He is arguably the hardest- working actor in showbusiness.
Few actors have enjoyed careers more varied or bizarre than those of Franco and Leto. His Daniel Desario was a quintessential high school bad boy; handsome, smooth, flunking and prone to leather jackets.
Stranger still is that both actors have followed near-identical, yet equally unlikely trajectories, parlaying breakthroughs as alt-teen heartthrobs (Franco in ) into eventual Oscar nominations (and in Leto’s case, a win). Both front rock bands (Franco has a Morrissey-inspired band, Daddy, and of course Leto has Thirty Seconds to Mars) and have fronted Gucci campaigns, both have tried their hand at directing, both have been comic-book villains (Franco as Harry Osborn in ), both have (allegedly) had sexual encounters with Lindsay Lohan, both are objectively beautiful, single white men whose names start with "J." And the casting announcement of either actor in any project tends to elicit, these days, a unique existential apathy that manifests itself in an eye-roll accompanied by, “I guess that makes sense.”A unicorn is by definition singular, and yet here we are presented with two. With those squinty eyes and the devilish grin, Franco brought an undeniable star charisma that transcended the high school genre (my mother swooned at the time). Where Desario was simply failing classes, Catalano was straight-up illiterate.
), his ex-girlfriend Ahna O’Reilly, and “Prometheus” co-star Logan Marshall-Green all on board along side former Franco-collaborators Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack, both of whom worked with him on “Child Of God.” No word yet on what roles each actor will take, but more details are on the horizon with Roger Friedman adding that there’ll be “more names to be added shortly.” We guess this leaves the door open for names like Michael Shannon, Paul Dano, Richard Jenkins and Joaquin Phoenix who were name-dropped by Franco as potential stars, but we certainly won’t be holding our breath — Dano recently told us that he had spoken with Franco about working together but wasn’t specific about the Faulkner adaptation, while Shannon said he was anticipating Franco’s call but conceded that there was a chance he’d be busy when it finally came through.
Franco, who is also taking up a supporting role in his film, is being backed here by Avi Lerner and his Millenium Films shingle.
In all of the destruction there was a silver lining for Franco.