Have you been watching James Franco's recent stint on "General Hospital"? Have you been wondering what the heck James Franco has been doing on "General Hospital"?
In a column for the Wall Street Journal
, Franco explains that the guest appearance is the latest extension in his love of performance art, an obsession ever since Mexican performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña visited his summer class at Cal Arts.
"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,'" James Franco writes. "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. In performance art, the outcome is uncertain—and this was no exception. My hope was for people to ask themselves if soap operas are really that far from entertainment that is considered critically legitimate. Whether they did was out of my hands."
We'll let you read the rest of Franco's essay at your leisure. Be sure to take notes, because there will be a test when it's through.
He concludes, "The folks at 'General Hospital' informed me that in three days of filming we backlogged enough material for 23 episodes. There will be one more step. After all of the Franco episodes are aired, my character's storyline will be advanced in a special episode filmed in a 'legitimate' New York gallery. One more layer will be added to this already layer-heavy experiment. If all goes according to plan, it will definitely be weird. But is it art?"