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James Franco Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

James Franco is an actor, screenwriter, director, producer, poet, teacher. It is often said, that Franco is one of the most promising actors of young generation in Hollywood. Such recognition let James Franco accumulate approximately $22 million of net worth. Franco got his first serious role in late 1990s short-lived TV show “Freaks and Geeks” co-starring Seth Rogen, Jason Segel. James Franco’s net worth really boosted up when he was casted to portray James Dean in biographical film “James Dean” in 2001. Franco also appeared in such acclaimed films as “Pineapple Express” where he once again worked alongside Seth Rogen, “Milk” co-starring Sean Penn and Emile Hirch, “Spider-Man” with other young Hollywood stars Tobey Maguire and Kristen Dunst. Franco also works as a teacher at the University of Southern California and at his Alma Matter, University of California, LA, which also contributes greatly to Franco’s net worth.

James Franco Net Worth $22 Million

James Edward Franco was born on April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, United States. James’ parents were educated and belonged to the upper-class, even though their net worth was far from what their son has accumulated. Franco always dreamed of becoming an actor. When he got older he decided to pursue his dream, and despite the disappointment of his father James Franco moved to Los Angeles. After one year of struggle and low-paid job at fast food restaurant Franco got his chance in 1999 on “Freaks and Geeks”. From that moment everything got even better with Franco’s net worth growing every day.

A memorable moment in Franco’s career was in 2002 when he was casted to portray Harry Osborn in “Spider-Man”. This movie was critically acclaimed and had an enormous financial success consequently Franco gained world-wide recognition and enhanced his net worth. Due to high success of the first film, Franco agreed to appear on “Spider-Man 2” and “Spider-Man 3”.

It is estimated that James Franco added from $2 to $5 million dollars to his net worth from each movie. At the age of 36 James Franco has already won a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of James Dean in 2001. What is more, he was nominated for one more Golden Globe Award in 2008 for his performance in “Pineapple Express” and for an Academy Award for The Best Actor in 2010 for a stunning performance in “127 Hours”.

Franco also works as an occasional model. In 2008 he was entitled as the new face for Gucci fragrance. He also works as a producing and screenwriting teacher at the University of Southern California. However, it is clear that the biggest amount of James Franco net worth is accumulated from the film industry, weather coming from acting, screenwriting or producing.

