‘General Hospital’ POLL: Franco Baldwin, Which Actor Do You Prefer: James Franco or Roger Howarth? VOTE!

'General Hospital' POLL: Franco Baldwin, Which Actor Do You Prefer: James Franco or Roger Howarth? VOTE!A History Of Franco – In 2009, James Franco, who shares the same agent as Steve Burton (ex-Jason, GH) approached GH to request a role. He had requested that he wanted to be an artist and wanted his character to be crazy and the General Hospital writing team took those characteristics and created the rest of the character, who they named just “Franco”. He ended up signing on for a series of 20 episodes, which he filmed in 3 days. We were not sure what to expect from this new character.

When we learned that it would be James Franco portraying the role, fans were both surprised and had mixed feelings about it. Franco was revealed to be a serial killer and a sociopath and was promoted as “an artist whose canvas is murder”. When he became obsessed with Jason, TV Guide’s Michael Logan called it an “ongoing man-crush”. James responded that the attraction was that Jason was a master assassin who had murdered a lot of people and gotten away with it. He liked the danger.

Franco terrorized Jason’s family and friends and after Franco implied that he had raped Jason’s wife Sam Morgan (Kelly Monaco), Jason supposedly killed him in January 2012. Franco’s name was mentioned a lot after his death, and for a long time it was believed that Franco was actually Jason’s twin brother.

In May 2013, Franco returned to town with a new actor portraying him, Roger Howarth (Todd, OLTL). His return brought out the truth that Heather Webber (Robin Mattson) and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) were his biological parents. His return was not very welcoming, both Carly and Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) placed hits on him. Sonny canceled his but Carly ordered it and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) was shot instead. * It was later proven that Ava was the one who shot Olivia*

Later in 2013, when Sam was looking for a bone marrow donor for her son Danny, her mother Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) found a beaten and unconscious Franco, and brought him to the hospital. It w as discovered, he had a brain tumor that had been altering his personality for years. They removed the tumor, but due to some cancerous cells he could not be a donor. He found out that Ava Jerome (Maura West) had been lying about Kiki Jerome (then Kristen Alderson) being his daughter.

After the removal of the tumor, Franco seemed to be a new and kinder man. He got a job, as an art therapist, at GH thanks to Dr. Leisl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) and he began a relationship with sworn enemy, Carly. They planned to marry, but on their wedding day, Franco exposed Sonny as the one who murdered Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological father, AJ Quartermaine (Sean Kanan).

Later, Franco became involved with Nina Clay (Michelle Stafford), and it seemed he had finally found real love. Many fans really enjoyed them together because they both were a little crazy. Things were great until she brought up having a baby. Franco was dead set against having a baby, and abruptly ended things, but somehow developed a deep connection with Jake Spencer, son of none other than Jason Morgan and Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst). Liz and Franco seem to be attracted to each other, but can she truly get past all the things he has done and truly love the man he is?

After 7 years of watching Franco on General Hospital, which actor do you prefer in the role, James Franco or Roger Howarth?  Which Franco do you like better, naughty or nice?

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  1. Mark says

    Yall are CRAZY if you think Roger Howarths pussified verson of Franco is superior to James Franco!

    1. Denise Smith Venable says

      ITA, The real was great and much better, RH plays it more like a joke/clown!

    2. Annie says

      You’re the Guy watching soap operas!! Your buddies watch too??

      1. Mark says

        What the fuk are you trying to insinutate bitch???

    3. Kevin Pham says

      don’t mind these JASAM fans…..they are here to make sure that the writers don’t give us the REAL JAMES FRANCO again.. who was psycho killer and was up to no GOOD
      these JASAM FANS will do anything just to make sure they can influence the writers through polls and their comments that LIZ must be with the ((PUSSIFIED VERISION of FRANCO…)))

      that is why the polls as so HIGH i miss the real JAMES FRANCO that is what GH is.. we honor our VILLIANS on GH.. we don’t turn them into REDEMPTION CRAP FEST roles for the PUNCHING BAG MOMENTS of the ALMIGHTY JASAM FANBASEl.. that is what’s wrong with GH and it will never bee the same again
      RIP to the REAL GH
      1963-2001.. the ERA of GH.. where they dind’t spend so much time to place where to PUT SAM.. and how they can JASAM the scene for it correlate back with everything else.. under 36 minutes =__=….

          1. M. J. says

            Not too much, just; eagerly, awaiting Autumn! My favorite time of the year!

          2. Kevin Pham says

            yeah that sounds like FOOTBALL weather one of the best times in the year to have fun outside.. well take care..

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