Dave Franco Discusses ‘The Rental’ and Praises Alison Brie

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Screen Rant spoke with Dave about his directorial debut, The Rental, and he took the opportunity to praise Alison Brie’s acting talents!

“I’ve obviously always known that Alison is a great actor, but when I was behind the camera and I was able to just kind of contently watch her for five weeks, I realized she might be the greatest actress on the planet… I have a little bit of a bias, but I can’t imagine doing this without Alison.”

Dave also complimented the other cast members, Sheila Vand, Dan Stevens, and Jeremy Allen White.

“I think most people know Sheila from A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, and she’s obviously incredible in that film. But what really made me want to work with her was a smaller movie called We The Animals. She has so much range in that film, and I knew that she would be perfect for this part.

Sheila, when it comes to the more intense, dramatic moments – like the stuff that I would lose sleep over – we would come up on that day of this really big scene, I’d be like, “Are you ready?” And she’d be like, “I think so.” And the first take, she’s just bawling. She’s so in it… I’m so happy to have worked with her. She has so much range. I can’t wait to see what else she does.”

“I think Dan is so good at playing a villain… I think certain actors, when they’re playing a villainous character, you immediately hate them. You’re not rooting for them. But I think Dan has so much fun that when I watch him in this movie, the more he does immoral things, the giddier I get. I’m like, “Go Dan, go!” I think that’s a huge compliment and a tough thing to pull off, and I also give him props for playing these more immoral characters in the service of the whole story.”

“Jeremy is one of the most naturally gifted actors I’ve ever seen. He is literally incapable of having a false moment onscreen. I remember hearing from every other actor at some point in the shoot, just talking about how easy it is to be in a scene with Jeremy, because he’s so locked in. And all you need to do is just give yourself over to whatever he’s doing.

We’d be behind the monitors every single day, I swear to God, and we would look at each other and be like, “Why is Jeremy not the biggest actor on the planet?”

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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 Would Love to Get Tommy Wiseau to the Oscars

written by Neide V.XII

Vanity Fair released an article yesterday which features Dave (and with it, we got a brand new photoshoot). In the article which you can read bellow, Dave speaks about The Disaster Artist, working with brother James, their production company and much more!

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At one point while making The Disaster ArtistDave Franco filmed a scene in which he had to calm down his brother, James Franco, who was—in character—thrashing around a film set nude, save for a small, strategically-placed piece of cloth; a wavy black wig; and enough facial prosthetics to make him look like “a vampire Frankenstein.”

“That was a strange scene to shoot, for obvious reasons,” laughs Dave, 32, as he leads me up Griffith Mountain on a hike he regularly takes with his wife, Alison Brie. “My brother was only wearing a cock sock throughout the entirety of the scene. That was actually the first day that Alison came to set, so that was the first thing that she witnessed. In that moment, she kind of succumbed to the fact that this movie was going to be strange and like nothing she had ever seen before.”

The Disaster Artist, which is directed by James and out in wide release Friday, is a comedy chronicling the making of 2003’s The Room—the film written by, starring, and directed by Tommy Wiseau, which has been christened both the worst movie ever made and, in the years since, a cult classic. The Disaster Artist recasts The Room as a triumph of the human spirit—proof that two wide-eyed dreamers can make a movie, no matter how nonsensical the plot, how disjointed the dialogue, and how inexperienced its filmmaker.

In The Disaster Artist, James plays Wiseau—a real-life enigma who claims to be from New Orleans, despite his thick Eastern European accent, and who believed The Room to be such a masterpiece that he screened it during the Oscar consideration window. Dave plays Wiseau’s best friend Greg Sesteros, a naïve actor swept up in Wiseau’s deluded optimism, who helps make The Room. (After seeing the film, the real Wiseau told Dave that Greg was “20 percent dorkier” than how Dave played him. “I don’t know exactly how to interpret that, but it’s a good note,” grins Dave.)

