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James Franco's Artist-Psycho-Killer Character Returns to General Hospital

by Caryn James
February 24, 2011 7:49 AM
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The James Franco-ABC synergy didn't start with the Oscars. In 2009 he appeared on General Hospital, part of the same fascination with TV that led him to make a film about Three's Company.

His Oscar-hosting stint is actually sandwiched between two new General Hospital appearances, on Friday and Monday. He plays the same character, a guy called Franco - apparently part of his fascination with himself.

I am not a soap opera fan. In my early freelance days I had to keep up with a soap to profile one of its stars and still think of it as the assignment from hell, so I was glad to catch up with Franco's character via ABC's quick slide show.

The fictional Franco arrived on the scene spraying graffitti around like some small-town Banksy, but it turned out he was also a serial killer. Why the real James Franco wants to give his name to that guy is something you'd have to ask him. But here's the word on the soap-opera character, in Franco 101.

This is one soap - or rather two episodes - I will watch.

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