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James Franco Gets Artsy for 'General Hospital'

James Franco Gets Artsy for 'General Hospital'

James Franco is taking his General Hospital character, Franco, to a whole new level by bringing him into the NYC art world!

NYMag reports that the 31-year-old actor will participate in a gallery show at NYC’s Deitch Projects for an upcoming “special episode” of the soap he’ll be co-directing.

James wrote an editorial for the Wall Street Journal last month explaining why he wanted to guest star on GH, explaining that he considers it experimental performance art.

“No matter how far I got into the character, I was going to be perceived as something that doesn’t belong to the incredibly stylized world of soap operas,” he wrote.

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  • dundee

    he is looking rather pale

  • dogloversdate

    He is so good looking, who is he dating now?



  • Tim

    James franco is so talented and attractive! i cannot wait for this performance art experiment to play out, it is so interesting!

  • G

    Awesome! Read the editorial, people. Actors in Hollywood – whether it’s Tom Cruise, Robert Pattinson, or whomever – should be pushed to the limits by YOU – the real audience.

    Demand better and more challenging art in America by showing up for plays, musicals, performance art, poem readings, whatever. Even rap and hyphy stuff can be elevated to something meaningful if people participate and demand substance.

    How many Hollywood actors go back to school for another career, especially successful actors?

    It’s a relief to know someone cares more than just money and fame.

  • eliott


    Well said.

  • Well

    I think it’s odd that he chose the worst soap on daytime. He can’t even save the ratings…. despite the ratings stunt The ratings for general mobsters … Er I mean hospital are falling more and more every week. Gh is even lower than the cancelled as the world turns lol

  • alexandra

    I love his performance in GH. I think he’s extremely talented and he’s also sexy. Lol. :)

  • That Girl

    I think he is doing an excellent job. I DVR everyday and enjoy his scenes.

  • Raichill

    He looks sick in that pic.

  • Dianna Trent

    TERRIBLE choice of a photo for Franco! Normally he’s absolutely stunning!

  • anna

    He looks like death in that photo!

  • Maddie

    WTF happened to him :S

  • Blopp

    never seen anyone go from hot to not so fast.
    all his recent photos look like crap.
    its not the photo, people. it’s him.

  • tom

    He has been really good on GH. I see daytime Emmy nomination in his future.

  • Chef Jacke

    What does he think everyone else on the show is doing?

  • Stone

    @Chef Jacke: Yeah, I’ve heard everything now!

  • MMA

    I stopped watching GH after watching the first episode with him. He’s an overpaid clown.

  • [marie]

    Yum… I’d totally hit it…

  • Jen

    My hat is off to him. He is trying to branch out and learn more about acting. Soap acting is hard, you have to memorize dozens of pages of script and hit the ground running. He’s learning. People should applaud actors going on stage, or on the soaps or wherever they can learn more about acting. I applaud both Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johanssen for going on stage when they’re successful movie actresses – that is stretching one’s acting muscles. It’s snobbish to only want to do film, it should be about the art, not the paycheck – actors have to stretch themselves on many canvasses.

  • Denise

    I think he should spend some time getting some sun, stop drinking and smoking, and getting more sleep because he is looking sicker and sicker. I hope that stint on general hospital was for a favor or he lost a bet because I think he is better than that. I think he was acting on GH for some project that he has in mind for the future but all this artistic stuff he is doing is just wierd and he should work on his acting. If he wants to paint more he should work on it instead of making a fool of himself on tv. Plus, I am tired of seeing him sucking men’s gums – it makes me think he is gay.

  • gamerdatingsite

    I love his hair

  • noone

    dating Ahna Oriley….shes fugly

  • laken

    i love james, very hot and talented

  • Jessica

    gahhh i love you james franco <3 marry me?

  • Grengle

    I started watching GH again just for the JF appearance. He’s been great to watch and not in as many scenes as I would like (he could be in all of them.) People, a soap is a guilty pleasure that we can enjoy when we stop taking ourselves so seriously. Just enjoy… there doesn’t always have to be a deep story line. It’s called entertainment.

    Why shoudn’t the guy have a little fun and enjoy himself? He’s young. I think he should explore being a Batman villian….oooo wouldn’t that be fun to watch!!!

  • Zoe

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  • Zoe

    Who do you think is cuter James Franco, or James Scott? Did you hear about this really exciting contest to meet James Scott and Joseph Mascolo on the Days set and to appear with them in Soap Opera Digest? Check it out at