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James Franco Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

James Franco is an actor, screenwriter, director, producer, poet, teacher. It is often said, that Franco is one of the most promising actors of young generation in Hollywood. Such recognition let James Franco accumulate approximately $22 million of net worth. Franco got his first serious role in late 1990s short-lived TV show “Freaks and Geeks” co-starring Seth Rogen, Jason Segel. James Franco’s net worth really boosted up when he was casted to portray James Dean in biographical film “James Dean” in 2001. Franco also appeared in such acclaimed films as “Pineapple Express” where he once again worked alongside Seth Rogen, “Milk” co-starring Sean Penn and Emile Hirch, “Spider-Man” with other young Hollywood stars Tobey Maguire and Kristen Dunst. Franco also works as a teacher at the University of Southern California and at his Alma Matter, University of California, LA, which also contributes greatly to Franco’s net worth.

James Franco Net Worth $22 Million

James Edward Franco was born on April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, United States. James’ parents were educated and belonged to the upper-class, even though their net worth was far from what their son has accumulated. Franco always dreamed of becoming an actor. When he got older he decided to pursue his dream, and despite the disappointment of his father James Franco moved to Los Angeles. After one year of struggle and low-paid job at fast food restaurant Franco got his chance in 1999 on “Freaks and Geeks”. From that moment everything got even better with Franco’s net worth growing every day.

A memorable moment in Franco’s career was in 2002 when he was casted to portray Harry Osborn in “Spider-Man”. This movie was critically acclaimed and had an enormous financial success consequently Franco gained world-wide recognition and enhanced his net worth. Due to high success of the first film, Franco agreed to appear on “Spider-Man 2” and “Spider-Man 3”.

It is estimated that James Franco added from $2 to $5 million dollars to his net worth from each movie. At the age of 36 James Franco has already won a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of James Dean in 2001. What is more, he was nominated for one more Golden Globe Award in 2008 for his performance in “Pineapple Express” and for an Academy Award for The Best Actor in 2010 for a stunning performance in “127 Hours”.

Franco also works as an occasional model. In 2008 he was entitled as the new face for Gucci fragrance. He also works as a producing and screenwriting teacher at the University of Southern California. However, it is clear that the biggest amount of James Franco net worth is accumulated from the film industry, weather coming from acting, screenwriting or producing.

