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James Franco Writes About His Soap Work — Is It Performance Art or Does He Take Himself Too Seriously?

James Franco has been mixing things up with his role on General Hospital, and his character apparently encountered some trouble with the law considering this mugshot. He's also trying to provoke a larger discussion around his work in the series with a piece he wrote for today's Wall Street Journal. He penned a lengthy examination of performance art, attempting to answer whether this project constitutes a legitimate example. He wrote,

"I disrupted the audience's suspension of disbelief, because no matter how far I got into the character, I was going to be perceived as something that doesn't belong to the incredibly stylized world of soap operas. Everyone watching would see an actor they recognized, a real person in a made-up world."

His three days on set will ultimately translate into 23 episodes worth of work, and once those are over, his "character's storyline will be advanced in a special episode filmed in a 'legitimate' New York gallery." It seems as though James put a great deal of thought into this latest project, so tell us what you think — is he creating performance art or is it just an example of an actor taking himself too seriously?

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sugarysweet sugarysweet 7 years
Stay classy, James.
Piz Piz 7 years
First GL was cancelled, now ATWT is cancelled - please if there is a soap god cancel GH!
bluestar bluestar 7 years
Love him and he is an amazing actor. "Milk" is a fantastic movie. So is "Pineapple Express"!
gd101 gd101 7 years
Performance Art! He is such a talented actor! Honestly, i only watched gh for him. The soap opera is boring, but he makes it exciting and intriguing.
Piz Piz 7 years
I think he's full of crap so its appropriate that he would appear on gh.
sidra5397 sidra5397 7 years
I think he's doing just what an actor should do which is understand the role and the audience. I wish more people would follow him in that.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
I think it's kind of awesome, I wish more actors took unexpected roles like this. I don't watch soaps, but hey, more power to him for spicing it up.
Mocha-Valencia Mocha-Valencia 7 years
dvdsky81 is so right and I think he's also making a point of pointing out all the hoopla of why is he doing a soap opera. He's an actor and actors act whether it's on broadway, on a movie set, or on a soap opera why is one medium more superior than the next. This whole discussion might be too much for most people especially in a tabloid world.
dvdsky81 dvdsky81 7 years
^^ hopefully that makes sense. As I re-read...Im not so sure. I know what Im trying to
dvdsky81 dvdsky81 7 years
I think what he may be trying to get at is that in this day and age everyone is obsessed with the celebrity themself and not the work they do. Alot of people forget or dont realize that acting is an artform. There may be crap actors or great actors, but regardless-it is a form of art. For alot of people, even celebrities though the media does not portray that part of them, take it real seriously. James, though he may not be the best, is one of those. He sees it for the art form it is and he's trying to get the mass public to realize that.... maybe. At least that's what I
glynislily glynislily 7 years
I mean what the heck is he talking about? I have seen him in a lot of stuff and his acting skills seem to revolve around him crying (I cannot think of a movie where he does not cry). He's either angry or crying that is his range just like that kid who played Anakin Skywalker. He needs to do comedy because honestly his best performance was Saul Silver or Daniel Desario.
jaan_black jaan_black 7 years
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