James Franco

  • Aired:  07/30/14
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James Franco discusses the themes of his movie "Child of God" and chats about his preference for staying busy. (6:24)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: MY GUEST TONIGHT

HAS STARRED IN SUCH FILMS AT127 HOURS, MILK AND SPRING

BREAKERS. I'LL ASK HIM WHEN HESTARTED

BEING TYPE CAST AS A GOODACTOR.

PLEASE WELCOME JAMES FRANCO.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)JAMES, GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN,

HOW ARE YOU.

>> GREAT.

>> Stephen: NICE TO SEE YOU.

IT'S ALWAYS NICE.

IT'S ALWAYS REALLY NICE TOHAVE YOU HERE.

>> I LOVE BEING HERE WELL,JAMES, YOU'RE AN ACADEMY

AWARD NOMINATED ACTOR,DIRECTOR.

POET, AUTHOR, PHOTOGRAPHER,PAINTER, CONCEPTUAL ARTIST.

TEACHER.

>> WE'RE SO MUCH ALIKE.

>> YEAH

>> RENAISSANCE MEN.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: NOW YOU'RECURRENTLY A Ph.D CANDIDATE

AT YALE, CORRECT?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: WHAT ARE YOUGOING TO DO ONCE YOU GET

YOUR Ph.D AND ARE YOUDR. JAMES FRANCO.

ARE YOU GOING TO GO BACK TOGENERAL HOSPITAL?

(LAUGHTER)>> I WOULD BE A DOCTOR OF

ENGLISH BUT-- BUT I STILLMIGHT GO BACK TO GENERAL

HOSPITAL.

>> Stephen: YOU COULDDIAGNOSE PEOPLE'S DIARIES,

CORRECT THEIR GRAMMAR.

>> IS THERE A FORM OF -->> I WILL TEACH BUT I'M

ALREADY TEACHING BUT IT WON'TREALLY CHANGE, IT ACTUALLY

WON'T CHANGE THAT MUCH OTHERTHAN I COULD BE TENURED AT

A UNIVERSITY.

BUT I TEACH AT UNC AND UCLAAND CAL ARTS ALREADY SO

THERE'S NOT MUCH MORETEACHING I CAN KIND OF

MANAGE.

>> YOU KNOW, BUDDY, DO YOUHAVE-- .

>> Stephen: WHAT -->> WHAT DO YOU TEACH.

>> Stephen: I TEACH THENATION.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

(AUDIENCE CHANTS "STEPHEN")

>> Stephen: THIS IS WHATWORRIES ME.

DO YOU HAVE TIME, YOU KNOW,FOR A FAMILY LIFE, YOU KNOW,

YOU'RE A GOOD LOOKING GUY,I'M TOLD.

I DONE KNOW, I'M NOT INTOTHAT SCENE BUT I'M TOLD ARE

YOU'RE A GOOD LOOKING GUY, YOU HAVE TO SETTLE DOWN, YOU

ARE SO BUSY, WHEN ARE YOUGOING TO HAVE KIDS CAN, YOU

KNOW, LIFE IS SHORT.

>> I MEAN 40 IS LIKE THEAVERAGE AGE FOR PEOPLE THAT

I KNOW TO HAVE KIDS.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WOW, OKAY.

>> SO I GOT FOUR MORE YEARS.

>> Stephen: BY THE WAY,SPEAKING OF RELATIONSHIPS,

WHERE DO YOU COME DOWN ONTHIS WHOLE BIEBER ORLANDO

BLOOM SITUATION, WHERE DOYOU THINK?

YOU KNOW THOSE GUYS.

>> I'M TEAM BLOOM, I GOT TOSAY.

>> NOW YOU HAVE A NEW MOVIEOUT, AN ADAPTATION OF A CORMAC

McCARTHY NOVEL CALLED "CHILDOF GOD ".

>> YES,.

>> Stephen: TELL THE GOODPEOPLE WHAT THE STORY IS

ABOUT, IT'S A CHEERFULLITTLE TALE

I WOULD SAY THAT THE TITLEITSELF IS IRONIC.

IT'S ABOUT A MAN WHO IS CASTOUT OF CIVILIZED SOCIETY AND

GOES AND LIVES IN THE WOODS.