With a net worth as high as $22 million dollars, James Franco naturally likes to spend his money. Besides cars and real estate, Franco often donates money for various charities. The Art of Elysium charity is one of many foundations where James Franco puts his money to help others and work voluntarily.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rebel Dabble Babble 2012 Short Jim Stark / James Dean
About Cherry 2012 Frances
General Hospital 2009-2012 TV Series Franco
Rebel 2011/II Short
Sal 2011/I Milton Katselas
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 Will Rodman
The Broken Tower 2011 Hart Crane
Your Highness 2011 Fabious
The Green Hornet 2011 Danny Crystal Cleer (uncredited)
127 Hours 2010 Aron Ralston
Love & Distrust 2010 Video Travis (segment: "Grasshopper" by Eric Kmetz)
Eat Pray Love 2010 David Piccolo
Masculinity & Me 2010 Short
Shadows & Lies 2010 William Vincent
Date Night 2010 Taste
Howl 2010 Allen Ginsberg
30 Rock 2010 TV Series James Franco
Milk 2008/I Scott Smith
Nights in Rodanthe 2008 Mark Flanner (uncredited)
Pineapple Express 2008 Saul Silver
Camille 2008/I Silias
The Hills with James Franco and Mila Kunis 2007 Video short Justin Bobby
In the Valley of Elah 2007 Sgt. Dan Carnelli
Spider-Man 3 2007 Video Game Harry Osborn New Goblin (voice)
Good Time Max 2007 Max
Spider-Man 3 2007 New Goblin Harry Osborn
Knocked Up 2007 Sol (uncredited)
Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee 2007 Dean Silo
Interview 2007/I Boyfriend on Phone (voice)
An American Crime 2007 Andy
The Dead Girl 2006 Derek
Grasshopper 2006 Short Travis
Flyboys 2006 Blaine Rawlings
The Wicker Man 2006 Bar Guy #1
Annapolis 2006 Jake Huard
Tristan + Isolde 2006 Tristan
Fool's Gold 2005 Brent
The Great Raid 2005 Captain Prince
The Ape 2005 Harry Walker
Spider-Man 2 2004 Harry Osborn
The Company 2003 Josh
City by the Sea 2002 Joey
Sonny 2002 Sonny
Mother Ghost 2002 Skateboarder Guy
You Always Stalk the Ones You Love 2002
The Car Kid 2002 Short
Blind Spot 2002 Danny
Deuces Wild 2002 Tino
Spider-Man 2002 Harry Osborn
James Dean 2001 TV Movie James Dean
Mean People Suck 2001 Short Casey
Some Body 2001 Apartment Guy #3 (uncredited)
The X-Files 2001 TV Series Officer #2
If Tomorrow Comes 2000 Devin
Freaks and Geeks 1999-2000 TV Series Daniel Desario
At Any Cost 2000 TV Movie Mike
Whatever It Takes 2000 Chris
Profiler 1999 TV Series Stevie
Never Been Kissed 1999 Jason (as James Edward Franco)
To Serve and Protect 1999 TV Mini-Series Matt Carr
1973 1998 TV Movie Greg
Pacific Blue 1997 TV Series Brian
Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad 2018 filming Lemmy (voice)
Blood Surf 2017 post-production Metalhead Troy
Pretenders 2017 filming Maxwell
The Long Home 2017 post-production Dallas Hardin
Alien: Covenant 2017 post-production Branson
Actors Anonymous 2017 post-production Jake Lamont
Black Dog, Red Dog 2017 completed Leo
Future World 2017 post-production
Kill the Czar 2017 post-production
Kin 2017/II filming
The Deuce 2017 TV Series post-production Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards 2017 post-production Conrad
The Institute 2017 post-production Dr. Cairn
The Mad Whale 2017 post-production
The Masterpiece 2017/II post-production Tommy Wiseau
The Vault 2017 post-production Ed Maas
Zeroville 2017 completed Vikar
Why Him? 2016 completed Laird Mayhew
Killing Animals completed Mr. Hurston
Mississippi Requiem post-production
The Labyrinth 2017 Narrator (voice)
In Dubious Battle 2016 Mac
Angie Tribeca 2016 TV Series Sgt. Pepper / Eddie Pepper
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? 2016 TV Movie Director
The Caged Pillows 2016 Video short David Del Rosario
Burn Country 2016 Lindsay
King Cobra 2016 Joe
11.22.63 2016 TV Mini-Series Jake Epping
Sausage Party 2016 Druggie (voice)
Goat 2016 Mitch
Richard Peter Johnson 2015 James Franco
The Night Before 2015 James Franco
Making a Scene with James Franco 2014-2015 TV Series short James / Jack / Eric Forman, Michael Kelso / ...
Memoria 2015/I Mr. Wyckoff
The Little Prince 2015/I The Fox (voice)
Deadbeat 2015 TV Series Johnny
The Adderall Diaries 2015 Stephen Elliott
Wild Horses 2015 Ben Briggs
A Walk in Winter 2015 Short Conrad
Every Thing Will Be Fine 2015 Tomas Eldan
Queen of the Desert 2015 Henry Cadogan
I Am Michael 2015 Michael Glatze
Yosemite 2015 Phil
True Story 2015/I Christian Longo
Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha 2015 Pasamonte
I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel 2014 James
The Interview 2014/II Dave Skylark
Grow a Guy 2014 Short Chad, the Grow-a-Guy
Of Mice and Men 2014 George Milton
The Sound and the Fury 2014 Benjy Compson
Dave Skylark's Very Special VMA Special 2014 TV Movie David Skylark
Good People 2014 Tom Wright
Obituaries 2014 Short Felix Mitchum
Veronica Mars 2014 James Franco (uncredited)
Homefront 2013/I Morgan 'Gator' Bodine
The Mindy Project 2013 TV Series Paul Leotard
Third Person 2013 Rick
Child of God 2013 Jerry
Palo Alto 2013 Mr. B
The Real World: This Is the End Edition 2013 TV Short James Franco
This Is the End 2013 James Franco
As I Lay Dying 2013 Darl Bundren
Oz the Great and Powerful 2013 Oz
Lovelace 2013 Hugh Hefner
Interior. Leather Bar. 2013 James
The Color of Time 2012/II C.K. Williams
Hollywood Heights 2012 TV Series Osbourne Silver
The Letter 2012/IV Tyrone
Spring Breakers 2012 Alien
The Iceman 2012 Marty Freeman
Maladies 2012 James
FCU: Fact Checkers Unit 2012 TV Series James

