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29.06.2011, Words by dummymag

10 interesting facts about James Franco

  1. James Franco’s paintings were displayed publicly for the first time at the Gl├╝ Gallery in Los Angeles in 2006. He launched his first European art exhibition in 2011 at Peres Projects in Berlin. James Franco’s first solo art show was at the Clocktower Gallery in New York City. The exhibit, entitled ‘The Dangerous Book Four Boys’ incorporated sculpture, photography, drawing, film and video all of which centered on ideas of boyhood and the sexual awakening of the early teenage years.
  2. For a piece of performance art ‘Soap’, James Franco live-taped himself playing a performance artist called “Franco” on soap opera General Hospital who remade James Franco’s artwork. ‘Soap’ climaxed with James Franco pretending to be a stuntman (also called “Franco”) and jumping off a balcony, re-creating a stunt from the soap in the gallery.
  3. James Franco has published a collection of short stories called Palo Alto: Stories in 2010 that is inspired by some of his own teenage memories. The book is named after the California city where Franco grew up and is dedicated to many of the writers he worked with at Brooklyn College.
  4. James Franco has directed short films for two REM songs, Blue and That Someone Is You from their 2011 album ‘Collapse Into Now’.
  5. James Franco will teach a fall semester course on modifying poetry into short films to ten to twelve third-year graduate film students at NYU in 2011. The course will focus mainly on production, meaning that the students will be in charge of creating their own film based on poetry.
  6. James Franco has been accepted to the University of Houston for the doctoral (PhD) program in Literature and Creative Writing and plans to enroll in fall 2012. Franco was one of 20 people to be selected out of 400 applicants.
  7. James Franco is a pilot. He completed Private Pilots License in order to prepare for his role in 2006’s ‘Flyboys’.
  8. James Franco has a degree in Creative Writing from UCLA.
  9. James Franco is a talented mathematician. He interned at Lockheed Martin, the American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company.
  10. James Franco volunteers at the charity Art of Elysium in Los Angeles, helping kids with serious medical conditions. In January 2011, he was honoured for his work at the hospital, receiving the Spirit of Elysium accolade.
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