James Franco is a complicated man. Either he is making bong references and putting out fake sex tapes or he is getting a P.H.D. and depicting emotional biopics about amazing people. Recently, Franco premiered his newest venture at the Venice Film Festival, an intense drama focusing on the life of Sal Mineo, a costar of James Dean. According to Advocate, Franco is directing the film and seems very connected to it’s message.
“Sal Mineo was 37 when he was murdered and was on the cusp of a new upswing in his career. He had started as a child star and when he was 15 acted opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, for which they were both nominated for Oscars. [Editor's note: Dean was nominated for East of Eden, not Rebel.] …He lived the common tragedy of so many creative people who are so passionate about what they do and yet don’t have an outlet for their work….When he was murdered the tabloid magazines groundlessly hinted that the murder might have involved drugs or a lover, and the memory of Sal has been forever tainted by such conjecture in bad faith. This film is a portrait of a sensitive and kind artist in his last hours.”
Seen here, filmmaker and actor James Franco and actor Val Lauren attend the ‘Sal’ Premiere during the 68th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on September 3rd in Venice, Italy. Franco is an extremely handsome fella to be sure, but he sure is a goofy bastard. His smile just makes me laugh. He seems like he would be the funnest person to hang out with. Even his scruffy appearance here is full of sunshine. We love you James!