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blood Heist 2018 producer filming
Blood on Wheels 2017 executive producer post-production
The Long Home 2017 producer post-production
Actors Anonymous 2017 executive producer post-production
Blood Theatre 2017 executive producer post-production
Dark Hours: Roxana 2017 executive producer post-production
Future World 2017 producer post-production
Rio 2017 executive producer post-production
The Deuce 2017 TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes post-production
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards 2017 executive producer post-production
The Institute 2017 executive producer post-production
The Mad Whale 2017 producer post-production
The Masterpiece 2017/II producer post-production
Camp 2016 TV Movie executive producer post-production
L.A. Series 2016 TV Movie producer post-production
Tenn 2015 executive producer post-production
James Franco 'Art Projects' TV Short producer completed
Metamorphosis: Junior Year Documentary producer post-production
Million Dollar Kill Short executive producer announced
Mississippi Requiem executive producer post-production
Please Don't Come Back from the Moon producer post-production
The Game producer announced
The Labyrinth 2017 executive producer
Mandroid 2016 Short executive producer
Dark Hours: Typee 2016 executive producer
In Dubious Battle 2016 producer
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? 2016 TV Movie executive producer
King Cobra 2016 producer
11.22.63 2016 TV Mini-Series producer - 8 episodes
F*ck 2016 TV Series producer - 1 episode
Goat 2016 producer
Mother 2015/X Short executive producer - uncredited
Respectability 2015 Short executive producer
Winesburg: Death 2015 Short executive producer
Memoria 2015/I executive producer
The Sweet Taste of Redemption 2015 Short executive producer
Suburban Memoir 2015 Short executive producer / producer
Miss Famous 2015 Short executive producer
The Strength of God 2015 Short executive producer
The Ultimate Evil 2015 TV Series executive producer
The Adderall Diaries 2015 producer
City Bus 2015 Short executive producer
A Walk in Winter 2015 Short executive producer
I Am Michael 2015 producer
Yosemite 2015 executive producer
Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha 2015 executive producer
Almost Not Beautiful 2014 Short executive producer
Guests 2014 Short executive producer
The Interview 2014/II executive producer
Gucci Sunglasses 2014 Short executive producer
Acting Class 2013 Short executive producer
The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts 2013 Documentary producer
Interior. Leather Bar. 2013 producer
Kink 2013 Documentary executive producer / producer
Jeffrey 2012/I Short producer
The Color of Time 2012/II producer
Undergrads: South 2012 TV Series documentary executive producer
The Broken Tower 2011 producer - uncredited
The Ape 2005 executive producer
Studio 4 Video short executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pretenders 2017 filming
The Long Home 2017 post-production
Black Dog, Red Dog 2017 completed
Future World 2017 post-production
The Deuce 2017 TV Series 2 episodes post-production
The Institute 2017 post-production
The Masterpiece 2017/II post-production
Zeroville 2017 completed
L.A. Series 2016 TV Movie post-production
Tenn 2015 post-production
Metamorphosis: Junior Year Documentary post-production
In Dubious Battle 2016
11.22.63 2016 TV Mini-Series 1 episode
I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel 2014
Making a Scene with James Franco 2014 TV Series short
The Sound and the Fury 2014
Gucci Sunglasses 2014 Short
Child of God 2013
Venice 70: Future Reloaded 2013 Documentary
Bukowski 2013
As I Lay Dying 2013
Interior. Leather Bar. 2013
Dream 2012/II Short
My Own Private River 2012 Documentary
Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is) 2012 Documentary
Rebel 2011/II Short segment "Brad Forever"
Sal 2011/I
The Broken Tower 2011
42 One Dream Rush 2010 Short
Masculinity & Me 2010 Short
The Clerk's Tale 2010 Short
Saturday Night 2010 Documentary
Herbert White 2010 Short
The Feast of Stephen 2009 Short
Good Time Max 2007
Fool's Gold 2005
The Ape 2005

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Actors Anonymous 2017 novel post-production
Black Dog, Red Dog 2017 completed
Blood Theatre 2017 post-production
LA Woman Rising 2016 Documentary writer post-production
Age of the Moon 2016 story completed
Killing Animals book completed
Mississippi Requiem creator post-production
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? 2016 TV Movie story by
Suburban Memoir 2015 Short screenplay
Yosemite 2015 based on: the short stories "Yosemite" and "Peter Parker" by
Gucci Sunglasses 2014 Short
Child of God 2013 screenplay
Palo Alto 2013 book 'Palo Alto Stories'
Bukowski 2013
As I Lay Dying 2013 screenplay
Rebel 2011/II Short
Sal 2011/I story
The Broken Tower 2011 written by
Masculinity & Me 2010 Short
The Clerk's Tale 2010 Short screenplay
Herbert White 2010 Short screenplay
The Feast of Stephen 2009 Short screenplay
Good Time Max 2007 written by
Fool's Gold 2005 play "Emma" / play "Fools Gold" / screenplay
The Ape 2005 written by

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
11.22.63 2016 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Interview 2014/II performer: "Firework"
This Is the End 2013 writer: "Love in the Old Days"
Chelsea Lately 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Spring Breakers 2012 performer: "Hangin With Da Dopeboys", "Everytime"
Saturday Night Live 2008-2009 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Freaks and Geeks 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Interior. Leather Bar. 2013

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Is the End 2013 artwork

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Broken Tower 2011

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightlife 2011 Short boom operator

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dark Hours: Roxana 2017 very special thanks post-production
Chipped 2016/III Short special thanks completed
A Love Story 2016/VI Short special thanks
Anesthesia 2015 special thanks
Aborshits 2015 Short very special thanks
Black Mantis 2015 Short very special thanks
Burden of Proof 2015 Short very special thanks
Gen RX 2014 Short special thanks
Lily 2014/II Short very special thanks
Stuntmen 2009 special thanks
American Experience 2008 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Making the Amazing 2004 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Comedy Central Roast of James Franco 2013 TV Movie Himself - Roastee
Roast of James Franco: Red Carpet Pre-Show 2013 TV Movie Himself
A Fuller Life 2013 Documentary Himself - Reader (segment "Copy Boy")
This Morning 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
On Story 2013 TV Series Himself
The Sound of Change Live 2013 TV Movie Himself
At the Movies 2013 TV Series Himself
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis 2013 TV Series Himself
Howard Stern on Demand 2013 TV Series Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2013 TV Series Himself
Cinema 3 2011-2013 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2008-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Vivir de cine 2013 TV Series Himself
E! Special: Oz - The Great and Powerful 2013 TV Movie Himself
Revealed 2013 TV Series Himself
Fantástico 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Kino Kino 2013 TV Series Himself
Through the Mind's Eye of Colleen Atwood 2013 Short Himself
Iconoclasts 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Playhouse 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Hart Crane: An Exegesis 2012 Documentary Himself / Hart Crane
Child of God: Behind the Scenes 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is) 2012 Documentary Franco
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present 2012 Documentary Himself
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself (2014)
Mythology of the Apes 2011 Video documentary short Himself
The Genius of Andy Serkis 2011 Video documentary short Himself
Eames: The Architect & The Painter 2011 Documentary voice
Durch die Nacht mit... 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Le petit journal 2011 TV Series Himself
Hamish & Andy's Gap Year 2011 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2002-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Na Nai'a: Legend of the Dolphins 2011 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Attack of the Show! 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Gomorron 2011 TV Series Himself - Från galan
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Host & Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The Daily Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
127 Hours: An Extraordinary View 2010 Documentary short Himself
The Fabulous Picture Show 2010 TV Series Himself
14 Actors Acting 2010 Video short Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2010 Documentary Himself
Happy Birthday Sam Raimi from James Franco 2010 Video short Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2007-2010 TV Series documentary Himself
TV Festival Du Cannes 2010 2010 TV Movie Himself
Saturday Night 2010 Documentary Himself
Jimmy and the Cop 2010 Video short Himself
New Now Next Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Nominee
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
Erased James Franco 2009 Himself
Milk: Hollywood Comes to San Francisco 2009 Documentary short Himself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
Acting with James Franco 2009 Video short Himself
Xposé 2007-2008 TV Series Himself
The Early Show 2002-2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Reel Comedy 2008 TV Series Himself
Shootout 2008 TV Series Himself
Comic-Con '08 Live 2008 TV Movie Himself
2008 MTV Movie Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
Speechless 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Spider-Man 3 on Location: Cleveland, the Chase and Euclid Avenue 2007 Video short Himself
Spider-Man 3 on Location: New York, from Rooftops to Backstreets 2007 Video short Himself
The Villains of 'Spider-Man 3' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Spider-Man 3: UK Premiere Special 2007 TV Short documentary Himself
Total Request Live 2007 TV Series Himself
Corazón de... 2006-2007 TV Series Himself
Noche Hache 2007 TV Series Himself
Film Independent's 2007 Spirit Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
The Holiday 2006 Himself (uncredited)
Last Call with Carson Daly 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Fuse Celebrity Playlist 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Love Conquers All: The Making of Tristan + Isolde 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The Tony Danza Show 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Making the Amazing 2004 Video documentary Himself
Cartaz Cultural 2003 TV Series Himself
Behind the Scenes: Spider-Man the Movie 2002 TV Short documentary Himself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Whatever It Takes: Making-Of Featurette 2000 Video documentary short Himself / Chris
Untitled James Franco Documentary 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
LA Woman Rising 2016 Documentary post-production voice
For Ed Ricketts Documentary post-production Himself
Jesse Heiman: World's Greatest Extra Documentary post-production Himself
Million Dollar Kill Short announced Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2016 TV Series Himself
The Most Interesting Woman in the World: Swank 2016 Video short Himself
The Most Interesting Woman in the World: Apprentice 2016 Video short Himself
Introducing the Most Interesting Woman in the World 2016 Video short Himself
Today 2007-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
F for Franco 2016 Documentary Himself
Celebrity Style Story 2016 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood 2010-2016 TV Series Himself
The 4%: Film's Gender Problem 2016 Documentary short Himself
No Actor Parking 2015 TV Series Himself
The Grapes of Wrath: We Shall Overcome 2015 Documentary Himself
The IMDb Studio 2015 TV Series short Himself
Good Morning America 2014-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Seth Rogen's Awful Bar-Mitzvah 2015 TV Short Himself
2015 MTV Movie Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Nominee
CBS This Morning 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 2008-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special 2015 TV Special Himself
Larry King Now 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Unscripted 2014 TV Series Himself
How to Make a Man 2014 TV Special documentary Himself
The Colbert Report 2011-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest / Frank Jameso
Extra 2014 TV Series Himself - The Interview
Naked and Afraid 2014 TV Series Himself - Survivalist
Advice 2014 TV Series short Himself
Saturday Night Live 2008-2014 TV Series Himself - Host / Various / Himself / ...
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Jumping from Cake
Live with Kelly and Michael 2010-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself
Liberatum Inspiring Creativity 2014 Short Himself
The View 2010-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
2014 MTV Movie Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Cameo #26 / Nominee
Gucci Sunglasses 2014 Short Himself
By the Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie 2014 Video documentary Himself
XR91 BioRebellion 2.0 2013 Short Himself
Reel Junkie 2013 TV Series Himself
Conan 2011-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2010-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Charlie Rose 2011-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2008-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
City of Angels 2013/II Short Himself
Mademoiselle C 2013 Documentary Himself
What Is Cinema? 2013 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2013-2016 TV Series Himself
Extra 2016 TV Series Himself
David Letterman: A Life on Television 2015 TV Movie Himself
Canada A.M. 2014 TV Series
MSNBC Live 2014 TV Series Dave Skylark
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself - The Interview / Himself
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Himself
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Journey to Dawn 2014 Video short Will Rodman
The Drunken Peasants 2014 TV Series Dave Skylark
Chelsea Lately 2013 TV Series Kanye West
The Frame 2013 TV Series Will Rodman
General Hospital 2011-2012 TV Series Franco
The Sitter 2011 Soap Actor (uncredited)
Richard Roeper & the Movies 2010 TV Series Aron Ralston
Tangled Web: The Love Triangles of Spider-Man 3 2007 Video documentary short Harry Osborn

