09/20/2011 04:51 pm ET | Updated Nov 20, 2011

James Franco On 'General Hospital': Pets His Monkey (VIDEO)

Gigantic, hyper-intelligent apes aren't James Franco's only simian co-stars.

The eclectic actor/writer/director/artist/etc, who was last seen in the uber-successful "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," has made his return to soap opera "General Hospital," reviving his serial killer/artist character Franco to wildly creepy effect. Standing over a dead body, he muses over the wedding of his desperate crush, hitman Jason Morgan, and plots his return to Port Charles to break up the nuptials.

It's chilling and also terribly written, which makes it all the more unsettling. See it for your own eyes by clicking over to NY Mag's Vulture blog.

As for his next, more serious project, Franco will be directing an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel, "Blood Meridian."