Facing the possibility of juvenile hall , he was given a second chance by the judge. I was uncomfortable in my own skin. I changed my ways just in time to get good grades. He was a vegetarian for the year prior to working there. His first paid role was a television commercial for Pizza Hut , featuring a dancing Elvis Presley who died 20 years prior.
Later, the show became a cult hit among audiences. So I was improvising a little bit back then, but not in a productive way. Other research included reading books on Dean and studying his movies. That was my whole thinking. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote: To prepare for his role, he met with sex workers or people who had previously been prostitutes. The movie was well received by critics,  and it proved to be a big financial success, setting a new opening weekend box office record for North America.
For the former, he did eight months of boxing training and for the latter, he practiced horseback riding and sword fighting. Also in , he made a cameo appearance in the romantic comedy The Holiday. In contrast to the previous two films' positive reviews, Spider-Man 3 was met with a mixed reception by critics. Among his other projects were Good Time Max , which Franco wrote, directed and starred in. The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and tells the story of two talented brothers who take very diverse paths in life, one going on to become a doctor whilst the other sibling Franco experiences unemployment and uses drugs.
The actor chose to cast himself in that role because, "It was really just a process of elimination. I was better suited for this role than the responsible surgeon". He takes it very seriously, even when it's comedy". It's an unshowy, generous performance and it greatly humanizes a movie that, as it shifts genre gears and cranks up the noise, becomes disappointingly sober and self-serious". Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times , in review of the film, wrote: He plays Franco , a multimedia artist much like himself,  who comes to Port Charles with unfinished business with mob enforcer[ clarify ] Jason Morgan Steve Burton.
It was given a limited release starting on November 5, During the five-week, hours-per-day shoot, Franco would only leave the gully set to use the lavatory and would read books such as academic textbooks to keep busy. I, it was my body but we were all kinda jammed in there [the gully]. He was cast as a drug-addicted lawyer in About Cherry , also starring Heather Graham , which started shooting the following month in California.
Filming began in July , and the film was released on March 8, He has signed to do a sequel to it. Co-screenwriter of the screenplay, Nicholas Constantine, was initially unconvinced that Franco would be right for the movie, until he learned of Franco's desire to be a director and later watched three of his short films, one of which featured a serial killer, ultimately confirming to the writer that the actor had a darker side.
The film chronicles the depraved and violent impulses of the young Tennessee backwoodsman after he is dispossessed of his ancestral land. Child of God was selected in official competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival, an official selection to the Toronto International Film Festival and an official selection to the prestigious 51st New York Film Festival. A24 films began a campaign in September in support of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Franco's performance. In I Am Michael, Franco plays a gay activist who rejects his homosexuality and becomes a conservative Christian pastor with a girlfriend.
In True Story, based on a true story, Franco played Christian Longo , a man who was on the FBI's most wanted list for murdering his wife and three children in Oregon, and who had also been hiding under the identity of Michael Finkel , a journalist played by Jonah Hill.
Franco played Joseph Kerekes who along with his partner was convicted of the murder. In the comedy Why Him? He played Branson, the captain of the Covenant ship and husband to Daniels, played by Katherine Waterston.
The film was released on May 19, He was having something of a moment, with two Golden Globe nominations and some Oscar buzz, to which he has said he brought a new perspective: It's gotta be, at the risk of sounding cheesy, a more spiritual thing. I didn't learn that until a year ago. Another of his short movies, The Clerk's Tale, was screened in competition at the Hamptons Film Festival at the end of Curated by Alanna Heiss , the show featured video, drawings, sculptures and installation.
Inspired by some of Franco's own teenage memories  Palo Alto, and memories written and submitted by high school students at Palo Alto Senior High School,  consists of life in Palo Alto as experienced by a series of teenagers who spend most of their time indulging in driving drunk, smoking weed and taking part in unplanned acts of violence. Each passage is told by a young narrator. The two were selected to help the awards show achieve its goal of attracting a younger audience. He explained that when accepting the job he never had high hopes, adding "It was never on my list of things to do.
It doesn't mean I didn't care and it doesn't mean I didn't try, right? She has a lot of energy! There he said he told a producer, "I don't know why you hired me, because you haven't given me anything. I just don't think this stuff's going to be good". He also said he felt "kind of trapped in that material" and that there was "no way out". When Vilanch intimated that the busy actor appeared less than fully committed to the job, Franco posted a photo of the two of them together graffiti-ed saying "James Fucked up the oscars.
I mean, come on, I write for Bette Midler". Before Twitter, I always had that buffer period when I could actually think and decide, Is this worth it? For me Twitter is a dangerous thing". Entitled "Collage" and described as a "mixed-media piece", the show featured live dance, theater, music, and poetry. Tickets were free but were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The title alludes to a poem made by Franco into a short film by Frank Bidart , who has served as friend and mentor to Franco. The class began on September 13, In addition to that, Franco has also claimed to have been strongly misquoted by reports in the media  and news outlets reporting erroneous information about him.
I've been perceived as this guy yelling, 'Hey, look at me. I'm not going to school to get articles written about me. I'm just going to school. But the fact that I'm going to school or that someone takes a picture of me sleeping is like, 'We're gonna jump on that and criticize him for his antics'. I'm going to school. I hosted the Oscars. I take these projects seriously. But a well-stocked collection of selfies seems to get attention.
And attention seems to be the name of the game when it comes to social networking. In this age of too much information at a click of a button, the power to attract viewers amid the sea of things to read and watch is power indeed. It's what the movie studios want for their products, it's what professional writers want for their work, it's what newspapers want — hell, it's what everyone wants: The production of Dear James Franco used, parodied and deconstructed letters penned to or by celebrities.
The performances used improvisation to satirize their subject matter. When asked if he was a "believer", he responded, "In God? To a certain extent. It's a complicated question. In response to questions regarding his sexuality, he insists he finds plenty more dimensions to the characters than their bedroom proclivities.
Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren't considered gay. Franco sent multiple pictures of himself to prove his real identity.
Franco admitted on Live! With Kelly and Michael that he had written the messages. A former girlfriend, Violet Paley, also alleged that Franco once forced her to give him oral sex in a car while they were dating. One former student stated that Franco "would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts" in his projects.
Another stated that Franco held a sex scenes class and removed students' vaginal guards while simulating oral sex with them. Franco's attorney, Michael Plonsker, disputed these women's allegations. He received permission to take as many as 62 course credits per quarter compared to the normal limit of 19,  while still continuing to act, receiving many of his credits from independent study for his involvement on the set of Spider-Man 3. He received his undergraduate degree in June with a GPA of 3.
To continue acting, he would study on film sets. Several months before commencement, an editorial in the student newspaper questioned his "caliber" and a student created a Facebook page protesting the choice.
The course will focus mainly on production, meaning that the students will be in charge of creating their own film based on poetry.
I'm studying things that I love so it's not like it's a chore", he told The Washington Post , according to a New York Magazine article. Pineapple Express producer Judd Apatow has said of him: We used to laugh because in between takes he'd be reading The Iliad on set.
We still haven't read The Iliad. It was a very difficult book. With him, it was always James Joyce or something". Franco admitted to missing most of his classes that semester.