Image Credit: George Pimentel/Getty ImagesHas any actor been busier the last few years than James Franco? On top of roles in Milk, Pineapple Express, Nights in Rodanthe, Date Night, and the upcoming movies Howl, William Vincent, Your Highness, 127 Hours, and Eat Pray Love, Franco has appeared on 30 Rock plus 23 episodes of the soap opera General Hospital, where he played a performance artist named, well, Franco. (He’ll shoot even more episodes for the daytime series this summer). He’s done all this while earning a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and studying filmmaking at NYU and writing at Columbia; the actor may also enroll in Yale’s Ph.D. English program later this year. And if your head isn’t spinning yet, Franco has now signed on to star in Summit Entertainment’s comedy movie Ricky Stanicky, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The R-rated ensemble comedy is about three teens who pull a prank and accidentally burn down a house. The kids blame the incident on a fictitious person named Ricky Stanicky. Cut to 20 years later, and the three guys are still using Ricky Stanicky to get out of any sticky situation. When their wives ask to meet Mr. Stanicky, the guys hire an actor (Franco) to portray him. And so, Franco the actor will be playing an actor who’ll be playing a person who doesn’t exist. Where’s the Excedrin?
PopWatchers, how have you been handling Franco’s numerous forms of performance art these past few years? Do you wish he’d just settle down and focus on a few big movie roles, or do you enjoy being bombarded by Franco from all directions? (Yes, that sentence sounds as inappropriately strange to me as it does to you).