When it was announced that James Franco would be guest starring on the long-running daytime soap, General Hospital, it seemed like a joke but no one was thinking, “Man, that guy is desperate for work.” Franco has a great career and when he does something silly like a daytime soap, it’s no different than when he’s asked to completely destroy a room, receiving Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Award, or has trouble pronouncing the word Gucci. Franco could have easily coasted on his looks and talent but one of the reasons he’s one of the most confident actors out there isn’t because he can’t do anything else, but because he’s willing to jump in with both feet, have fun, and not care about what’s considered to be acceptable for young, talented actors.
A minute-long promo for the beginning of Franco’s two-month guest role on General Hospital came online today and even though he’s playing his role completely straight even though you can just sense that he’s grinning his ass off (and it does look like his character likes to grin too). His story apparently involves assassins and photography but there’s no mention of a hospital anywhere. Hit the jump to check out the promo, get some more details on his character, and maybe you can make more sense out of it than I can.
Franco will play a character named…Franco. TV Squad gives a hint of Franco’s (the character, not the actor) arc:
“He’s an artist and has a showing in a gallery, but there’s something else going on beneath the surface. He has an ulterior motive which may or may not mean that he’s the person stalking Jason. They’ve been suggesting that’s the case, but it seems too obvious to me. I’m still holding on to the theory that he’s connected to the Cassadines, which makes more sense than a connection to Alcazar. The last serial killer was linked to Luis Alcazar.”
I still have no idea what any of this has to do with a hospital.
Another reason Franco may have taken the role is that he’s doing a documentary with a filmmaker named Carter called Erased James Franco. Franco’s upcoming guest spot on 30 Rock may also be part of the documentary, although no one knows what the documentary is about although I suppose you could glean an idea of it from the title, but I’ll wait until there’s something more substantial.