'General Hospital': Daniel Benzali joins James Franco in the soap's sandbox


Daniel Benzali is sampling the playground that James Franco also continues to visit.Probable "127 Hours" Oscar nominee Franco is slated to return to ABC's weekday staple "General Hospital" just before he co-hosts (with Anne Hathaway) the 83rd Annual Academy Awards next month ... but famously bald "Murder One" veteran Benzali is on the serial now.He's playing the Balkan, a mystery man whose presence suggests bad things are in store for bride-to-be Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo)."It's just a matter of doing different things and keeping going," Benzali tells Zap2it about entering daytime drama after appearing on "Nip/Tuck" and "Lie to Me," among other primetime shows. "Whatever strikes my fancy, a script or an idea that comes in, I'm really open to trying it."That's close to the British approach to acting, which makes sense since Benzali also has worked in England for many years."What's great about being an actor over there," he reasons, "is that it's...



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