I met him (Franco him) once at a party. He seemed tired and a bit greasy. I liked the guy, we took a whiz together and he walked away gracefully afterward when I chastised him for eating a hotdog roll. Turned out it was vegan one anyway.
I love that someone who writes so terribly seems to be in the position of defining himself as “literary guy” by the means of playing authors in movies. Hey Franco, next time how about you play an author actually at your writing level. I’ll look forward to watching “The Dan Brown Story” in 3-D.
I would like to see Franco care less about literature that is NOT his own. Then we’d have less movies where he pretends to be some poet who already did his own thing and maybe he’d have more time to write better whatever it is he’s writing.
Also Hollywood loves literature, didn’t y’all see The Help?
Get yr hands off my homo heros. Please. Really. It’s torturous to watch this. I cannot look at James Franco and see anyone but James Franco. Not Ginsburg. Not Crane. Please just stop now. Can’t he make some movie about some straight male poet for once? Please?
It strikes me as terribly amusing that so many people are frustrated about the existence of Franco within the realm of literary cinema. For one, it’s clear that you won’t see the film because of a bias toward him; two, talking about him doing something more “his own” and “at his writing level” is a form of advocating more banality (as you’ve seen it as such already) or backing away from explaining what it is, exactly, about him that constitutes an incapability to bring the lives of many relatively unknown (or under-known, as this seems to be at the backbone of the half-arguments, that these are great artists who can’t be portrayed…) artists to a populated surface in which those outside the field of literature can then learn more about them. Here is a young actor/artist enthralled by what he reads and sees so he helps bring it to light. Even as a self-proclaiming literary elitist myself, I have no problem with the life of Crane coming into light. Those who actually read will know that Franco is not Crane and those who think that Franco’s Crane is Crane will hopefully then go to the work and say, this stuff is phenomenal but a different man indeed.
If I were in Franco’s position, I would do the same thing, at least with the writing MFAs. He has enough money to workshop his shit with the writers he really likes. No doubt he used the same stories for each of his classes that semester and simply polished them with four profs instead of one the way other MFAs do. The PhD is just coursework until it’s time for his orals, an MFA in film can basically be done on set (he has the human resources and equipment literally sitting around him while he’s on set) and the art MFA is basically the same as his film one. The dark secret is that his assistant probably wrote his critiques and briefed him on each story.