James Franco's Experimental Film 'Francophrenia' Heads to Tribeca Film Festival (Photos)
A bewildering arc on a daytime soap opera helped create the documentary-horror thriller hybrid.
And you thought James Franco was just appearing on General Hospital for the fun of it?
With an Oscar nomination and a series of big budget successes under his belt, Franco could be one of Hollywood's most dominant leading men. If he wanted. Instead, he has worked to invert and subvert his celebrity and the greater perception of fame, and while playing a serial killer on an ABC soap opera would be a massive antithetical career move for most stars, he took it one step further.
Francophrenia is the result of Franco's collaboration with filmmaker Ian Olds on the set of General Hospital, based on dry footage of the star wandering the small backstage area, talking to cast members and crew. Franco, however, narrates with an increasingly psychotic tone, soon creating a sort of meta-thriller that offers three layers of the actor: the character, the man and the confusion of the two.
The film debuted at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and will next play at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Check out a few photos from Francophenia, and click on the gallery above to see more.
- 'Horrible Bosses 2' Review: Why the Comedy Sequel Isn't As Horrible As You Might Think
- 10 Christmas Movies That Haven't Aged Well
- Best of Late Night TV: Evangeline Lilly's Odd Costume, Pregnant Emily Blunt Saved Meryl Streep's Life (VIDEO)
- 'Frozen' Continues World Domination, Beats Barbie in Toy Sales
- Jake Gyllenhaal Really Pissed Off Anna Kendrick - Find Out Why!
- Rihanna Uses Video of Cute Little Girl to Describe Her Mood
- One Direction Brings 'Steal My Girl' to Sydney for ARIA Awards 2014 - Watch Their Performance Now!
- Sophia Bush & Bethany Joy Lenz Have 'One Tree Hill' Reunion Before Thanksgiving