James Franco Also Thinks The Amazing Spider-Man Wasn't Original Enough
James Franco, God love him, has pretty much stopped caring if you like him. In fact he seems to take complete glee in subverting the idea of what a movie star should be; at Sundance, when he was premiering his experimental and very explicit film Interior Leather Bar, he seemed to be glowing from within with the knowledge that he was about to headline a huge Disney movie, Oz The Great And Powerful, in just a few months.
Franco can't come right out now and say he thinks Oz The Great And Powerful will be silly, but he has no fear saying that about other franchises-- and especially those that mimic one he already made. Asked by MTV at Sundance what he thought about The Amazing Spider-Man, Franco didn't exactly trash it, but he certainly didn't mince words about the film that he too thought was a little too similar to the original Spider-Man.
At the beginning of the clip Franco is being asked about Dane DeHaan, who has been cast as Harry Osborn in the next Spider-Man film, and was having his own good run at Sundance with a supporting role in Kill Your Darlings. DeHaan seems to have what it takes to be the next Franco-- a talented actor who could use the exposure in Spider-Man to move on to bigger things-- and maybe Franco knows it, which explains why he doesn't seem to care. But really, this isn't the start of a cat fight. This is an actor being honest for once, and saying what we were all thinking when The Amazing Spider-Man came out: why isn't this more original? It worked out, for the most part, but I can't necessarily blame Franco for thinking it didn't.
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