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.
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.
Sony Pictures has nabbed the rights to The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller with plans to turn the project into a vehicle for actor Dave Franco.
Oren Uziel, who worked on Sony’s upcoming 22 Jump Street, in which Franco appears, is on board to write the script based on a novel by Shane Kuhn.
Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur of Original Film — the company behind the Jump Street movies — will produce along with Circle of Confusion’s Brad Mendelsohn and David Alpert.
The idea behind Intern’s Handbook is thus: There’s a company called HR, Inc., an intern placement agency that is actually a front for a network of assassins whose targets are high-profile corporate executives. The best of the best in this world is John Lago, who can get coffee and make copies like no one else while stealthily ratcheting up a body count.
The story tells of Lago’s stint in a Manhattan law firm, where he’s working as a temp while gathering intelligence for his hit. He then meets his toughest adversary yet: a female FBI agent who is also assigned to take down the same target.
Bullets and sparks fly.
The well-reviewed dark comedy hit shelves April 8, 2014 from Simon & Schuster as part of a planned trilogy. Sony is looking at Intern’s Handbook as a potential franchise.
The acquisition, said to be in the high-six figures, marks a step up for Franco, who has so far not toplined his own movie but has done strong supporting work that has earned him a following.
The actor, who is repped by CAA, is currently sharing scenes with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen in Universal’s surprise hit comedy Neighbors. Among his other credits are both Jump Street movies, Warm Bodies and Now You See Me.
“We really feel like he’s the next star,” said Moritz. “We just think he has immense talent as a leading man and he’s someone who can do humor. He’s paid his dues. He’ s built a great resume of co-starring roles and he’s ready to be a lead. He’s not some guy being plucked from nowhere and told he’s the next big thing.”
Moritz says the producers see Intern’s Handbook as “a franchise made for a price with new emerging talent.”
The producer also described the book as having a “great attitude. It’s a look at what it’s like to be an intern, but in reality you’re so much more. The mantra is that interns are invisible, which makes them so good as assassins. No one sees them coming.”
In Neighbors, the frat comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, out tomorrow, fans of Dave Franco get their money’s worth. The actor—and younger brother of selfie connoisseur James Franco—plays an amiable, surprisingly intellectual frat boy named Pete who finds himself pretty naked (and pretty horny) at one point in the film. Franco, who has previously starred in flicks such as 21 Jump Street andWarm Bodies, is one of the best parts of Neighbors–and not just because he has a nice butt. We’re all up on the Dave Franco bandwagon after seeing it (sorry, James!) and got to chat with the actor about filming with Seth Rogen, picking up girls with magic, and just what is going on with the Franco family.
Dave is set to be one of the guests on the May 6 episode of ‘Conan’ as part of his ‘Neighbors’ promotional tour. Check your local TV listings to catch him up! We should have the full clip up the day after the appearance, so be sure to come back then!
Louis Leterrier’s 2013 magicians and con artists thriller Now You See Me was an out-of-left-field hit, a crackling ensemble film that dropped into theaters amidst the likes of busy blockbusters like Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Into Darkness… but surprised the industry by having massive legs. By the time it was finished, the film had banked a whopping $117.7 million domestically, and a powerful $351 million worldwide, carried by the drawing power of the film’s personable co-stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Dave Franco. The sequel was greenlit, and today, we picked up a few details on the production’s possible future.
Dave Franco jumped on the phone with me this afternoon to talk about Neighbors, the hysterical dudes-versus-parents comedy from director Nicolas Stoller that will entertain audiences beginning next week. It’s one of a few winners Franco has on his summer agenda, which also includes June’s massive sequel, 22 Jump Street (where he says he has a brief, but memorable cameo in a prison cell). And he thinks he’s going from this busy summer into the planned Now You See Me 2, which allegedly is filming at the end of the year.
On the topic of that sequel, Dave Franco told me:
“Last I heard, we were still going at the end of this year. … I’ve heard a pitch of the story. It’s actually going to be really exciting. I was slightly weary, just because you never know when it comes to a sequel. But I think the first one opened up enough avenues. There are many directions left to explore. There are many places that it can go, and they really – they held true to the spirit of the first one, but it’s going to be enough of a departure that it doesn’t just feel like a complete copy of the first one.”
Franco went on to explain that a big portion of Now You See Me 2 will be spent exploring who this tight-knit band of illusionists really are off of the stage. As he mentions, they spent so much time in the first movie on a stage, in various states of performance, and the team now wants to figure out who they are as individuals – and likely, who they can scam next.
Who will be back for Now You See Me 2 (or, Now You Still See Me)? Louis Leterrier is scheduled to return to the director’s chair. Most of the original cast is expected to return, while Deadline reported in February that locations will shift to Europe and Asia to capitalize on the first film’s international successes. While he waits for that script, Dave Franco kills it opposite Zac Efron in Neighbors, which opens on May 9. Check it out.
Offers are out for some gorgeous young men to star in the Drew Barrymore-produced HOW TO BE SINGLE. Chris Pine, Dave Franco, and Taylor Kitsch complete the sexy male threesome that New Line Cinema is eyeing to attach, and let me tell you, it already feels hot in here.