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award Venice Film Festival In Dubious Battle (2016)
2015 FilmOut Audience Awards FilmOut San Diego, US Best Actor I Am Michael (2015)
2014 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2014 Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award Venice Film Festival
2014 Just Kidding Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Merry Macho Award · Seth Rogen
2014 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2014 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Adapted Screenplay As I Lay Dying (2013) · Matt Rager
2014 Wilde Artist of the Year Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2014 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2014 INOCA International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2013 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2013 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2013 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On March 7, 2013. At 6838 Hollywood Blvd.
2013 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2011 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award Santa Barbara International Film Festival 127 Hours (2010)
2011 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2011 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Actor of the Year 127 Hours (2010)
2011 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead 127 Hours (2010)
2010 NYFCO Award New York Film Critics, Online Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2010 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Special Merit (for best scene, cinematic technique or other memorable aspect or moment) 127 Hours (2010)
2010 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2010 Teddy Berlin International Film Festival Best Short Film The Feast of Stephen (2009)
2010 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2010 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Favorite Celebrity of the Year
2010 IFJA Award Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2010 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2009 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Milk (2008) · Sean Penn
· Josh Brolin
· Victor Garber
· Stephen Spinella
· Denis O'Hare
· Emile Hirsch
· Diego Luna
2009 Man of the Year Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
2009 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Milk (2008)
2008 Hollywood Breakthrough Award Hollywood Film Awards Actor of the Year
2002 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television James Dean (2001)
2002 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor in a Picture Made for Television James Dean (2001)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Variety Series Making a Scene with James Franco (2014) · Vince Jolivette (executive producer)
· Eric M. Day (executive producer)
· Jennifer Heftler (executive producer)
· Jay Davis (executive producer)
· Mark Koops (executive producer)
2015 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss The Interview (2014) · Seth Rogen
2015 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Drama True Story (2015)
2015 Streamy Award The Streamy Awards Best Actor Making a Scene with James Franco (2014)
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album For the album "Actors Anonymous."
2015 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Duo The Interview (2014) · Seth Rogen
2014 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight This Is the End (2013) · Jonah Hill
· Seth Rogen
2014 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Spring Breakers (2012) · Ashley Benson
· Vanessa Hudgens
2014 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
2014 Young Hollywood Award Young Hollywood Awards Best Bromance · Seth Rogen
2014 Heterodox Award Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US Interior. Leather Bar. (2013) · Travis Mathews
2014 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) Film Performance of the Year - Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2014 Halfway Award International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Adapted Screenplay Palo Alto (2013) · Gia Coppola
2013 Grand Marnier Fellowship Award New York Film Festival Best Film Child of God (2013)
2013 Jury Prize Queer Lisboa - Festival Internacional de Cinema Queer Best Documentary Interior. Leather Bar. (2013) · Travis Mathews (director)
2013 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
2013 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Child of God (2013)
2013 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2013 Un Certain Regard Award Cannes Film Festival As I Lay Dying (2013)
2013 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2013 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2013 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2013 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actor of the Year Spring Breakers (2012)
2013 Halfway Award International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2012 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Your Highness (2011)
2012 Rembrandt Award Rembrandt Awards Best International Actor (Beste Buitenlandse Acteur) 127 Hours (2010)
2012 CinemaXXI Award for Short and Medium Films Rome Film Fest Dream (2012)
2011 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Jaw Dropping Moment 127 Hours (2010)
2011 National Movie Award National Movie Awards, UK Performance of the Year 127 Hours (2010)
2011 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2011 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2011 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role 127 Hours (2010)
2011 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2011 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2011 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 127 Hours (2010)
2011 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 127 Hours (2010)
2011 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Programs The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) · Bruce Cohen (produced by)
· Don Mischer (produced by)
· Michael B. Seligman (supervising producer)
· Anne Hathaway (host)
2011 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Leading Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2011 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2011 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Unforgettable Moment 127 Hours (2010)
2011 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Bravest Performance Award 127 Hours (2010)
2011 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2011 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2011 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) Film Performance of the Year 127 Hours (2010)
2011 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Lead Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2011 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2011 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Actor (Miglior attore protagonista) 127 Hours (2010)
2010 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role 127 Hours (2010)
2010 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2010 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama 127 Hours (2010)
2010 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2010 Audience Award SXSW Film Festival Spotlight Premiere Saturday Night (2010)
2010 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2010 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2010 Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival Best Short Film The Feast of Stephen (2009)
2010 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2010 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actor of the Year 127 Hours (2010)
2010 Golden Starfish Award Hamptons International Film Festival Short The Clerk's Tale (2010)
2010 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2009 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance Pineapple Express (2008)
2009 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Milk (2008) · Sean Penn
2009 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Pineapple Express (2008) · Seth Rogen
· Danny McBride
2009 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Milk (2008) · Josh Brolin
· Joseph Cross
· Victor Garber
· Emile Hirsch
· Diego Luna
· Denis O'Hare
· Sean Penn
· Alison Pill
2009 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Pineapple Express (2008)
2009 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Milk (2008)
2009 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actor Milk (2008)
2009 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Milk (2008) · Josh Brolin
· Joseph Cross
· Victor Garber
· Emile Hirsch
· Diego Luna
· Denis O'Hare
· Sean Penn
· Alison Pill
2009 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Actor of the Decade James Dean (2001)
2009 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista) Milk (2008)
2008 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Spider-Man 3 (2007) · Tobey Maguire
2008 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Milk (2008)
2008 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Spider-Man 3 (2007)
2008 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Milk (2008) · Sean Penn
· Emile Hirsch
· Josh Brolin
· Diego Luna
2008 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actor of the Year Pineapple Express (2008)
2008 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Favorite Celebrity of the Year
2007 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Rumble Spider-Man 3 (2007) · Tobey Maguire
· Topher Grace
· Thomas Haden Church
2003 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actor City by the Sea (2002)
2002 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries James Dean (2001)
2002 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries James Dean (2001)
2002 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie James Dean (2001)
2000 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Choice Sleazebag Whatever It Takes (2000)
2000 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble Freaks and Geeks (1999) · John Francis Daley
· Sarah Hagan
· Jarrett Lennon
· Samm Levine
· Seth Rogen
· Jason Segel
· Martin Starr

