Soap opera as performance art DEC 10 2009
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, actor James Franco explains what he's doing on General Hospital.
I have been obsessed with performance art for over a decade-ever since the Mexican performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena came to visit my class at Cal Arts summer school. I finally took the plunge and experimented with the form myself when I signed on to appear on 20 episodes of "General Hospital" as the bad-boy artist "Franco, just Franco." 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.
I've always liked Franco...he plays potheads but seems to have larger ambitions for himself:
James Franco is an actor who appeared in "Milk" and the "Spiderman" movies. He is currently enrolled in NYU's MFA filmmaking program and Columbia's MFA program for fiction writing.