Since Corey tossed out his name as a potential Jesse Custer, I’ve had James Franco on the brain. I’m quite a fan of Mr. Franco–looking forward to seeing him in Milk, with Sean Penn, and have even sat through some of his less-stellar movies. (Yes, I watched Annapolis. He was boxing! It was hot!)
But we all really know and love him as Harry in the Spider-Man movies. We know he dove right into the part, willing to go to all sorts of nasty places and yet still keep us on his side. So I totally agree with Corey that he’d be an excellent Jesse. He has the range, the style, the looks, and the ability to take a comic book role seriously.
I picked up the newest issue of Black Book magazine with Franco on the cover and discovered that not only is he a babe, but he’s also a brain. He’s working on two master’s degrees, simultaneously, one at NYU in film direction, and one at Columbia in creative writing. Slacker.
But the quote in the interview that really made me melt was Franco talking about writing poetry after Heath Ledger’s death.
“Somebody wrote me that Heath had died, and it really upset me. It was weird, because it seemed like a lot of incredible people died in the past year…It was really adding up. So I wrote something about it, that I actually read at the Hammer Museum in L.A…I’m so shy talking about it, because in print it sounds like, ‘Oh, James Franco likes poetry!’ “
It’s a total cliche for girls to get gooey over guys who write poetry, but I don’t care. Add that to a guy who collects degrees like some movie stars collect girlfriends, can play a stoner so well that it gets him a Golden Globe nomination, and gave maybe the most nuanced portrayal of a comic book villain we’ve seen onscreen. Oh yeah, and he kisses Sean Penn? Love.
So please, James Franco, make my geek-girl dreams come true and pursue the role of Jesse Custer in the purported Preacher movie. I’ll love you forever.