james franco gq magazine september 2008 06By Honey Gillard

Over the past few months, I can bet that tears have been falling down the faces of James Franco fans, as the captivating young man has moved out of the spotlight since the release of ‘Spiderman 3’ – I can guarantee this, because I am one of those obsessed fans. But it seems it’s that glorious time again when the striking face that presents James Franco, is brought forward once again.

The momentary fame is shining heavy on Franco, following the release of his latest film ‘Pineapple Express’.

‘Pineapple Express’ follows the story of a ‘Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city’s most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him–and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they’re not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express.’ [IMDB.com]

The much-esteemed ‘GQ magazine’ have jumped quickly on the Franco-bandwagon, bearing Franco and his eye-catching body as their cover art for the latest September issue – a scheme sure to expand their audience to the female realm as well. But the magazine has more than just eye-candy; it also looks into the thoughts of Franco [via an interview; not mind reading of course].

The magazine reports: ‘He’s sorry about the awful movies, sorry if he was a jerk on-set, sorry for trying to be the next James Dean. But now, with the chronically charming Pineapple Express and an Oscar-baiting drama coming this fall, Franco is making sure his future looks nothing like his past, even if it involves making out with Sean Penn’.

Though being a self-confessed groupie of the Frank-ster, I must admit that over his acting career, he has done some pretty dreadful films (*cough – ‘The Ape’). But we all know it; even Franco knows it.

“It’s just hard to get away from what I see as the stain of these bad movies.” Franco reveals to GQ magazine. “I wanted to be the best actor that I could be. It’s just sad for me, because I know I worked so hard, and I just feel like in some way I kind of blew it.

The interview continued in this reminiscent and confessional style, as the star spoke about not getting along with his co-stars whilst filming TV show ‘Freaks & Geeks’.

“I’ll admit I was not a team player. A lot of it, I think, just had to do with being obnoxious when the camera was on someone else.” Franco confessed. “Maybe I’d eat a banana in the background that would take focus away from other actors. I didn’t think about it that way, but now I could say, ‘Look, the scene’s not about me, it’s about them, just chill out, James. Don’t eat a banana.’ ”

I guess, the question that we are left with is, what are we gonna do in a couple of weeks when ‘Pineapple Express’ has been and gone in our cinemas and we are left wanting more Franco? Well don’t worry, Franco is set to return to our screens late Dec/ early Jan in a movie opposite stars Sean Penn and Emilie Hirsch, entitled ‘Milk’.

According the IMBD.com, ‘Milk’ tells the ‘story of California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White’.

The movie also asked Franco to do something a little different – kiss Sean Penn.

Franco tells of this saying: “The first kiss of the movie was out on Haight Street, with, like, 200 people watching, outside. I’m sure in the end it will be a really cool shot, but it starts close and then it takes maybe a minute. That’s a long time on film with everybody watching, and, like, a fake moustache getting in your mouth. It was long enough that you couldn’t help but thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I’m kissing Spicoli.’”

Pineapple Express is showing in cinemas now. Be sure to check it out. If the storyline flops, you can always just stare at Franco for two-or-so hours. It’s a win/win situation.

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Source: GQ magazine

Just Jared


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