James Franco — American Actor born on April 19, 1978,

James Edward Franco is an American actor, and filmmaker. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks. He later played the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean , for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy . He is also known for his roles in the films Flyboys , Pineapple Express , Milk , 127 Hours , Rise of the Planet of the Apes , Oz the Great and Powerful , Spring Breakers , This Is the End , and The Interview . He had a recurring role in the ABC soap opera General Hospital. For his role in 127 Hours , Franco was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2014, he made his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men... (wikipedia)

Directing, editing, and everything about filmmaking has definitely changed me as an actor.
There's a tacit belief that actors shouldn't write books, they're sort of allowed to direct movies but there will be a lot of skepticism, and they shouldn't do artwork or music. There are these invisible roadblocks to gain entree to these areas for actors, and you kind of have to crash through those invisible barriers.
I guess what I enjoy most is directing, because it incorporates all aspects of filmmaking. Directing is in the same line as acting - both are popularity contests, and in both you're trying to tell a story through the film as a medium.
The first piece of art that I ever bought-when I could afford it-was a Warhol sketch from the period when he was just getting out of doing commercial work and more into art. It's a sketch of a young guy's face. I guess the gallery that I bought it from thought I would like it because the young guy kind of looked like James Dean.
I still don't like going to bed alone.

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