71 Facts About James Franco

1. James Franco was the latest target of The Comedy Central Roast.

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2. James Franco made his film debut in the Drew Barrymore vehicle Never Been Kissed.

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3. James Franco re-enrolled at UCLA as a creative writing major in 2006, taking an accelerated course load while continuing to act.

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4. James Franco attended Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum's Playhouse West acting school for 15 months before catching his big break.

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5. James Franco got his first prominent role on the short-lived but critically acclaimed TV show Freaks and Geeks, as heartthrob bad boy Daniel Desario.

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6. James Franco is a legitimate pilot, having gotten his license to add authenticity to his role as the World War I pilot Blaine Rawlings in the 2006 film Flyboys.

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7. James Franco was only getting started when he got his degree from UCLA.

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8. James Franco starred in the 2013 film Palo Alto, which was adapted from a book of short stories, called Palo Alto, that he himself wrote, based on the memories he had of growing up in Palo Alto, California.

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9. James Franco was supposed to play Arthur in Christopher Nolan's mind-bending dream film Inception, but was replaced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt after he had to pull out due to a scheduling conflict.

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10. James Franco has hosted Saturday Night Live four times, which seems like a lot, but when you look up people who have hosted the most, he's still quite far down the list.

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11. On March 7, 2013, at the age of 34, James Franco was awarded star number 2492 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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12. James Franco originally auditioned for the role of Spider-Man in the 2002 film of the same name, but eventually lost out to Tobey Maguire.

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13. In 2010, James Franco starred as legendary Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the critically acclaimed biopic Howl.

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14. James Franco went on to garner acclaim in 2006 for his performance as aviator Blaine Rawlings in the World War I film Flyboys.

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15. In 2002, James Franco appeared alongside Robert DeNiro and Frances McDormand in the crime drama City by the Sea, and starred as a male prostitute turned soldier in the Nicolas Cage film Sonny.

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16. James Franco enjoys reading on the set of his films.

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17. James Franco launched his first European art exhibition in 2011 at Peres Projects in Berlin.

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18. James Franco developed an aptitude for art—painting in particular—during his high school years while attending the California State Summer School for the Arts.

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19. James Franco has taught film classes at USC and UCLA, as well as a screenwriting class on the online learning community Skillshare.

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20. James Franco was selected as the commencement speaker at his alma mater, UCLA, and was to speak at the ceremony on June 12, 2009.

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21. James Franco confirmed their separation in an interview for Playboy magazine's August 2011 issue, saying that his interest in education got between them.

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22. In September 2015, James Franco announced he would be teaching an eight-part film class to high school students at Palo Alto High School.

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23. James Franco admitted to a post-ceremony fight on Twitter with longtime Oscars writer Bruce Vilanch.

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24. In late 2013, James Franco starred in This Is the End as a fictionalized version of himself stuck in a house during an apocalypse with Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, and Danny McBride, fictionalized versions of themselves.

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25. James Franco plays Franco, a multimedia artist much like himself, who comes to Port Charles to do an art exhibition and becomes obsessed with Jason Morgan.

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26. James Franco was awarded High Times magazine's Stoner of the Year Award for his work in Pineapple Express.

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27. James Franco has stated in some interviews that he no longer uses cannabis.

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28. James Franco co-starred with Sienna Miller in the low-budget independent film Camille, a dark fantasy dramedy about a young newlywed couple and Interview, where he appears in a voice only role, both 2007 movies that were ignored by audiences and critics alike.

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29. James Franco takes it very seriously, even when it's comedy".

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30. James Franco was cast as the title role in director Mark Rydell's 2001 TV biographical film James Dean.

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31. James Franco found guest roles on television shows but his first break came in 1999, after he was cast in a leading role on the short-lived but well-reviewed NBC television series Freaks and Geeks, which ran for 18 episodes and was canceled due to low viewership.

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32. James Franco was a vegetarian for the year prior to working there.

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33. James Franco enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles as an English major, but dropped out after his first year (against his parents' wishes) to pursue a career as an actor, since he would have had to wait two years to audition for their acting program.

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34. James Franco graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996, where he acted in plays.

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35. James Franco is known for his collaborations with fellow actor Seth Rogen, having appeared in eight films and one television series with him.

