James Franco’s Book Is Out Now: Actors AnonymousBy: Tobias Roth - October 16, 2013
James Franco has become the ultimate celebrity, changing what it means to have celebrity status. His latest project is a novel called Actors Anonymous, which he loosely based off of the format of Alcoholics Anonymous’ twelve step program. This book is the follow up to his 2010 collection of short stories called Palo Alto, which was his first published written work.
The year 2013 also seems to be his year, and he has been at work constantly with his projects including novel writing, acting, directing, and producing. He is also working on adapting multiple novels as a director and screenwriter, including two by William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying and The Sound And The Fury. In addition to those two, he is working on adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Child Of God.
The new book, which was released on Tuesday, October 15, is about fictional actors and the stories that they have to tell. While it is written as a novel, it is told in a wide variety of styles, from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotes, according to the summary on Goodreads. It is also described as a wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity.
In an interview with NBC News, Franco described the novel as being about “how we interact with others, how we interact with life through performance and through the lens of a recovery book.” He also mentioned in the interview that he will be working on yet another film that most fans are probably not aware of yet, a comedy with his friend Seth Rogen called The Interview.
Franco and a few fellow actors also released a video that went viral recently in order to promote the new book, containing excerpts from the novel.
James Franco’s new book also relates to Alcoholics Anonymous due to the fact that members of an actor’s support group continually describe outrageous confessions from the trenches of their profession during each of the chapters. Franco seems to be aiming at a satire of Hollywood with the book, and a sense of impending doom is used to propel each story forward.
As the actor continues to keep himself at work, doing everything possible in order to gain attention, it certainly seems to be working. The Los Angeles Times describes his recent career moves when saying “James Franco is going to do whatever James Franco wants whenever James Franco wants it.”
He even got some praise from his younger brother on the book.
For those that are interested in the book, NBC has released the preface for people to take a look at online.
It seems as if it is almost too hard to keep up with the actor’s busy career lately. James Franco has been one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, and with multiple movies as an actor, screenwriter and director and now another book, how will fans be able to keep with his wildly active career?
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