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more articles like this The Franco Revolution updated: Jan 30, 2011, 7:18 AM By Mahil Senathirajah Edhat Film Festival Correspondentr
The only person who may be meditating more on the concept of “ James Franco ” than the actor himself is New York artist Nic Rad .
It’s there in Ryan Gosling’s affected Brooklyn accent, in Christian Bale’s torturous devotion to character, in James Franco’s manic artist’s life, and even in Inception scene-stealer Tom Hardy’s gay teenage years. Call it the Marlon Brando effect. Like every serious young male actor since James Dean, these guys are paying homage—sometimes consciously, sometimes not–to the man who originated a certain persona that’s now cliché, that of the sensitive macho, the complicated artist, the press-shy diva with depth. Every recent generation of thespians has had its gang of Brando acolytes. Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino were among the first. Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, and Daniel Day Lewis followed them.
The most valuable contribution a magazine employee can make is to invent a franchise: TIME's Person of the Year, Fortune's Fortune 500, People's Sexiest Man Alive, Franchise Times' Top 200 Franchises. With magazines dying and the recession not abating, I had to come up with a new franchise to save my job. Which is how, after several minutes of thinking, I came up with Joel Stein Presents: The Coolest Person of the Year™. The slight problem was that neither TIME nor I am an obvious arbiter of cool. But, I argued to myself, it's precisely the mass of uncool who can best determine who the cool is.
Energy and talent ... James Franco. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni Time magazine has already called James Franco "the coolest guy alive", and the evidence piles up until you wonder: is that "evidence" or hype? Is he running a little too fast?
By Christian Lorentzen 2/16/11 1:27am Share this: