Full detailed profile on Franco (Past) Played by James Franco on General Hospital Daytime Soap Opera.
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Actor: James Franco
Who played Franco (Past) over the years
James Franco (November 19, 2009 - January 11, 2010; June 30 - present)
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* Reclusive renowned artist.
Franco secretly witnessed Jason, Max and Milo disposing of Claudia's body and sent photos he recreated of Claudia's death to Jason.
Dressed like a vagrant while painting the graffiti sign C077X around Port Charles, he eagerly watched as Jason, Sonny, Dominic, Max and Milo engaged in a shootout with Joey Limbo. After the Corinthos clan left the scene, Franco put his foot on a still breathing Joey Limbo's neck until he died and then repositioned the mobster's body.
After the Joey Limbo incident, Franco changed and attended his art opening filled with crime scene reenactments, which Kate and Maxie were organizing for Crimson. Maxie was charged with making sure Franco was kept happy, but couldn't get Jason to agree to an introduction with the artist. Franco took Maxie to his loft where he blindfolded her, took photos of her in a chalk outline and then slept with her.
He tried to get Jason to bond with him as a fellow 'artist' but Jason wanted nothing to do with him. He eventually got Jason to visit him by sending him a photo of Michael standing over Claudia's dead body. When Jason still refused to play his games, Franco kidnapped Sam and Lulu and kept them in different locations where bombs were set to go off. He eventually told Jason their whereabouts, but made him choose who to save since he only had time to get to one woman. Jason went to Sam, but called Dominic and told him where Lulu was. Franco left town, after blowing up his loft, and sent Jason a DVD as a final message.
Months passed without a word from the deranged artist, but when Michael went to prison, his tormentor Carter told Jason, "Franco says hi," just before he died. Then Dante, Carly and Maxie received crime scene photos from him in the mail and he was spotted lurking outside Jason's building posing as a homeless man.
During his next stint, Franco lured Jason and Dante to the MoCA art museum in Los Angeles, where he appeared to fall to to his death. That was not the case however. Franco then kidnapped Aiden to give to his mother to raise, but Lucky rescued the boy.
Franco's next appearance came during Brenda's wedding to Sonny. He took credit for the bomb that enabled the Balkan to grab Brenda. He sent some menacing messages in the ensuing months and then showed up in Hawaii during Sam and Jason's honeymoon. He drugged the couple separately and brought Jason to a locked room. Franco forced Stone Cold to watch on a monitor as he made it look like he raped a passed out Sam.
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Right at 8 PM the lights go out at The Haunted Star on Sam, Liz, Spin, Maxie, Michael, Carly, Sonny and AJ. When they come back up Sam recognizes the blonde-haired man – its Franco! Carly thought Jason killed him, and he concedes that Jason was thorough, but not thorough enough. Sonny pulls a gun on him to finish the job. Franco tells him to hold off. He cheated death – maybe Jason did too. Sam begs Sonny to back down and he grants Franco five minutes. Franco has the truth for Sam – and not just about Jason. They have so much to discuss. He takes a moment to comment on Liz’s hotness. Liz yells at him for stealing her baby from the hospital. Franco apologizes for keeping her child from her because the same thing was done to him. Carly pipes up but Franco accuses her of causing all of this for dropping the dime about Lauren to the Quartermaines in the first place. Sam doesn’t care and wants to know about Jason. Franco wants to talk about her honeymoon. Sam is disgusted at him for bringing up the place where he raped her. He casts doubt on that assertion. Considering she was passed out, how would she know? He could tell her the truth, but watching the video will be so much better. On film, Franco places an unconscious Sam on the bed. Then he takes off his shirt and covers the camera up. Sam begins to cry as Carly holds her. The footage continues. Franco gets on top of Sam and tells her he won’t touch her, but Jason will always wonder if he had. Franco didn’t rape Sam and he is so sorry that she thought that he had. Carly doesn’t think that changes what he did to Michael. AJ demands Carly tell him what that is.
As Jason holds him at gunpoint in his studio, Franco cryptically talks about why he let Jason find him. He muses that maybe his finale will lead to something much worse for Jason. Jason doesn't think that's possible, but Franco tells him not to assume. Jason says it doesn’t matter, but Franco knows this is what keeps him up at night. Jason shoots him. Franco says Jason will never know why he came into his life if he dies. Jason shoots him again and yells, "Know what?" Blood runs down Franco's lip as he closes he eyes. Later, Jason drives away from the studio, which is engulfed in flames.