Interview & Scans: Dave Franco for Variety

written by Jasper XIII.VIII

Last month, Dave spoke with Variety to discuss his directorial debut, The Rental, along with his journey to fulfilling his lifelong dream of being in the director’s chair. Check out outtakes and scans in our gallery!

VARIETY – Dave Franco has long struggled against being labeled the “kid brother” type, from the time he was an unknown growing up in Palo Alto, Calif. 

“My first job was at a mom-and-pop video store when I was 14, and I’ve always looked young for my age,” says Franco. “People would come in wondering why this 9-year-old-looking boy was renting them ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘Basic Instinct.’”

Deceptive looks aside, he still was not of legal age to work. “They paid me by allowing me to take home as many movies as I wanted. That became my film school,” he says.

That early training, along with some 13 years of professional acting, finally brings Franco to his lifelong dream of the director’s chair for “The Rental,” an IFC Films title that, when it hits on July 24, will represent one of the few summer theatrical releases amid the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a moment 20 years in the making, some of Franco’s lifelong colleagues tell Variety, one that he has achieved through relentless curiosity on the job. Much of his experience was earned alongside his brother James, whose career has stalled amid sexual harassment allegations from former students, which the older Franco denies. 

Known affectionately as Davey to friends and family, Dave Franco has been no one’s little brother for quite some time, and this breakout as director is the next phase of the evolution. Franco has delivered breakout comedic performances in films like Nicholas Stoller’s “Neighbors” and empathetic dramatic turns in work like Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “The Disaster Artist,” directed by James. He’s also quick to remind that he began his career as a creator in the digital space; he wrote, directed and edited comedy shorts in the early days of Funny or Die while he was studying at the University of Southern California.

“I felt like I could take huge risks because the worst thing that could happen is that no one would watch them,” Franco says. “But because I was taking big swings and making unique choices, I started to gain a bit of a following. Over time, I realized that my videos that went viral had more viewers than the indies I was acting in. That was gratifying, and made me want to take the next step into writing and directing a feature.”

His entry into directing arrived with the help of Joe Swanberg, the longtime indie filmmaker who cast Franco on his Netflix original series “Easy” in 2016. On that set, the two discovered similar artistic sensibilities and a love of horror movies. 

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Dave Franco tells BFF Jerrod Carmichael about his 25 pound transformation to play a junkie

written by Neide XX.IV

Hello Dave fans! I apologize for the slow news, school has been keeping me quite busy. Earlier this month Interview magazine released an interview, during which Dave was interviewed by his best friend Jerrod Carmichael and speaks about how he prepared to play a junkie in 6 Balloons. Along with the interview, which you can read bellow, we have been blessed by a photoshoot and you can find it in our gallery!

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Dave Franco is willing to give everything in service to a role. For his new Netflix heroin drama 6 Balloons, with Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson and directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan, Franco shed 25 pounds in order to transform himself into a brutal avatar of the opioid crisis that’s sweeping the country. He did everything short of shooting up: He skipped meals, went on long runs, and sent himself spiraling into a depressive episode by watching documentaries about junkies for days on end.

“You’re not yourself, you’re not fun to be around,” his wife Alison Brie told him during the peak of his preparation for this possibly career-changing role. “I’m fucking starving,” he snapped back. “What do you want from me?”

In the end, his sacrifice was worth it—Franco’s performance captures the feverish intensity of addiction, and the desperation it causes in those who experience it. Like his older brother, Franco excels at fusing his effortless charisma with the extreme circumstances of his characters’ lives.

Over the last few years, Franco has developed a close friendship with comedian and actor Jerrod Carmichael, with whom he appeared in the 2014 comedy Neighbors. Naturally, sparks flew when the pair met up for an amusing chat about what it takes to challenge yourself.
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April 20 Photoshoots Press

Dave Franco attends Golden Globes Awards

written by Neide VIII.I

Dave attended last night the Golden Globes Awards, during which his brother won the award for Best Actor for his role in The Disaster Artist! While accepting the award, James brought Dave on stage with him and then thanked his mom for giving him his little brother (we’re all aww’ing over here). Photos from the award ceremony, the InStyle/Warner Bros party and one portrait have been added to our gallery! You can also watch James acceptance speech plus two interviews given at the red carpet and press room!

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Dave Franco covers August Man (October)

written by Neide III.XI

Bit of a late post but better now than never, right? Dave was on the cover of the October issue of August Man, looking handsome as always in a brand new photoshoot! On the issue, Dave speaks about working with James Franco, Alison Brie, acting and more. Scans and outtakes can be found in our gallery!

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November 03 Photoshoots Press

Dave Franco and Justin Theroux for Buzzfeed

written by Neide XXVII.IX

While promoting The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Dave and his co-star Justin Theroux stopped by Buzzfeed studios where they interviewed themselves while playing with kittens. Such an adorable and hilarious video, you should definitely watch it bellow! Plus, we’ve added outtakes from the photoshoot to our gallery!

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September 27 Photoshoots Videos

Comic Con International – Day 2

written by Neide XXII.VII

If you’re following us on twitter @davefrancofan you know that Dave was out yesterday at Comic Con International with his The LEGO Ninjago Movie co-stars to promote the movie! He did some interviews for multiple sources, some of the interviews already been released which you can watch bellow! Our gallery has been with all events he attended yesterday, plus some fun photo sessions!

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