So if a director didn't like what I was doing, or asked me to do it differently, I rebelled, and the director would be unhappy, I'd be unhappy, and neither of us got what we wanted."On why he does multiple projects instead of spending more time on one: "The problem with doing a movie every two or three years is (A) you don't get to work as much, and I love working, and (B) so much pressure is then put on that project." On presenting more LGBT narratives on screen: "We've told the straight, heteronormative stories ad nauseam by now, in our movies, our shows, our commercials – everywhere.I think it's healthy to make work that disrupts and questions that, and shows alternative narratives.And when the Toronto Film Festival opens next week, the actor will be hoping that the talk will be centred once again on his Renaissance-man qualities and not the scandal that rocked Hollywood last year.The actor/director/producer/scriptwriter/university lecturer was – as a producer and star of The Interview – at the centre of the biggest Tinseltown story in years, one that eventually brought down the co-chairman of Sony, Amy Pascal, in February.It is hard now to conceive of the opening of a major film festival without James Franco appearing in at least one film.
He has starred as overly confident characters in countless movies with on screen relationships with a number of actresses, and is very forthcoming with his Instagram posts, but when it comes to dating in real life he's left blushing.She was my love."Producer David Simon on Franco's reputation as a multi-tasker: "I was a bit nervous about his focus.I talked to people who told me, 'Great actor, but God help you if he loses interest or gets preoccupied with something that fascinates him more.' Other producers and directors would praise the talent in one breath and then tell you a story about him falling asleep between camera setups with some annotated copy of a Faulkner novel in his lap.As he told David Letterman, “we never felt like we were responsible or doing something wrong”.
He also believes that the film would have been a blockbuster hit had it been released in cinemas as planned.
When the film was eventually released on video-on-demand platforms it made $40m, making it by far the most successful film ever released online.