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James Franco Reprising 'General Hospital' Role

James Franco is reprising his role as performance artist/serial killer Franco on the ABC soap General Hospital in September!

The 33-year-old actor will return to the show for the fourth time on September 20, a rep for the soap told TV Guide Magazine, adding that will be a “longterm” story arc.

James first guest starred on the show in late 2009, but a rep told TV Guide that this storyline will involve Franco’s “most twisted plan yet”.

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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.

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.”

James Franco on General Hospital -- FIRST LOOK

Here is your first look at James Franco on the hit ABC soap opera General Hospital.

Not much is known about his character on the show but sources tell that James’ character will be named Franco. Simple enough, right?

General Hospital recently featured a Dante flashbck, where he recalled that he spotted a graffiti sign on the wall that read “co77x.” We’re told this also relates to the character Franco. Check it out below!

James‘ first air date is Friday, November 20th. TiVo it now!

What does thee “CO77X” mean???

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.”

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