With a net worth as high as $22 million dollars, James Franco naturally likes to spend his money. Besides cars and real estate, Franco often donates money for various charities. The Art of Elysium charity is one of many foundations where James Franco puts his money to help others and work voluntarily.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rebel Dabble Babble2012ShortJim Stark / James Dean
About Cherry2012Frances
General Hospital2009-2012TV SeriesFranco
Rebel2011/IIShort
Sal2011/IMilton Katselas
Rise of the Planet of the Apes2011Will Rodman
The Broken Tower2011Hart Crane
Your Highness2011Fabious
The Green Hornet2011Danny Crystal Cleer (uncredited)
127 Hours2010Aron Ralston
Love & Distrust2010VideoTravis (segment: "Grasshopper" by Eric Kmetz)
Eat Pray Love2010David Piccolo
Masculinity & Me2010Short
Shadows & Lies2010William Vincent
Date Night2010Taste
Howl2010Allen Ginsberg
30 Rock2010TV SeriesJames Franco
Milk2008/IScott Smith
Nights in Rodanthe2008Mark Flanner (uncredited)
Pineapple Express2008Saul Silver
Camille2008/ISilias
The Hills with James Franco and Mila Kunis2007Video shortJustin Bobby
In the Valley of Elah2007Sgt. Dan Carnelli
Spider-Man 32007Video GameHarry Osborn New Goblin (voice)
Good Time Max2007Max
Spider-Man 32007New Goblin Harry Osborn
Knocked Up2007Sol (uncredited)
Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee2007Dean Silo
Interview2007/IBoyfriend on Phone (voice)
An American Crime2007Andy
The Dead Girl2006Derek
Grasshopper2006ShortTravis
Flyboys2006Blaine Rawlings
The Wicker Man2006Bar Guy #1
Annapolis2006Jake Huard
Tristan + Isolde2006Tristan
Fool's Gold2005Brent
The Great Raid2005Captain Prince
The Ape2005Harry Walker
Spider-Man 22004Harry Osborn
The Company2003Josh
City by the Sea2002Joey
Sonny2002Sonny
Mother Ghost2002Skateboarder Guy
You Always Stalk the Ones You Love2002
The Car Kid2002Short
Blind Spot2002Danny
Deuces Wild2002Tino
Spider-Man2002Harry Osborn
James Dean2001TV MovieJames Dean
Mean People Suck2001ShortCasey
Some Body2001Apartment Guy #3 (uncredited)
The X-Files2001TV SeriesOfficer #2
If Tomorrow Comes2000Devin
Freaks and Geeks1999-2000TV SeriesDaniel Desario
At Any Cost2000TV MovieMike
Whatever It Takes2000Chris
Profiler1999TV SeriesStevie
Never Been Kissed1999Jason (as James Edward Franco)
To Serve and Protect1999TV Mini-SeriesMatt Carr
19731998TV MovieGreg
Pacific Blue1997TV SeriesBrian
Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad2018filmingLemmy (voice)
Blood Surf2017post-productionMetalhead Troy
Pretenders2017filmingMaxwell
The Long Home2017post-productionDallas Hardin
Alien: Covenant2017post-productionBranson
Actors Anonymous2017post-productionJake Lamont
Black Dog, Red Dog2017completedLeo
Future World2017post-production
Kill the Czar2017post-production
Kin2017/IIfilming
The Deuce2017TV Series post-productionVincent Martino / Frankie Martino
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards2017post-productionConrad
The Institute2017post-productionDr. Cairn
The Mad Whale2017post-production
The Masterpiece2017/IIpost-productionTommy Wiseau
The Vault2017post-productionEd Maas
Zeroville2017completedVikar
Why Him?2016completedLaird Mayhew
Killing AnimalscompletedMr. Hurston
Mississippi Requiempost-production
The Labyrinth2017Narrator (voice)
In Dubious Battle2016Mac
Angie Tribeca2016TV SeriesSgt. Pepper / Eddie Pepper
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?2016TV MovieDirector
The Caged Pillows2016Video shortDavid Del Rosario
Burn Country2016Lindsay
King Cobra2016Joe
11.22.632016TV Mini-SeriesJake Epping
Sausage Party2016Druggie (voice)
Goat2016Mitch
Richard Peter Johnson2015James Franco
The Night Before2015James Franco
Making a Scene with James Franco2014-2015TV Series shortJames / Jack / Eric Forman, Michael Kelso / ...
Memoria2015/IMr. Wyckoff
The Little Prince2015/IThe Fox (voice)
Deadbeat2015TV SeriesJohnny
The Adderall Diaries2015Stephen Elliott
Wild Horses2015Ben Briggs
A Walk in Winter2015ShortConrad
Every Thing Will Be Fine2015Tomas Eldan
Queen of the Desert2015Henry Cadogan
I Am Michael2015Michael Glatze
Yosemite2015Phil
True Story2015/IChristian Longo
Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha2015Pasamonte
I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel2014James
The Interview2014/IIDave Skylark
Grow a Guy2014ShortChad, the Grow-a-Guy
Of Mice and Men2014George Milton
The Sound and the Fury2014Benjy Compson
Dave Skylark's Very Special VMA Special2014TV MovieDavid Skylark
Good People2014Tom Wright
Obituaries2014ShortFelix Mitchum
Veronica Mars2014James Franco (uncredited)
