A bewildering arc on a daytime soap opera helped create the documentary-horror thriller hybrid.
And you thought James Franco was just appearing on General Hospital for the fun of it?
With an Oscar nomination and a series of big budget successes under his belt, Franco could be one of Hollywood’s most dominant leading men. If he wanted. Instead, he has worked to invert and subvert his celebrity and the greater perception of fame, and while playing a serial killer on an ABC soap opera would be a massive antithetical career move for most stars, he took it one step further.
Francophrenia is the result of Franco’s collaboration with filmmaker Ian Olds on the set of General Hospital, based on dry footage of the star wandering the small backstage area, talking to cast members and crew. Franco, however, narrates with an increasingly psychotic tone, soon creating a sort of meta-thriller that offers three layers of the actor: the character, the man and the confusion of the two.
The film debuted at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and will next play at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
It’s a good thing he’s on “General Hospital,” because from the looks of it, James Franco is going to need a doctor.
The Oscar-nominee is reprising his art-as-real life experiment with another go-round on the soap opera, this time back for a long arc as serial killer/artist Robert “Franco” Frank. Part of his storyline will involve trying to break up the wedding of Jason Morgan, the hitman on whom he harbors a desperate crush.
The photo below, then, doesn’t look like the feeling of butterflies is very mutual.
It’ll be his first appearance on the soap since February.
The new still plus tons more of General Hospital stills and behind the scenes photos that were missing from the gallery have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!
Despite recent reports of James returning to General Hospital, Showbiz 411 is now reporting James will not be returning to the show.
Unless “GH” is coming to Detroit, it’s unlikely that Franco can be too involved in the soap opera beyond a cameo. And that’s not all on his plate. He’s got his Yale PhD program in New Haven, poetry classes in North Carolina, and two art shows in New York scheduled for August–one at PS1 and the other at a small gallery in Soho. Plus, his many indie directed films–like “Sal” and “The Broken Tower” (which Focus Features expressed interest in)–are in various stages of preparation.Franco told a friend of the “General Hospital” news: “I don’t know what that is about. Maybe down the road.” Maybe he can go back and forth from Detroit to Los Angeles in a hot air balloon, just like Oz the Magnificent!
At this point it’s safe to say that James Franco really does love General Hospital! A rep for the ABC soap tells TV Guide Magazine that the Oscar-nominated actor and obsessive multi-tasker will be back on the show for his fourth go-round on September 20. And this time it’s no quickie. Franco’s upcoming story arc is being called “longterm,” meaning we’ll see him well into the fall and possibly beyond. This should be a nifty trick considering GH is filmed in Hollywood and the actor is due to open on Broadway this fall opposite Nicole Kidman in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth — but don’t forget he’s known for shooting weeks and weeks worth of GH material in just a couple of days.
Here’s a clip of James’ return to General Hospital.
James Franco reprised his role as serial killer Franco on Friday’s episode of General Hospital and threw in a couple of Oscar jokes during the appearance.
Wearing a tuxedo and surrounded by shirtless portraits of himself, Franco pokes fun at his hosting gig as well as his jack-of-all trades reputation during a phone call with fellow hit man Jason Morgan.
“You know, I’ve been doing some more art,” he says. “Self-portraits. I know, I know, multi-tasker. How about you? You kill anyone lately? Well, I miss that, I really do. Look, I could chat all night but I have to run. I have a big event to attend. Very, very big deal.”
New stills of James’ return to General Hospital have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!
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Port Charles has an Oscar nominee in its midst! Well, sort of.
James Franco, who’s up for an Academy Award for his work in 127 Hours, is returning to ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital as performance artist Franco.
The actor, who is also hosting the Oscars with Anne Hathaway, will appear the soap on episodes airing Feb. 25 and Feb 28 (at 3 p.m. ET) to “wreak havoc” on the fictional town of Port Charles, according to a release from ABC, and to “make an important phone call to his nemesis Jason Morgan” (played by Steve Burton), who appears in a behind-the-scenes shot with Franco.
James Franco couldn’t be cooler — and hotter — these days. The guy has earned the reviews of a lifetime for his performance in 127 Hours. He’s considered a shoo-in Academy Award nominee for best actor. And he and Anne Hathaway have been picked to co-host the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, February 27. But he’s not forgetting about General Hospital! Franco, who twice appeared on the ABC soap as a serial killer, has agreed to return for a two-episode stint airing the Friday before the Oscar telecast and the day after. It’ll serve as a teaser for a longer story arc he plans to do on the serial later in 2011.
Credit the coup to GH executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. “When we realized James would be in L.A. for the Oscars and all the other awards shows, we asked if he’d consider coming back and doing a little something for us,” Phelps says. “He was happy to do it and requested that we use the appearance to plug his next story. He’s also expressed an interest in directing at GH. He’s been really, really good to us. Whatever James wants, we’d love to make it happen!”
“I’m very interested in the structure of soap operas,” the actor told ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” reflecting on his recent role on the daytime soap “General Hospital.”
James was recently on ‘The View’ to talk about his guest stint on ‘General Hospital’. His interview can be seen below along with his “exit” interview.
Caps will be added shortly! In the mean time, here’s a few stills from ‘The View’ along with some new ‘General Hospital’ stills.