The actor, writer, and something-or-other is all over the Sundance Film Festival lineup and the films to which his name are attached are, frankly, NSFW. Let's look at what will be on view in Park City,
James Franco—actor, writer, something-or-other—is all over the Sundance Film Festival lineup and the films to which his name are attached are, frankly, NSFW. Back in November the New York Times's Brooks Barnes reported that, as Sundance revealed its lineup, Franco would be exploring "sadomasochistic sex in two films." With the addition of a role in a high profile movie also about sex that makes Franco the sex king of Sundance. Or something like that. This isn't Franco the movie star of Oz the Great and Powerful on display. It's not even Franco the Justin Bieber impersonator. This is Franco of the multiple academic degrees. This is Franco the Weird and Powerful.
Let's look at what will be on view in Park City:
This is perhaps Franco as we're most used to seeing him—though, really, are we used to anything with Franco? Lovelace is the high profile biopic of porn star Linda Lovelace, starring Les Misérables' Amanda Seyfried. Franco plays, get this, Hugh Hefner. Yes, James Franco, is playing the younger version of the Playboy founder, new husband. Us had pictures of Franco in the role. Hey, the cheekbones are right.
Naturally, given the subject matter, the movie—directed by the people who cast Franco in Howl— will feature a lot of sex (here's a recently released still) though it is a fairly mainstream project compared to what else Franco has on his plate.
I play a dual role in this project. I co-directed and designed it with Travis, but I’m also in front of the camera, and my presence in front of the camera is an important component of the movie. Maybe the sequel, I engage in the sex. It wasn’t my job to do that in this piece. In some ways, that would put too much focus on myself, I think, the focus I was actually having sex in front of a camera. That would take all the attention. It’s about me and it’s not about me. It’s about me lending my history and my place in movies to a project that may otherwise not get the same amount of attention. It’s enough for me to be the observer in this.