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James Franco Is the Dude of a Thousand Faces

Palo Alto's most ubiquitous thespian returns to screens big and small.


Read more from the Fall Arts Preview from our September 2017 issue here.

He’s quite possibly the hardest-working man in showbiz, even though he always looks a little stoned. This fall, James Franco—the thespian pride of Palo Alto—is once again lighting up both the big and small screens.

First up, he’ll play twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino in the high-profile new HBO series The Deuce, beginning September 10 and written by David Simon, about the beginnings of the porn scene in New York’s Times Square. Then, in December, the long-awaited comedy The Disaster Artist drops, about the making of the so-bad-it’s-good cult classic The Room by Bay Areans Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero—widely considered one of the worst movies of all time. Franco plays Wiseau, the director and mastermind behind the stink bomb, in a role Variety has already called his career best. 


Originally published in the September issue of San Francisco 

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