James Franco’s ‘127 Hours’ Gets Standing Ovation!

Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours is based on the true story of outdoorsman Aron Ralston (played by James Franco), who was forced to amputate part of his own arm after it got stuck under a boulder.

Um, WHAT!? I had no idea that’s what the film was about. Nor that James Franco could pull off such a role. Viewers said the film was  intense, graphic, and a compact experience. Once the film closed, the audience sprung to their feet for a lasting ovation.

Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) took the stage, accompanied by Franco and the real Aron Ralston himself, who fought back tears while describing the experience of watching the movie with an audience that included his wife and sister.

“I have to say thank you to everyone who’s standing next to me on the stage,” said Ralston, who revealed that he had originally wanted the filmmakers to create a documentary  — and not a feature film — about the events that inspired his 2004 memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place. “As a documentary it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as powerful as what that was. Thank you for convincing me otherwise.”

Franco is already earning Oscar buzz for the performance! Check him out at the festival in Toronto last night!