It’s a James bond

Franco talks his 'Rebel' exhibit at MOCA

James Franco walked around the MOCA’s serpentine gallery space on Saturday, contemplating the final stroke to his ambitious exhibition “Rebel,” a conceptual exploration of the James Dean pic “Rebel Without a Cause.” At one point, Franco instructed an assistant to hoist a blowup sex doll into the air between two video projections. The show — a collaboration between Franco and artists including Ed Ruscha, Douglas Gordon and Harmony Korine, among others — offers a lot of skin, plastic and human, with naked women scurrying through video installations on multiple walls.

Photos of Franco in drag stand out from the lascivious romp. “This guy Kabuki did my makeup for like two or three hours,” Franco recalled. “I guess he used to do Michael Jackson’s makeup or something, and then we shot for like an hour and that was it.”

The thesp insisted that the explicit material was all in the service of mining Dean’s 1955 drama.

“There’s so much sexuality underneath the original film and I feel like there is so much sexuality implied in teen films today,” Franco explained. “Everything from ‘Twilight’ to ‘Kids’ or whatever, but some of them don’t own what they are doing or what they are selling.”

More Film

  • USC Scripter Awards Finalists 2018: 'Wonder

    'Wonder Woman,' 'Lost City of Z,' 'Big Little Lies' Among USC Scripter Finalists

    James Franco walked around the MOCA’s serpentine gallery space on Saturday, contemplating the final stroke to his ambitious exhibition “Rebel,” a conceptual exploration of the James Dean pic “Rebel Without a Cause.” At one point, Franco instructed an assistant to hoist a blowup sex doll into the air between two video projections. The show — […]

  • Blade Runner 2049

    'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Game of Thrones' Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations

    James Franco walked around the MOCA’s serpentine gallery space on Saturday, contemplating the final stroke to his ambitious exhibition “Rebel,” a conceptual exploration of the James Dean pic “Rebel Without a Cause.” At one point, Franco instructed an assistant to hoist a blowup sex doll into the air between two video projections. The show — […]

  • Timothee Chalamet

    Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary From Woody Allen Film to Time's Up, Other Charities

    James Franco walked around the MOCA’s serpentine gallery space on Saturday, contemplating the final stroke to his ambitious exhibition “Rebel,” a conceptual exploration of the James Dean pic “Rebel Without a Cause.” At one point, Franco instructed an assistant to hoist a blowup sex doll into the air between two video projections. The show — […]

  • Keira Knightley photgraphed for Variety by

    Keira Knightley on 'Colette,' Pushing for Social Change, and if She'll Ever Direct

    James Franco walked around the MOCA’s serpentine gallery space on Saturday, contemplating the final stroke to his ambitious exhibition “Rebel,” a conceptual exploration of the James Dean pic “Rebel Without a Cause.” At one point, Franco instructed an assistant to hoist a blowup sex doll into the air between two video projections. The show — […]

  • Natasha Mulla

    MoviePass Hires Marketing Chief as It Looks to Expand (EXCLUSIVE)

    James Franco walked around the MOCA’s serpentine gallery space on Saturday, contemplating the final stroke to his ambitious exhibition “Rebel,” a conceptual exploration of the James Dean pic “Rebel Without a Cause.” At one point, Franco instructed an assistant to hoist a blowup sex doll into the air between two video projections. The show — […]

  • Natpe: HBO Latin America Launches Direct

    Natpe: HBO Latin America Launches Direct Distribution Operation for International Markets

    James Franco walked around the MOCA’s serpentine gallery space on Saturday, contemplating the final stroke to his ambitious exhibition “Rebel,” a conceptual exploration of the James Dean pic “Rebel Without a Cause.” At one point, Franco instructed an assistant to hoist a blowup sex doll into the air between two video projections. The show — […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content