Homefront2013/IMorgan 'Gator' Bodine
The Mindy Project2013TV SeriesPaul Leotard
Third Person2013Rick
Child of God2013Jerry
Palo Alto2013Mr. B
The Real World: This Is the End Edition2013TV ShortJames Franco
This Is the End2013James Franco
As I Lay Dying2013Darl Bundren
Oz the Great and Powerful2013Oz
Lovelace2013Hugh Hefner
Interior. Leather Bar.2013James
The Color of Time2012/IIC.K. Williams
Hollywood Heights2012TV SeriesOsbourne Silver
The Letter2012/IVTyrone
Spring Breakers2012Alien
The Iceman2012Marty Freeman
Maladies2012James
FCU: Fact Checkers Unit2012TV SeriesJames

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blood Heist2018producer filming
Blood on Wheels2017executive producer post-production
The Long Home2017producer post-production
Actors Anonymous2017executive producer post-production
Blood Theatre2017executive producer post-production
Dark Hours: Roxana2017executive producer post-production
Future World2017producer post-production
Rio2017executive producer post-production
The Deuce2017TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes post-production
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards2017executive producer post-production
The Institute2017executive producer post-production
The Mad Whale2017producer post-production
The Masterpiece2017/IIproducer post-production
Camp2016TV Movie executive producer post-production
L.A. Series2016TV Movie producer post-production
Tenn2015executive producer post-production
James Franco 'Art Projects'TV Short producer completed
Metamorphosis: Junior YearDocumentary producer post-production
Million Dollar KillShort executive producer announced
Mississippi Requiemexecutive producer post-production
Please Don't Come Back from the Moonproducer post-production
The Gameproducer announced
The Labyrinth2017executive producer
Mandroid2016Short executive producer
Dark Hours: Typee2016executive producer
In Dubious Battle2016producer
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?2016TV Movie executive producer
King Cobra2016producer
11.22.632016TV Mini-Series producer - 8 episodes
F*ck2016TV Series producer - 1 episode
Goat2016producer
Mother2015/XShort executive producer - uncredited
Respectability2015Short executive producer
Winesburg: Death2015Short executive producer
Memoria2015/Iexecutive producer
The Sweet Taste of Redemption2015Short executive producer
Suburban Memoir2015Short executive producer / producer
Miss Famous2015Short executive producer
The Strength of God2015Short executive producer
The Ultimate Evil2015TV Series executive producer
The Adderall Diaries2015producer
City Bus2015Short executive producer
A Walk in Winter2015Short executive producer
I Am Michael2015producer
Yosemite2015executive producer
Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha2015executive producer
Almost Not Beautiful2014Short executive producer
Guests2014Short executive producer
The Interview2014/IIexecutive producer
Gucci Sunglasses2014Short executive producer
Acting Class2013Short executive producer
The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts2013Documentary producer
Interior. Leather Bar.2013producer
Kink2013Documentary executive producer / producer
Jeffrey2012/IShort producer
The Color of Time2012/IIproducer
Undergrads: South2012TV Series documentary executive producer
The Broken Tower2011producer - uncredited
The Ape2005executive producer
Studio 4Video short executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pretenders2017filming
The Long Home2017post-production
Black Dog, Red Dog2017completed
Future World2017post-production
The Deuce2017TV Series 2 episodes post-production
The Institute2017post-production
The Masterpiece2017/IIpost-production
Zeroville2017completed
L.A. Series2016TV Movie post-production
Tenn2015post-production
Metamorphosis: Junior YearDocumentary post-production
In Dubious Battle2016
11.22.632016TV Mini-Series 1 episode
I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel2014
Making a Scene with James Franco2014TV Series short
The Sound and the Fury2014
Gucci Sunglasses2014Short
Child of God2013
Venice 70: Future Reloaded2013Documentary
Bukowski2013
As I Lay Dying2013
Interior. Leather Bar.2013
Dream2012/IIShort
My Own Private River2012Documentary
Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)2012Documentary
Rebel2011/IIShort segment "Brad Forever"
Sal2011/I
The Broken Tower2011
42 One Dream Rush2010Short
Masculinity & Me2010Short
The Clerk's Tale2010Short
Saturday Night2010Documentary
Herbert White2010Short
The Feast of Stephen2009Short
Good Time Max2007
Fool's Gold2005
The Ape2005

