James Franco’s Little ‘BlackBook’

Milk actor James Franco looks his usual angelic-gorgeous self in the pages of BlackBook magazine’s latest issue. In the accompanying interview, the actor (best known for playing second fiddle to Tobey Maguire in the Spider-Man series and for his TV portrayal of James Dean) opens up about a variety of topics.

First up, how was he affected by actor Heath Ledger’s untimely death?

“I was in between classes, waiting in line at a café. Somebody wrote me
that Heath had died, and it really upset me. It was weird, because it
seemed like a lot of incredible people died in the past year — Sir
Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack
. Brad Renfro died the week before
Heath and I’d worked with him twice. It was really adding up. So I
wrote something about it, that I actually read at the Hammer Museum in
LA … I’m so shy about talking about it, because in print, it sounds
like ‘Oh, James Franco likes poetry!'”

Kudos to Franco for actually mentioning Brad Renfro. The Academy didn’t even show his pic during their “In Memoriam” section the last time. Franco is also back in school in NYC and going for his master’s degree in film direction.

“Going back to school has been life-changing and lifesaving. I wasn’t
on the point of suicide, but I wasn’t satisfied. School offered a way
to focus on something that had a new criteria for success, and its own
rewards. It’s the reward of knowledge and learning things that I’m
interested in,” he says about the experience.

One thing’s for sure – they’re probably all over his ass about modeling nude for the art department.

Milk actor James Franco looks his usual angelic-gorgeous self in the pages of BlackBook magazine’s latest issue. In the accompanying interview, the actor (best known for playing second fiddle to Tobey Maguire in the Spider-Man series and for his TV portrayal of James Dean) opens up about a variety of topics.

First up, how was he affected by actor Heath Ledger’s untimely death?

“I was in between classes, waiting in line at a café. Somebody wrote me
that Heath had died, and it really upset me. It was weird, because it
seemed like a lot of incredible people died in the past year — Sir
Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack
. Brad Renfro died the week before
Heath and I’d worked with him twice. It was really adding up. So I
wrote something about it, that I actually read at the Hammer Museum in
LA … I’m so shy about talking about it, because in print, it sounds
like ‘Oh, James Franco likes poetry!'”

Kudos to Franco for actually mentioning Brad Renfro. The Academy didn’t
even show his pic during their “In Memoriam” section the last time.
Franco is also back in school in NYC and going for his master’s degree
in film direction.

“Going back to school has been life-changing and lifesaving. I wasn’t
on the point of suicide, but I wasn’t satisfied. School offered a way
to focus on something that had a new criteria for success, and its own
rewards. It’s the reward of knowledge and learning things that I’m
interested in,” he says about the experience.

One thing’s for sure – they’re probably all over his ass about modeling nude for the art department.