James Franco, you better respect the daytime players

Much has been written lately about the adorably rubber-faced James Franco and his lark of a time on the soap opera General Hospital. (Quick rehash: Franco is playing a celebrated artist/serial killer named Franco. Sample dialogue from today's episode: I'm very fond of the number 66. I just like saying it. Sixty six. Sounds dirty.) Franco, the real-life version, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal shortly after his arc began explaining he was treating the experience as a guerrilla piece of performance art. 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. Reading his op-ed, I couldn't help but wonder what his GH co-stars were thinking, especially since I'd guess those hard-working men and women don't think of their jobs so lightly, as if they were amusing art projects.

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