Who knows, who cares. What I do want to know is – why is he sucking so badly?
Don’t get me wrong I know he’s a great actor. He was wonderful in Milk, hilarious in Pineapple Express, and will forever hold a place in my heart for being head Freak Daniel Desario on the I’m-still-not-over-its-cancellation Freaks and Geeks.
But he is just painful to watch as creepy artist Franco in this arc. It is like he’s doing a spoof of soap acting. And I believe he did this earnestly – I don’t think he’s mocking the sometimes melodramatic styles of soap acting. But that is how it is coming across at least to me. It’s as if he’s in a Saturday Night Live skit overracting a soap character.
I seem to be in the minority though as every piece of press I read about it seems to love him and think he’s “elevating” the acting of the regular cast. I don’t know. I think there are plenty of good actors in soaps (of course there are crappy ones, but there are crappy ones on primetime and movies too) and they’re proving it isn’t as easy as it may look when James Franco is kind of crappy at it.