I love to bring humour into my work. Because comedy is not a huge part of the art world. And big-business film takes itself very seriously.
I'm a big cardigan sweater guy.
The first piece of art that I ever bought-when I could afford it-was a Warhol sketch from the period when he was just getting out of doing commercial work and more into art. It's a sketch of a young guy's face. I guess the gallery that I bought it from thought I would like it because the young guy kind of looked like James Dean.
It feels really sad, to me, to go to a dark bedroom. It's like surrendering to the night or something.
I might have to stumble a little bit more in public than others, but that's fine, I don't mind, I've developed a thick skin.
My style is casual-chic? Casual-messy?
There's a tacit belief that actors shouldn't write books, they're sort of allowed to direct movies but there will be a lot of skepticism, and they shouldn't do artwork or music. There are these invisible roadblocks to gain entree to these areas for actors, and you kind of have to crash through those invisible barriers.
Directing, editing, and everything about filmmaking has definitely changed me as an actor.
If the work is good, what does it matter? I'm doing it because I love it. Why not do as many things I love as I can? As long as the work is good.
I become kind of obsessive about research.
My name is James Edward Franco. Ted is a nickname for Edward. That's what my parents called me. I also got 'Teddy Ruxpin' a lot. It just got to a point where I got sick of it, so when a teacher called out 'James Franco' my junior year of high school, I didn't correct her.
I view filmmaking as a director's medium.
Not having any real direction, one writer would lead me to another.
I guess what I enjoy most is directing, because it incorporates all aspects of filmmaking. Directing is in the same line as acting - both are popularity contests, and in both you're trying to tell a story through the film as a medium.
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.
There's a tendency, when you're directing yourself, not to give the performance as much care, because you feel like there's too much focus on yourself, or that all these people are just standing around setting everything up, waiting for you.
I am not going to be the guy who's not pulling his weight.
I don't even like to sleep - I feel as if there's too much to do.
I get like six or so hours of sleep a night.
I still don't like going to bed alone.