Interview & Scans: Dave Franco for Variety

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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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First Look at ‘The Now’

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Entertainment Weekly has released an exclusive first look at Quibi’s upcoming comedy series, The Now. Dave stars as Ed Poole, a down-on-his-luck man with a long family history of depression and mental illness. When his girlfriend dumps him and his brother dies by suicide, he vows to abandon his past and stop fretting about his future, deciding to only live in, well, The Now. The show debuts on the streaming service July 13th. Check out the promotional photo in our gallery, along with scans from the issue!

‘Zeroville’ Receives Theatrical Release

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After four years, Zeroville has been acquired for theatrical release by myCinema. The comedy film will hit cinemas in September. Also, visit our gallery for a still of Dave as Montgomery Clift.

DEADLINE – Originally, Alchemy took domestic rights at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival to Zeroville months before the company capsized due to bankruptcy. Since its pick-up at IFF, Zeroville unfortunately became entangled in Alchemy’s financial woes and was thrown into distribution limbo until the US distribution rights were recently acquired by NAGRA. The pic will hit cinemas in September. The comedy based on Steve Erickson’s novel about a young actor who arrives in Hollywood during a transitional time also stars Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Joey King, Will Ferrell, Dave Franco, Danny McBride, and Jacki Weaver.

Cycle for Survival

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Alison and Dave participated in this year’s Cycle for Survival, which took place at the Equinox Sports Club West LA last March 2, to raise funds for groundbreaking rare cancer research. If you would like to donate, simply visit this link.

25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

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Last night, Dave attended the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with the lovely Alison Brie, who was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for GLOW. I have updated the gallery with high-quality photos of Dave at the red carpet and awards show!



January 28 Public Appearances

76th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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Dave attended this year’s Golden Globe Awards held last night with his lovely wife, Alison Brie. The two were adorable at the red carpet. Alison was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy) for her show, GLOW, but unfortunately lost to Rachel Brosnahan. I have updated the gallery with photos of Dave at the event!


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