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  • thanks for the insight james, i enjoyed reading your article. :D

    Posted by tim on Fri 11 Jun 2010

  • WHAT AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE! It was very understandable, well-put together, cohesive! Mr. Franco, WHY didn't you do that with your short story in Esquire?!?!?

    Posted by Dianna Trent on Sun 13 Jun 2010

  • having read this, i'd like to read your essay on the differences and similarities between Performance and Acting when you're ready to write it. (and no, the youtube vid did not cut it).

    Posted by farmiga on Mon 14 Jun 2010

  • Mr. Franco you are a true artist and a great actor. You are at Brandon level but you need the right role. Play Heathcliff in a remake of Wuthering Heights! You certainly have the range!

    Also, I can't wait to see the three short films you recently directed. I saw Good Time Max and I thought it was unique and a great start.

    Posted by nya on Mon 14 Jun 2010

  • The dvd of The Ape arrived in the mail yesterday. I watched it and I loved it. You hit so many nails on the head! Great and unique movie.

    Posted by nya on Wed 16 Jun 2010

  • [...] Acting, control and General Hospital [...]

    http://www.berfrois.com/

    Posted by Berfrois on Thu 17 Jun 2010

  • Nice comments on soap actors. We watched you on GH..there are many fans of Daytime out there that really appreciate your take on the genre. MOCA shoot should be interesting.

    Posted by KDMask on Mon 21 Jun 2010

  • We're all really lucky to have James Franco, both his insights and his performances, thanks for a really great read.

    Posted by Chris Horan on Mon 21 Jun 2010

  • seriously, this must have been written for a high school newspaper.

    he needs to stick to acting because nothing he writes is of any importance/originality.

    Posted by Rancor on Mon 21 Jun 2010

  • Thank you, Mr. Franco and keep illuminating the screens, large and small.

    Posted by Frank on Mon 21 Jun 2010

  • It nice to see that the privileged, famous elite can still buy as many degrees as they would like while people who truly deserve spots in these schools can't afford to go. Franco sends his assistants to class to do his work while he is out shooting soap operas, so I'm sure that makes it much easier to have so many MAs. Ah, the Ivy League...

    Posted by Mary on Tue 22 Jun 2010

  • It seems James Franco will never understand the soap genre, and he's not even trying to. Soap opera actors give "brooding, tortured, nuanced [and] emotional" performances all the time, and they certainly aren't "mumbling dope[s] with bad eye makeup." It would be nice if he looked into the performances of David Canary, Ruth Warrick, Louis Edmonds, Judith Light, Robin Strasser, Jonathan Jackson, Eden Riegel, James Mitchell, and many more. These soap opera actors have places in the hearts of their fans for the sheer brilliance of their performances and their understanding of the characters they play(ed).

    In contrast, film actors as a group are certainly not transcendent. It baffles me how an actor known for a role in comic book movies is constantly belittling soap operas under the guise of understanding them. Guests on soap operas have ranged from the lovely Elizabeth Taylor to the humorous Snoop Dogg to the genius Warren Buffet. Thankfully, these wonderful guest stars were positive and never demeaned the performances or artistry of others working in this genre.

    Posted by imasoapfan on Thu 24 Jun 2010

  • Well, the only thing that matters is that he can think critically. An actor who needs to be intellectually stimulated should be praised or at least appreciated. Thanks James.

    Posted by Bill on Tue 13 Jul 2010

  • He sent his staff to class for him? or his profs gave him his grades? I dont think he wrote this article at all....it looks like it was written for him..more staff, I think. He will be found out.

    Posted by suzie on Mon 19 Jul 2010

  • I think some of the stuff that Brando revealed in Last Tango was about his own life. Interesting article, I suppose it's a question of whether a performance in anything, soap or movie, means something to the actor and the viewer/audience. Btw, I first saw James Franco in City by the Sea, a few weeks ago and thought he was electric. I've since seen Milk, Tristan and Isolde and Pineapple Express. Franco is always a totally different person. You have to hand it to him for delving into exciting artistic pursuits. Also I think he does attend class, people are always posting how they've met or seen him at various universities. One other thing, a recommendation for James Franco-if you dont already-read Truman Capote!!!

    Posted by Mary on Thu 2 Sep 2010

  • Mr. Franco, if you're reading this comment, I want you to know that there are many people who are supportive of your interest in academia and "eclectic" (weird! crazy!) artistic pursuits. Why do people need to demean others when they don't know the first thing about that person? In fact, I commend you for doing what you love and lead your life your way. The great actors you mentioned were great and larger than life due to the persona that the studios and/or directors help create. They make enduring heroic figures or Hollywood stars, but what does it do to the actors themselves? No wonder the actors feel empty and turn to drugs. Speaking of drugs, if all the naysayers can say about you is that you looked stoned (since you're tired from all the classes you've taken) then that's a good problem to have. You have actually inspired me to go back to school and pursue a PhD. How many actors can inspire their fans to do that?

    Posted by Za'ba on Sun 5 Dec 2010

  • Here's my observation of Mr. Franco: During his interviews his face and tone of voice is usually so expressive, they are analogous to a finely tuned instrument - they are so precise and accurate that acting seems like an exercise of imagining how something feels, and his face will simply project the feeling without the need to act. The best example of (what I call) the "not act, but feel" method is his brilliant portrayal of Aron Ralston in 127 hours. In the movie, he can look bewildered in one moment, mildly confused in the next or completely nuts. While I usually watch a show to find out how a story unfolds, in this story, Mr. Franco's expressions became the movie.

    Posted by Za'ba on Sun 5 Dec 2010

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