James Franco is sorry. Sorry about the bad movies. Sorry about being a jerk on set. Sorry for being James Dean. The list goes on. Fortunately, we forgive him. Mostly because he's gorgeous, and partly because he's a really down to earth guy.
Franco is this months GQ cover boy. In the issue he talks about some bad decisions, getting along with cast members, and of course, his infamous kiss with Sean Penn. Here are some highlights from the interview...
On making a few bad films:
“I wanted to be the best actor that I could be. It’s just sad for me, because I know I worked so hard, and I just feel like in some way I kind of blew it. It’s just hard to get away from what I see as the stain of these bad movies.”
On not getting along with the cast of Freaks & Geeks:
“I’ll admit I was not a team player. A lot of it, I think, just had to do with being obnoxious when the camera was on someone else. Maybe I’d eat a banana in the background that would take focus away from other actors. I didn’t think about it that way, but now I could say, ‘Look, the scene’s not about me, it’s about them, just chill out, James. Don’t eat a f—-ing banana.’ ”
On kissing costar Sean Penn in the movie Milk:
“The first kiss of the movie was out on Haight Street, with, like, 200 people watching, outside. I’m sure in the end it will be a really cool shot, but it starts close and then it takes maybe a minute. That’s a long time on film with everybody watching, and, like, a fake moustache getting in your mouth. It was long enough that you couldn’t help but thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I’m kissing Spicoli.’”
Check out GQ magazine for the full interview.