There was a small, yet crucial, development in the building of James Franco’s storyline on General Hospital yesterday. Once again, to the haunting strains of “Mad World” (HINT! HINT! HINT!) we see the dusty, ramshackle room of Franco’s character. It’s cluttered from floor to ceiling with vaguely artistic things (weird paintings, dummy heads, candles), as well as piles and piles of papers, including a close up of the floor plan to Jason’s apartment. Then there are the two mysterious chalkboards. One just has JASONJASONJASON written over and over again. The other has a chalk line that twists and curves and ultimately goes nowhere (SYMBOLISM! SYMBOLISM!).
But here’s the weird new part: The camera suddenly swerves up to the ceiling to get a shot of the floor. From there we see police outline of a body (done in either tape or chalk), which is disturbing, but that’s not all. Next to the HAND on the body outline, is a strategically placed PICNIC BASKET. Ding! Ding! Ding! This is a VERY ODD AND TELLING development, indeed!
So here’s what I’m thinking: the James Franco character is obviously a whackadoodle, no doubt about it. I have a feeling, he had a sister/girlfriend/wife who was going on a picnic with him (?) when perhaps a stray bullet (from one of Jason’s mob hits?) mowed her down. He’s never gotten over it. He lives in a fantasy world surrounded by her memory (“All around me are familiar faces, worn out places, worn out faces…”), and he is spinning, Miss Havisham-like, stuck in this mental groove (“… going nowhere, going nowhere…”) until he can exact his revenge.
MARK MY WORDS: By November 20th, I will know more about his character than he does!
Oh, and of course none of what I postulated above could possibly explain why this new picture ABC released has him in a scene with fashionista Maxi (Kirstin Storms) and mob boss Sonny (Maurice Bernard), or what in the HELL they are all doing in a bedroom with his REAL NAME on the wall… I’m pretty flummoxed by that. (Pic via Chicago Now)