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36. Anne Hathaway and James Franco are the worst duo for hosting an award ceremony.

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37. James Franco became involved with Dave Eggers' 826 National after Eggers asked him to do a conceptual idea for the program, and he directed a documentary for them and has since been a supporter of them.

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38. When James Franco was at a point in his life where he wanted to give back but was unsure how, he asked his Spider-Man co-star Kirsten Dunst for advice.

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39. In March 2013, James Franco was featured in half-page print advertisements for his alma mater UCLA, which celebrated the university's famous alumnus as a "prolific academic", and carried the tagline: "Some A-Listers Actually Get A's".

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40. James Franco admitted to missing most of his classes that semester.

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41. When asked about his education, James Franco said that he loves school, and that it keeps him focused and grounded.

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42. James Franco admitted on Live! With Kelly and Michael that he had written the messages.

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43. James Franco sent multiple pictures of himself to prove his real identity.

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44. On July 9, 2013, James Franco announced that he would be the featured roastee on the next Comedy Central Roast.

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45. Since 2012, James Franco has served as a lecturer at UCLA teaching classes in the School of Theater, Film and Television.

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46. James Franco explained to Playboy that "I personally do not do my best thinking when I'm angry.

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47. James Franco reunited with Milk director Van Sant to make Unfinished, a project that features two movies: Endless Idaho and My Own Private River.

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48. James Franco produced and directed a documentary titled Saturday Night documenting a week in the production of an episode of SNL.

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49. James Franco remained in character as Wiseau throughout the entirety of the shoot.

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50. James Franco played Joseph Kerekes who was convicted of the murder.

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51. In 2015, James Franco was cast in the lead role for the Hulu limited series 11.22.63 which is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King.

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52. In April 2014, James Franco directed and appeared in "Techno Color Sunglasses", which promoted Gucci's eyewear collection.

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53. In March 2013, it was announced that James Franco was set to make his 2014 Broadway stage debut in the role of George in a revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

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54. In February 2012, James Franco began shooting a film version of Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novella Child of God, which stars Scott Haze as Lester Ballard.

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55. James Franco began 2010 by making an appearance on the sitcom 30 Rock where he played himself and carried on a fake romance with Jenna Maroney in a scheme concocted by their respective agents.

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56. James Franco had a recurring role on the daytime soap opera General Hospital and starred in the limited series 11.22.63 (2016).

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57. James Franco received the Piaget Award of Inspiration for his humanitarian work and contributions to men's style.

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58. James Franco opted against watching the 2011 Academy Award nominees' being announced in favor of attending class.

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59. For his degree, James Franco prepared his departmental honors thesis as a novel under the supervision of Mona Simpson.

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60. In 2013, James Franco was featured as the cover model and featured focus in the men's magazine Man of the World.

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61. James Franco has deliberately garnered a reputation for publishing "selfies" and wrote an explanatory article for The New York Times in December 2013.

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62. In February 2014, James Franco wrote an article in The New York Times in support of the metamodernist performance art of Shia LaBeouf, describing LaBeouf's project as one "in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona".

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63. On March 8, 2013, James Franco received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard.

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64. In September 2012, James Franco announced the release of his band Daddy's first single Love in the Old Days and their first EP MotorCity.

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65. In 2008, James Franco was named as the face of Gucci's men's fragrance line.

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66. In December, James Franco starred in the controversial Sony comedy thriller, The Interview, a film which played a central role in the real world diplomatic relations between the United States and North Korea as they related to the 2014 Sony hacking incident.

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67. In October 2013, James Franco appeared in the music video for "City of Angels" by Thirty Seconds to Mars.

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68. On February 23, 2011, James Franco made a cameo appearance on NBC's Minute to Win It where the real-life Ralston was participating as a contestant playing for charity.

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69. For his performance in the film, James Franco won the Independent Spirit Award in the category for Best Supporting Actor.

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70. James Franco was cast as a homeless drug addict in the drama City by the Sea after co-star Robert De Niro saw a snippet of his work in James Dean.

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71. James Franco achieved worldwide fame and attention in the 2002 superhero film Spider-Man, when he played Harry Osborn, the son of the villainous Green Goblin and best friend of Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire).

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