Literary Birthday – 19 April – James Franco


10 Quotes

  1. Sometimes it is painful to be oneself; at other times it seems impossible to escape oneself.
  2. Always have one artistic thing that is pure, at least one thing, where you don’t compromise. You can do other things to make money, but have one pure area.
  3. I don’t even like to sleep – I feel as if there’s too much to do.
  4. They say living well is the best revenge but sometimes writing well is even better.
  5. I’m a huge Cormac McCarthy fan and have read every book of his.
  6. Make your characters interested in something. Striving for something. In need of something. Good at something. This will make them likeable and interesting.
  7. You also need love. Your characters need to love something, otherwise they will be unlovable.
  8. There’s a tacit belief that actors shouldn’t write books, they’re sort of allowed to direct movies but there will be a lot of skepticism, and they shouldn’t do artwork or music. There are these invisible roadblocks to gain entree to these areas for actors, and you kind of have to crash through those invisible barriers.
  9. You want to be interesting? Be interested.
  10. Create your world around your work. Create your work around your life. Let other people help you shape it.

Franco is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher, author and poet. His books include Palo Alto, Actors Anonymous: A Novel, and A California Childhood. Franco has also written, directed and starred in several short plays, two of which — Fool’s Gold and The Ape — he adapted into feature-length films. He wrote and directed the film Good Time Max.

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