IN FACT, DEEP DOWN, THERE ISA LINE IN THE BOOK, HE'S A

CHILD OF GOD MUCH LIKE YOUOR ME, PERHAPS.

>> Stephen: AND WHAT DOES HEDO, JAMES.

>> SO HE BECOMES A MURDERERAND HE'S A NECROPHILIAC.

IT'S REALLY AN EXPLORATIONOF WHAT IT IS TO BE HUMAN

AND NEED INTIMACY WITHANOTHER PERSON SO BADLY, AND

THAT IF YOU ARE A PERSON WHOIS INCAPABLE OF DOING THAT

BECAUSE OF-- BECAUSE YOU ARESO STRANGE OR YOU ARE AN

OUTSIDER.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE YOU ARESO BUSY TEACHING AND DOING

MOVIES AND BOOKS AND THATKIND OF THING, THAT YOU

CAN'T ACTUALLY ALLOWYOURSELF TO HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP AND GET MARRIEDAND HAVE CHILDREN, THAT

PERHAPS, GO ON.

>> IT NOT A SELF-PORTRAIT OFME.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

WE HAVE A LITTLE CLIP RIGHTHERE,.

>> I'M GOING TO LET YOU MAKETHIS EASY ON YOURSELF.

YOU TELL US WHERE YOU PUTTHEM BODIES SO WE CAN GIVE

THEM A PROPER BURIAL.

AND WE'LL PUT YOU BACK INTHE HOSPITAL, LET YOU TAKE

YOUR CHANCES WITH THE LAW.

>> WHERE'S THEM BODIES,BALLARD.

>> I DON'T KNOW NOTHINGABOUT NO BODIES.

>> (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THAT IS A FAIRLYDARK TALE.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO MAKETHIS.

CAN WE RELATE TO THIS GUY, CANWE RELATE TO THIS GUY

>> YES.

>> Stephen: IF YOU'RE A CHILD OFGOD AS YOU AND I PERHAPS.

>> THAT IS THE POINT.

NOT CONDONE WHAT HE DOES INANY WAY OR TO--

>> Stephen: THAT IS VERY BRAVEOF YOU

>> BUT I THINK IT IS BRAVETO SAY I'M GOING TO TAKE

THIS ON AND I'M GOING TOTAKE THE CHALLENGE THIS GUY

IS DOING SOME OF THE WORSTTHINGS POSSIBLE, AND MAKE A

WATCHABLE MOVIE.

MAKE A MOVIE WHERE THEAUDIENCE IS NOT REPELLED.

>> Stephen: ARE THERE FORMSOF EXPRESSION OR THINGS THAT

YOU HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TODO THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO,

MACRAME, EXPERIMENTAL ORTHODONTURE.

>> I HAVE A VERY GOOD LIFEAND GET TO DO WHATEVER I

WANT.

>> Stephen: YOU AREEVERYWHERE, SOMETIMES YOU ARE

PLACES AND YOU DON'TEVEN KNOW IT.

LET ME SHOW YOU MY CHRISTMASCARD THIS YEA, WE TOOK

OF MY FAMILY IN VENICE,THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A NICE

CHRISTMAS CARD.

AFTER WE PRINTED THEM, WEREALIZED THIS, ZOOM IN,

THAT'S FRANCO ON AN AD INTHE BACKGROUND.

(APPLAUSE)YOU'RE THE FRANCO THAT STOLE

CHRISTMAS.

>> THAT'S IT.

>> AS IF I HAD ANY SAY THATMY PICTURE WOULD GO UP IN

SAN MARCO.

>> Stephen: NO EXACTLY, YOUHAVE TO-- TAKE SOME

RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT YOUDO TO THE WORLD.

>> WELL, GREAT SEEING YOUAGAIN MAN.

>> WAIT, NO.

>> Stephen: WE GOT TO GO.

>> I ENJOY IT, I ENJOYYOU

>> WE'LL SEE YOU ON THE NEWSHOW.

>> Stephen: WHAT?

>> ARE YOU GOING TO GODEMOCRAT WHEN YOU GO TO THIS

NEW SHOW.

>> Stephen: NOW HERE'S THEINTERESTING THING, I DON'T

KNOW WHAT THE [BLEEP] YOU'RETALKING ABOUT

JAMES FRANCO, CHILD OF GOD.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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