James Franco doesn’t have a lot of down time these days. From museum art installations to directing and starring in various Hollywood features, the 35 year-old actor remains one of the most vocal performers in show business, whether his publicist likes it or not.
Enter Tuesday’s “Man of Steel” review.
Having recently critiqued Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” for Vice magazine, Franco decided to weigh in on Warner Bros.’ $225 million blockbuster, which he actually liked.
“‘Man of Steel’ is great because it delivers everything it should,” he wrote after the film’s London premiere. “It made Superman cool again.”
But then he threw in a little bit of kryptonite.
In an effort to explain why Hollywood continues to make and remake these big-budget films, Franco wrote “The answer is, of course, money. We are in the film business, and the studios are owned by large corporations who want to make money.”
“When movies become so big that they can make $200 million in one weekend like ‘The Avengers’ did,” he continued, “everyone from studios to filmmakers are going to want to get in on making comicbook movies.”
Franco admitted he, too, got swept up in the comicbook biz, having starred in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” franchise in the early 2000s, but went on to question the financial motives of Sony and Columbia Pictures, who recently rebooted the popular franchise “before the corpse was buried.”
“I don’t really feel much distress over its being remade,” he said of the new Spider-Man films, “but what is interesting to me is that it has been remade so quickly — and the reasons why.”
Another interesting piece in the “Man of Steel” review (which isn’t so much a review as it is all things related to ‘Man of Steel’ for Franco) — the actor recalled his first encounter with “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill, whom he met on the set of the 2005 film “Tristan and Isolde.”
“He wanted to be Superman more than anything in the world,” he said of the young Cavill.
Despite not entirely understanding “the cheesiness of the character’s suit and his douchey invincibility,” Franco said he couldn’t be happier for the British actor.
“The night of the premiere I saw Henry from afar on the red carpet and knew this was the moment his whole life had been building toward. His dream had come true.”