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Trailer for James Franco’s Novel ‘Actors Anonymous’

So I had this girlfriend right, and she adored French culture. She felt that France is so rich with art and fine cuisine, and there is nothing that she doesn’t find fascinating about the way they live. I really liked her passion, and I wanted to do something special for her birthday. So what I did was that I made her a gift box, which included: the three Sam Raimi Spiderman films, 127 hours, Pineapple Express, and a collage of James Franco pictures. She looked at me, confused, asking me, “What the hell is all this? I don’t even like these movies, and this collage is atrocious!” to which I responded, “But… I thought you were a Francophile!”  I am now single, and I don’t understand why.

Yes fellow OOUies, Jimmy Franco has written a novel entitled Actors Anonymous, released two days ago on October 15th. Now, I’m not a huge James Franco fan, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. I just saw him as another celebrity doing his thing. However, when I saw this trailer for his book, I found it to be quite enticing:

I knew people were talking about him being some kind of weird “artsy fartsy” type, but I had no idea that he had this kind of existential-ness about him. The trailer looks like he is trying to humanize the idea of being an actor, and how that an actor is nothing more than a robot, programmed to do nothing more than appease the audience. It’s odd to see Franco, who is famous for being vulgar and silly, and is generally thought of as being a pothead, come out with a book that seems like it’s criticizing the romanticized idea of what actor does for a living. At the same time, it makes a lot of sense, looking at what he did when he was co-hosting the academy awards with Anne Hathaway back in 2011. It seemed like he was loathing and hating every moment he had on stage, having to deliver bad jokes and wear a dress. So when he said, “I used to care about acting, but now I see you’re only as good as your material”, everything made sense. Then again, I don’t know if he is just speaking as a character from the book, or if he actually means what he says.

So fellow OOUies, what do you think about the trailer? Are you going to pick up this book? Comment below and let One of Us know!