Performance Artist James Franco to Return for Another Stint On General Hospital

106947293 Performance Artist James Franco to Return for Another Stint On General HospitalWhen James Franco joined the cast of General Hospital in late 2009, he raised a few eyebrows. Why, the adoring fray asked, would such our beloved writer/actor James Franco join the campiest of daytime soaps? It’s performance art, of course!

Now, TV Guide has the scoop that the phone-throwing, Denis Johnson-reading and cross-dressing James Franco will be going back for another soap-tastic General Hospital appearance.

He’ll simply drop by the set for a few days in Febraury, and then jet back to New Haven to resume his studies. He’s getting a Ph.D., that smartypants.

Also, the filming will take place on the days before and after the Oscars, which Franco is hosting. Hosting!

“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,” General Hospital executive producer Jill Farren Phelps told TV Guide. “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!”

Well what if Franco wanted to play a character named Franco? Oh, right. That’s what he’s actually doing.

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