"Self-serving diva" is actually quite an apt description of Roger Howarth on OLTL in the late 90's/early aughts. He phoned it in and mugged it up by turns, and it was infuriating. I do think the circumstances are different from then and now, of course. RH hated Todd and was super emotionally invested at the same time, and I doubt he gives much of a shit about Franco. RH objected to Todd being a romantic figure because he was a monster and would do his best to tank stories he disapproved of, while, again, I doubt he cares about Franco. It may be a healthier headspace he's in now, but I think he goes for the mugging and tics now because a) laziness, b) he was (re)hired to give the Roger Howarth Experience and by god that's what he'll do, c) laziness, and d) the character of Franco is so hollow that there is nothing for him, as an actor, to actually dig into. Also, laziness.