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I haven't come to terms with the fact that James Franco - a famous movie star whose star was on the ascent - volunteered himself to act on a soap opera (General Hospital - and as a crazy artist) never mind the book of short stories he published last year, the Oscar nomination, the PhD he's working on, the Masters he has just about completed, the film he just directed and the hosting (albeit abysmally, but still) of this year's Oscars. 

And if it all seems like utter bullshit, or something very very phony, check out even a bit of his interview on charlierose.com (see recent shows: no link, sorry)- the guy is nothing if not interesting and original. 

And if you ever wanted to be convinced of his chops as an actor check out the biopic where he played James Dean.