James Franco has a well-established image at this point: the indulgent artist, who flies from one project to another seemingly based only on whim. Never mind that he can be a powerful actor, and that he is producing and finishing more work than almost anyone else out there. He’s just so… present. How dare you work too much, James Franco!?
Maladies, directed by the artist called Carter, seems to toy with that image by dropping it into the framework of a wacky romcom. Think Benny & Joon, but instead of Johnny Depp playing at being Chaplin, James Franco plays an actor names James who deals with some mental health issues as his career flounders. There’s a good supporting cast in place (induing Catherine Keener and David Strathairn) who you’ll see a good deal of in the trailer below. Read More »
James Franco is one busy guy. 127 Hours is in theaters, he’s shot parts in films like Your Highness, he’s prepping to go back to do another stint on General Hospital, he’s been optioning several books as possible film projects, and now he’s shooting another movie, called Maladies. The latter co-stars Alan Cumming, Claire Danes, Catherine Keener and is directed by the artist Carter, who made the short film Erased James Franco.
More details on Maladies, plus news of James Franco’s possible Sal Mineo biopic, after the break. Read More »
When James Franco‘s short stint on General Hospital was announced, I figured it was something he was doing to challenge himself and set different acting boundaries. Like Lars Von Trier and friends created the Dogme 95 rules in part to establish a new filmmaking framework for themselves, acting on a soap opera would push Franco in unexpected ways.
I didn’t think that the whole thing might be part of a project akin to Casey Affleck’s documentary on Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘retirement’ and subsequent rapping act. But that’s what seems to be the case, if Franco’s friend Carter isn’t putting everyone on. Read More »