His next move was to take up a role in a US daytime soap opera, General Hospital.
It is hard to imagine Vin Diesel asking the same question.
Palo Alto, is both about, and doomed by, the egregious non-anonymity of its author.
I think Franco may have anticipated the adjective, such is his delight in having shitty things, literally, happen to his characters.One character, or a character's character the levels of metafictionality become too wearisome to plot is nicknamed "Diarrhea" due to an explosive bowel movement.There's McDonald's I and McDonald's II, presumably drawing on the actor's own time working in the drive-thru, but submerging that personal history in a powerful account of a junk food life.Self-consciousness is one step away from self-love, which is another term for onanism, and perhaps the stickiest-paged passage is the one titled "Windsor Girl".Performance is a worthy subject and "is there a veridic self underneath?The trouble is, a novel is not like.
But is it art?
Self-consciousness in a writer can get in the way of letting a story do its thing.
Above all, there's Experiences, a story of a rapist and aspiring actor who finds his audience in a drama class.If you enjoyed my commentary about this James Franco book by James Franco you might like to read Actor's Anonymous by James Franco.After Sean has spat Juan's semen into the toilet the scene ends with: "There was a turd in there." The sentence seems as unnecessary and eminently flushable as its referent.This is fertile territory, because the experience of an actor foregrounds a concern that's fundamental to all of us: the knowledge, as the first of the group's twelve steps puts it, that life is a performance that we are all performers, at all times and.Step one, for example, is rendered as: "We admitted that life is a performance that we are all performers, at all times and that our 'performance' had left our control." The steps each form a chapter, as do the "Twelve Traditions of Actors Anonymous" that follow.James Franco is a phenomenon springing from an excess of self-consciousness.Sean, a recovering heroin addict, performs sexual favours on a co-worker for cash.So, OK, it's a ruse, probably.Even here, Franco is haunted by the macho presences of Carver and Hemingway, and the obvious debt to these behemoths contributes to the sense that Actors Anonymous would be best read as a work-in-progress in a creative writing class.(In searching the ebook for one"tion I found that the word to love ru darkness episodes "shit" appears on 66 of its 304 pages).