James Franco has asked Los Angeles psych-rockers The Allah-Las to do the music for the film The Long Home. Franco will direct and appear in the movie, about a young contractor hired to build a honky-tonk by a malevolent con who arrives in town (and may have murdered the protagonist’s father). A spokesman for the Allah-Las declined to comment.
Los Angeles: Actress Rachel McAdams had a “wonderful experience” working with James Franco on “Everything Will Be Fine”.he 36-year-old actress wanted to work with the actor for some time and was delighted to be cast alongside him in “Everything Will Be Fine”, reported LOOK magazine.
“He is so easy to work with. Even though he plays a man who is haunted by his past, he was light-hearted on the set.
“I have wanted to work with him for a long time. It was a wonderful experience,” she said.
Talking about her criteria for choosing her projects, McAdams said she would consider “almost anything” if she likes the writing and the people involved with the production.
“I judge projects by the people involved and the quality of the writing,” said, “The Notebook” actress.
Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Nicole Kidman bring love, lust, and adventure to the Middle East in their new movie “Queen of the Desert.”
The biographical film from director Werner Herzog is based on the life of Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman), a historian, writer, and member of the British secret service who is revered as “the female Lawrence of Arabia” for making an imprint on Middle Eastern politics in the 1920s.
According to an official synopsis via Indiewire , “As an educated young woman, for whom no suitable husband can be found in England, she journeys to Tehran. After a tragic love affair with diplomat and inveterate gambler Henry Cadogan, she decides to give up on her private life and discover the region as an explorer.”
In the first official trailer, Pattinson can be seen donning traditional Middle Eastern garb for his role as T.E. Lawrence, while Franco takes on the part of Kidman’s lover.
Michael Glatze’s controversial journey from passionate gay rights advocate to committed anti-gay preacher made for one fascinating 2011 New York Times Magazine cover story. But turning that radical transformation into a feature film?
James Franco, who plays Glatze, just couldn’t see it — at first.
“The trajectory of the character is not one that you would expect for a movie,” he said in a phone interview from Toronto. “You usually would expect a character to be closeted and come out and overcome those types of obstacles.”
But when Gus Van Sant, the director Franco had worked with on the Oscar-winning “Milk,” suggested the idea, Franco reconsidered.
“If Gus Van Sant thinks it’s going to potentially be a good movie, then you kind of listen.”
Certainly the audience will listen and likely have something to say about the even-keeled “I Am Michael,” a bold opening night film choice at Frameline39, the Bay Area’s 11-day festival that kicks off Thursday and showcases movies with pertinent LGBTQ themes.
Franco, a Palo Alto native, is not the only Bay Area tie to “I Am Michael.” The article the film is based on, “My Ex-Gay Friend,” was written by former Contra Costa Times reporter Benoit Denizet-Lewis, who had worked with the real-life Glatze at the San Francisco-based XY magazine.
The filmmakers understood that “I Am Michael” required a careful approach in realizing Glatze’s journey and radical turnabout. The Dartmouth graduate who championed gay youths while working at XY magazine and then co-founded the Young Gay America publication with boyfriend Ben (played by Zachary Quinto in the film), went through a spiritual crisis that resulted in his denouncing gay life and converting to conservative Christianity.
Glatze, now a minister living with his wife in Wyoming, was open to having his life portrayed on screen, with one condition.
“As long as we were going to tell the story in a very evenhanded way,” Franco said. “From the beginning, it was definitely the intention that we present the facts of his life, rather than trying to vilify him.”
Doing so led to a few conversations about whether the filmmakers needed to “clarify even more that we don’t necessarily agree with what Michael said,” he recalls. But he believes that anybody reading this as a pro-conversion narrative is willfully misreading the movie. The ending of the film reflects that.
To prepare for the role, Franco consulted with director Justin Kelly, who also wrote the screenplay for this, his first feature- length film. The 37-year-old actor says he approaches how he researches roles based on the individual he is playing.
He’s played a variety of characters based on real people, some alive, some from the past. Some are very public figures such as James Dean and Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, and some are just known for what they did, like Aron Ralston (who famously cut off his own forearm when he got trapped bouldering) in “127 Hours,” or Scott Smith (iconic gay activist Harvey Milk’s boyfriend) in “Milk.”
“With James Dean, everybody knows what he looks like, everybody knows what he moves like and sounds like, so taking on the physical behavior and mannerisms was part of that role,” he said. “With Aron Ralston, it wasn’t. What was important was what he went through, not how he sounded.”
For the role of Glatze, Franco communicated with Michael via email and Skype before filming, “more to get his final blessing … so he could look me in the eye and see that I wasn’t out to vilify him and all that.”
But his acting decisions, he said, were informed by Kelly, the director. He also tapped into feelings he experienced about where his career was leading early on.
“I can’t relate a lot of specifics to Michael’s story, but I think a lot of people do go through a similar type of crisis, granted often to a smaller degree than what Michael went through.”
When he was in his late 20s, Franco realized he wasn’t happy with his life.
“In my case, it was how I conducted myself professionally and the kinds of projects I was doing and how I was living my life socially and how I was kind of a recluse. … It’s a completely different type of change than Michael (underwent), but I did feel some of that panic. I sort of went through a mini-depression and needed to figure out some new path.”
In his career, Franco has played more than a few gay characters and been involved with projects with gay themes. Currently, in addition to “I Am Michael,” he co-stars as Robert Duvall’s estranged gay son in the recently released “Wild Horses” (available on some streaming platforms).
These roles and his ease with them have led to speculation about his sexuality. Franco sees that as happening whenever he takes on a role.
“That’s what part of being in the public eye is. You become a fixture of discussion. If I do a film where I play a stoner, people will think I’m a stoner. And if I play in a movie where I have a boyfriend, then some people will want to think that I have a boyfriend. It’s just part of being a public figure.”
He credit’s Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” which cast two straight actors — Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal — and landed multiple Oscar nominations, for breaking ground in Hollywood.
“Even in the last 10 years, there has been a real change insofar as the stigma or the danger of taking on a gay role, whether you are a straight actor or a gay actor,” he said. “(But) I believe it’s never enough if you weigh it against the way it should be.”
Shia LeBeouf, as everyone knows, recently made an incredibly intense inspirational video, complete with lots of yelling and emphatic hand gestures.
Naturally, then, James Franco made a parody trolling it — but instead of giving you life motivation, it’s about taking a dump. (Example: Instead of “Just do it,” Franco says “Just poo it.”)
You may actually need to watch the video twice, as it takes a keen mind to pick up on the subtlety of such wit.