This is a bit weird, I’ll admit: James Franco has already signed up to star in Of Mice and Men on Broadway, and now apparently Chris O’Dowd is going to star right along side him. What strange casting for what’s already a really strange story. James will be playing George Milton, which means Chris will most likely be playing Lennie, who is mentally handicapped with way too much strength and a penchant for soft things (which makes him squeeze a mouse to death by petting it too much).
The Oscar-nominated actor James Franco (“127 Hours”) is set to make his Broadway debut this spring as George in a revival of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” possibly opposite Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids,” “Girls”) as Lennie, a person directly involved with the production said on Thursday. The 1937 play, like the classic novella by Steinbeck, depicts the friendship of the big-dreaming George and the mentally limited Lennie, migrant field workers in California during the Great Depression.
Mr. Franco, who is known for juggling multiple projects as an actor, director, and writer, has starred in blockbusters (the “Spider-Man” movies opposite Tobey Maguire) and indie movies like “Milk” and “Spring Breakers.” While he has signed on to the “Mice and Men” revival, Mr. O’Dowd is still in negotiations to play Lennie, according to the person involved with the show, who disclosed information on condition of anonymity because the producer, David Binder, has not authorized an official announcement. The play would be Mr. O’Dowd’s Broadway debut as well.
Well, whatever. I dig Chris O’Dowd, but I don’t understand the choice to revive this show when they could bring back, like, West Side Story or something.
James Franco is going through one of his “silly” artsy phases again. He’s been staging his own paparazzi photos, writing over them Perez style, and uploading them to instagram. They’re admittedly pretty funny, like his latest (above) that suggests he’s seeing a dude. The caption with it is,
#jamesfrancotv #page6 #newyorkpost #newyorkobserver #hungergames #liamhelmsworth #justjared #pereshilton #mileycyrus #newyorktimes IS THAT JAMES AND LIAM!!!!!!!!???????
So yeah, this is basically what James Franco has been up to. Some Warholian project that comes a lot closer than Gaga‘s Warholian exploration of fame that she’s been trying to do with Artpop. And it’s funnier than the jokes he made at his Roast!
James Franco was roasted on Comedy Central by his famous comedian friends. I didn’t watch it because I value my time. Everyone got some good shots in at James Franco’s pretentiousness and failure as an Oscar host. Mr. Franco ended the evening with a rape joke directed at pal Seth Rogen that has some people steamed. Here’s what he said (via Salon):
Seth was really hilarious tonight. But the jokes suggesting that I was gay … coming from you, Seth, really hurts because it reminds of the time on the set of ‘Pineapple Express’ when Seth Rogen tried to rape me. [Rogen laughs, then shakes his head, gesturing discomfort] Forced his way into my dressing room, blew pot smoke into my mouth, [Franco laughs] pinned me beneath his sweaty, heaving, schlubby body. Luckily, he was distracted by the sound of an ice cream truck outside and I managed to break free. But Seth, the incident did inspire my latest painting, entitled, “Seth Rogen is a Gay Stoner Rapist.”
Never mind that it’s only August. Zimbio polled their readers and came up with the hottest 25 actors of 2013. Here’s who they are. Where do you stand? Do you agree or disagree? Number one was surprising to me, in the, “let pause and think, ‘…really?’” way. And can you guess who made the top 10 that also made the top 10 in the Ugliest Men list?
The whole Lovelace movie weirds me out, not because it’s about a porn star (bow-chicka-bow-wow), but because it stars Amanda Seyfried, who I wouldn’t believe as a porn star even if she accidentally released a “sex tape” with James Deen. It’s just… no. Terrible, terrible casting. I’d even believe Lohan over her.
Alas, this has been made and it’s as good as done and dusted since it’s hitting US theatres (on limited release, of course) next month. In case you’re actually interested in the plot of this garbage, it’s about Lovelace finding success in porn as she filmed Deep Throat in 1972. James Franco is in the movie as Hugh Hefner (HAHAHA!!!), Peter Skarsgaard plays Lovelace’s abusive husband Chuck Traynor and of course, a porn biopic wouldn’t be complete without Chloe Sevigny.
What do you think? Will you be watching this, or giving it a miss?
Henry Cavill is the talk of the town these days because of the whole Superman thing, and good for him. I know nothing about him or the film cos it’s not really my bag, but yay for attractive bros giving ladies nice things to look at… or something? (I’m trying!) This story isn’t really about Henry Cavill being super talented and super hot, though – no, it’s about James Francocrying about how Henry Cavill apparently doesn’t like him. I don’t know either, but let’s go with it.
I was also at Leicester Square earlier this year for the premiere of my film Oz, when the red carpet was a yellow brick road, but the night I saw the new Superman, I arrived incognito: 1) because it wasn’t my film, and 2) because I don’t think Henry Cavill would have wanted to see me there. Not that we’re enemies. Years ago we worked on a film together called Tristan and Isolde. I played Tristan and he played my backstabbing sidekick. My hunch is that he didn’t like me very much. I don’t know this for certain, but I know that I wouldn’t have liked myself back then because I was a difficult young actor who took himself too seriously.
Huh. I kind of don’t really get James’ point of sharing this factoid, unless he was trying to make people uncomfortable or start some shit? I mean, whatever, Franco’s a free spirit, how dare I stifle that? The whole thing is insane so I recommend reading it. He’s so up his own asshole it’s hilarious (and yes, that picture is from the article).