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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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  • Melissa

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

  • Kate

    James rules!

  • k

    November 2?

  • k

    Nov. 2?

  • fire steve burton

    steve burton ruins GH. he is a horribly cheesy actor

  • Jen

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

  • yey

    I think I love him even more now……

  • yey

    Still not enough to watch GH tough.

  • http://www.bbwmatch.net/ Josie Jay

    He’s hilarious. A Really funny guy!

  • sup

    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?!!!

  • Donna

    @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.

  • m

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

  • burnergirl

    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

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

  • jen

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

  • karey

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

  • YES SIREE GH

    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..

  • Amy

    james is the hottest man alive

  • amanda

    he rocks.. when does his first episode air

  • Dana

    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

  • [marie]

    I would love to have his babies..

  • blah

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

  • http://www.crookedbrook.com/ Chef de Vestes de Cuisine

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

  • emmaa

    @Amy: Amen to that

  • http:/www.tenonanatche.com/stone.htm Stone

    His mother must be really proud of him.

  • Realme2008

    F**k that ***t! 100 pages per day? That’s absolutely ridiculous. All that for a shit** soap?

  • http://www.richsugarmommy.com/ Jessica Play

    I think he should do another Seth Rogan movie!

  • nika

    That’s the same guy who couldn’t remember how to pronounce Gucci, right? *Smile* 100 pages a day, huh?! Say what!

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