SANTA MARGHERITA DI PULA – A real cinema lesson held at the Filming Italy Sardegna Festival by James Franco in which the actor remembers his beginnings, the figure of his father, his first rehearsals as an interpreter and also reveals his passion for Italian cinema: “I love Matteo Garrone very much, but above all Pietro Marcello. I fell in love with MARTIN EDEN, so I met Marcello in Rome and we talked at length about literature, about the common passion for Faulkner and also about the fact that unfortunately he didn’t received an Oscar nomination “. From the actor, who did not want direct press meetings, however, no comment on the news episodes that see him as the protagonist. That is his involvement in the ‘Johnny Depp v Amber Heard’ case in which he was accused of having had an affair with the actress nor, much less, about being in the newspapers last December for allegations of sexual harassment and fraud in the Studio 4 acting school (based in New York City and Los Angeles and founded by himself in 2014). The actor then agreed to pay over $ 2.2 million to put the lawsuits behind him. James Franco, born in Palo Alto in 1978, relaxed and professional, instead told in Sardinia, where he came with his current partner Isabel Pakzad, his difficult relationship with his father: “He didn’t want me to be an actor, but then when he realized he was wrong he came to apologize “. He then reiterated, addressed to an audience of young people, that he grew up “in those Eighties where there were no platforms and smartphones”. The actor’s job? “I understood that really well when I started directing. The fact is that I like to work as a team rather than, alone, to write books. In a film you are forced to collaborate.” Then he spoke at length about DISASTER ARTIST, a 2017 film he directed and starred in and based on the novel of the same name by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. The film tells of the troubled friendship between Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, creator of the cult film THE ROOM (2003), considered one of the worst ever made, so much so that it is called “the Fourth Estate of bad films”. “Now Wiseau believed that THE ROOM was a big drama – Franco explained – and instead he grossed little or nothing, just a few thousand dollars. If you watch that movie it’s really bad, but at the same time it’s so beautiful in its ugliness. Me. I’ve personally seen it dozens of times. This makes you understand how complex creativity is “. In the future of the Portuguese-born actor, famous for films like Gus Van Sant’s MILK, Danny Boyle’s 127 HOURS, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS by the Coen brothers, there is MACE, a film directed by Jon Amiel. The protagonists – he explained – are two policemen in New Jersey. I am Mace, a veteran police officer, corrupt and dangerously deranged, while Virgin Woods is a young policeman a little naive and inexperienced who believes he can change things “.

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