Many actors just want to try themselves in another form of art, and if they succeed, they rarely have a chance to mix the two art forms into one piece. Well-known actor, who’s also an artist, James Franco reveals that he had the opportunity to combine his passions in his latest project. His newest Hollywood film, called “Why Him”, is a romantic comedy concentrated on a life of an eccentric young internet billionaire, played by Franco. The young billionaire is in love with the daughter of a character played by Bryan Cranston. The comedy follows the series of events that occur between these two men.
As his character is tattooed, this talented actor designed the majority of body art by himself. He said to the media: “I drew some of them, and I don’t think this is spoiler, but there’s a big tattoo on my back of the whole family.” He also confirmed that many paintings that appear in the movie are versions of his own works. He said: “There’s a bunch of kind of silly paintings on the wall… some of them have been sold. They’re just replicas of the ones that have been sold.”
This is not Franco’s first appearance in the world of fine art. Two years ago, he faced huge embarrassment, when he made the homage to legendary photographer Cindy Sherman, which was displayed at Pace Gallery in New York. The event was widely panned by critics. He also regularly makes portraits of his star colleagues, such as comedian Randall Park, with whom he played in a comedy “The Interview” in 2015.
The Oscar-nominated actor also took part in a charity project AIDS charity RED, helping them raise money by giving fans a chance to win an artwork painted by Franco for a donation of at least 10$. Earlier this year, James also had a solo exhibition, named “Koo Koo” at the Siegfried Contemporary gallery in the Swiss ski resort of Gastaad. Visitors were able to see various displays of his bird paintings.
James Edward Franco was born April 19, 1978. His first significant acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the hit television program Freaks and Geeks. After that, he played the main role in the TV biographical film James Dean in 2001, for which he earned a Golden Globe Award. HE was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the role in 127 Hours in 2010. Besides these awarded movies, he also played in Spider-Man, Pineapple Express (2008), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), and King Cobra (2016) and had some TV roles in General Hospital and 11.22.63.
Franco was volunteering for the Art of Elysium charity, and teaching film classes at New York University, the University of Southern California, UCLA, and Palo Alto High School. He directed a documentary named Saturday Night, which shows a weekly life in the production of an episode of SNL. In 2010, the fictional character from General Hospital held an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, while the real Franco had an exhibition at the museum, based on his soap opera experiences.