Last week my mother and I went to the movies. This is a very rare occurrence as my mother, who is 74, doesn’t like to go out much. We went to see Justice League, not that that has anything to do with this post. Ha Ha. On our way out of the theatre, a movie poster struck my attention. I stopped, pointed and said “Dane!”
The poster? James Franco in The Disaster Artist.
He’s the one on the right. Yeah, with the long hair.
Ok, I have loved James Franco since he played Harry, Peter Parker’s best friend in Spider-Man. He’s a great actor, and good looking to boot. But I never “saw” him as Dane Bainbridge (Beyond Every Mirror, published 2016). In the poster he doesn’t look like James Franco, however. I didn’t even know this was James Franco until I went home and looked up the movie. And then I said “Wow, he looks amazing with long hair!” Of course, in my opinion, everyone in the world would look better with long hair. Hey, I’m a child of the 80’s and worshipped rock stars! What can I say, it’s a fetish!
But I digress.
I started to look up pictures of James Franco playing this guy Tommy Wisseau (who, by the way, looks nothing like Dane). Ok, so James Franco is a teeny bit older than Dane (the actor is 39, Dane, as of this writing, is now 32, will be 33 as of Dec. 24th… Maybe. You’ll have to read Book Two when it comes out. Mwahaha), but older can be worked with. The hair, however, is spot on! The eyes… well, Dane’s are a bit lighter with silver specks, which makes his eyes very distinct. So give James Franco contacts! Dane has no cleft to his chin, but James’ cleft is small and barely noticeable.
It was this particular picture, however, that I saw Dane. As I was browsing through pictures and video from the movie, I saw a scene where he is naked (yummy) and the body is also spot on!! Dane, though not hugely muscular, is very fit (he can thank all of his past incarnations for that!).
Of course, I had to look a bit further into this mysterious movie that seemed to make no sense, judging by the poster. While browsing, I discovered it was a movie not only about the aforementioned Tommy Wisseau, but that this guy just appeared in Hollywood one day 14 years ago with money and wanting to make a movie. The resulting movie became known as the worst movie ever made and I saw parts of the movie (called The Room) and I can understand why it is credited as such! The acting is so terrible (with the obviously-not-an-actor Wisseau playing the lead) it’s transfixing. You can’t believe a movie can be this bad and get made, then to top it off, have a major motion picture made about making it.
Ok, I’m a novelist and obviously dream of making it big, as we all do. I work very hard at writing the best stories I know how. Stories that are my passion to write, but I do pay attention to keeping it interesting. I may not be the best writer, but I’m not bad (I don’t think). Maybe I need to be worse, to get someone’s attention (add laugh track here). I am also an actress. I went to school for acting, I studied in NYC and I’ve been in a few things here and there. I may not be a great actress (I think I’m better than average), but it’s a passion I won’t stop doing even if I never make it. My dream has always been to have a movie made of my books and be in them. Writing and acting! And that leads me back to James Franco. I look forward to seeing Mr. Franco in the Disaster Artist, but think his talents would be amazing as rock star Dane.
What do you think? (If you haven’t read Beyond Every Mirror and you like romantic fantasy, something different, give it a try).
Irony… Dane’s band’s CD (in Beyond Every Mirror)… Shirtless.