Sal Mineo, James Franco’s New Film, Debuts Trailer

    October 1, 2013
    Tobias Roth
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Sal, the new film from James Franco, has just released its first trailer. The film will be a biopic about the actor Sal Mineo, who’s most well-known performance was when he appeared in the 1955 film, Rebel Without A Cause. Many people might have overlooked his performance with the standout performances given by both James Dean and Natalie Wood in the film, but Mineo was actually nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his part in the film.

James Franco has been racking up all sorts of credits lately and has turned to being a director, in an effort to seem more artsy in the industry maybe? In any case, he has been very busy and in addition to this project, he is also working on adapting novels by both Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner, according to Entertainment Weekly. He is adapting McCarthy’s Child of God and As I Lay Dying by Faulkner.

The biopic will focus on the end of Mineo’s life, who was also a homosexual, and was one of the first major Hollywood actors to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality. He was born in the Bronx and was enrolled in dancing and acting school at a young age. He had his first stage appearance in The Rose Tattoo, a play by Tennessee Williams and also appeared opposite Yul Brynner in the stage musical The King And I. Mineo was stabbed and killed at the age of 37. Mineo rose to fame at a young age as a teen idol, much like his co-star James Dean, but was never recognized in the same way.

Franco’s biopic about the legendary actor is simply titled Sal and will focus on the end of his life. Deadline Hollywood mentions that the film follows Mineo in his final hours as he struggles to regain career momentum. He was on the way home from a rehearsal for the play P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, on the night that he died. The film stars Val Lauren as Sal. Tribeca Films will release the film on VOD and itunes on October 22, with a limited theatrical run on November 1st.

James Franco will also play a small role in the film, portraying director Milton Katselas. The film is finally being released to the public, after its original premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2011.

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  • Paul DeCroix

    I adored Sal! He should have won the Oscar but back then being openly gay was no cool like it is today. His life would have been different had he won that Oscar. He would have gotten better roles, more juicy parts as well. I sobbed for days after he was murdered. We were all robbed of many , many wonderful movie roles from this talented sexy man.

    • Kristen

      Mineo did not “lose” the Oscar because he was openly gay. He didn’t come out until the late 60’s. He was 16 in 1955 when he made Rebel and it has been documented that at the time was dating every hollywood starlet around. Maybe he didn’t win because he was only 16 and hadn’t put his dues in yet, but not because he was gay. And in 1960, when he was nominated again for Exodus, he didn’t win because Peter Ustinov was amazing in Spartacus. Again this was a nomination he earned before he came out. Openly gay had nothing to do with it.

    • marie speranza

      Bless you…the pain never goes, but he remains in spirit.

    • marie speranza

      I agree…nothing can justify what happened. Bless you.

  • Bob

    I think that James Franco might know something about Sal Mineo, but he died 40 years ago, and Rebel was nearly 60 years ago. People can’t even get the 80’s right.

  • Michael

    It might enhance the reviewer’s reputation as a knowledgeable film lover if he spelled Yul Brynner’s last name correctly.

    • Nancy

      The entire piece read as though written by a high school freshman.

  • Bobbie

    I am totally Happy to know that, I am not the only one who remembers and thinks of Sal. His life ended far to soon but, he has always stayed with me. I love anything he ever played in. So, I thank you James Franco for your efforts to remind folks about Sal Mineo. A true Oscar winner none the less. Luv n Blessings

  • Marjorie Swift

    I was always fascinated by Sal Mineo, besides a school girl crush he had that je ne sais quoi that captures our attention.

  • Hoss

    I Think James Franco Looks More Like James Dean than sal Mineo?

    • Tobias Roth

      Franco will not be playing Mineo, he is directing the film…

    • Erik

      I don’t think you read the article at all. Sal Mineo is not playing James Dean. Sal Mineo acted alongside James Dean, and is the subject of the movie.

  • http://www.hdmovietimes.com Watch Movies Online

    This type of movie, make peoples interest in these things and more more for movies.

  • linnet doe

    I’ve only seen Sal Mineo in Rebel without a Cause, when I was about 14. Of course James Dean and Natalie Wood were wonderful, but Sal Mineo broke my heart. I had never really been touched by a character in that way before, which is weird, because I’m a girl and have a loving family.

    But Plato just was so alone, so sad, so desperate to be loved, that he stayed in my mind for days. Don’t laugh, but I actually tried not to be so snotty to my parents for a while. I didn’t know that he had been murdered, just that all three of them died too young.

    • cccourt

      Really? The writer of this article didn’t take the time to google Yul Brynner’s name to know how to spell it correctly since he didn’t know how to spell it? This leaves readers in doubt of the content of an article.

      • Carol S.

        Agreed….The writer certainly has to be of the texting generation where everything is abbreviated, etc. It seems no one wants to take any time to write legibly, correctly as far as spelling and so on. Come on…you writers are setting a poor example for the kids coming up who have aspirations of becoming writers in some field. There is such a thing called ‘proof-reading’ you know.

