October 31, 2013
Interview: James Franco on Sal, James Dean and Gay Subculture
When it comes to James Franco, the notion that he's "having a busy year" is kind of a redundant point. Nonetheless, the actor-director-novelist-artist-film professor-future Galactic President is on a roll in 2013, even by his hyper-productive standards. He's starred in one of the year's highest-grossing movies (Oz: The Great and Powerful), given one of its best performances (in Spring Breakers), and appeared in several more films, all while generously lampooning his dilettante public persona both on screen (in This is the End) and off (for Comedy Central's Celebrity Roast). Oh yeah, he's directed some movies, too: a riff on William Friedkin's Cruising (Interior. Leather Bar), adaptations of Faulkner (As I Lay Dying) and Cormac McCarthy (Child of God), and this week's
Sal -- an intimate portrait of the final day in the life of the gifted, tragic Rebel Without a Cause star Sal Mineo, who was murdered in 1976, at age 37. We caught up with Franco (who was on-set shooting another movie, obviously) for a chat about Sal, his interest in James Dean and gay subculture, and -- most importantly -- where he thinks Daniel Desario would be today.
September 14, 2007
Interview: Picking Up on William Friedkin's Cruising
William Friedkin will forever be remembered as one of the legendary New Hollywood directors of the 1970s. Read on for our sit-down with the man who made such classics as The Exorcist for his insights on Shakespeare, DVD restoration, the attainability of another Citizen Kane and the remastering of his 1980 gay S&M serial killer pic, Cruising.