Actor James Franco loves expanding his horizons, has several college degrees, and even taught film classes at New York University. In 2009, he wanted to try his hand on a daytime soap so he sought out the perfect role. According to The New Yorker, Franco wanted to make a movie about being on a soap, so he decided he would learn what it was like first-hand. Thus, he became one of many celebrities to appear on “General Hospital.”
“I said, ‘What if I really did that? Wouldn’t that be interesting,'” Franco asked The New Yorker. “My manager represents Steve Burton [formerly Jason Morgan on “GH”] and we called them and said I’d like to be on the show. They were very happy. They said, ‘You can do anything — what kind of part would you like to play?’ I wanted their full treatment, so all I said was that I wanted to be an artist and I wanted my character to be crazy.”
Franco first joined the “GH” cast in 2009 and appeared in 54 episodes before departing for good in 2012 (via IMDb). Roger Howarth began playing Franco in 2013 when the character got a makeover from top to bottom to become a fan favorite (via Soaps In Depth).