Happy Friday! I’ve added HD screencaptures of Dave as Chad Sampson in Yahoo’s original series, “Other Space”, to the gallery. To be watch the episodes, click on the link between the brackets: (Episode 1) (Episode 2)
Dave Franco is giving us an onscreen meltdown for the ages! In this dramatic short film, directed by Guy Aroch for Vs. Magazine, Franco channels Michael Douglas in Falling Down. When Franco reaches his breaking point, there’s Hell — and a golden Jaguar — to pay…
I’ve added screen captures of Dave at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards to the gallery. You can also view the clip below!
Dave attended last night’s MTV Movie Awards and I have added 20+ high quality images from the show where he went on stage with Zac Efron as their characters from “Neighbors”. Proceed with caution. I warned you. Thanks to Lindsey for sending some of these over.
Over the past few years, Dave Franco has shown he’s a lot more than just James Franco’s brother with great work in films like 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me, and Neighbors. And now in director Ken Scott’s (Delivery Man) Unfinished Business, Franco shows he can hold his own with Vince Vaughn and Tom Wilkinson. As you probably know from the trailers, the film stars Vaughn as a man who starts his own small business after being fired, only to find himself up against his old boss (Sienna Miller) during a business trip to Europe. Franco and Wilkinson work for Vaughn, and the pic also stars James Marsden, and Nick Frost.
Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Dave Franco. He talked about getting to work with the great cast, what it was like filming in Berlin, what the last few years have been like for him, if he’s going to be involved with the Neighbors sequel, the Now You See Me sequel (which is called Now You See Me: The Second Act), working with his brother on Zeroville, and a lot more.
Collider: How much fun did you have making this movie?
DAVE FRANCO: We had a great time. We filmed the majority of it in Berlin, which is now one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s just weird and artsy and progressive, and it feels like anything goes and there’s no judgment. It’s one of the few places that I’ve visited that I could actually live.
I’ve been to Berlin a few times, and I also have the same opinion. It’s a huge, amazing, off the wall, “holy shit” city.
FRANCO: Yeah! What I love is that they really encourage the arts, as opposed to many places around the world where the arts are kind of frowned upon, where people think you can’t really make it. They kind of set up the city in a way where artists can live cheaply and artists really encourage each other and help each other. It’s just a good vibe.
Not to put myself in this, but there are parts of East Berlin that I went to years ago that reminded me of downtown Los Angeles that had no money, no anything, buildings being covered by graffiti artists, and just amazing stuff. Now there’s a lot of money in the city so a lot of those areas are being pushed even further outside.
FRANCO: Right, exactly. It does seem like one of those cities that literally changes every single year.
You got to work with Tom Wilkinson, who is a very serious, great actor. How much fun was it getting him to break on camera?
FRANCO: [Laughs] I love Tom Wilkinson. I was so excited when I first heard that he was coming on board. Just because, like you said, he’s a two-time academy award nominee, and in this film he’s taking bong hits, he’s participating in pillow fights with naked women, and he’s involved in bondage situations. So I think people are going to be excited to see a different side of Tom Wilkinson. What I love about him is that because he’s such a great actor, he’s able to take moments in the film that could have otherwise been very broad, and he is able to ground them and make it feel very real. He’s just a pro, and he’s genuinely very funny and very dry. I could spend every day with that guy.
I think that the people that understand movies, who have seen his work and see him do crazy shit, are going to laugh for a completely different reason than other people.
FRANCO: Absolutely, absolutely.
This interview is hilarious for one reason and one reason only: Dave figures out the interviewer slept through the movie, and calls him out on his BS. He handled it like a champ though!
When asking Dave Franco, star of the new comedy Unfinished Business, about his favorite movies, we got some sexy answers. Read the list here where Franco, who also has starred in 21 Jump Street, Warm Bodies, and Now You See Me, discusses his enjoyment of sex in film, as long as it’s “classy,” and his love of horror.
STAND BY ME (Rob Reiner, 1986)
It’s probably my all-time favorite. Partially for nostalgic reasons, but mainly because I love movies about kids, when the kid actors know what they’re doing. I like the innocence of it, and the simplicity. I guess in a cheesy way, it takes me back to my childhood and messing around with friends too. It has a perfect balance of humor, heart, and intense moments as well.
RT: When I watched it, it made me kind of wish that my friends and I would have found a dead body.
I don’t know if I would go that far [laughs].
RT: Out of the four kids, who was your favorite?
The obvious answer is River Phoenix, but Corey Feldman is so great in it. He is so tortured — the character is so layered and he masks it so well by deflecting everything and making fun of everyone. I’m going Feldman.
BOOGIE NIGHTS (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)
Paul Thomas Anderson made a movie about the porn industry that feels smart and unique and appeals to all audiences, whether it be the toughest film critics or people who just want to go to the movies to be entertained. There’s so many great scenes in the movie, like Alfred Molina and the fire poppers. I just love this whole movie.
RT: How old were you when you saw it? I was almost too young when I saw it, and you were young too.
When I first saw it, I was more concentrated on Heather Graham being nude than the story itself. But it’s one of those movies where its appeal grows on you the more you see it.
Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN (Alfonso Cuarón, 2001)
Now that I say it out loud, I’m drawn to movies that revolve around sex but done in a very classy way, I guess [laughs].
RT: They’re about more than just that.
I re-watched this movie recently and it’s perfect. I’m not a very forgiving critic these days — I hate myself for it — but if I’m watching a movie that’s really great that has one scene that stands out to me as not working, it almost ruins the whole thing for me. I’m not proud of that, but this movie is one where every single moment — every single scene, or look between the actors, every line of dialogue — is just perfect.
RT: How does Y Tu Mamá hold up in regards to Gravity for you?
It shows what a genius he is, that the same guy can make this small contained road trip movie about these two friends falling for the same girl, and then make a huge scale film like Gravity. He’s one of my favorite directors. I love what he and Iñárritu and Almodóvar and Del Toro do; they’re all bringing something original to the table, which is what I appreciate more than anything these days. Even if something doesn’t fully work, as long as you’re attempting to try something original, I appreciate that.
RT: You said the word road trip. That’s like Unfinished Business, right? Is there as much hot sex in your movie as there is in Y Tu Mamá?
I wouldn’t call it hot sex. It’s definitely veering more towards awkward sex. There are strange sexual situations throughout this movie, and I think it’s stuff that you’ve never seen before on screen to bring some originality.
PSYCHO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
I love horror movies, I love thrillers. The majority of — and this is a blanket statement — horror movies don’t all necessarily have a good story or good acting or look particularly visually appealing. When a thriller or horror movie can excel at all of those elements, there’s nothing that entertains me more. Psycho is the ultimate horror movie — Anthony Perkins is a genius.
RT: I just realized that your Unfinished Business co-star Vince Vaughn is in the remake.
That’s right. I didn’t think of that, good connection.
BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (Spike Jonze, 1999)
Being John Malkovich mashes different genres and spins everything on its head. Spike Jonze tends to do that — he’s got his own unique take on the world and I love it. He’s probably the number one director that I would love to work with. Charlie Kaufman is one of my favorite writers too. John Cusack is so good in that movie — just so sad but yet so funny — and Cameron Diaz killed it in that role too. That’s my favorite of hers. The fact that Malkovich even agreed to do the movie is such a fun element within itself. It works on many levels.
RT: I don’t know anything about the writing of this or if Malkovich was on board from the beginning, but how gutsy was it to base a whole screenplay on one actor?
Absolutely. I read that when one of the producers received the script, the first thing he said was, “Can we change it to ‘Being Tom Cruise’?” I just died.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes