Stop Fretting, You Guys — James Franco Is Returning to General Hospital

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James Franco — seen above hanging out with Nic Cage in a bear suit possibly(?) — will be returning to General Hospital in September.  Franco played a performance artist and serial killer called “Franco” on the soap opera — which may be soon seen exclusively on the web — for two months in 2009 then again this February.  He explained to the Wall Street Journal that it was performance art, which is a fancy way of saying trolled IRL.

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. [TVGuide]

If it’s anything like last time, he’ll probably have about 30 seconds of screentime in each episode, very slowly continuing the storyline where he has a crush on a buff Mafia hitman, because the mob is in the hospital business now. (Sure, why not?)  The hitman is already set to wed one of the women on the show, a ceremony which “Franco” plans to interrupt. Reference The Graduate or GTFO!

Reporting all of this is really just our excuse to post a video of James Franco petting the monkey:


Well, what did you think we meant?


[Video via WarmingGlow]

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When not writing for Uproxx, Caleb likes to volunteer at the legless cat shelter and photoshop the Babadook into all of his family photos. He once resolved the question “To be or not to be?” through the clever use of General Semantics. Your mom thinks you could be more like him if you only applied yourself.

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