James Franco, Danny DeVito, Fred Armisen, Michael Ian Black, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Norton, Zach Levi and Finn Wittrock are set as guest stars for Season 2 of Hulu’s supernatural comedy Deadbeat, which is set to premiere on April 20. They’ll join Tyler Labine (Reaper), who stars as Kevin Pacalioglu, a hapless but gifted medium who will go to any lengths to help New York’s ghosts settle their unfinished business. Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) also stars. Check out the Season 2 teaser above.
James is in Hong Kong’s Prestige Magazine for the March issue. I’ve added photoshoot pictures below, and you can read his interview as well.
YOU SEEM TO WORK WITH THE SAME SET OF PEOPLE QUITE FREQUENTLY, LIKE SETH ROGEN IN THE INTERVIEW. DO YOU THINK IT BOOSTS YOUR CREATIVE JUICES?
I’ve known Seth since we did Freaks and Geeks. He was 16 years old, so I’ve known him for a long time, and because of that we’re very comfortable with each other. I think we understand how to work with each other and I think he has incredible ideas when it comes to comedy. I don’t really like to do comedies unless it’s with him. That’s the big thing I learned from Pineapple Express, that you can make movies with your friends, and have fun making them, and still make good movies.
BESIDES COMEDY, YOU’VE DONE A PRETTY WIDE RANGE OF FILMS. DO YOU HAVE A STRATEGY WHEN IT COMES TO PICKING WHAT YOU DO NEXT?
Yes and no. You sort of feel it out. And think, well, I have [The Interview] with Seth so then I think, maybe I won’t do another comedy right away. Or I have movies that I direct and I know that they’re a little more on the artistic side, so I think, well, I can do those and I can get away with doing them if I balance them out with larger films. There’s a little bit of a balancing act, but it’s not like it’s a grand plan that’s laid out for years and years.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A SCRIPT?
There are a lot of components that go along with the music of something seeming right. If it’s a good director then you think, well, I’m very director-driven, but is the material something that I think he or she would be good to direct? And then, is the role I’m being asked to play one that I can really nail? I think about all those things.
TFF (Tribeca Film Festival) announced its World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, and James’ film, The Adderall Diaries, was revealed to be playing at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival next month.
World Narrative Feature Competition
The Adderall Diaries, directed and written by Pamela Romanowsky. (USA) – World Premiere. James Franco plays a writer who tries to rise from being blocked and Adderall addicted by jumping into a high profile murder case. Amber Heard, Ed Harris, and Cynthia Nixon co-star.
James is nominated for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards alongside his co-star & friend, Seth Rogen. To vote, you can click HERE.
Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill, “22 Jump Street”
Zac Efron & Dave Franco, “Neighbors”
Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort, “The Fault In Our Stars”
Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel, “Guardians of the Galaxy”
James Franco & Seth Rogen, “The Interview”
Ansel Elgort & Shailene Woodley, “The Fault In Our Stars”
James Franco & Seth Rogen, “The Interview”
Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2?
Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Rose Byrne & Halston Sage, “Neighbors”
James Franco is in early negotiations to star in Fox’s comedy “Why Him?”
A pair of Fox-based production companies — Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour — are producing.
John Hamburg is attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer.
The story centers on a Midwestern father who takes his family to visit his daughter — who is attending Stanford — at Christmas and subsequently gets into a competition with his daughter’s boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire.
Hamburg directed and wrote “I Love You, Man” and “Along Came Polly.” Stoller directed “Neighbors.”
James attended Saturday Night Live’s Special 40th Anniversary Celebration last night, February 15th. I’ve added some pictures to the gallery which you can view by clicking the thumbnail set below. I’m searching for videos from James’ appearance on the special episode so I’ll make sure to post it once I find it.
James Franco has stated that he is proud of The Interview.
The actor told The Guardian that he thinks the furore over the film’s subject matter has overshadowed its artistic merit.
“First and foremost, I think The Interview is a great film,” he said.
“I’m so proud of the work that we did. That can get lost when something like this happens. I feel people can’t see the film clearly any more.
“But we knew we were taking on a little bit more than just a stoner comedy with that subject matter, so maybe by doing that, it became more than just a funny, well-made movie.”
Franco added that he thinks former Sony executive Amy Pascal has suffered unnecessarily as a result of the controversy surrounding the film.
“I’m really sad that Amy Pascal is a scapegoat,” he said. “That a strong woman in cinema has to take the blame is, I think, a real shame. I did many projects with her, and she was nothing but a great person and a great executive.”