James Franco Makes ‘Disturbing’ Movie


The 36-year old James Franco has adapted Cormac McCarthy novel ‘Child of God’ for the big screen, where he took on directing, writing and acting credits. It was screened at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City.

It’s dark and disturbing, and Bernadette Peters [actress, singer and author] is here, and she didn’t know that, so I hope she likes it,” he said, according to New York Daily News.

James said the movie was his “favorite project” and explained he was honored to make it, as Cormac is an author he admires.

The movie tells the story about a man who lives outside the normal constraints of society, which has a disastrous effect on him. Scott went to great lengths to get into character as Lester Ballard, tried living in isolation for three-and-a-half months in Tennessee. He hasn’t spoken to anyone during that time, and only had Eminem songs to listen to, which caused surprising things to happen to him.

I lost 45 pounds subsisting on apples and fish… It’s all about discipline. You don’t have Internet access, or the numerous things that you normally have in life to occupy yourself, so you invent things and talk to yourself,” he said. “I made friends that were not there.

James and Scott have been friends for over 10 years, and James was sure his friend was perfect for the role.

I saw the project as an opportunity to examine extreme isolation,” he said. “He is pushed into this dreadful situation because he has been pushed out of all civilised society. And heck, he’s even a little funny. He’s a bumbling killer.

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