Though James has the flashier role, Dave has the more difficult one—keeping a straight face through his brother’s in-character hysterics and tethering Planet Tommy to reality, acting as Tommy’s go-between to less-deluded characters and the audience’s sympathetic stand-in. Because Dave finds this tricky balance, in his best performance to date, The Disaster Artist lands as the rare comedy that is as heartwarming as it is hilarious. And because of A24’s canny distribution strategy, the film is getting a glossy December 8 rollout—after earning rapturous reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival—and being positioned as an awards-season dark horse.

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Dave Franco talks “The Disaster Artist” and working with brother James

written by Neide V.XII

Dave recently sat down with WWD where he spoke about The Disaster Artist, watching The Room and his family. The full interview can be found bellow and under the cut, plus we’ve added outtakes from the photoshoot to the gallery.

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Dave Franco has racks of Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren and Gucci set out before him — and an awards season-bait film to discuss — but before he can get to that, there are cat videos to be seen.

When the topic of feline companions comes up mid-shoot, a small frenzy ensues. Franco pulls up a video on his phone: The camera pans over to the two striped tabbies, brothers Harry and Arturo, lovingly grooming each other.

It’s another side of the youngest Franco brother, who is perched for a major breakthrough.

Franco arrives to his photo shoot wearing black jeans and a vintage-style T-shirt from Kelly Cole’s Los Angeles flagship, near where he lives with his wife of half a year, actress Alison Brie, and, yes, two cats. The 32-year-old is polite and approachable, friendly but reserved in the way many actors are while in the thick of press — and for his latest project, there’s been a lot of it.

Franco and his brother, James, are the stars of “The Disaster Artist,” a quirky biopic about the relationship between two best friends, actors Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, who costar in “The Room.” The film is regarded — unofficially — as being the worst film ever made since its 2003 premiere.

Directed by James in-character as the eccentric, long-haired Wiseau, “The Disaster Artist” is based on Sestero’s 2013 memoir “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Film Ever Made.” It marks Franco’s first major project with James, who called him after reading Sestero’s book several years ago and implored his younger brother — filming in Boston at the time — to watch “The Room.”

“I watched the movie by myself in a hotel room, which is not the way to watch that movie for the first time just because you want a group of people you can turn to and say ‘What the hell is going on?’” recalls Franco, reclined on a love seat in Midtown Manhattan. “But soon after that I went to one of the midnight screenings, where people are yelling at the screen and throwing spoons, and I immediately understood the cult status of the movie.”
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Dave Franco on working in “The Disaster Artist”

written by Neide XX.XI

Dave recently sat down with InStyle to speak about working with his brother, James Franco, in The Disaster Artist, his most embarrassing audition and more. You can read all about it bellow.

“At this point, there’s not much he can do that surprises me,” Dave Franco says of his brother, James. The upcoming comedy-drama The Disaster Artist, a tell-all about the making of 2003’s The Room (known as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies,” it tops most worst-films-of-all-times lists), marks the first time the Franco brothers will act together. The eldest Franco, who also directs, plays Tommy Wiseau—the enigmatic filmmaker who famously wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the box office flop-turned-cult classic—and stayed in character for the duration of shooting. “I think it just added to the whole meta weirdness of it all.”

Unkempt, dyed-jet black locks and a vaguely Eastern European accent notwithstanding, Dave kept his cool with an impressive turn as Wiseau’s co-star and IRL friend Greg Sestero, author of the book The Disaster Artist, on which the film is based. (Dave’s wife, Alison Brie, plays Sestero’s girlfriend, Amber, making it a true family affair. And pal Seth Rogen joins them onscreen too.) Here, Franco sat down to discuss his brother’s passion project (out Dec. 1), dyeing his hair blonde, and his most shameful audition story. Spoilers ahead.

Who first introduced you to The Room?

