James Franco, college professor? It's happening — and it's not for a role. The astonishingly well-educated actor, who already has a creative writing degree from UCLA and graduate studies at Columbia University and NYU on his résumé, is starting his Ph.D. at Yale in the fall. However, according to a new interview with "Good Morning America," a part of his English doctorate will include teaching a class to some very lucky coeds.
But what will he teach? In addition to all of his academic achievements, the man's got more than a decade of acting experience under his belt, from "Freaks and Geeks" to the "Spider-Man" movies to "General Hospital." What better way to mold young minds than drawing lessons from his professional acting career?
Watch out, Port Charles, James Franco's stint on "General Hospital" is not over. James revealed that while he doesn't have plans to appear on any other soaps, he would be returning to "GH" this spring.
"Other soaps have not called. The 'General Hospital' thing is not over. It will be one more very special episode that we will film in May in New York, so that's an ongoing thing," disclosed the actor, while promoting his film "Howl" at the Sundance Film Festival.
In case you weren't watching "GH" for the past couple of months, James Franco's character is named, well, Franco. He's a serial killer and an artist, and his art is all about his murders.
James Franco is game for pretty much anything. While it's no surprise that the versatile actor is willing to go the extra mile, it sure seemed like Franco was ready to go a few more on what was the last new "Saturday Night Live" of the decade. Though the episode certainly wasn't the best of the season (Taylor Swift and/or Joseph Gordon-Levitt get bragging rights to that, in my humble opinion), Franco gave it his all regardless.
The actor, who admitted in his monologue he had nothing to promote (except, maybe, his fake movie "Hope's Promise"), took potshots at himself about both his stint on "General Hospital" (joking his agent, family and the other actors on the show think it's a "major step backward" in his career) and the infamous picture of himself asleep in class at Columbia University. The rest of the monologue had Franco telling viewers that most of his career moves come from a bin filled with idea slips. So what's on Franco's horizon according to the suggestion bin? He'll play a dead body on "Law & Order," do another
"Spiderman" movie and hook up with every woman in a town in the Midwest (whoops, seems he'd already done that in Kansas!)
By Nuzhat Naoreen
If you haven't already heard the news (which made us all kinda do a double-take), movie star James Franco jumped off the big screen last month to take a short-term role on ABC's General Hospital, a daytime soap opera.
The move left us grappling with one basic question: Why?
While both James and "GH" execs have been extra-careful to keep quiet on exactly what he'll be doing on set, the "Pineapple Express" star did let a few tiny details slip to New York Magazine's Vulture blog, during a fall gala on Friday. Of course, we plan to analyze every little thing he said as much as possible until we come up with a plausible theory!
Just over one month ago, we scratched our heads a little (OK, a lot...) at the news that James Franco would be making an appearance on the daytime soap "General Hospital." It seemed like a step backward for a star who has continured to earn critical praise for his roles in movies like "Pineapple Express" and the Oscar-nominated "Milk." Well, today, once again, James is being linked to yet another TV show, and this time we're applauding with glee instead of wagging our index fingers in wonderment.
According to EW, James will soon be guest starring on the NBC comedy, "30 Rock." This adds the adorable actor to the end of a long (and ongoing) list of notable names who have also flanked the set of the Tina Fey-created series. Just to name a few of those all-stars: Jennifer Aniston, Oprah, Steve Martin, Jon Hamm and Jerry Seinfeld.
After "Pineapple Express" was released last year, critics praised James Franco for stepping outside his typical dramatic, brooding roles to try his hand at some comedy (a return back to his Freaks and Geeks roots, which if you haven't seen yet, you definitely should). Even if you didn't like the stoner flick, it was hard not to have your heart melt for James' loveable drug dealer who called his nana every day.
So it seems James has decided to take the idea of moving outside his typical genre to the next level by signing on for a guest arc on "General Hospital"? According to Entertainment Weekly, James is set to start filming on the episodes on October 30 and the arc will beginning running on November 20. An ABC rep told EW his storyline would be on the show for several months.