Franco Joining Cast of General Hospital

Actor asked for, got part on long-running soap

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 1, 2009 5:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – James Franco—yes, that James Franco—is joining the cast of General Hospital in November for at least a few weeks. In fact, Franco—whose movie credits include Pineapple Express, Milk, and all three Spider-Man flicks—asked the soap’s producers for a role, reports Soapnet. They were only too happy to accommodate. No details yet on the role.

“We are thrilled to announce that James Franco will play an integral part in a lengthy run on General Hospital this fall,” says the show's executive producer.

James Franco and Julia Roberts film a scene on the set of "Eat, Pray, Love" in New York, Monday, Aug. 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Actor James Franco arrives for the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
This Nov. 13, 2008, file photo shows actor James Franco arriving at the premiere of the film "Milk" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Actor James Franco speaks at the screening of 'Erased James Franco' at the Museum of Modern Art on April 6, 2009 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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It's an honor that an actor of James' caliber would choose to spend some of his valuable time in Port Charles.
- Jill Farren Phelps, Executive producer, General Hospital

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