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Published on November 13th, 2009 | by simeon

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Franco Soap Stint Helps Next Film

James Franco stretching his acting chops on daytime soap “General Hospital” was one of the more interesting stories of late, and we’ll get to see the results for ourselves when his episodes begin to air next Friday.

Today however comes word from Movieline who talked to a collaborator with Franco that his job on the soap isn’t just to stretch his acting muscles but ties in with another project he’s working on – a feature film he describes as “pretty abstract”.

“It was an idea that I posed to him, and it’s tied to another film that he and I are working on now. It’s not specifically for another project, because I know that he’s really enjoying the challenge of working on a soap — it’s a very taxing job, and an interesting thing for him to be doing — but it does have to do with another film that he and I are working on” says the man named ‘Carter’ who was also behind the project “Erased James Franco” which the actor starred in.

Carter adds that things are in very early stages though “it’s in the very beginning stages. It’s basically written, and now we’re working on getting the other actors involved… the line between what’s fine art and what’s a commercial piece is a constant puzzle. But in my mind, if you ask me, it’s a feature film that’s gonna be pretty abstract, for a larger audience”.

Franco himself hinted at further meanings, telling Vulture that “I’ve got other ideas for my participation in this soap opera beyond just being in this soap opera”. He’s also obviously enjoying the work though as tough and challenging but quite short overall – “It’s been a blast so far. It was kind of mind-blowing. I’ve worked one day on it. It’s one day of a few. But I think we packed seven episodes of my material in. They gave me a script for the day that was as thick as a film script and that’s what we planned to shoot in a single day. No ad-libbing.”


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