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Actors Anonymous2017novel post-production
Black Dog, Red Dog2017completed
Blood Theatre2017post-production
LA Woman Rising2016Documentary writer post-production
Age of the Moon2016story completed
Killing Animalsbook completed
Mississippi Requiemcreator post-production
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?2016TV Movie story by
Suburban Memoir2015Short screenplay
Yosemite2015based on: the short stories "Yosemite" and "Peter Parker" by
Gucci Sunglasses2014Short
Child of God2013screenplay
Palo Alto2013book 'Palo Alto Stories'
Bukowski2013
As I Lay Dying2013screenplay
Rebel2011/IIShort
Sal2011/Istory
The Broken Tower2011written by
Masculinity & Me2010Short
The Clerk's Tale2010Short screenplay
Herbert White2010Short screenplay
The Feast of Stephen2009Short screenplay
Good Time Max2007written by
Fool's Gold2005play "Emma" / play "Fools Gold" / screenplay
The Ape2005written by

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
11.22.632016TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Interview2014/IIperformer: "Firework"
This Is the End2013writer: "Love in the Old Days"
Chelsea Lately2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Spring Breakers2012performer: "Hangin With Da Dopeboys", "Everytime"
Saturday Night Live2008-2009TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series performer - 1 episode

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Interior. Leather Bar.2013

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Is the End2013artwork

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Broken Tower2011

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightlife2011Short boom operator

