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James Franco Talks 'General Hospital'

James Franco Talks 'General Hospital'

James Franco is getting excited about his General Hospital gig!

The 31-year-old actor spoke with New York magazine about his GH role, what he filmed on Monday and how soaps are different from movies…

On a cameo he filmed: “I was filming 30 Rock today. It was very fun. I worked with Tina Fey a little bit over the summer on the movie Date Night….I play myself but a very strange version.”

On what filming a soap’s like: “They gave me a script for the day that was as thick as a film script and that’s what we planned to shoot in a single day. No ad-libbing.

“If I needed it, they said they had a TelePrompTer, but the regulars didn’t use it so I didn’t want to use it, either.”

On the difference between soaps and movies: “[Y]ou do one take. They’re going for one take because they have about four cameras for each setup.

“It’s one take: You do the whole scene and then you’re on to the next. That’s three or four pages in a moment.”

Click inside for James‘ newest General Hospital promo!

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  • [marie]

    I still don’t understand why he chose to do GH… but more power to him.. he’s still hot..!

  • laura

    Can’t wait to see him on GH!!!!

    He said that he wanted a ‘challange’ and heard that soaps were hard to do … so he ask his agent to get him on a soap.

  • Sav.

    Good for him! I can’t wait to see the episode.

  • Liza

    It’s strange, but I really think this was an experiment for him. The only thing is that GH is horrible now. Days or OLTL would have been a better choice.

  • lene

    Yeah, DOOL is freaking awesome..

    the only thing i love on GH is Dante and Lulu! I think they went too far with Claudia’s killing… i hate sonny, jason, and sam now.. poor Johnny.

  • karey

    james is so hott!

  • jamesfranco

    DOOL sucks. i never liked the dull romances on that soap. GH is more for the action oriented.

  • brebre

    soo excited. i love GH !

  • KAY

    love GH and I love that his story is with Jason and Sam. I mean yeah a lot of others but I’m a huge Jason/Sam fan so this is fantastic news. James Franco, Steve Burton, and Kelly Monaco… it can’t get any better!

  • Betts

    At least they have romances, unlike Sopranos wannabe GH. Ratings reflect how awful that show has become.

  • Jewels Jessica

    I think he should be a superheroe, like Batman and Bruce Wayne. He’s got that star quality. –

  • Drezle

    I LOOOOOVVVVEEEEE that James FRANCO is going to be on GH! OMG, so excited–can’t contain myself. Its going to be AwEsOmE! I really love him as an actor and pray that he gets the role that will BLOW him into a mega icon in cinema! It’s coming James and I’m excited for the ride!

  • Becky Beckham

    He was great as the Gucci spokesperson! Hilarious!

  • Jen

    I CAN”T WAIT until he’s on GH! Counting down the days!!!

  • jamesfranco


    as far as i can tell. the ratings for GH increased last week. over 200 something viewers. whereas DOOL decreased.

  • jamesfranco

    actually 200.000 viewers, my mistake.

  • mailey

    james!!!!! :)

  • Erin Everyday

    Pineapple express was awesome. He is such a versatile actor! –

  • meh

    looking forward to this