James Franco is Awesome
by Mrs. Janey James Franco Pancake
I was all set to tell you about the first time I saw James Franco in (insert movie/television show title here) and then impress and regale the four of you with a story about how I recognized his formidable potential even then – but I am afraid I must come clean. Aside from his work in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman franchise and his amusing performance as Saul, the stoner-drug-dealer in Pineapple Express – I actually haven’t seen too many of his films*. I have always enjoyed looking at him and I admire him for eschewing the trappings of vanity that would generally accompany a gentleman possessing of his attractive attributes. His pursuit of an MFA in writing at Columbia University is intriguing and admirable, and I was completely disarmed by his Funny or Die webisodes titled, Acting with James Franco , in which he – along with his brother Dave – gives a tutorial on the performing art of movie-acting and showcases his self-deprecating sense of humor. These afore-mentioned qualities, combined with my recent viewing of this, have effectively set his Charm Ray on Stun as far as I am concerned. And of course, there is this:
James Franco has a temporary stint on General Hospital.
You have very likely heard all about this already, as he has received a fair bit of press regarding his decision to join the cast of a soap opera, a career move which was generally met with suspicion by people of the internets at large. There was a great deal of speculation surrounding his motives for making this choice and a similar question kept popping up – namely, “why is he doing this?” I personally find it interesting when a person embraces and even seeks out a challenge and from what I have read about soap opera acting – for working actors there is nothing quite so demanding in their field. Whatever his reasons may be, I really like that an actor with his resume and talent has chosen to embark on something different – and from what I have seen of his performances on GH, he is doing a serviceable job on the set. James Franco plays a mysterious, tagger/artist (hilariously and uncreatively named “Franco”) whose work focuses primarily on Murder. As of this writing, all I can ascertain about his character is that he enjoys wearing black clothing, occasionally disguises himself as a homeless person, squints menacingly, makes out with a few girls and can heartlessly snuff out an injured man’s life while dispensing one-liners. Not too unusual for soap opera fare. I plan to stay tuned just to see how this whole thing plays out…
In short, James Franco is awesome. And I want to have a bunch of his hilarious, handsome babies.
*There was an incident a few years back in which I had a pretty bad case of the flu – some things got out of hand and I made some bad choices. While I convalesced, I willfully watched Tristan and Isolde (cough * twice). I am ashamed of this, but I beg you not to hold this lapse of judgement against myself or Mr. Franco (for having made the thing in the first place, we all make mistakes and My Baby’s got to eat.) Ahem.