Once we invited the weirdo to the party, it was liberating for him." Seth Rogen says, "On paper, he's the douchiest human being on the planet, but as soon as you meet him, he's very disarming.He's almost embarrassed by what you assume he's like.Since he hates wasting time, the result is an absurd tableau: As the stuntmen scuffle right in front of him, he sits cross-legged in a canvas folding chair, calmly sips coffee and reads not one but two different paperbacks at once – a Jackson Pollock biography and Toni Morrison's .Franco takes in several pages from one, then switches to the other, paying no mind to the cacophony mere feet away.I think that's why audiences like him, because he's weird and he does all this stuff that's so fascinating and bizarre, but onscreen he seems like your silly friend you hang out with, who'd pull his pants down to make you laugh.
Discussing this, Franco paraphrases a joke that Jonah Hill told at Comedy Central's Roast of James Franco"My model, in a way, is ' One for them, five for me.'"At a.m.This smile is one of Franco's most versatile weapons: It can communicate disarming sweetness, a threat of feral menace or Buddha-like bliss.The director David Gordon Green recalls that, while shooting Franco in "I asked him about the smile: ' What are you doing?the day after the mansion shoot, Franco arrives at the Fox lot, in Century City, to work on one of the 15-odd projects currently listed for 2016 release on his IMDb page.This one, due in December, is a Christmas comedy co-starring Bryan Cranston titled ," Franco explains.Not just teaching, but taking graduate-level courses in filmmaking and literature; publishing his own fiction and poems with, among other people, Don De Lillo's editor; collaborating with performance-art icon Marina Abramovic and mounting exhibitions of his own art, including a close-up video of urinating penises and defecating assholes; guest starring on on Broadway; founding a rock band called Daddy; directing his own passion projects based on Faulkner novels and the lives of obscure homosexual character actors. Abrams and based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, in which Franco plays a time-traveler tasked with stopping the John F. It's one of the best things he's done in years, and a reminder that – all his multihyphenate activities notwithstanding – he remains one of the most gifted, compulsively watchable actors of his generation. Franco leaves for wardrobe and dons a paisley vest and peak-lapel overcoat.Add to these dizzying bullet points approximately a zillion other improbable career choices, and you could make the case that Franco, 37, is the most productive man in pop culture. He plays a wealthy theater impresario called Fry, with just two lines in this scene, 14 words in all.He was tipped as a next big thing for playing James Dean, and a prestige-picture trajectory soon suggested itself: He played Robert De Niro's son in – rising to the enormous challenge of being the only face onscreen for almost the entire movie.Franco could have continued in this manner: maybe become Martin Scorsese's late-career muse, mumbled some profound nothings in a Terrence Malick epic, racked up more statuettes. Instead, Franco's CV exploded into a protean flurry of genre-agnostic work: highbrow and lowbrow, experimental and broad, widely seen and effectively ignored.n the basement of a crumbling old mansion in Los Angeles, two women dressed in 19th-century garb are beating each other senseless.One wears a white blouse with lace detailing; the other, a black frock and a gloppy stripe of blood down her face.