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2013 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Supporting Performance Spring Breakers (2012)
2010 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)
2010 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 127 Hours (2010)
2009 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Actor of the Year Milk (2008)
2008 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Milk (2008)
2008 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Breakthrough Performance of the Year Pineapple Express (2008)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Spring Breakers (2012)
2010 NTFCA Award North Texas Film Critics Association, US Best Actor 127 Hours (2010)

TitleSalary
The Interview (2014) $6,500,000
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) $7,000,000
The Company (2003) $2,000,000

#Fact
1 Originally, James Franco was set to play the role of Arthur in Inception (2010); however, due to scheduling conflicts, James was forced to drop out of the film and the director of the film, Christopher Nolan, later gave the role to Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
2 In October 2015, James Franco had a Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony traditionally celebrated at age 13. A rabbi, of the Reform Jewish denomination, presided over the ceremony, in which Franco, wearing a traditional prayer shawl and yarmulke, read from the Torah in Hebrew. Franco was 37 at the time of his Bar Mitzvah; though they are most often celebrated at 13, a Bar Mitzvah may be observed any time after 13 as well. The Bar Mitzvah was orchestrated by Franco's friend Seth Rogen as a fundraiser for Rogen's Alzheimer's research charity Hilarity for Charity.
3 His favorite film of 2015 was Mustang (2015). [Indiewiere, Nov.19 2015].
4 In 2015, James Franco will star in both Queen of the Desert (2015) and Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015), which are directed by Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders, who were both key figures in the New German Cinema film movement in the 1970s.
5 Friends with Mila Kunis. They have acted in 4 films together: "Third Person" (2013), "Oz the Great and Powerful" (2013), "Date Night" (2010), and "Tar" (2012).
6 As of 2014, has appeared in two films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Milk (2008/I) and 127 Hours (2010).
7 One of a handful of celebrities passing through Los Angeles International Airport (1 November 2013) when a gunman opened fire killing a TSA official. Franco was stuck on board a grounded plane during the rampage.
8 On his father's side, he is the grandson of Daniel Franco, Jr. and Marjorie J. (Peterson) Franco, who was a published author of young adult books. On his mother's side, he is the grandson of Daniel Verne (born Daniel S. Verovitz) and Marjorie "Mitzie" Levine. One of James's maternal great-grandfathers, Emanuel "Manuel" V. Levine, was a prominent judge in Cleveland.
9 In the Graduate Film program at NYU and the Graduate Program for Fiction Writing at Columbia. [2009]
10 Enrolled in NYU's MFA program for creative writing in Tisch school of the arts [2008]
11 New York, NY, USA: His educational achievements as a "prolific academic" are celebrated in a half-page ad in The New York Times paid for by his alma mater, UCLA, with the tagline: 'Some A-Listers Actually Get A's.' [March 2013]
12 Has a movie due in December called The Company (2003), co-starring Neve Campbell. He is filming Spider-Man 2 (2004). [May 2003]
13 Filming the action comedy Pineapple Express (2008). [March 2007]
14 Was presented the 2,492nd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame accompanied by his mother Betsy Franco, brother Dave Franco, Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) director Sam Raimi and This Is the End (2013) co-star Seth Rogen (March 7, 2013).
15 Admitted to his younger brother, Dave Franco, that he hadn't seen a single episode of Dave's episodes in the TV series, Scrubs (2001).
16 His debut book of poetry is due to be released in April 2014 [December 17, 2012].
17 His favorite film is My Own Private Idaho (1991).
18 May perhaps be one of the most academically accomplished actors (an "extreme scholar") in Hollywood history: besides his BFA in English from UCLA, he has two MFA degrees - both in writing - from Columbia and Brooklyn College, and a third MFA, in film, from New York University. He is continuing further degree studies while also teaching a graduate class that takes students through the process of making a feature-length film. (2011).
19 In 2009, Salon.com named Franco the "Sexiest Man Living.".
20 His production company is Rabbit Bandini Productions, which he runs with friend and producer Vince Jolivette.
21 He did eight months of boxing training for Annapolis (2006).
22 After seeing Franco's turn as James Dean, Robert De Niro personally chose him to play his drug-addicted son in the 2002 movie City by the Sea (2002).
23 Franco volunteers at the charity Art of Elysium in Los Angeles, helping kids with serious medical conditions. In January 2011, he was honoured for his work at the hospital, receiving the Spirit of Elysium accolade.
24 Has directed short films for two R.E.M. songs, "Blue" and "That Someone Is You" from their 2011 album, "Collapse Into Now".
25 Is a talented mathematician. He interned at Lockheed Martin, the American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company.
26 He completed his private pilot's license to prepare for his role in 2006's Flyboys (2006).
27 Mother Betsy Franco also played his character's mother on General Hospital (1963).
28 Chosen by Premiere magazine as one of the "The 40 Most Handsome Hollywood Men"(#1)[2009].
29 Franco's creative writing professors have included such major figures as Amy Hempel, Mona Simpson, Jonathan Lethem, Gary Shteyngart and Michael Cunningham.
30 In 2009, he reunited with his Deuces Wild (2002) co-star, Ronnie Marmo, on General Hospital (1963).
31 While a guest on her NPR program "Fresh Air", Franco told interviewer Terry Gross that when he went back to UCLA to finish his undergraduate degree in creative writing, he was worried that his classmates and professors might think of him as "sliding by" because of his acting career, so he took a lot of extra courses to make sure they knew he was serious. He told Gross that the cap on the number of units that a student is allowed to take in a quarter was 19, but in his last quarter he took 62 units - which as far as he knows is a record for a single student.
32 Franco told interviewer Terry Gross that when he was in junior high school, he was arrested for shoplifting cologne from a department store and reselling it with his friends at the school. He noted to Gross the irony that, in 2008, he shot an advertising campaign in which he became the face of Gucci cologne.
33 Is friends with Busy Philipps, who he met on the set of Freaks and Geeks (1999).
34 His grandmother, Mitzie Verne, is an artist.
35 Close friends with Tobey Maguire. He also used to "babysit" Tobey's daughter on the set of Spider-Man 3 (2007).
36 Worked with stunt coordinator Nick Powell in two movies both premiering in 2006: Tristan + Isolde (2006) and Annapolis (2006).
37 His father was of half Portuguese and half Swedish descent. His mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Russia, Germany, Poland, and Lithuania).
38 Although he always hated it, he started smoking for his lead role in James Dean (2001).
39 Was named one of Salon.com's "10 men who might just inspire the rebirth of Jewish male cool."
40 Went by the name of Ted in high school and was voted "Best Smile" at Palo Alto High School.
41 Has his own production company - Rabbit Bandini Productions.
42 Was named one of People Magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors [2004]
43 In his spare time he likes to paint.
44 His parents, Betsy Franco & Doug Franco, met at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
45 He has two younger brothers, Tom Franco and Dave Franco.
46 James appeared in two movies that premiered on the same day, Deuces Wild (2002) and Spider-Man (2002), both opening on May 3rd. The success of the two films was highly varied as Spider-Man film has to date amassed a box office gross some 67 times greater than that of Deuces.
47 Auditioned for the role of Peter Parker in Spider-Man (2002), but was given the part of Harry Osborn.

