The old evil twin plot! Actually, if James Franco did have a twin, that would explain a lot. The guy just works endlessly, so he’s everywhere (here’s my review of his latest film, Your Highness) , and this is the best interview yet.
Stephen Colbert turns Franco overload into hilarious satire: “We’ve all heard the good news. The economy added 200,000 jobs last quarter. The bad news is, 150,000 of them were filled by James Franco.” Tweaking Franco’s status as a Renaissance Man, Colbert brings on Franco’s bookish twin, Frank Jameso. Take a look:
Franco is just as good-natured in the sitdown part of the interview, although I don’t buy his idea that critics resent an actor who wants to do what he calls more creative things, like writing and painting. No, everyone just wonders why he’s compulsively gobbling up academic degrees. Watch as Colbert skewers academic pretensions with his own quasi-sensible parody of scholarly double-talk. As usual, Colbert’s approach is brilliant, genial to Franco even as he jokes about him.