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For his latest trick, James Franco is mixing an R&B legend, some ecstasy and a lot of video filters.
The actor-author-professor-and-now-singer released the second music video for his new motown-inspired album, MotorCity, on Wednesday. Written with Tim O’Brien, with whom he formed the duo Daddy, the track is called “Crimes,” and is a collaboration with Smokey Robinson, whom Franco met on an airplane earlier this year.
“When we landed I woke up with a smiling face standing over me,” Franco explained to Spin Magazine, where the video premiered. “He said, ‘Hey, I’m a big fan.’ I just stared. ‘It’s Smokey,’ he said. If Smokey Robinson was a fan of mine I wasn’t going to let him get away. Six months later after Tim and I had written the songs I called Smokey from Detroit and asked him to sing on one of the songs and he said sure.”
Speaking with THR earlier this year, Franco emphasized how all of his projects are related.
“I do think it’s all connected. I write, I direct movies, and all of that, and any individual case, I might just be focused on that thing,” Franco explained, offering that no matter what each project’s solo goal is, “it can be turned into something else, that has a different emphasis.”
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