My brother [James] and I were both pretty late to the game. He actually read Greg Sestero’s book before ever seeing The Room—he’s probably the only person on the planet who did it in that order. But after reading the book, he watched the movie and then texted me and said, “If you haven’t seen this yet, watch it immediately. We need to make a movie about this.” I was working in Boston at the time, so I watched it alone in a hotel room, which is not the way to watch that movie for the first time—you watch it in a group where you can turn to people and say, “What the f-ck is going on?” So I finished that viewing feeling very unsettled, not knowing how to feel. But I eventually went to one of the infamous midnight screenings, where the audience is yelling at the screen and throwing things, and I immediately understood the cult status of the movie. Since then, I’ve seen The Room probably 25 times, which is more than I’ve seen any movie in existence.

Your character is put through the wringer during the audition process in the movie. Did you have a similar experience when you started acting? 

Oh yeah, on my third audition ever, the casting director asked me to “slate” real quick. At the time, I didn’t know the terminology—it means to look a the camera and say your name—so I was like, “Sorry, say that again? I can’t quite hear.” I thought she said, “Can you sleep real quick?” So I got comfortable, leaned back, and pretended to sleep. Everyone behind the camera was so confused. I guess it shows that I wanted the part and I was willing to do anything.
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November 20 Press

Dave Franco covers August Man (October)

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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 Talks Unfinished Business, Now You See Me Sequel, and More

written by Jenny IX.III

Over the past few years, Dave Franco has shown he’s a lot more than just James Franco’s brother with great work in films like 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me, and Neighbors. And now in director Ken Scott’s (Delivery Man) Unfinished Business, Franco shows he can hold his own with Vince Vaughn and Tom Wilkinson. As you probably know from the trailers, the film stars Vaughn as a man who starts his own small business after being fired, only to find himself up against his old boss (Sienna Miller) during a business trip to Europe. Franco and Wilkinson work for Vaughn, and the pic also stars James Marsden, and Nick Frost.

Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Dave Franco. He talked about getting to work with the great cast, what it was like filming in Berlin, what the last few years have been like for him, if he’s going to be involved with the Neighbors sequel, the Now You See Me sequel (which is called Now You See Me: The Second Act), working with his brother on Zeroville, and a lot more.

Collider: How much fun did you have making this movie?

DAVE FRANCO: We had a great time. We filmed the majority of it in Berlin, which is now one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s just weird and artsy and progressive, and it feels like anything goes and there’s no judgment. It’s one of the few places that I’ve visited that I could actually live.

I’ve been to Berlin a few times, and I also have the same opinion. It’s a huge, amazing, off the wall, “holy shit” city.

FRANCO: Yeah! What I love is that they really encourage the arts, as opposed to many places around the world where the arts are kind of frowned upon, where people think you can’t really make it. They kind of set up the city in a way where artists can live cheaply and artists really encourage each other and help each other. It’s just a good vibe.

Not to put myself in this, but there are parts of East Berlin that I went to years ago that reminded me of downtown Los Angeles that had no money, no anything, buildings being covered by graffiti artists, and just amazing stuff. Now there’s a lot of money in the city so a lot of those areas are being pushed even further outside.

FRANCO: Right, exactly. It does seem like one of those cities that literally changes every single year.

You got to work with Tom Wilkinson, who is a very serious, great actor. How much fun was it getting him to break on camera?

FRANCO: [Laughs] I love Tom Wilkinson. I was so excited when I first heard that he was coming on board. Just because, like you said, he’s a two-time academy award nominee, and in this film he’s taking bong hits, he’s participating in pillow fights with naked women, and he’s involved in bondage situations. So I think people are going to be excited to see a different side of Tom Wilkinson. What I love about him is that because he’s such a great actor, he’s able to take moments in the film that could have otherwise been very broad, and he is able to ground them and make it feel very real. He’s just a pro, and he’s genuinely very funny and very dry. I could spend every day with that guy.

I think that the people that understand movies, who have seen his work and see him do crazy shit, are going to laugh for a completely different reason than other people.

FRANCO: Absolutely, absolutely.

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