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WTF??: James Franco on General Hospital


Like everyone else who cares about this sort of thing, I am pondering what the heck James Franco is doing on GH. He’s an award winning movie star so why is he doing a daytime TV?

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.

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

2 thoughts on “WTF??: James Franco on General Hospital

  1. Somewhere in my head, I vaguely remember reading an interview with him (I can’t remember where), where he was talking about how he sets these insane goals for himself, like new year’s resolutions – one of them was being in a soap opera. I’m like 90% sure I’m not making that up. hahaha

  2. I know saw him by chance on GH i really like him ,character is very creepy and over the top soap opera style.still he is v handsome.

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