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This doesn’t appear in print until next week in most markets, but just because I like you …

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Kate O’Hare



Fans of the apparently immortal “Scrubs,”
airing its ninth season Tuesdays on ABC, are facing a lot of changes this year.

The setting has changed from Sacred
Heart Hospital to its medical school (necessitating a move from the abandoned
San Fernando Valley hospital where the show was always filmed to new studio
digs in Culver, City, Calif.), and a whole crop of new med students has moved

Among them is Cole Aaronson, played
by Dave Franco, often recognized for his “Funny or Die” Web series with his
older brother, called “Acting With James Franco.

“He’s serious about acting,” Dave
says. “He’s let me figure out things for myself, learn from my own mistakes.
But at the same time, if there is anything I ever do need to know about acting,
If I have any questions, he’s always there to answer them.

jamesfranco_generalhospital_2.jpg“But I love that he doesn’t
interfere with my path. I want to have my own career. I don’t want to be James
Franco’s little brother for the rest of my life.”

Franco’s “Scrubs” character is described
as “cocky” and “entitled.” Franco agrees with that, but says, “As the season
progresses, you learn about his relationship with his parents, which a lot of his
attitude stems from.

“At the same time, you see that he is a vulnerable kid.
With all that said, he puts on an arrogant front, but at the same time, it’s
obvious that he’s not really this guy.

“He is harmless, when it’s all said
and done.”

As for Franco himself, he says, “I
like to believe that I’m nothing like this character. I don’t know why it comes
easily to me. I like to believe I’m a pretty friendly, gracious person, and
maybe it’s just my desire to be an a– that I never am.”


Birthplace: Palo
, Calif.
, on June 12, making him a Gemini

Movie cred: “Frat Bros.” (2006), “After Sex”
(2007), “Superbad” (2007), “Milk” (2008), “A Fuchsia Elephant” (2009), “The
Shortcut” (2009)

Upcoming movie cred:  “Greenberg” (2010), “The Death and Life of
Charlie St. Cloud” (2010)

TV cred: “7th Heaven,” “Do Not Disturb,” “Greek,”

Producer cred: “A Fuchsia Elephant,” written and
directed by Dianna Agron, who plays cheerleader Quinn Fabray on the hit Fox
series “Glee.” Franco is a screenwriter but has yet to be produced.


Favorite book: “One of my favorite books of all
time is ‘Ham on Rye,’
by Charles Bukowski, which my brother and I are actually adapting right now. It’s
like a dream come true. Hopefully that will amount to something. Definitely
with Bukowski’s material, it’s pretty dark, and it’s not going to be a movie
that appeals to wide audiences, but we love it so much.”

Favorite music: “I’m mainly into what I would
classify as indie rock, but the bands I’ve been listening to recently include
this band called Bon Iver. Who else have I been listening to? This guy, Andrew
and this up-and-coming British band called Mumford & Sons, and to
another British band called Noah and the Whale. Also, there’s this band the

Favorite movie: “If I had to pick a single movie as
my favorite, I’d have to say ‘Stand by Me.
I love that movie. The first script I ever wrote was heavily influenced by
that. Nothing has ever happened with it, but maybe something will down the
line. That and ‘Shawshank Redemption’ are two of the best movies based on (Stephen
King’s) books.”