James Franco Pisses Off 'General Hospital' Fans

In OnScreen & Music by Wendy Michaels , on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 9:20 AM (PDT)
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James Franco's 'General Hospital' Role For His Film?

James Franco's gig on General Hospital was never much of a fan favorite, but the soap let him do his thing for the sake of "performance art."

He made a lame turn in the role of "Franco" (clever, right?), but now has GH fans in an uproar after he dissed not only the show, but its audience.

Do not make GH fans mad, Franco.

Basically, Franco spills that his turn on General Hospital is part of a movie called Francophrenia that will have its debut screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Francophrenia is about ... uh ... well, himself, but also his serial killer character and the reality and fiction of it all.

The Hollywood Reporter explains: "The simple synopsis of Francophrenia (or, Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is), which makes its U.S. debut Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, is that it's a movie about a TV actor who confuses his true self with his character. The mental blur, at the most basic level, comes due to the fact that the actor shares his name with his character, who just so happens to recite long monologues about manipulating reality."

Franco's involvement in General Hospital was really nothing more than part of the bigger picture -- his film.

He told The Hollywood Reporter of his role on GH: "All I said was I wanted to be an artist and I wanted to be crazy."

Done and done.

He added, "I didn't know what would happen, it was just sort of an experiment, it was a way to just insert myself into this kind of foreign world that was also sort of related to my world."

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Franco explains, "I do think it's all connected. I write, I direct movies and all of that, and any individual case, I might just be focused on that thing. It can be turned into something else, that has a different emphasis."

What do you think of Franco's experiment?

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Comments (3)
Posted By Tivochick (2 years ago)
Am I the only one not suprised that Francophrenia is a real project? I fully expected it was a self- promotion because the outdoor shooting on expensive-looking sets couldn't be just for the show. Its a soap, not a feature film.
Posted By Mari (1 year ago)
Give me James Franco anytime. He didn't piss this fan off. I am very disappointed that he is not playing the part, I guess GH fans are too easy to piss off.
Posted By Mari (1 year ago)
Bring him back!
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