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dark Hours: Roxana2017very special thanks post-production
Chipped2016/IIIShort special thanks completed
A Love Story2016/VIShort special thanks
Anesthesia2015special thanks
Aborshits2015Short very special thanks
Black Mantis2015Short very special thanks
Burden of Proof2015Short very special thanks
Gen RX2014Short special thanks
Lily2014/IIShort very special thanks
Stuntmen2009special thanks
American Experience2008TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Making the Amazing2004Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Comedy Central Roast of James Franco2013TV MovieHimself - Roastee
Roast of James Franco: Red Carpet Pre-Show2013TV MovieHimself
A Fuller Life2013DocumentaryHimself - Reader (segment "Copy Boy")
This Morning2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
On Story2013TV SeriesHimself
The Sound of Change Live2013TV MovieHimself
At the Movies2013TV SeriesHimself
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis2013TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2013TV SeriesHimself
Janela Indiscreta2013TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32011-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2008-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
E! Special: Oz - The Great and Powerful2013TV MovieHimself
Revealed2013TV SeriesHimself
Fantástico2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Kino Kino2013TV SeriesHimself
Through the Mind's Eye of Colleen Atwood2013ShortHimself
Iconoclasts2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Playhouse2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Hart Crane: An Exegesis2012DocumentaryHimself / Hart Crane
Child of God: Behind the Scenes2012Video documentary shortHimself
Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)2012DocumentaryFranco
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present2012DocumentaryHimself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself (2014)
Mythology of the Apes2011Video documentary shortHimself
The Genius of Andy Serkis2011Video documentary shortHimself
Eames: The Architect & The Painter2011Documentary voice
Durch die Nacht mit...2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Le petit journal2011TV SeriesHimself
Hamish & Andy's Gap Year2011TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2002-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Na Nai'a: Legend of the Dolphins2011DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Gomorron2011TV SeriesHimself - Från galan
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Host & Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
The Daily Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
127 Hours: An Extraordinary View2010Documentary shortHimself
The Fabulous Picture Show2010TV SeriesHimself
14 Actors Acting2010Video shortHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story2010DocumentaryHimself
Happy Birthday Sam Raimi from James Franco2010Video shortHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Le grand journal de Canal+2007-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
TV Festival Du Cannes 20102010TV MovieHimself
Saturday Night2010DocumentaryHimself
Jimmy and the Cop2010Video shortHimself
New Now Next Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Erased James Franco2009Himself
Milk: Hollywood Comes to San Francisco2009Documentary shortHimself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Acting with James Franco2009Video shortHimself
Xposé2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
The Early Show2002-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Reel Comedy2008TV SeriesHimself
Shootout2008TV SeriesHimself
Comic-Con '08 Live2008TV MovieHimself
2008 MTV Movie Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Speechless2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Spider-Man 3 on Location: Cleveland, the Chase and Euclid Avenue2007Video shortHimself
Spider-Man 3 on Location: New York, from Rooftops to Backstreets2007Video shortHimself
The Villains of 'Spider-Man 3'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Spider-Man 3: UK Premiere Special2007TV Short documentaryHimself
Total Request Live2007TV SeriesHimself
Corazón de...2006-2007TV SeriesHimself
Noche Hache2007TV SeriesHimself
Film Independent's 2007 Spirit Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The Holiday2006Himself (uncredited)
Last Call with Carson Daly2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fuse Celebrity Playlist2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Love Conquers All: The Making of Tristan + Isolde2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Tony Danza Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Making the Amazing2004Video documentaryHimself
Cartaz Cultural2003TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Scenes: Spider-Man the Movie2002TV Short documentaryHimself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Whatever It Takes: Making-Of Featurette2000Video documentary shortHimself / Chris
Untitled James Franco Documentary2017Documentary post-productionHimself
LA Woman Rising2016Documentary post-production voice
For Ed RickettsDocumentary post-productionHimself
Jesse Heiman: World's Greatest ExtraDocumentary post-productionHimself
Million Dollar KillShort announcedHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Most Interesting Woman in the World: Swank2016Video shortHimself
The Most Interesting Woman in the World: Apprentice2016Video shortHimself
Introducing the Most Interesting Woman in the World2016Video shortHimself
Today2007-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
F for Franco2016DocumentaryHimself
Celebrity Style Story2016TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2010-2016TV SeriesHimself
The 4%: Film's Gender Problem2016Documentary shortHimself
No Actor Parking2015TV SeriesHimself
The Grapes of Wrath: We Shall Overcome2015DocumentaryHimself
The IMDb Studio2015TV Series shortHimself
Good Morning America2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Seth Rogen's Awful Bar-Mitzvah2015TV ShortHimself
2015 MTV Movie Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
CBS This Morning2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2008-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special2015TV SpecialHimself
Larry King Now2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Unscripted2014TV SeriesHimself
How to Make a Man2014TV Special documentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2011-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Frank Jameso
Extra2014TV SeriesHimself - The Interview
Naked and Afraid2014TV SeriesHimself - Survivalist
Advice2014TV Series shortHimself
Saturday Night Live2008-2014TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various / Himself / ...
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Jumping from Cake
Live with Kelly and Michael2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
Liberatum Inspiring Creativity2014ShortHimself
The View2010-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
2014 MTV Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Cameo #26 / Nominee
Gucci Sunglasses2014ShortHimself
By the Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie2014Video documentaryHimself
XR91 BioRebellion 2.02013ShortHimself
Reel Junkie2013TV SeriesHimself
Conan2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2010-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Charlie Rose2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
City of Angels2013/IIShortHimself
Mademoiselle C2013DocumentaryHimself
What Is Cinema?2013DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2013-2016TV SeriesHimself
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
David Letterman: A Life on Television2015TV MovieHimself
Canada A.M.2014TV Series
MSNBC Live2014TV SeriesDave Skylark
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself - The Interview / Himself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Journey to Dawn2014Video shortWill Rodman
The Drunken Peasants2014TV SeriesDave Skylark
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesKanye West
The Frame2013TV SeriesWill Rodman
General Hospital2011-2012TV SeriesFranco
The Sitter2011Soap Actor (uncredited)
Richard Roeper & the Movies2010TV SeriesAron Ralston
Tangled Web: The Love Triangles of Spider-Man 32007Video documentary shortHarry Osborn

