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James Franco Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2020
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Painting is wonderful because its so private. Youre not beholden to a director or a producer. But acting has been really saving to me. Its so expressive and free.
For whatever reason, I have an emotional life that wants to come out.
Teens today rule the world. The whole culture, movies, music, is pointed at young people. They have so much power.
The paparazzi can be sharks. The new thing is they surround someones car so they cant even move and they just take pictures of them, its maybe mostly the girls. Im sure people tip off the press when theyre going to be somewhere but theyre also hunted. I tend not to go out so they cant find me, I guess.
The tip that Ive gotten for success in movies and other areas is to not stop doing whatever got it good. For myself thats working as hard as I can on the roles and staying focused on the acting.
I think Im just a mild-mannered guy.
When we were doing 'Freaks and Geeks', I didn't quite understand how movies and TV worked, and I would improvise even if the camera wasn't on me. I thought I was helping the other actors by keeping them on their toes, but nobody appreciated it when I would trip them up. So I was improvising a little bit back then, but not in a productive way.
When I was a child, I wanted to be an actor, but I had really bad buckteeth. I didn't want to get braces, but my mom said I couldn't be an actor if I didn't get the braces. So, I got the braces.
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.
My name is James Edward Franco. Ted is a nickname for Edward. That's what my parents called me. I also got 'Teddy Ruxpin' a lot. It just got to a point where I got sick of it, so when a teacher called out 'James Franco' my junior year of high school, I didn't correct her.
It's hard when you're doing a film based on a true story to really figure out what all those relationships were.
If the work is good, what does it matter? I'm doing it because I love it. Why not do as many things I love as I can? As long as the work is good.
I worked the drive-through at McDonald's and tried out different accents - Italian, Russian, Irish.
I am not going to be the guy who's not pulling his weight.
Did you ever see Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke? That's what happens if you really smoke weed and make a movie. You get two guys and no plot and it's basically like, 'Yeah! Let's drive a van made of weed!' And that's pretty much the movie.
Acting is an art form and you want to take roles that are challenged and it's more of a challenge I think to play dark characters. Not that I want to always play those, but it is a challenge and challenges are rewarding and fun.
Acting doesn't do very much for me. I put off school for it, but its not like it was a sacrifice or anything. I didnt really miss school until I went back. Or maybe I missed it and nobody believed that, not even me. The work of it and I have really great teachers, thats the stuff that adds up for me in a way that acting doesnt.
My work is one thing and my identity is something else, but when acting is all I had, my identity was inevitably tied to my career. So if my career was not doing well, I inevitably felt bad and I did not like that feeling, so having other interests takes the pressure off acting and now its a job I can do and work hard at, but because I have this whole other side to my life, Im not dependent on acting for my self-worth.
I think if anybody who has made a home sex tape knows, what feels best doesnt always look best. I remember when I was 19 doing that, and then watching it back and thinking, Oh, that looks horrible. You have a lot of respect for those actors in pornography, because they are really not just doing it, theyre really selling it.
I had a great coach, He pulled it out of me. It really makes me want to do a musical on Broadway.
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