      • Tobias Roth

        Yul Brynner’s name has been corrected. Sorry for the misspelling, that was a poor error on my part.

    • marie speranza

      …Sal and I are first cousins…our mother’s were sisters…he & I were very very close for cousins and only 6 mos apart. I was touched that you were so touched…naturally all of the family loved it. No one could have played that part better…Rebel was the best, but up there is Exodus and Gene Krupa story, where he learned to play the drums…God Bless…

      • marie speranza

        @linnet doe…my above post was for you.

  • Carol S.

    Every time Rebel Without a Cause is shown on tv, I watch it again & again because of the terrific acting by Mineo, Dean & Wood. Also the portrayal of Jamie’s (Dean) dysfunctional family was outstanding. Sal also portrayed Gene Krupa the drummer in a biopic film. I don’t think it did real well, but I think Sal really studied his drumming technique for this flick. Who knows what great things Sal could have done had he been given the chance to live.

  • http://facebook Louise Breland

    I was so in love with Sal Mineo. He could have become a more repected actor if he had lived. I would have been one of many who would have followed his career. It’s nice to see that this bio is being made about him. Thank you Mr. Franco.

    • http://yahoo cheryl.gentz

      I was so young back then, Sal was my young girl crush…. so glad that Franco is involved in the production of Sal’s last days. I trust in Franco’s production of him.. he is real….( I was so shocked to hear how he died, again, Rest in Peace Sal Mineo, you were so in my heart !

  • Betty C

    Didn’t Sal Mineo also have a rather prominent role in EXODUS?

  • Obi-1

    What wasn’t mentioned was the fact that, Franco in his first role I believe, played James Dean for a made for t.v. movie and this is probably what sparked the interest of the late and great Sal Mineo!

  • James Horan

    He was in three episodes of Combat and was excellent, esp the one with Vic Morrow.

    • James Horan

      who also died a tragic death in 1982

  • Pam

    Sal Mineo was an excellent actor who was just seemed to be so highly underrated, which is probably why he is not as well-remembered today as his Rebel co-stars. As a matter of fact, his life story was featured on Biography titled, Sal Mineo: The Forgotten Rebel. I remember seeing him in a movie called Dino, and I thought he was so cool and sooo handsome. I had a major crush on him for years. I agree that he was taken from us way too soon, and it was such a tragedy.

  • Ann

    This message is for Marie Speranza, Sal’s first cousin. Is any mention going to be made of Jill Haworth, Sal’s co-star in Exodus? Sal and Jill were a couple for a long time. Jill said she lost her virginity to Sal in 1960 at the age of 15, and were a couple until 1964 until she caught him having sex with another man. They resumed their sexual relationship in 1969, and she got pregnant by him, but aborted the baby. Yet they remained friends until he died, and Sal was very protective of her. Jill died recently, at age 65 on January 3, 2011.

  • Ann

    This message is for Marie Speranza, Sal’s first cousin. Is any mention going to be made of Jill Haworth, Sal’s co-star in Exodus? Sal and Jill were a couple for a long time. Jill said she lost her virginity to Sal in 1960 at the age of 15, and were a couple until 1964 until she caught him having sex with another man. They resumed their sexual relationship in 1969, and she got pregnant by him, but aborted the baby. Yet they remained friends until he died, and Sal was very protective of her. Jill died recently, at age 65 on January 3, 2011.

    • Lois

      Who cares about Jill Hayworth? She died a drunken has been.

  • Sue

    The actor playing Mineo lacks the looks and charisma of the original. Major FAIL on Franco’s part.

  • Trevina Kapchan

    Hoe DARE James Franco call my Sal a homo!

  • teri

    Total miscast. If you grew up with Sal Mineo, this actor is a miss.
    So much so, it’s distracting.

  • http://trailer.ly/ Samuel

    We can’t just judge the movie by seeing the trailer. Its not good to do so also.

  • Sara

    I didn’t see the film yet not read the bio. I am very fascinated by Sal Mineo and would love to be able to learn more about *him* but I feel frustrated that everything out there about him is titillating and salacious details which may or may not be true. He died a year and a half before I was born and I did not discover him till quite recently. A wonderful actor who’s talents are tearfully underrated and I really really hope, was as beautiful in person and on the inside as he was on the outside.

    I came across Jon Provost making accusations, and it made me very angry. I don’t know any of these people but yet I felt emotional at accusations like that and there is no way to learn the truth. I also read reviews about his recent biography and while they are positive, the contents I read in the reviews seemed like a character assassination. I am tired of seeing him being treated this way. He has been gone for nearly 38 years now, and most people who were around him are also not living anymore. A biography should have the account of lots of different people, and none of his do. We only get he was gay, predatory but human and nice. It’s aggravating.

    I would love to learn more about this *man* and what he was about. His psychology, what made him tick, what he believed, what made him feel proud and/or sorrowful. We have an over abundance of shit on James Dean (no offense to him or his fans) but I find Mineo far more interesting and seemingly a sweet, caring and giving person. R.I.P. good sir.