James Franco: What hasn't he done?
James Franco is starring in two popular movies currently in theaters ('Oz the Great and Powerful' and 'Spring Breakers'), but those achievements are just the latest on a very long résumé. How many items would Franco have checked off if he had a bucket list?
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“I don’t get much sleep,” Franco told “Good Morning America” in 2010. “I am very busy.” This is obvious because it seems as if no human being with a normal sleep cycle could cram all the activities Franco does into his or her schedule.
– Get nominated for an Oscar
Franco got the nod from the Academy after his portrayal of outdoorsman Aron Ralston in Danny Boyle’s film "127 Hours," in 2010. The film, based on a true story, follows Aron, a solo hiker, after he falls into a ravine in Utah and is trapped for five days, out of human view and with limited supplies. USA Today’s review called Franco “thoroughly captivating.”
– Host the Oscars
Franco co-hosted the 2011 ceremony with Anne Hathaway, but many critics responded negatively to the ceremony. The Hollywood Reporter wrote in its review that Franco “seemed distant, uninterested and content to keep his Cheshire-cat-meets-smug smile on display throughout.”
– Star in a Disney movie
In "Oz the Great and Powerful," Franco plays the wizard who falls into the land of Oz and must help save it from destruction. Franco received mixed reviews – most, like The Boston Globe, called him out for a poor performance, with the Globe writing that Franco was “too callow, too feckless, too much the dude for this role.” However, some like IndieWire argued, “Franco makes it his own, and again proves his can be an underestimated leading man.” Whether his portrayal of the great wizard was good or bad, it is still an interesting move for Franco to go Disney, especially considering the film was released around the same time as the racy, polar-opposite "Spring Breakers."
– Star in a movie with Disney stars
In "Spring Breakers," directed by Harmony Korine, Franco is almost unrecognizable in his role as Alien, a rapper/gangster who sports beaded cornrows and tattoos. He plays the not-so-great influence on already-rebellious college students (played by Hudgens, Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine) who venture to Florida for their spring break.
The 34-year-old has already done so much that you have to wonder, what could possibly be next?
Saba Hamedy is a Monitor contributor.
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