James Franco is on cover of 'Details'
05:00 AM, Feb 12, 2013
Actor James Franco, who seems to delight in his own goofy weirdness, doesn’t disappoint in his latest magazine cover, on Details, for the March edition.
The magazine heralds the inside piece, by Ivan Solotaroff, as Franco “taking on his toughest role yet: Being James Franco.” Because being young (34), handsome and a highly-paid movie star is no picnic, you know.
But he’s doing his duty promoting his movie career, with six films coming out in 2013, the magazine reports, including Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful, where he plays the Wizard of Oz. Of course.
“Is there any other actor who manages to be at once culturally ubiquitous and utterly elusive?” the article asks. “Pay no attention to the man behind the celebrity curtain. He’s just another character in Franco’s repertoire.”
Franco answers questions, sort of, about all manner of topics, in language that cannot be fully reproduced here.
On his reaction to smoking pot in a movie strip-club scene: He puked after 20 puffs on a blunt. “I don’t even smoke cigarettes for roles anymore.”
On his lack of sleep: I “fight sleep every night… I consider it a defeat.”
On rumors about being gay: One of his Yale professors was gay, he says, which prompted a realization. “It wasn’t about being gay but about being different. And that gave me a feeling of enormous permission.”
On his desire to be an artist, teacher, poet, not just an actor: “…I’d become incredibly frustrated staying in the lines of my job description as an actor. I was making it hard, not only on everyone else, but on myself as well.”
He even produces some original poetry for the magazine that reflects his tendency to both talk to himself and refer to himself in the third person.
So many masks are worn in Franco’s works:
Do you worry that your own good looks
Will ghettoize your films, exhibits, books:
Make you a McClure till proven Ginsberg?
The issue hits newsstands Feb. 19.