Franco, who last year featured in three of Hollywood’s bestselling comedy movies is taking some time out for a serious role in Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”.
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James Franco, the well-known film and television star is taking his first taste of appearing on Broadway- and has confessed that he is finding it a refreshing experience.
Franco, who will make his first appearance in a Broadway production, and in the challenging Broadway role of George Steinbecks “Of Mice and Men”, said in a recent interview that the major difference between films and television and the stage is that actors are given so much more time to rehearse, which in turn has allowed him to build up a significantly more intense connection with the character that he will be playing.
“In movies, we hardly rehearse. It’s like, you’re ready to go when you’re there, you only ostensibly have to get right only once, and then you move on. “ Franco explained in a recent interview
James Franco will be appearing alongside Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Parrack, with the production, which is due to open officially on April the 16th, being staged at the famous Longacre Theatre on West 48th Street.
Directing “Of Mice and Men” is Anna D. Shapiro, a recent Tony award winner for “August: Osage County.
James Franco first came to the public’s attention when he played the lead role in the made for TV biopic on the life of James Dean in 2001, for which he was awarded a Golden Globe. Franco’s television career continued with him nailing down had a long-running role in General Hospital one of the ABC’s most successful soap operas.
Made a successful transition to the big screen starring as Harry Osborn the Spider-Man trilogy between the years 2002–2007, later going on to appear in a number of box office successes, including Pineapple Express and Milk, both of which were released in 2008, 127 Hours the following year, Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011, with 2013 being his busiest year to date appearing in three movies, Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers and This Is the End.
Apart from his busy schedule James Franco finds himself some free time to broaden his outlook on life as well as increase his experience. James is a volunteer for the Art of Elysium charity as well as teaching a class at New York University on feature filmmaking and production. Last year he also began teaching a course in short film production at the University of Southern California as well as a course in screenwriting at his alma mater, University of California, Los Angeles.
On top of his was busy schedule Frankel, is also studying for his Ph.D at Yale University.