James Franco Explains His ‘General Hospital’ Gig

Many people were mystified when bona fide big-screen star James Franco decided to take a role on long-running soap opera General Hospital.

In an effort to clear the air, the Milk actor sat down with New York magazine and, to hear him tell it, transitioning from big-budget movies to a quickie daytime drama hasn’t been a cakewalk.

Says Franco of his experience filming GH,

“It was kind of mind-blowing. I’ve worked one day on it. It’s one day of a few. But I think we packed seven episodes of my material in. They gave me a script for the day that was as thick as a film script and that’s what we planned to shoot in a single day. No ad-libbing. If I needed it, they said they had a TelePrompTer, but the regulars didn’t use it so I didn’t want to use it, either. Anyway, I’m pretty good at remembering lines.”

Unfortunately, the Pineapple Express star stayed mum on the nature of his character (“I don’t know how much they want you to reveal”), and he’s uncertain whether that character will be killed off in typical soapy fashion (“I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s all open”).

Guess we’ll just to tune in to find out.

Let us know in the comments section: Do you think it’s a mistake for Franco to get involved with soap operas?

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