In honor of Child of God’s release on August 1, I’m posting a 25-minute test I did for the film version of Blood Meridian. Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy, is my favorite novel. It marks the midpoint of McCarthy’s career, between the Southern Gothic stories of his Tennessee days (he grew up in Tennessee and went to high school with painter Josh Smith) and his later border-based stories (The Border Trilogy, No Country for Old Men, The Road) after he moved to Texas and then to New Mexico.
In some ways Blood seems un-filmable. It is almost Biblical in its prose. His terse prose utilizes vocabulary only found in the crannies of annals of the Old West and the specialized spheres of working men. He captures the slang of forgotten peoples so deftly, it’s as if they were his barroom friends.
I made my test for Blood Meridian three or four years ago. It stars Scott Glenn, Luke Perry, Mark Pellegrino (Lost), and my brother, Dave. We shot it in three days in some place near Yosemite that is the mule capital of the world. If you know the book, you’ll recognize that this is the sequence where Tobin recounts how the Glanton gang met the Judge, a Satan-like character and Glanton’s right-hand man. The gang was out of gunpowder and about to be caught by Apache warriors, whereupon they would be killed for lack of working weaponry. Enjoy.
Conan & Dave are on a mission to meet beautiful women, with the help of the dating app Tinder and a sweet set of wheels.
Not long ago, Dave Franco was just an A-list actor’s D-list little brother, being bullied in a 2008 Funny or Die video called “Acting With James Franco.” Dave wanted to act, too, but he was stuck in the big, weird shadow of James, who was balancing high-profile roles with poetry, nudity and crazy art films. Onscreen, Dave’s good looks got him typecast as a clean-cut prick. He played “Greg the Soccer Player” in 2007′s Superbad and a couple of forgettable bit parts on TV’s Greek and Privileged. “I wasn’t proud of the projects I was involved in,” says Dave, 29. “I didn’t want my family and friends to see these things.”
Then Dave told Christopher Mintz-Plasse (a.k.a. McLovin’ from Superbad) how badly he wanted to fuck him. “You’re so hot,” Dave said in their first Funny or Die video. “I want to literally cover every single inch of your body with my tongue.”
Their stupid-hysterical “You’re So Hot” videos went viral and relaunched Franco’s career as a lowbrow comic actor. “I found out later that the videos helped me get cast in 21 Jump Street,” he says.
Now Franco is a legit rising comedy star. His best work yet came in this summer’s smash Neighbors, a frat-house comedy he says “was perfectly catered to my wheelhouse: dick-oriented humor.” Franco’s shot-slamming frat boy is a jackass, but a jackass with soul – self-aware enough to realize all the partying is temporary, sensitive enough to be hurt when his bud (Zac Efron) turns against him. “After 21 Jump Street, I was offered every douchebag-asshole role in Hollywood,” he says. In Neighbors, “It would have been easy to make the frat brothers douche assholes, but we tried to make them human.”
Of course, Franco is not about to clean his act up. In 22 Jump Street, out now, he has a cameo as Rob Riggle’s prison bitch – and he promises more Funny or Die shorts are on the way. Franco will also reportedly star in The Disaster Artist, a behind-the-scenes romp (directed by James) through Tommy Wiseau’s hysterically incompetent cult classic The Room, and he’s developing a film based on the novel The Intern’s Handbook, in which he would play a hero who is hardly a jerk at all. “To be completely candid, I’m not an asshole,” he says. “I swear! I am not a douchebag.”
Franco is on a roll, but there’s one thing that he just can’t wrap his head around: his brother. “I’ve got no explanation,” he says. “I know to expect anything at this point, and I’m still shocked by certain things he does. And I know better than to ask him why he’s posting naked selfies.”
Source: Rolling Stone
Dave is the Cosmo Guy in the July 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan. You can read the interview below and check out the scan in the gallery.
With back-to-back roles in Neighbors and 22 Jump Street, the Funny or Die regular (and James’s lil’ bro) is the man.
Your part in 22 Jump Street is pretty unforgettable …
Yes. I can confidently say that it’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever done on film — and I’ve done a lot of strange things.
Your Funny or Die videos are a riot. What cracks you up?
Christopher Mintz-Plasse — no one makes me laugh harder than he does. Also, my two enormous cats. They are 17-pound tabbies who love to spoon. There’s a lot of cat incest going on in my house.
If you were on Tinder, what would your tagline be?
“I go to sleep every night with 34 pounds of cat on top of me.” That would probably scare off 90 percent of the Tinder community, but for the 10 percent that embraces it, I’ve got nothing to hide from there.
Would you ever date one of James’s exes?
No. It’s a lose-lose situation. Either I’m dating the girl he used to date and it ends up horrible, or it ends up great, we get married, and then have awkwardness for the rest of our lives when James is around.
Can we talk about dick pics — have you ever sent one?
I don’t think I’ve ever sent a full-on dick pic. Maybe a bulge pic? Like pressing up against those jeans. But never a full-skin, graphic, close-up dick pic. I don’t think any girl wants to see that! Bulge pics are the new black.
@AndreaKCC: What are your guilty pleasures?
I recently got into The Voice. But I only like watching the first couple of rounds, when all the power is in the judges’ hands. It feels like once the vote is in America’s hands, it’s more of a popularity contest.
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