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Fondazione Mimmo Rotella AwardVenice Film FestivalIn Dubious Battle (2016)
2015FilmOut Audience AwardsFilmOut San Diego, USBest ActorI Am Michael (2015)
2014NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2014Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker AwardVenice Film Festival
2014Just Kidding AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsMerry Macho Award· Seth Rogen
2014COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2014Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayAs I Lay Dying (2013)· Matt Rager
2014Wilde Artist of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2014ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2014INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2013SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2013VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2013Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn March 7, 2013. At 6838 Hollywood Blvd.
2013LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2011Outstanding Performer of the Year AwardSanta Barbara International Film Festival127 Hours (2010)
2011COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2011COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationActor of the Year127 Hours (2010)
2011Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male Lead127 Hours (2010)
2010NYFCO AwardNew York Film Critics, OnlineBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2010SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USSpecial Merit (for best scene, cinematic technique or other memorable aspect or moment)127 Hours (2010)
2010UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2010TeddyBerlin International Film FestivalBest Short FilmThe Feast of Stephen (2009)
2010DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2010Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsFavorite Celebrity of the Year
2010IFJA AwardIndiana Film Journalists Association, USBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2010Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleMilk (2008)· Sean Penn
· Josh Brolin
· Victor Garber
· Stephen Spinella
· Denis O'Hare
· Emile Hirsch
· Diego Luna
2009Man of the YearHasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
2009Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleMilk (2008)
2008Hollywood Breakthrough AwardHollywood Film AwardsActor of the Year
2002Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionJames Dean (2001)
2002Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor in a Picture Made for TelevisionJames Dean (2001)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Short Form Variety SeriesMaking a Scene with James Franco (2014)· Vince Jolivette (executive producer)
· Eric M. Day (executive producer)
· Jennifer Heftler (executive producer)
· Jay Davis (executive producer)
· Mark Koops (executive producer)
2015MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissThe Interview (2014)· Seth Rogen
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: DramaTrue Story (2015)
2015Streamy AwardThe Streamy AwardsBest ActorMaking a Scene with James Franco (2014)
2015GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word AlbumFor the album "Actors Anonymous."
2015MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest DuoThe Interview (2014)· Seth Rogen
2014MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightThis Is the End (2013)· Jonah Hill
· Seth Rogen
2014MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissSpring Breakers (2012)· Ashley Benson
· Vanessa Hudgens
2014People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Comedic Movie Actor
2014Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsBest Bromance· Seth Rogen
2014Heterodox AwardCinema Eye Honors Awards, USInterior. Leather Bar. (2013)· Travis Mathews
2014Dorian AwardGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)Film Performance of the Year - ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2014Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Adapted ScreenplayPalo Alto (2013)· Gia Coppola
2013Grand Marnier Fellowship AwardNew York Film FestivalBest FilmChild of God (2013)
2013Jury PrizeQueer Lisboa - Festival Internacional de Cinema QueerBest DocumentaryInterior. Leather Bar. (2013)· Travis Mathews (director)
2013Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyOz the Great and Powerful (2013)
2013Golden LionVenice Film FestivalChild of God (2013)
2013WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2013Un Certain Regard AwardCannes Film FestivalAs I Lay Dying (2013)
2013CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2013DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2013DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2013Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Supporting Actor of the YearSpring Breakers (2012)
2013Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2012Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorYour Highness (2011)
2012Rembrandt AwardRembrandt AwardsBest International Actor (Beste Buitenlandse Acteur)127 Hours (2010)
2012CinemaXXI Award for Short and Medium FilmsRome Film FestDream (2012)
2011MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Jaw Dropping Moment127 Hours (2010)
2011National Movie AwardNational Movie Awards, UKPerformance of the Year127 Hours (2010)
2011OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2011OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2011ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role127 Hours (2010)
2011TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2011VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2011OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role127 Hours (2010)
2011Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama127 Hours (2010)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramsThe 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011)· Bruce Cohen (produced by)
· Don Mischer (produced by)
· Michael B. Seligman (supervising producer)
· Anne Hathaway (host)
2011BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Leading Actor127 Hours (2010)
2011EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2011EDA Special Mention AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsUnforgettable Moment127 Hours (2010)
2011EDA Special Mention AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBravest Performance Award127 Hours (2010)
2011Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2011Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2011Dorian AwardGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)Film Performance of the Year127 Hours (2010)
2011Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead Actor127 Hours (2010)
2011IFC AwardIowa Film Critics AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2011IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Actor (Miglior attore protagonista)127 Hours (2010)
2010PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor in a Leading Role127 Hours (2010)
2010SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2010Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama127 Hours (2010)
2010SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2010Audience AwardSXSW Film FestivalSpotlight PremiereSaturday Night (2010)
2010WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2010CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2010Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest Short FilmThe Feast of Stephen (2009)
2010DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2010Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Actor of the Year127 Hours (2010)
2010Golden Starfish AwardHamptons International Film FestivalShortThe Clerk's Tale (2010)
2010HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2009MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Comedic PerformancePineapple Express (2008)
2009MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissMilk (2008)· Sean Penn
2009MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightPineapple Express (2008)· Seth Rogen
· Danny McBride
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureMilk (2008)· Josh Brolin
· Joseph Cross
· Victor Garber
· Emile Hirsch
· Diego Luna
· Denis O'Hare
· Sean Penn
· Alison Pill
2009Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalPineapple Express (2008)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorMilk (2008)
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsSupporting ActorMilk (2008)
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastMilk (2008)· Josh Brolin
· Joseph Cross
· Victor Garber
· Emile Hirsch
· Diego Luna
· Denis O'Hare
· Sean Penn
· Alison Pill
2009Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Actor of the DecadeJames Dean (2001)
2009IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista)Milk (2008)
2008MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightSpider-Man 3 (2007)· Tobey Maguire
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleMilk (2008)
2008Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorSpider-Man 3 (2007)
2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleMilk (2008)· Sean Penn
· Emile Hirsch
· Josh Brolin
· Diego Luna
2008Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Supporting Actor of the YearPineapple Express (2008)
2008Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsFavorite Celebrity of the Year
2007Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: RumbleSpider-Man 3 (2007)· Tobey Maguire
· Topher Grace
· Thomas Haden Church
2003Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorCity by the Sea (2002)
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesJames Dean (2001)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesJames Dean (2001)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieJames Dean (2001)
2000Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice SleazebagWhatever It Takes (2000)
2000Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series - Young EnsembleFreaks and Geeks (1999)· John Francis Daley
· Sarah Hagan
· Jarrett Lennon
· Samm Levine
· Seth Rogen
· Jason Segel
· Martin Starr

