kept me watching and I started getting interested in the characters. When I was in high school I used to watch “All My Children,” so soap operas aren’t a foreign concept to me, but now I really get the appeal.
Anyway James Franco is coming back to “General Hospital” as the “Franco” sociopath performance artist character he first played in November of 2009 and again last summer. The guy has a bunch of irons in the fire, and I know some call him pretentious – he’s teaching a class about himself for God’s sake – but I still find him awesome. He’s smart, he’s educated, he’s funny and he’s game for just about anything. I’ll be taping this and I’ll probably start watching “General Hospital” now to see what it’s about. Here’s more from People:
James Franco, who’s up for an Academy Award for his work in 127 Hours, is returning to ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital as performance artist Franco.
The actor, who is also hosting the Oscars with Anne Hathaway, will appear the soap on episodes airing Feb. 25 and Feb 28 (at 3 p.m. ET) to “wreak havoc” on the fictional town of Port Charles, according to a release from ABC, and to “make an important phone call to his nemesis Jason Morgan” (played by Steve Burton), who appears in a behind-the-scenes shot with Franco.
Following a two-month stint on General Hospital in 2009, Franco reprised his role as the mysterious and dangerous artist in the summer of 2010.
“Working on General Hospital was a great experience,” he told PEOPLE at the time. “I love the cast, writers, directors and producers. They have become a new family for me.”
The executive producer of General Hospital, Jill Farren Phelps, has sung Franco’s praises during every phase of working with him. When he did his first guest stint on the show, she said he “could not have been nicer or more humble; he was willing to do whatever we asked. He had over 65 pages of material to do in the one day, so it was a very long day, but his demeanor was completely professional.” In December of last year, Phelps told TVGuide that she approached Franco about reprising his role for a third time when she heard that he would be in LA for the Oscars. He’s surely going to be busy during that time, but she said that he was gung-ho about it. “He was happy to do it and requested that we use the appearance to plug his next story. He’s also expressed an interest in directing at GH. He’s been really, really good to us. Whatever James wants, we’d love to make it happen.” She also said something that I think sums up what Franco is all about. “He is fearless about doing what he wants to do.” Wait – strike that. I’d rather quote Gawker’s Maureen O’Connor to sum up this story. “James Franco grabs overexposure by the balls, then teabags it.”