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James Franco Memorizes 100 Pages Per Day

James Franco Memorizes 100 Pages Per Day

James Franco makes his transition from the big screen to daytime on soap opera General Hospital on Nov. 20.

“This guy had 100 pages to learn in one day,” Steve Burton, who plays gangster Jason Morgan, tells Life & Style. “He’s really putting his butt on the line.”

James was told he could use a teleprompter if he wanted, but he opted to learn his lines just like everyone else. “I didn’t think he would use one, just because of the type of actor he is,” says Steve. “A lot of times people come from film and don’t know the workload, so I can see why he might have been thinking about it. This is the total antithesis of film. But he’s doing great.”

Why did James want to do the soap in the first place? “It certainly wasn’t for the money!” Steve says. “He wanted to try it out and get the experience. My reaction when I heard he was doing it was the same as the rest of America’s: Why is he doing this? Obviously, he doesn’t have a big ego.”

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# 2

100 lines is A LOT of lines. I don’t think I would ever do that if I had another option. Go James!! xoxo

# 3

James rules!

# 6
fire steve burton @ 11/18/2009 at 11:42 am

steve burton ruins GH. he is a horribly cheesy actor

# 7

wow, I think its awesome and admirable that he did that! Like the guy said, he must not have a big ego

# 8

I think I love him even more now……

# 9

Still not enough to watch GH tough.

He’s hilarious. A Really funny guy!

Poor baby!! i’ll have to tune in to see if he read his lines right. He’ll be a nice addition to GH. Too bad it wasn’t Antonio Sabato Jr. coming back with Karen. Oh, pleez GH gods….now that would be a ratings winner!! And PS…..nobody is going to remember james for doing this…..does anybody care about whats going on gh anymore or for soap operas in general?!!!

@fire steve burton: So agree. He is like a block of wood with a blank stare. GH will not get better with Guza as HW and SB as lead.

R11 – Karen died. It wouldn’t matter if they came back away. Since Antonio Sabato played a cop, he would be reduced to a blubbering fool with little airtime.

can someone please explain everybody’s obsession with this guy? i don’t get it. he doesn’t appear to be anything special

burnergirl @ 11/18/2009 at 3:49 pm

Ok….So Steve Burton is so not a cheesy actor. And while I respect that James Franco is choosing to learn 100′s of pages of dialogue…please don’t think he is not egotistical. I worked with him at an Autism function…and he was the biggest prima donna there…I mean like he didn’t get that he was doing a fundraiser and gave us a list of must haves… well being non-profit we did not have it and he was then so uninterested. Prior to this he was one of my favorite actors…after well I have no respect.

Christie Sproul @ 11/18/2009 at 3:59 pm

james franco soooooooooo has to play jeff buckley if they make a movie about his life!!!!!

James is so hot! can’t wait to see him on GH

so effing hot!!! i just saw him in the trailer for date night and he looks good like always!

YES SIREE GH @ 11/18/2009 at 4:57 pm

FIRE STEVE BURTON … PLEASE he is the best man to look at .. not like the FAT TYLER CHRISTOPHER.. OR THE SHRIMPY JONATHAN
JACKSON.. THE OLD ONE WAS TEN TIMES BETTER

YOU WANT TO KNOW IN THE SOAP WORLD Websites call GH

THE GANGSTERS OF PORT CHARLES…DON’T BOTHER CALLING
IT GENERAL HOSPITAL.. A BTW FRANCO THE characters name
has an obession with Jason Steve Burton’s character…That is why
Steve is doing all the talking…!! BUT James has a hot sex scene
with Kristen Storm’s character Maxie…so watch it for sure..

james is the hottest man alive

he rocks.. when does his first episode air

Steve burton is amazing actor and very talent
I am happy James is coming and form the look of things it will be great S/L

I would love to have his babies..

As much as l like James Franco, i still cant bring myself to watch the boring GH> Boring characters and bad writing

He looks more like he does a hundred pages a day.

@Amy: Amen to that

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