This Is The End is out June 12.
Hollywood actor James Franco, who is set to play Hugh Hefner in ‘Lovelace’, says he used to secretly read Playboy magazine when he was a kid.
The 34-year-old admitted he has always been a fan of Hefner, founder of the magazine. However he has never met Hefner, reportsfemalefirst.co.uk.
When asked by ShortList magazine whether he has ever met Hugh, he said: “No, although I’ve always been a fan of his work since I was a kid. Seriously, if I could get my hands on his magazines, I would. My friend’s father had a stash, we used to look at when he wasn’t home.”
“I play him during his 1970s persona – a much younger, more self-aware person. It’s funny, watching old interviews to research the part, I saw that he’s not just a smut-hound, he’s pretty interesting,” he said.
“His aim was to mix the mind and body in his magazine in a way that was unprecedented back then – really raw. It’s a tame publication these days,” he added.
“Lovelace” also stars Amanda Seyfried. It is based on the story of Linda Lovelace, the American pornographic actress who died in 2002.
Franco hopes Hefner will appreciate his dignified portrayal and he has made sure to capture the darker side of porn accurately.
He added: “I tried to portray him with a bit of complexity and dignity. But there’s also the need to fit him into the kind of story the producers are trying to tell.”
“Linda Lovelace might have started off wide-eyed about the porn industry, but it gets serious, and my character has to deliver some of that harshness to her. I don’t think Hefner has seen it yet, but I hope he’ll like it.”
Source: IBN Live
James Franco is making the press rounds for “Spring Breakers,” but one radio host had another topic of conversation on his mind: Anne Hathaway, and the public’s well-documented love-hate relationship with the “Les Miserables” actress.
In an interview with Howard Stern (via US Weekly), Franco admitted that Hathaway “does not want me talking about this,” but after telling Stern that the host would have to lead the discussion, he played along anyway.
Stern set up the situation thusly: “Everyone sort of hates Anne Hathaway, and I’ve explained that I do too and I don’t know even know why sometimes,” Stern explained. “She’s just so affected [and] actress-y that even when she wins an award she’s out of breath, and then she has the standard joke that sounds like it’s [been] written [for her]. And it all seems so scripted and acted.”
Franco didn’t exactly balk. “I’m not an expert on — I guess they’re called ‘Hatha-haters’– but I think that’s what maybe triggers it,” he said before admitting that the two “haven’t talked in awhile.”
Still, it seems things are (or were, perhaps, until today) right in the Franco-Hathaway universe. “Anne and I made up, by the way,” Franco said. “Let’s just get that on the record.”
It wasn’t always peachy between the two young stars. When the pair hosted the Oscars in 2011, Franco appeared wholly uninterested in the endeavor, a stark contrast to Hathaway’s bubbly personality. Their performance was savaged by critics amid rumors the duo grew to hate each other during rehearsals (at the time, both parties’ reps denied any animosity). That Academy Awards ceremony continues to be a punchline, most recently and hilariously at the Golden Globes, when host Tina Fey complimented Hathaway’s “Les Miserables” performance by quipping, “I have not seen someone so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were alone with James Franco at the Oscars.”
Hathaway has admitted her performance came across as over the top to TV viewers and advised Seth MacFarlane, who hosted the 2013 Academy Awards, to study rehearsal tapes and adjust his take accordingly.
“Spring Breakers” caught fire at the box office over the past two weeks, outperforming “The Master” and doing well for an indie release. In addition to playing the role of Alien, a Florida gangster, in the Harmony Korine film, the erstwhile HuffPost blogger, professor, serial student, performance artist and Playboy columnist stars in the title role of “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”
Source: Huffington Post
James Franco wrote an amazing post about Ryan Gosling for The Huffington Post. In it, he calls Ryan”the Gos,” references his ”toned six-pack”, and writes girl with seven “i”s. Here are the best quotes:
1. ”I loved the whole film and was engaged every moment of the way. But what I want to talk about is the first section, the Gosling section; I want to make love to this section.”
2. ”…the smoking, brooding carnival king who will ride his motorcycle like no other into the burning twilight of legend…”
3. ”Look at the writing on the bike before he paints it black; Gosling touches, all, I’m sure of it.”
4. ”Look at how he smokes; look at the other t-shirts he wears inside out; look at the holes!”
5. ”Yes, please, more of this.’‘ Ok, this is out of context, but use this line for whatever slash fiction you plan to write about these two actors later.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
James Franco, who is enjoying the success of his blockbuster Oz The Great and Powerful, took some time from his many other projects and his teaching duties at UCLA to go the “happiest place on earth.” Yup, James Franco went to Disneyland.
But the actor wasn’t just there to ride the tea cups or the Matterhorn, he was there to get in touch with the man who started it all, the one and only Walt Disney. One of the big things James Franco did that day was to go on the amazing Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps tour, he was really looking forward to it since it first in with the film production class he’s teaching at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.