January 25, 2011 by Post Team
James Franco, (CP) – “James Franco’’EST aware he has a reputation. In the past year, he became known as the guy who made the choice eccentric. He plays in” 127 hours “and took a role recurring in the soap opera daytime “General Hospital” as an artist with dementia. He has signed to co-host of the Oscars with Anne Hathaway while taking courses at Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design.
His most recent venture is a multimedia project called “Three’s Company The Drama” in which he combines video and art to update the old sitcom starring John Ritter. It is exposed to the Sundance Film Festival, where The Associated Press spoke with Franco’s image, career and the Academy Awards.
AP: Will you be awakened early Tuesday morning for Oscar nominations in case you are a candidate? (Franco is a likely candidate for “127 hours”.)
Franco: I’ll be in school. I will Yale. Fox Searchlight asked me if I wanted to go to New York to be ready … where I was appointed. I said, ‘No (laughs). I will not miss class to go guess I’ll be nominated, but if you want to bring out a film crew at Yale and wait to see if I am appointed, I would be happy to get out of class and say I am very recognizing (laughs). ”
AP: Have you started thinking about co-hosting this year’s Oscars?
Franco: No, it will be my face and right face Anna in the center of everything. But what people do not see everything the camera is behind us who worked on this project as a year, so I trust them. I’m leaving them. I have no desire to make my mark on the concert hosting … I will do as well as I can, but as far as writing my own lines and stuff like that, it’s not my case art, you know, passions are. I do not need to burn my lines in there. I think they do an excellent job and I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to provide everything they give me.
AP: Why did you “Three’s Company” video art project at Sundance?
Franco: “Three’s Company The Drama” is perfect for Section New Frontier, which are all kinds of presentations on various film and video. It’s a bit what I’m interested … Somehow “Three’s Company” is a bit dated so when you watch the reruns you’re giving him much credit because you know he was shot in ’70 or ’80 ‘s. … Jack (Tripper) had to pretend he was gay to be able to live in this apartment with two women. Some of that was flat and not as homophobic funny … It also addresses the interaction of people and TV.
AP: You seem like someone who likes to take risks and not play safe with your career. Why?
Franco: I see nothing wrong with doing something and doing it well. That’s fine. But when I was only an actor there was a ceiling on what I wanted to be able to express.
AP: How was it when you tried to play it safe and just do roles in mainstream cinema?
Franco: He was dead. I did not want to do more. It was death to do the things I should do. I could not make these movies more. … I mean maybe no one believes me, but I had a conversation with my manager like, “if that’s what it’s gonna be, I can not do more.” So it was not like the response was: “Hey Have a bunch of crazy stuff! I had to find a way to change what I was doing. I had to understand that I must believe in my own tastes. Do not believe in what you should do. Believe in what I liked and that’s OK.
AP: Are you concerned now that you have the reputation of a guy who will take risks just because it’s different?
Franco: Some people say, “Yeah, this guy will do anything. What will he do next? But that does not mean I do not believe in the projects I’m doing? . . You can do crazy projects. Simply smarter.
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