By Marlena De Lacroix
Publicity whores! Marlena hates them! I’m so sorry that my otherwise carefree, wonderful summer was interrupted by my rants to friends visiting our summer cabin about how James Franco has taken over the daytime world this year. Not just with his repeated visits to General Hospital as Franco, but his egotistical appearances on soap covers, every blog on earth and every TV magazine show. He’d give an interview to my left (newly healed) broken left elbow!
It’s not so much Franco’s sheer audacity as a publicity whore I detest as his story on GH. Honey, Marlena lives in Manhattan, and I don’t need I need a lesson in what “performance art” is. All art is supposed to make you think, and Franco’s mission on GH was supposed to make you think about Jason, and that he doesn’t realize how evil his life has become.
Whatever your value system, GH doesn’t need a character like Franco to TELL you that Jason is a bad boy, and has committed numerous crimes over the years. Jill, Bob, Frons, we are thinking fans and we already know Jason is no good. We don’t need innumerable magazine interviews with TV execs, writers and producers to tell us what this storyline means. Please, old pals, Marlena and company know how to think and we don’t need to be talked down to.
It’s interesting that Guza brought Franco (in his ever present “I’ll get you” black leather jacket) on in weird ways. The only interactions he had outside of Jason were with the women he slept with (Maxie, Sam , etc). He even brought his mother to the Port Charles circus. As always misogyny and male myth rule on this show. I don’t care if Franco is good-looking. That’s what soap opera stars are for, n’est-ce pas?
So join me, fellow daytimers. Purge daytime of Franco! Enough with his returns after falling off museum balconies and the like. I’m sick of the Franco music. Just say no to Jill and Bob. Tell them there must be more to your show than sticking your tongues out at other soap producers that you’ve got Franco and they don’t. Just think, the time you spend publicizing yourself and Franco may be the time you could be producing good, heart-felt soap opera, filling it with love, not preening publicity whoring.