James Franco’s Little ‘BlackBook’

December 4th, 2008 // 8 Comments

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.

By J. Harvey
  1. Jenn

    Love that guy! Glad to see that he mentioned Brad Renfro also, instead of just speaking of Heath as most do!

  2. Dianna Trent

    Mr. Franco is so stunningly handsome he could just MODEL and he’d make a ton of money!! (Altho money ain’t what he’s in the biz for obviously!) But with that smooth voice of his and the rest of his talent, I’m glad we’ll all be able to see him up on the silver screen!

  3. tina

    he is the hottest guy out there, wow!

  4. Nicole

    He’s the total package. Hot, intelligent, articulate, talented… I’m smitten.

  5. Jack

    He’s not as smart as he sounds. I had a seminar class with him at UCLA. There’s no way he was accepted on merit, he’s dumb as a fucking rock. I would LOVE to hear that profound poem he wrote.

  6. Katie

    He is so hot! And has such talent!
    Love that he actually mentioned Renfro.

  7. Brit

    I love him!

  8. Em

    James Franco and Sarah Silverman should hook up.

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