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James Franco: General Hospital's Latest Star!

James Franco: General Hospital's Latest Star!

James Franco has joined ABC soap opera General Hospital for a multi-episode arc starting Nov. 20.

The Associated Press reports 31-year-old movie star will take on the small screen as a “mystery person who comes to the soap opera’s town of Port Charles.”

Executive producer Jill Farren Phelps says it’s “an honor that an actor of Franco‘s caliber would choose to spend some of his valuable time in Port Charles.”

WILL YOU TUNE IN to watch James Franco on a soap series General Hospital?

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58 Responses to “James Franco: General Hospital's Latest Star!”

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  1. 1
    meena Says:

    i’m really confused as to why he’d do this, but between him and jonathan jackson coming back as lucky spencer i may start watching again!

  2. 2
    luvd80s2 Says:

    @meena: same here, that show needs alot of improvement sick and tired of the mob and Carly!

  3. 3
    mickey Says:

    Is this like an April Fool’s Joke in October? He must be friends with someone involved with the show because why would James Franco do General Hospital?????? That is like MEGA weird.

  4. 4
    H. Says:

    Is he high? WTF?

  5. 5
    berries Says:

    I haven’t watched this show since I was 13 (I’m 35) and I am confused as to why a mega star like James Franco is lowering himself to this standard. Most people start off on soaps then branch out into movies…not vice versa!

  6. 6
    lisa Says:

    Yum, I will be setting the DVR.
    Gosh, I havent seen a soap since days in 1994.

  7. 7
    LuckyL Says:

    I’d watch and the only soaps I’ve ever watched are Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful

  8. 8
    LuckyL Says:

    And people, stop being such television actor snobs. I don’t think he’s lowering himself. You think all those sh*t movies with sh*t actors, i.e. Megan Fox and her latest bomb, should be hailed over the 20-year vets on some of these shows?? Please.

  9. 9
    get a better cast bob Guza Says:

    James Franco is a better improvement to the show..Get rid of Sarah
    Brown and her whiney character..Thanks Bob Guza for putting him
    on the show.. btw a lot movie stars are back to tv Lawerance Fishbourne came back to CSI ….etc…

  10. 10
    Jezebel Says:

    Wow this is so awesome! I love James Franco and GH is my favorite soap.

  11. 11
    H. Says:

    LuckyL, we’re not being television actor snobs. There are plenty of TV shows I like and TV actors. I am being a soap opera snob however. ;)

  12. 12
    gabby Says:

    Why is he back tracking?! Don’t stars usually start out on soaps and then work their way up?

  13. 13
    Jezebel Says:

    Back tracking? You mean like Glenn Close and all the others who have gone from movies to TV? He’s working in a different genre for a stint. It’s not like he joined the cast for years.

  14. 14
    Bebe Says:

    Maybe he is doing research on being a soap actor. Too bad he is going to learn from this cast. I feel bad for James. LOL

  15. 15
    Katie Says:

    Sucks that people are soap snobs most soap actors are theater actors or at least they were now that soaps are trying to get the younger viewer their hiring LA actors but some amazing talent has came from them Tommy Lee Jones, Demi Moore, Julianne Moore, just to name a few. Hey at least he’s not guesting on Jon and Kate plus 8.

  16. 16
    LuckyL Says:

    # 11 H. @ 10/01/2009 at 1:08 pm LuckyL, we’re not being television actor snobs. There are plenty of TV shows I like and TV actors. I am being a soap opera snob however. ;)
    Well I can see that, though I’ve read some pretty good arguments in defense of them. I’ll have to post it later–got to work y’all

  17. 17
    DSant Says:

    This is exciting. That God, they are getting of Claudia. I REALLY want them to bring Brenda back!!!!

  18. 18
    sweetness Says:

    This is definitely shocking but NOT in a bad way. He’s definitely a major screen star so by appearing on this famous soap opera is coup for this daytime drama. I think it is impressive for him to do this…because soap opera acting is definitely harder to do than being on the big screen in the technical aspect. Who is not going to watch this just for I can’t believe it factor.

  19. 19
    lisa Says:

    ^^ I agree with sweetness.

    And I thought the whole movie star /tv thing was so over like by 10 years. I mean when Sean Penn does a tv show, it is game for everyone!

  20. 20
    Bitter Says:

    Interesting that you would use a picture of an actor that was just fired to be replaced by the original aexexual actor and his tv dad that stabbed the actor in the back.

  21. 21
    Alex Says:

    I think this is great news. And also I hear that Vanessa Marcil may want to return as well for a short run. Well I have the perfect story line for a temp return. Kate Howard played by the amazing Megan Ward, needs a model for a major fashion layout in Crimson and everyone knows that Brenda is a model working overseas and so then she gets the gig with Crimson. not only would this be a great temp way to have Vanessa on for a short stay, but we can have her character interact with James Franco’s character. WE WANT MEGAN WARD BACK ON CONTRACT AND THATS IT BRING KATE HOWARD BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. 22
    sarah Says:

    How cool is that!?!? I read that James Franco is doing this recurring gig as research for a movie role. Works for me! JF on “GH” – that’s hot.

    And with Jonathan Jackson coming back, who thought this show could get this interesting again. Now if only Vanessa Marcil would mark her return too.

  23. 23
    Another Spencer in the works? Says:

    And he is going to school right now too.. so What do you really think
    that Academy Award winner actress Glen Close and how about singers on the soaps too.. those are losers… who make a arc appearance on One Life to Life and Days of our Lives…Is it another
    Spencer in the works since they show The kids and Dad…Where
    is the other son with Holly Luke Spencer…should be in this photo too

  24. 24
    Mary Says:

    I wish I could watch this – thank God for YouTube!

  25. 25
    One Says:

    Nothing wrong with TV, #13. But why did it have to be a soap opera?

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