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James Franco: 'General Hospital' is "Mind-Blowing"

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Nov. 10 2009, Published 2:36 p.m. ET

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James Franco is cementing his reputation as the most relaxed actor in Hollywood, slipping seamlessly from a guest part in 30 Rock to a story arc in General Hospital which he calls, "a blast."

"It's been a blast so far," he tells NYmag.com of the long-running soap. "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."

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So does his character die? "I haven't died yet," he says, "But they only gave me the pages for the day that we shot. I don't know what's going to happen. It's all open."

Meanwhile, the Pineapple Express star has been filming his cameo on 30 Rock, playing a version of himself who is involved in a fake romance with Jane Krakowski's Jenna.

"I worked with Tina Fey a little bit over the summer on the movie Date Night and I'm assuming she liked the experience and that was why I was asked to do 30 Rock.

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"I play myself but a very strange version. I don't think it has anything to do with who I actually am."

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