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2013ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting PerformanceSpring Breakers (2012)
2010SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor127 Hours (2010)
2010ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role127 Hours (2010)
2009COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationActor of the YearMilk (2008)
2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleMilk (2008)
2008Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBreakthrough Performance of the YearPineapple Express (2008)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorSpring Breakers (2012)
2010NTFCA AwardNorth Texas Film Critics Association, USBest Actor127 Hours (2010)

TitleSalary
The Interview (2014)$6,500,000
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)$7,000,000
The Company (2003)$2,000,000

#Fact
1Originally, James Franco was set to play the role of Arthur in Inception (2010); however, due to scheduling conflicts, James was forced to drop out of the film and the director of the film, Christopher Nolan, later gave the role to Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
2In October 2015, James Franco had a Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony traditionally celebrated at age 13. A rabbi, of the Reform Jewish denomination, presided over the ceremony, in which Franco, wearing a traditional prayer shawl and yarmulke, read from the Torah in Hebrew. Franco was 37 at the time of his Bar Mitzvah; though they are most often celebrated at 13, a Bar Mitzvah may be observed any time after 13 as well. The Bar Mitzvah was orchestrated by Franco's friend Seth Rogen as a fundraiser for Rogen's Alzheimer's research charity Hilarity for Charity.
3His favorite film of 2015 was Mustang (2015). [Indiewiere, Nov.19 2015].
4In 2015, James Franco will star in both Queen of the Desert (2015) and Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015), which are directed by Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders, who were both key figures in the New German Cinema film movement in the 1970s.
5Friends with Mila Kunis. They have acted in 4 films together: "Third Person" (2013), "Oz the Great and Powerful" (2013), "Date Night" (2010), and "Tar" (2012).
6As of 2014, has appeared in two films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Milk (2008/I) and 127 Hours (2010).
7One of a handful of celebrities passing through Los Angeles International Airport (1 November 2013) when a gunman opened fire killing a TSA official. Franco was stuck on board a grounded plane during the rampage.
8On his father's side, he is the grandson of Daniel Franco, Jr. and Marjorie J. (Peterson) Franco, who was a published author of young adult books. On his mother's side, he is the grandson of Daniel Verne (born Daniel S. Verovitz) and Marjorie "Mitzie" Levine. One of James's maternal great-grandfathers, Emanuel "Manuel" V. Levine, was a prominent judge in Cleveland.
9In the Graduate Film program at NYU and the Graduate Program for Fiction Writing at Columbia. [2009]
10Enrolled in NYU's MFA program for creative writing in Tisch school of the arts [2008]
11New York, NY, USA: His educational achievements as a "prolific academic" are celebrated in a half-page ad in The New York Times paid for by his alma mater, UCLA, with the tagline: 'Some A-Listers Actually Get A's.' [March 2013]
12Has a movie due in December called The Company (2003), co-starring Neve Campbell. He is filming Spider-Man 2 (2004). [May 2003]
13Filming the action comedy Pineapple Express (2008). [March 2007]
14Was presented the 2,492nd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame accompanied by his mother Betsy Franco, brother Dave Franco, Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) director Sam Raimi and This Is the End (2013) co-star Seth Rogen (March 7, 2013).
15Admitted to his younger brother, Dave Franco, that he hadn't seen a single episode of Dave's episodes in the TV series, Scrubs (2001).
16His debut book of poetry is due to be released in April 2014 [December 17, 2012].
17His favorite film is My Own Private Idaho (1991).
18May perhaps be one of the most academically accomplished actors (an "extreme scholar") in Hollywood history: besides his BFA in English from UCLA, he has two MFA degrees - both in writing - from Columbia and Brooklyn College, and a third MFA, in film, from New York University. He is continuing further degree studies while also teaching a graduate class that takes students through the process of making a feature-length film. (2011).
19In 2009, Salon.com named Franco the "Sexiest Man Living.".
20His production company is Rabbit Bandini Productions, which he runs with friend and producer Vince Jolivette.
21He did eight months of boxing training for Annapolis (2006).
22After seeing Franco's turn as James Dean, Robert De Niro personally chose him to play his drug-addicted son in the 2002 movie City by the Sea (2002).
23Franco volunteers at the charity Art of Elysium in Los Angeles, helping kids with serious medical conditions. In January 2011, he was honoured for his work at the hospital, receiving the Spirit of Elysium accolade.
24Has directed short films for two R.E.M. songs, "Blue" and "That Someone Is You" from their 2011 album, "Collapse Into Now".
25Is a talented mathematician. He interned at Lockheed Martin, the American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company.
26He completed his private pilot's license to prepare for his role in 2006's Flyboys (2006).
27Mother Betsy Franco also played his character's mother on General Hospital (1963).
28Chosen by Premiere magazine as one of the "The 40 Most Handsome Hollywood Men"(#1)[2009].
29Franco's creative writing professors have included such major figures as Amy Hempel, Mona Simpson, Jonathan Lethem, Gary Shteyngart and Michael Cunningham.
30In 2009, he reunited with his Deuces Wild (2002) co-star, Ronnie Marmo, on General Hospital (1963).
31While a guest on her NPR program "Fresh Air", Franco told interviewer Terry Gross that when he went back to UCLA to finish his undergraduate degree in creative writing, he was worried that his classmates and professors might think of him as "sliding by" because of his acting career, so he took a lot of extra courses to make sure they knew he was serious. He told Gross that the cap on the number of units that a student is allowed to take in a quarter was 19, but in his last quarter he took 62 units - which as far as he knows is a record for a single student.
32Franco told interviewer Terry Gross that when he was in junior high school, he was arrested for shoplifting cologne from a department store and reselling it with his friends at the school. He noted to Gross the irony that, in 2008, he shot an advertising campaign in which he became the face of Gucci cologne.
33Is friends with Busy Philipps, who he met on the set of Freaks and Geeks (1999).
34His grandmother, Mitzie Verne, is an artist.
35Close friends with Tobey Maguire. He also used to "babysit" Tobey's daughter on the set of Spider-Man 3 (2007).
36Worked with stunt coordinator Nick Powell in two movies both premiering in 2006: Tristan + Isolde (2006) and Annapolis (2006).
37His father was of half Portuguese and half Swedish descent. His mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Russia, Germany, Poland, and Lithuania).
38Although he always hated it, he started smoking for his lead role in James Dean (2001).
39Was named one of Salon.com's "10 men who might just inspire the rebirth of Jewish male cool."
40Went by the name of Ted in high school and was voted "Best Smile" at Palo Alto High School.
41Has his own production company - Rabbit Bandini Productions.
42Was named one of People Magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors [2004]
43In his spare time he likes to paint.
44His parents, Betsy Franco & Doug Franco, met at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
45He has two younger brothers, Tom Franco and Dave Franco.
46James appeared in two movies that premiered on the same day, Deuces Wild (2002) and Spider-Man (2002), both opening on May 3rd. The success of the two films was highly varied as Spider-Man film has to date amassed a box office gross some 67 times greater than that of Deuces.
47Auditioned for the role of Peter Parker in Spider-Man (2002), but was given the part of Harry Osborn.

