James Franco Gets Punked By ‘One Life to Live’

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What’s the only thing worse than one thing that needs attention? Two things that need attention! Well, it’s a good thing that rapper Riff-Raff and the soap opera One Life to Live can get together, though. ONTL got canceled by ABC and is about to come back to Hulu in 30-minute episodes at the end of the month. Yes, they need people to know about that. Riff-Raff claims that James Franco stole his identity for his character Alien in Spring Breakers. Yes, he needs people to know about that. Together, they’re a publicity machine.

According to EW.com, ONTL hired Riff-Raff (not to be confused with Dr. Frank N Furter’s butler) to play an art dealer named Jamie Franco, a jab at the art dealer character played by James Franco on General Hospital. See, isn’t that clever! Now everyone is paying attention because they’re playing a little prank. As for James Franco, well, he just starred in a blockbuster Oz movie and General Hospital, well, that’s still on the air. Who gets the last laugh? 

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After getting his master's degree in poetry, Senior Writer Brian Moylan started writing about television and pop culture for Gawker, The Guardian, The Washington Blade and a few other reputable publications. Brian has an honorary PhD in “Jersey Shore” studies from the University of Chicago. He's shared his often hilarious views about the tube on VH1, MSNBC, TV Guide Channel, MTV (Canada), BBC radio, and NPR. He can usually be found at his apartment in New York yelling at the TV and dodging calls from Real Housewives. He is a Taurus and likes long walks on the beach, fried chicken, and almost every reality television program ever created (especially “The Swan”).