Jill Farren Phelps, the executive producer of General Hospital talks about James Franco’s appearance and guest starring stint on upcoming episodes of the ABC soap in a new article in the Wall Street Journal’s SpeakEasy. The EP admits that even though Franco agreed to do the show there may have been some concern if the film star would really show up and report for work. But that was not the case. Phelps says he has been terrific and his memorazation skills are amazing. Knowing your lines and dialog quickly in the daytime genre are vital to an actor’s success. Here are few interesting exceprts from the SpeakEasy with reporter Michelle Kung’s Q&A to Phelps.
Were you ever afraid he was trying punk the show?
We weren’t sure if it was going to happen, even after being consistently reassured. But we made the plane reservation and he showed up — and could not have been nicer or more humble; he was willing to do whatever we asked. He had over 65 pages of material to do in the one day, so it was a very long day, but his demeanor was completely professional. We told him that if he ever wants to give up film acting, there’s always a home for him in Port Charles.
We know his character is named Franco and he’s a pain in the side of Jason (Steve Burton). What else can you tell us?
He’s an unusual character and he has an unusual goal. We’re not saying anything about what he’s doing because we want people to tune in, obviously. Unlike other times when we try to grab people, we think James is enough of a hook. He interacts with a lot of characters, but his primary story arc has to do with Jason.