James Franco Covered in Paint for Dazed & Confused December 2013
After teaming up with lensman Josh Olins for the artistic spread, the 35-year-old actor/director chatted about his creativity and how he reacted to playing the perceived form of himself in "This is the End."
Check out a few highlights from Mr. Franco's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit Dazed & Confused!
On writing his screenplays:
"I feel more excited when I am linked to something that has literary weight. I feel like I am responsible. Like there is more of an obligation to make it the best it can be. When it's just generated fully from myself, I don't know...I just feel myself getting a little lazy. I'm embarrassed about it. It's so different when you the rights to a Cormac McCarthy book - you certain feel that you need to rise to a certain level and so it makes you work hard."
On directing stress free films:
"It allows for much more freedom [without any selling pressure], because I don't need to entertain or to make the investment back. All of these art films are for me about finding a free space."
On being a different version of himself in "This is the End":
"There is this weird thing that had been created around me. It is me and it's not me, and it's partly my creation, and not my creation. So I just use it."
On worrying about the future of Hollywood:
"It's funny comparing what is dominant in the commercial sphere versus what is deemed worthy of critical acclaim. I don't know which is better or worse. Like how poetry, where no money is made, is full of infighting amongst poets. Poets can be the most vicious to each other because the only there is to fight over is cultural capital, rather than financial capital. Maybe on day, movies will be like poetry in that sense. They won't be making money any more, compared to video games. So it will all come back to the art of I. Maybe."
Photo Credit: Josh Olins for Dazed & Confused