#Quote
1 [on 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), one of his 5 favourite films] Again, a very simple approach, but there's so much power in that film. You're not quite sure what's happening from the beginning, but you're just kind of thrown into it. All you know is that these women have this mysterious meeting, and it takes you from there. The film gives you a great sense of what it was really like to live in Romania in the 1980s.[2009]
2 [on Marlon Brando] Brando's performances revolutionized American acting precisely because he didn't seem to be "performing," in the sense that he wasn't putting something on as much as he was being. Off-screen he defied the studio system's control over his image, allowing his weight to fluctuate, choosing roles that were considered beneath him and turning down the Oscar for best actor in 1973. These were acts of rebellion against an industry that practically forces an actor to identify with his persona while at the same time repeatedly wresting it from him.
3 [on directing himself as an actor] I've done it many times before - it's something I've grown used to. As a director you're viewing everything from above or the outside. You just want to make sure all the pieces are working well together. I've acted in enough films that I can feel it from the inside, like okay, this is right... I actually don't like to do it. I enjoy directing other actors more. I enjoy the collaboration between directors and actors so much that - if I can get away with not being in a movie that I'm directing - I will.
4 [on his comedic Bar Mitzvah, as he received the Hasty Pudding 2009 Man of the Year award] ...actually really touching. I'm Jewish, my mother's Jewish, but I wasn't raised Jewish. I guess I wasn't a man until tonight.
5 There's this public persona that's 'James Franco' that's half my creation but half of it isn't. Half of it's what other people write about me or how they perceive me. [His art is] a way of using... an image that other people have created and re-presenting it.
6 [on the moment that his successful film career failed to meet his artistic expectations] I remember getting ready to do the third 'Spiderman', just thinking, I don't know if I can take it again. If I can take all the work that doesn't seem to have a payoff that is equal to the effort. As soon as I started branching out and pursuing my other interests I could say, 'OK... it's a place where more earnest kinds of exploration can happen.'
7 [on the show Girls (2012)] I am fine watching a show about women dealing with men. I watched Steel Magnolias (1989) when I was in junior high school and I can get off on female bonding. Done right. It's more interesting than male bonding. I'm also aware that I may just be giving myself too much credit: for all I know, but for the grace of Judd Apatow, I could be just like those struggling male idiots I see on the show.
8 (2011, on being a workaholic) I don't know, but the first short film I ever directed, years before I even went to film school at NYU, is about a boy who is introduced to the concept of his own mortality when his goldfish dies. He says to his parents, "I don't want to die," and though they say he shouldn't worry because there's plenty of time, they don't really comfort him. So he thinks, I have to do everything now. He gets a neighbor girl to marry him, gets a job, starts a family. Although I've changed and relaxed a bit, my behavior shows I've thought along those lines for quite a while.
9 [2011, on hosting the Oscars] It's hard to talk about because it's like assigning blame - not a fun thing to do. For three or four weeks, we shot the promos and the little film that played in the opening. In the last week, when we really started focusing on the script for the live show and did a run-through, I said to the producer, "I don't know why you hired me, because you haven't given me anything. I just don't think this stuff's going to be good". After the show, everybody was so happy, and Bruce Cohen, the show's producer, hugged me and said, "Steven Spielberg just told me it was the best Oscars ever!" As far as having low energy or seeming as though I wasn't into it or was too cool for it, I thought, Okay, Anne Hathaway is going the enthusiastic route. I've been trained as an actor to respond to circumstances, to the people I'm working with, and not to force anything. So I thought I would be the straight man and she could be the other, and that's how I was trying to do those lines. I felt kind of trapped in that material. I felt, 'This is not my boat. I'm just a passenger, but I'm going down and there's no way out'.
10 (2011, on the failure of Your Highness (2011)) I didn't write that movie. I was just doing my job. I think I'm fine in it. They knew there were problems with that movie a year ago. Just because it comes out after the Oscars, it's like "Oh, here's backlash". Well, you have the year's best actress Oscar winner in it, so wouldn't that boost ticket sales? And people want to blame me for that? It's just ridiculous. There's this feeling about me like, "He's doing too many things. Let's get him".
