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James Franco attends the UK Premiere of Oz The Great and Powerful
this is what really happens when fans meet James
HAHAHA I CAN TELL: YES !!!
Wonderful job my friend Silvia !!
i can’t handle this
Thanks my dear Silvia !!!!!!
James Franco with fans in Brazil - Nov. 2012
For my friends Fabi, Priscila and Flavia :)
During passage through São Paulo, James Franco spoke of his hand teacher and film projects.
James Franco is one of the heartthrobs of the moment in Hollywood. Alongside Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal and Bradley Cooper, actor settles the new generation of handsome American film industry. The boy, however, - of course - does not like the label pretty boy. And, despite having emerged in film for his role in the blockbuster Spider-Man, it’s hard, dry and right in response to directors who would like to work: “If I could only work with Gus Van Sant and Harmony Korine for the rest of my career, I’d be happy, “says the actor, full of certainty.
Following the line of already established George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt and inclined to like “cult”, he wants to override the title pretty face and seeks to gain the credibility of criticism, accepting roles as Scott Smith in Milk, and Aron Ralston (which earned him an Oscar nomination), in 127 Hours. Besides the challenge of driving small shorts. “I do not think acting is difficult. For me, it is very natural, “he says.
Franco went to Brazil last week for the opening of the Gucci store - the brand which is poster boy for 4 years - Shopping in JK. He received his column for an exclusive interview in Fasano, during the passage lightning capital city. Fond of arts, this Californian - son of a writer - made a point of visiting the Biennale and record impressions. The artistic references, incidentally, are the tip of the tongue when the subject is walking his Joan of Arc, displayed by him in the Bar Number: “I sought inspiration in La Notte, Antonioni,” he says.
Besides the exhibition, the actor went to a nightclub, renowned restaurants and took the opportunity to … read. And read a lot. Even the dinner took in tow the book The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer, which also did not become unglued during the photo shoot for the column. Why such dedication? Says be preparing lessons, now a professor of directing and performing arts at universities like UCLA and NYU. The story - about the execution of Gary Gilmore in Utah - says Franco, can also develop into a future project for the cinema.
The boy’s interest in the arts is not repeated in the political field. Contrary to many colleagues who have engaged in recent American elections, campaigning for their candidates, Franco is uncomfortable with the subject: “You do not want to ask me about it,” he says, with a quick mending and also direct “I’m really happy that Obama has been elected. “
Here are the best excerpts from the conversation.
How was the experience of directing the short Joan Of Arc?
It was great. I had a really cool production design. And as there is for film, there is the same kind of pressure to tell this story in a more conventional manner.
Is it true that you used references of Italian cinema?
Yes This production was very inspired by Dreyer’s silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc. Also in La Notte, Antonioni.
One of the next movies you starred in, Oz, will be released soon in Brazil. How do you work on long?
The film is innovative and unlike anything we’ve ever seen. When I entered the process, were already working on it for a year. They had even invited Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp for the role. But they could not. So, Sam Raimi, the director who is my friend, asked me to do. And I thought, “Of course.”
As you also directs movies, when you’re working, watching the direction, give hints or not?
There … now I can direct my own films, I have this need. I need not impose on the director. Like, today, we did a photo shoot. Needless to say, “Oh, I pose here or there,” right? You decide which.
And what do you find most challenging and exciting time to play?
Actually I do not think acting is very difficult. I do this for 16 years and work with good people. So it’s easy.
You were photographed arriving in Brazil, holding the book The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer. It’s for some work?
Yes, I am a doctoral student in the English language and, in fact, read a lot. And this book, particularly, has a thousand pages and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980. And it is a beautiful book about a man, Gary Gilmore, who was tried and convicted of murder in the United States. This is a very controversial case. As I teach, I use it with my students.
It may be a movie?
Well, we can turn it into a project, yes.
His mother is a writer, do you think that is where was born his interest in literature?
Yes I was raised around it and she included me in the creative process. This ends up creating a strong influence. But today, I think I influencio (laughs). She works in my movies and do different kinds of projects.
Still on literature, videos you recorded for writer Gary Shteyngart, right?
Yes, he was one of my favorite professors at Columbia University. And when his latest book came out, we made a trailer for the book in the style of the movies that are made.
Do you give lessons?
I teach directing films. But I also give classes on how to write fiction on performing arts and acting. I teach at UCLA, at CalArts, UFC and also at NYU.
What was the most important person you’ve ever played?
It’s hard to say. I had a lot of positive experiences. When did Pineapple Express was a fun role. And just at a time when I needed to learn to relax and enjoy myself. I realized that acting need not be a painful process. Already in Milk and The Voice of Equality got to work with some of my heroes - Sean Penn and Gus Van Sant.
Is there a film director with whom you like to work?
If I could only work with Gus Van Sant and Harmony Korine for the rest of my career, I would be very happy.
Many actors were involved in the campaigns of the last election. Politics is something that interests you?
A little, but you do not want to ask me about it.
I’m glad that President Obama has been reelected. I am very happy.
You are in Brazil for the opening of Gucci and seems to appreciate fashion. What is your style? The wearing?
I love sweaters. Tight sweater, as the folks at Gucci would say. I ask all new sweaters to them. And I like all kinds of jackets: leather jacket navy, rain coats, that sort of thing.
Like Gucci invited you to this job?
Working with the brand - just realized - four years ago. This event in itself came as everyone else knows, that is always talking about making things.
[note: This interview was translated from spanish to english,pardon all mistakes]