#Quote
1[on 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), one of his 5 favourite films] Again, a very simple approach, but there's so much power in that film. You're not quite sure what's happening from the beginning, but you're just kind of thrown into it. All you know is that these women have this mysterious meeting, and it takes you from there. The film gives you a great sense of what it was really like to live in Romania in the 1980s.[2009]
2[on Marlon Brando] Brando's performances revolutionized American acting precisely because he didn't seem to be "performing," in the sense that he wasn't putting something on as much as he was being. Off-screen he defied the studio system's control over his image, allowing his weight to fluctuate, choosing roles that were considered beneath him and turning down the Oscar for best actor in 1973. These were acts of rebellion against an industry that practically forces an actor to identify with his persona while at the same time repeatedly wresting it from him.
3[on directing himself as an actor] I've done it many times before - it's something I've grown used to. As a director you're viewing everything from above or the outside. You just want to make sure all the pieces are working well together. I've acted in enough films that I can feel it from the inside, like okay, this is right... I actually don't like to do it. I enjoy directing other actors more. I enjoy the collaboration between directors and actors so much that - if I can get away with not being in a movie that I'm directing - I will.
4[on his comedic Bar Mitzvah, as he received the Hasty Pudding 2009 Man of the Year award] ...actually really touching. I'm Jewish, my mother's Jewish, but I wasn't raised Jewish. I guess I wasn't a man until tonight.
5There's this public persona that's 'James Franco' that's half my creation but half of it isn't. Half of it's what other people write about me or how they perceive me. [His art is] a way of using... an image that other people have created and re-presenting it.
6[on the moment that his successful film career failed to meet his artistic expectations] I remember getting ready to do the third 'Spiderman', just thinking, I don't know if I can take it again. If I can take all the work that doesn't seem to have a payoff that is equal to the effort.As soon as I started branching out and pursuing my other interests I could say, 'OK... it's a place where more earnest kinds of exploration can happen.'
7[on the show Girls (2012)] I am fine watching a show about women dealing with men. I watched Steel Magnolias (1989) when I was in junior high school and I can get off on female bonding. Done right. It's more interesting than male bonding. I'm also aware that I may just be giving myself too much credit: for all I know, but for the grace of Judd Apatow, I could be just like those struggling male idiots I see on the show.
8(2011, on being a workaholic) I don't know, but the first short film I ever directed, years before I even went to film school at NYU, is about a boy who is introduced to the concept of his own mortality when his goldfish dies. He says to his parents, "I don't want to die," and though they say he shouldn't worry because there's plenty of time, they don't really comfort him. So he thinks, I have to do everything now. He gets a neighbor girl to marry him, gets a job, starts a family. Although I've changed and relaxed a bit, my behavior shows I've thought along those lines for quite a while.
9[2011, on hosting the Oscars] It's hard to talk about because it's like assigning blame - not a fun thing to do. For three or four weeks, we shot the promos and the little film that played in the opening. In the last week, when we really started focusing on the script for the live show and did a run-through, I said to the producer, "I don't know why you hired me, because you haven't given me anything. I just don't think this stuff's going to be good". After the show, everybody was so happy, and Bruce Cohen, the show's producer, hugged me and said, "Steven Spielberg just told me it was the best Oscars ever!" As far as having low energy or seeming as though I wasn't into it or was too cool for it, I thought, Okay, Anne Hathaway is going the enthusiastic route. I've been trained as an actor to respond to circumstances, to the people I'm working with, and not to force anything. So I thought I would be the straight man and she could be the other, and that's how I was trying to do those lines. I felt kind of trapped in that material. I felt, 'This is not my boat. I'm just a passenger, but I'm going down and there's no way out'.
10(2011, on the failure of Your Highness (2011)) I didn't write that movie. I was just doing my job. I think I'm fine in it. They knew there were problems with that movie a year ago. Just because it comes out after the Oscars, it's like "Oh, here's backlash". Well, you have the year's best actress Oscar winner in it, so wouldn't that boost ticket sales? And people want to blame me for that? It's just ridiculous. There's this feeling about me like, "He's doing too many things. Let's get him".
11(2011, on his earliest jobs) When I was 13 or 14 my dad got me a job working the counter at a coffee shop. It sucked. I read books when the place was empty and got let go when the assistant manager told the boss he'd found $2 in one of the aprons and said I was trying to steal. It turns out he had taken, like, $10,000. Later, when I wanted a car and my parents said they'd match whatever I could pay, I got a job driving carts at the Palo Alto Golf Course. I would read stuff like Naked Lunch in the cart, and they let me go when they caught me reading the sequel to A Separate Peace. Another summer I got a job with a friend on his father's construction crew, but we just got high every day...I was (also) given an internship at Lockheed Martin. But that experience showed me I never wanted to work in that environment.
12[2011, on being a troubled youth] I was arrested for a lot of petty crimes. It added up. I was a ward of the court and was put on probation. Finally, I'd had enough chances, but they gave me one final chance, and, fortunately, I didn't get into any trouble after that. Otherwise, I guess it could have been like Lindsay Lohan, when she's on probation and then she's accused of stealing a necklace, and it's a kind of small thing that becomes a big thing. It's like probation doesn't end.
13[Observation while making a documentary about the porn industry] When I was young, I got a video camera and my girlfriend and I decided to film ourselves and watched it back and said, 'Yeah, well, let's never watch that again'. Those performers in pornos, they are great performers. They're not just doing it. They're selling it to an audience.
14[on accepting a position as a dramatics teacher at New York University] I've been very fortunate. I had to work hard but had opportunities to do everything that I wanted. That's one of the reasons I'm teaching. I'm trying to give back to other people. That's what I guess I want to do now - continue to be creative in a way that I can give back.
15[on using the videos trapped hiker Aron Ralston had made, in order to portray him in 127 Hours (2010)] He's not an actor giving a Shakespeare death soliloquy. He didn't want to lose himself because that would make it harder for his mother to watch. I knew that if I captured that, somehow, it would feel very authentic and powerful.
16[on playing gay characters] - It's funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white. It's all cut-and-dry identity politics. 'Is he straight or is he gay?' Or, 'This is your third gay movie - come out already!' And all based on, gay or straight, based on the idea that your object of affection decides your sexuality.There are lots of other reasons to be interested in gay characters than wanting myself to go out and have sex with guys. And there are also lots of other aspects about these characters that I'm interested in, in addition to their sexuality. So, in some ways it's coincidental, in other ways it's not. I mean, I've played a gay man who's living in the '60s and '70s, a gay man who we depicted in the '50s, and one being in the '20s. And those were all periods when to be gay, at least being gay in public, was much more difficult. Part of what I'm interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition. Or, you know what, maybe I'm just gay.
17You know, directors kind of want different things. Some of them think that if they just are always talking to you and keeping your spirits up and everything that it helps you, and then some leave you alone and give you your space.
18Acting 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.
19I worked at a McDonald's drive-through. I could always tell when girls were interested: They'd drive around again and say, "I forgot something."
20When I was a child, I wanted to be an actor, but I had really bad buck teeth. I didn't want to get braces, but my mom said I couldn't be an actor if I didn't get the braces. So, I got the braces.
21[About what he looks for in a girl] "Just someone I can relate to artistically and who can also be understanding and supportive of the demands of my lifestyle."
22[About finding time to relax] "Never. It's an impossibility. I don't even like to sleep. I feel as if there's too much to do."
23[About painting] "I needed an outlet in high school and came across painting. I've actually been painting longer than I've been acting. A movie is a collaborative effort, and with painting you just have yourself."

#Trademark
1Often plays real life characters
2Tends to play characters with a troubled past or life
3One sided smile

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