11 (2011, on his earliest jobs) When I was 13 or 14 my dad got me a job working the counter at a coffee shop. It sucked. I read books when the place was empty and got let go when the assistant manager told the boss he'd found $2 in one of the aprons and said I was trying to steal. It turns out he had taken, like, $10,000. Later, when I wanted a car and my parents said they'd match whatever I could pay, I got a job driving carts at the Palo Alto Golf Course. I would read stuff like Naked Lunch in the cart, and they let me go when they caught me reading the sequel to A Separate Peace. Another summer I got a job with a friend on his father's construction crew, but we just got high every day...I was (also) given an internship at Lockheed Martin. But that experience showed me I never wanted to work in that environment.
12 [2011, on being a troubled youth] I was arrested for a lot of petty crimes. It added up. I was a ward of the court and was put on probation. Finally, I'd had enough chances, but they gave me one final chance, and, fortunately, I didn't get into any trouble after that. Otherwise, I guess it could have been like Lindsay Lohan, when she's on probation and then she's accused of stealing a necklace, and it's a kind of small thing that becomes a big thing. It's like probation doesn't end.
13 [Observation while making a documentary about the porn industry] When I was young, I got a video camera and my girlfriend and I decided to film ourselves and watched it back and said, 'Yeah, well, let's never watch that again'. Those performers in pornos, they are great performers. They're not just doing it. They're selling it to an audience.
14 [on accepting a position as a dramatics teacher at New York University] I've been very fortunate. I had to work hard but had opportunities to do everything that I wanted. That's one of the reasons I'm teaching. I'm trying to give back to other people. That's what I guess I want to do now - continue to be creative in a way that I can give back.
15 [on using the videos trapped hiker Aron Ralston had made, in order to portray him in 127 Hours (2010)] He's not an actor giving a Shakespeare death soliloquy. He didn't want to lose himself because that would make it harder for his mother to watch. I knew that if I captured that, somehow, it would feel very authentic and powerful.
16 [on playing gay characters] - It's funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white. It's all cut-and-dry identity politics. 'Is he straight or is he gay?' Or, 'This is your third gay movie - come out already!' And all based on, gay or straight, based on the idea that your object of affection decides your sexuality. There are lots of other reasons to be interested in gay characters than wanting myself to go out and have sex with guys. And there are also lots of other aspects about these characters that I'm interested in, in addition to their sexuality. So, in some ways it's coincidental, in other ways it's not. I mean, I've played a gay man who's living in the '60s and '70s, a gay man who we depicted in the '50s, and one being in the '20s. And those were all periods when to be gay, at least being gay in public, was much more difficult. Part of what I'm interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition. Or, you know what, maybe I'm just gay.
17 You know, directors kind of want different things. Some of them think that if they just are always talking to you and keeping your spirits up and everything that it helps you, and then some leave you alone and give you your space.
18 Acting is an art form and you want to take roles that are challenged and it's more of a challenge I think to play dark characters. Not that I want to always play those, but it is a challenge and challenges are rewarding and fun.
19 I worked at a McDonald's drive-through. I could always tell when girls were interested: They'd drive around again and say, "I forgot something."
20 When I was a child, I wanted to be an actor, but I had really bad buck teeth. I didn't want to get braces, but my mom said I couldn't be an actor if I didn't get the braces. So, I got the braces.
21 [About what he looks for in a girl] "Just someone I can relate to artistically and who can also be understanding and supportive of the demands of my lifestyle."
22 [About finding time to relax] "Never. It's an impossibility. I don't even like to sleep. I feel as if there's too much to do."
23 [About painting] "I needed an outlet in high school and came across painting. I've actually been painting longer than I've been acting. A movie is a collaborative effort, and with painting you just have yourself."

#Trademark
1 Often plays real life characters
2 Tends to play characters with a troubled past or life
3 One sided smile

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