James Franco headed back to 'General Hospital': Jason is sooooo pissed

Steve-Burton-james-francoImage Credit: Ron Tom/ABCPlenty of folks wondered if James Franco had completely lost his marbles when he joined General Hospital for two months last winter as Franco, “an artist whose canvas is murder,” as the promos stated. Was it a publicity stunt? A favor to someone? (He has the same manager as GH’s Steve Burton, who plays Jason.) A burning desire to get close to Sonny Corinthos any way he could? Franco insisted that a soap opera was just another challenge for him as an actor, and from the response his creepy character’s story got from fans, it seems he pulled off this little experiment with flying colors. And it’s certainly no surprise that GH producers are now bringing Franco’s Franco back for another run in Port Charles next month. “Working on General Hospital was a great experience,” Franco says in a press release. “I love the cast, writers, directors and producers. They have become a new family for me. I can’t wait for the work we will do this summer.”

What can we expect? In true over-the-top daytime-drama fashion, the producers promise “a wild ride of mystery, music, murder, and mayhem.” DUM DUM DUUUUM! And the truth is, Franco does have unfinished business with Jason, having slipped out of town just after that crazy Lulu-Sam bomb scare. GH teases that Jason and Dante will team up against Franco and bring the story to “a chilling climax” later this summer. So who’s psyched to see Franco torment Jason some more? Did you love Franco’s first run in Port Charles? What do you think of his decision to do daytime drama?

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  • stacy

    um Dante not durante

  • Patricia in TX

    who is “Durante”? did you mean Dante, the cop?


    Pffft… another filthy liberal joining a filthy liberal TV show. Once we get the One-Termer removed from office soon, we can work on getting this liberl filth removed from television.

    • mari

      well then, why are you trolling this “liberal” website?? dumbass.

      • Andi

        Isn’t it obvious that this is probably someone trying to make conservatives look bad?

    • bringbackrocky

      You’re an idiot and you can’t spell. Other than that, have a great day.

    • Wonder Twin

      Really this is your comment on GH, you know you are a true TARD (and that is not a slam on truly challenged people) if all this liberal stuff bothers you so then what the f’n duece are you reading EW for you dummy A. Tend your own garden ok.

    • Sarah D

      Go watch O’Reilly and Beck, their brand of crazy seems right up your alley.

    • harry

      Then GTFO you jerk!!!


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    • suki

      Get a life you pathetic jackass.

  • Patricia in TX

    Stacy – ha, we both caught it

  • Madd

    I think it’s weird that he wanted to be on a soap, but he is a good actor, and I’m looking forward to the Danny Boyle film he’s starring in. Also, I feel like I kind of have to like him because he looks exactly the same as my husband.

    • Lil’ Kitten

      Wow, congratulations! I’m a wee bit jealous. :)

  • Patricia in TX

    hopefully they’ll hook him up with someone better than Maxie – ugh, she was lame

  • Dara

    This is a metaphorical t-shirt with an ironic picture if I ever saw one.

  • Sina

    Honestly did anyone see the ratings for the last time he was on. It was sweeps months and GH key demo was behind DOOLS! His storyline sucked big time. The whole homoerotic stuff between Franco and Jason was not funny and was annoying since it pushed back other storylines. Can we get the Cassadine storyline going please.

    • Sonus

      Wow, doing GH once is quirky Franco, twice…talk about career suicide

  • BeaAnn

    So I guess Jason won’t be in jail protecting Michael then??

  • Brenda Barrett

    If tptb will guarantee that Franco will kill Jason, then I might start watching this misogynistic mess of a show again. In the meantime, how about an EW.com blog about the awesomeness that is OLTL’s musical?

  • Alexis

    Hopefully he will kill off that skank ho Sam and thus save Jason and the show!

    • Jelly


  • Meg

    It looks like James Franco started a trend. Julianne Moore just returned to As The World Turns for a special Ep and David Hasselhoff is returning to The Young and The Restless for a stint. Is this what we need to save daytime, no. There’s more to it. But big name actors showing support in favor of daytime and daring to show their face on a soap can certainly help. I’m glad that James Franco is finally giving up this performance art crap he first talked about and is now saying it like it is. It’s hard work and I enjoyed working there and I want to return. I wasn’t a fan of the character…but kudos to him. I wouldn’t mind if he killed off sam though.

    • Canuck

      ?????????? Sam, why Sam? is it because she hasn’t had a decent storyline in years? She plays a second fiddle? LOL, i can see your point, she is so over on that show now, i’d rather see Jason with someone else. Anyone really, wouldn’t in be funny with all the incestous relationships on that show that he falls for ALexis.

  • Commenter

    I actually found Franco unconvincing in his role. It was kind of a dumb story arc, but anything that gives Jason more screen time is fine with me!

    • barr

      Yeah, I like James Franco but thought he did the worst job possible on the show. He came in, played it over the top, and then left with a couple insulting remarks towards the genre. Guessing he’s contractually obligated to return to complete the number of eps they agreed upon lol.

  • Shannon

    I LOVE James Franco and will watch him in anything. I finally just saw Milk last week and he’s such a good young actor :)

  • Jenn

    I guess I’ll be tuning back into GH staring June 30th. I love the Franco storyline and can’t wait to see how it all wraps up!

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