He’s hot right now. James Franco is an actor’s actor. He adds another dimension to a whole Spiderman series. He steals a scene from Steve Carell and Tina Fey in Date Night—a difficult feat in itself. He shares his love on General Hospital. He carries Oz The Great and Powerful.
I’ve seen interviews with him, and he impresses me. He enjoys acting, and seems truly grateful to be part of the entertainment industry. He loves to work, and it shows. He seems to embody the idea of “no small parts.”
My family has a few “Inside” jokes about him. When I told the boys we were going to see Oz, my older son says, “Wow. He’s amazing—being able to be portray the Wizard with only one hand!” He was, of course, referring to Franco’s role as Aron Ralston in the 2010 movie, 127 Hours, a true story about a mountain climber forced to cut off his own hand to survive in the Utah wilderness.
My younger son refers to other actors that he calls “Fake James Francos,” like the young Theo James, star of NBC’s new series Golden Boy. The Franco look-alike claims (as his character) to do 6000 push-ups a day. We laughed at that. My son says things like, “How can he say that? Only the real James Franco can do 6000 push ups a day.”
Franco is a hard working man. Besides being in every theatre across the country, IMDb.com shows that he has ten projects in either pre-, active, or post-production. What that says to me is that the REAL James Franco is a man to watch.
That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading.
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