James Franco’s BiographyJames Franco is a famous Hollywood actor, director, screenwriter, author, and recipient of the Golden-Globe. James gladly takes on roles in smash hits, as well as comedies or experimental projects.
Childhood and FamilyJames imbibed his talent with his mother’s milk. Since early childhood, he had been surrounded by the atmosphere of creativity, with her working as a writer and an editor. And the stunning looks? Those the actor owes to the mixture of his Swedish, Portuguese and Jewish roots.
Acting CareerIt took Franco some 15 months to start auditioning in Los Angeles: ambition and confidence were the things he never lacked. Thus, he landed his first lead in 1999, when he got a part in Freaks and Geeks, a teenage drama about college life in the 80-s. The series did not last long, but critics had had just enough time to evaluate the work of the charming young actor. Coincidentally, the show also starred the future star of «How I Met Your Mother» Jason Segel and Franco’s friend and comedian Seth Rogen.
However, Franco did face problems with Seth Rogen’s satirical movie about Kim Chen In «The Interview», in which he had been chosen for one of the leads. Sony Pictures got repeatedly hacked with threats against the release of the film. The premiere was postponed, but the picture nonetheless aired the same year (2014) at a limited number of theatres and online. The Scandal played directly into their hands, creating great publicity – over a million users streamed the comedy within the first day.
In 2017 Franco triumphed again. He directed and starred in «The Disaster Artist» - a comedy biopic about Tommy Wiseau, one of the worst directors in history and the creator of «The Room» – often referred to as one of the worst films ever made. Dave Franco, James’s brother, played the actor, who had starred in the original «Room».
James Franco as a director2005 marked James Franco's debut as a director with his movie «the Ape», with his cast as the main actor. After a couple of rough drafts and «passing a viva», so to say, Franco chose an interesting and important direction: the adaptation and re-thinking of the American literature and cultural phenomena.
It is as if through his films Franco is trying to open the door to another world of serious, even experimental literature: something, to which the majority of directors are now reluctant to appeal.