One of the exciting byproducts of visiting a film festival like Sundance is getting a sneak peek at the next big thing, whether it be a filmmaker or an actor. Certainly this year was no exception, with relative unknowns like Chanté Adams (Roxanne Roxanne) and Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$).
Then there’s the young talent that’s already established but still on the rise. That’s what this week’s “Happy Sad Confused” delivers: four conversations with some of the best and brightest actors working today, each making a splash at Sundance this year.
Tavi Gevinson is only 20 but already boasts an eclectic list of accomplishments, from writer and fashion maven to magazine editor and Broadway actress. It’s her acting career that is the focus of this conversation, from her stage work in The Crucible to her Sundance debut, Person to Person.
Returning to the podcast is the charming and self-deprecating Dave Franco, whose Sundance flick The Little Hours teams him up with Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, and real-life fiancée Alison Brie. Franco talks about his absurdly awkward sex scenes and being objectified, and still finds time to rib Josh for never having seen The Room.
In the latest All Access Pass, Billy Kidd talked with actor Dave Franco about his upcoming film ‘Unfinished Business’. In the interview they also talked about working with Vince Vaughn and Tom Wilkenson, how improv is handled in the framework of a movie, Dave’s portrayal antagonists, and working with his brother James.
In the interview Dave talked about his upcoming role as Mike Pancake in ‘Unfinished Business’. “The character is everything that you would expect from a name like that. He’s a little slow, but he’s also extremely sweet and naive and loyal and would kill for his friends,” Dave said. “It was nice to play a pure protagonist for once as opposed to some of the douche-ier roles I’ve played as of late.”
Vince Vaughn and Tom Wilkenson also star in ‘Unfinished Business’, and Dave spoke about working with them. “Vince is someone that I’ve looked up too for a long time. So to be able to work with him on a comedy. It was an invaluable experience,” Dave said.
“It was really special just being in these scenes with him, but also some what intimidating,” He added. “He’s such a smart funny guy that he really does elevate everyone around him.”
Dave then spoke about Tom Wilkenson, “Tom is just an absolute pro. He’s a tow time Academy Award nominee, but we get to see a different side of Tom in this movie.”
A comedy like ‘Unfinished Business’ has quite a bit of improvisation to it, and Dave spoke on how improve is handled in the framework of a film like this. “Typically you want to have the freedom to do whatever you want, but you do want it to be somewhat constrained.” Dave said.
Adding, “You want every improvisation to at leas serve the story or the characters in some way.”
With acting credits like ’21 Jump Street’ and ‘Neighbors’, Dave has played several antagonists in his career. “It was fun to play that type of role at first, because it’s kind of liberating to play a role that’s completely outside of yourself,” Dave said. “I feel like Iv’e completely exhausted that role. There is nothing else I can bring to it that’s new. So I’ve been trying to make a conscious decision to branch out.”
Towards the end of the interview Billy asked about Dave’s brother James Franco, and whether the two we’re planning on working together. “He just directed me in something… It’s called ‘Zeroville’ and like I said he directed it. It was really fun working with him in that capacity, because he’s the most happy when he’s behind the camera,” Dave said.
“I would love to keep working with him,” He continued. “That being said the past five years or so, I really did make a conscious decision to distance myself from him work wise. Just because I wanted to pave my own path.”
Dave Franco is tired of being referred to as “James Franco’s little brother.” Therefore, he’s making a name for himself in the acting world.
His new movie Neighbors hit theaters this past weekend and he has a slew of other acting credits set to be released in the next year. While on the promotional train for his flick, Franco called into The Tommy Show and it didn’t take long for Tommy to tell him exactly how he felt.
“I’m kind of over your brother,” Tommy said to the actor as he sounded off his appreciation for the comment. “I love and respect my brother so much but I don’t want to be known as James Franco’s little brother my whole life.”
As a way to get to know the younger Franco, Tommy asked him to give three facts that most people wouldn’t know about him.
“I weirdly love playing frisbee, my favorite movie of all time is ‘Stand By Me’ and more days than not I’m listening to Otis Redding on vinyl,” he admits, trying to rack his brain while on the spot.
His new movie Neighbors is in theaters now and stars Zac Efron and Seth Rogen.
Neighbors takes over the #1 spot at the box office this weekend – A film about a couple with a newborn baby move into a new neighborhood and face unexpected difficulties following the establishment of a fraternity house NEXT DOOR
It stars The film stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne & Dave Franco who joined Roz and Mocha on KiSS 92.5 to talk about the film, and of course we asked about his Brother Jame Franco’s crazy Instagram photos