Tuesday, November 10, 2009

James Franco Reveals More About GENERAL HOSPITAL

James Franco revealed a bit about why he's doing GENERAL HOSPITAL at Dia's Fall Gala at the Hispanic Society on Friday night.

And you're also doing GENERAL HOSPITAL. Why?
I really don't know the difference between [soap operas]. The one difference is that GENERAL HOSPITAL has developed this whole organized-crime thread.

But why a soap opera at all?
Well ... I've got other ideas for my participation in this soap opera beyond just being in this soap opera. But 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. If I needed it, they said they had a TelePrompTer, but the regulars didn't use it so I didn't want to use it, either. Anyway, I'm pretty good at remembering lines.

Is it different acting for film than it is for a daytime soap?
One big difference is that you do one take. They're going for one take because they have about four cameras for each setup It's one take: You do the whole scene and then you're on to the next. That's three or four pages in a moment.

Read the full interview at NYMag.com.

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