JAMES FRANCO's (Christian Longo) metamorphosis into the
title role of the TNT biopic "James Dean" earned him career-making reviews, as
well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture made for Television.
He also received nominations for an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for this
memorable performance. Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male
Lead as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a
Screen Actors Guild Award and recognition from numerous critics' associations
for his starring role in Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed drama 127 HOURS. His
performance alongside Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant's MILK earned an Independent
Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and he was nominated for a Golden Globe
for his role in David Gordon Green's comedy PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, where he starred
opposite Seth Rogen. He is also known for his starring role as Harry Osbourne in
Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN trilogy.
Franco made his Broadway debut in the revival of the American classic Of Mice
& Men last spring to rave reviews. He was nominated for a Drama League
Distinguished Performance Award for his performance, as was the play for the
Outstanding Revival Award. The play was also shot for a theatrical release at
the end of 2014.
On the big screen, Franco was last seen in THE INTERVIEW with Seth Rogen and
THE COLOR OF TIME, which he also produced with his student directors last year.
In 2014, he also starred in Gia Coppola's PALO ALTO, based on the book he wrote
of the same title, and the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's CHILD OF GOD,
which he also co-wrote and directed. The film premiered at both the Venice and
the Toronto International Film Festivals in 2013 before getting its release. THE
SOUND AND THE FURY, which he also directed and produced, screened at the Venice
and Toronto International Film Festivals in 2014. He will next be seen in I AM
MICHAEL with Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto, which will premiere at the 2015
Sundance Film Festival.
He has racked up an impressive number of starring roles including the comedy
THIS IS THE END with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride, Harmony Korine's
SPRING BREAKERS, Paul Haggis' THIRD PERSON and Sam Raimi's OZ: THE GREAT AND
POWERFUL and Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's HOWL, where he played the famous
poet Allen Ginsberg, among many others. On television, he appeared in the
critically acclaimed series FREAKS AND GEEKS.
Franco has also shot THE ADDERALL DIARIES with Amber Heard and Wim Wenders'
EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE. He is also directing, producing and starring in
ZEROVILLE with Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell.
Aside from his acting accomplishments, Franco has also established himself as
a producer and director on several films. In 2013, he produced and starred in
Carter's MALADIES and produced, directed and starred in AS I LAY DYING based on
the classic novel by William Faulkner, which premiered at the Cannes Film
Festival that year. He also produced and directed SAL, a bio-pic based on the
life of Sal Mineo, which was released in 2013 and screened prior at the 2011
Venice Film Festival. He also produced KINK, a documentary that premiered at the
2013 Sundance Film Festival.
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