James Franco On September 'General Hospital' Return: 'No Idea What They're Talking About'

July 29, 2011
James Franco arrives at the premiere of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. on July 28, 2011 -- WireImage

James Franco is scheduled to return to "General Hospital," but exactly when appears to be up in the air.

Earlier this week, it was reported that James would return to the ABC soap on September 20. However, when Access Hollywood caught up with James at the "Rise of the Planet Apes" premiere in Hollywood on Thursday night -- his return date was news to him.

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"I will be back to 'General Hospital,' but I'm filming a movie about the Wizard of Oz in Detroit right now, I haven't filmed any new episodes for 'General Hospital,'" James told Access .

"I don't know if they like think I'm going to fly out on a weekend and shoot something, but I don't see it fitting into my schedule anytime soon," the actor continued. "I'll go back, but they said like September 20 or something I have no idea what they're talking about."

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Adding, "I don't know when I'm going back."

In June, the actor, who would reprise his role as performance artist and serial killer Robert "Franco" Frank on the TV series, told Access that he worries about the future of soaps.

"I'm sad that it's possible [soaps] won't be there in the same way," he said at the time. "'General Hospital,' in particular, is full of people that I'm friends with. They've become collaborators, so I would be very, very sad if that suddenly didn't exist any more."

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