You’re about to see a whole new side of James Franco (well, a return to an older side, actually, since he proved his comedy chops in Judd Apatow’s Freaks & Geeks), who has become known for his dramatic turns in the Spider-Man franchise, when he co-stars in stoner comedy Pineapple Express.
And while it now looks like he’ll follow that up with some drama, don’t expect him to play it completely straight. He’s signing up for the lead in Mark Ruffalo’s first directing job, Sympathy For Delicious. The film finds a… well, why don’t we let Franco, who talked to MTV about the film, fill us all in? “It focuses on a DJ,” Franco clarified. “This DJ character was written for Mark's friend who’s actually paraplegic in real life, Chris Thornton, and he’s this DJ that has kind of a gift. He joins up with my band and then starts getting more attention than me, the lead singer. So I start getting upset about that.”
It’s apparently been kicking around Ruffalo’s head for a few years now and he’s finally getting the cash together to make it. Hopefully Pineapple Express will help that along… Click the link for more from Franco.