HollywoodChicago.com: The Franco name is pretty strong in show business. How did you brother help you break in, and when did you know that you had made your mark well enough as not to necessarily be in his shadow anymore?
Franco: He definitely helped me in the beginning, especially with getting a manager, and it was a manager that knew what he was doing and cared about my career, so that was a huge thing. From then on out, though, nobody is going to hire me because I’m James Franco’s little brother, I had to prove myself.
I don’t thing the moment has happened yet. I think that moment will happen when I no longer have to answer a question like the one you asked. [laughs]
HollywoodChicago.com: You worked with director Nicholas Stoller on the upcoming ‘Townies.’ Given his track record with offbeat films [‘Get Him to the Greek’] , what surprises were in store for you when you read the script and performed on his set?
Franco: ‘Townies’ has a lot of nudity, male and female.
Franco: In the wrong hands, this film could have been a soft core porn. But with Nick Stoller at the helm, and guys like Seth Rogen involved, they make penis-oriented jokes intelligent and clever. It’s not penis jokes for the shock factor, it’s character driven penis jokes. [laughs] These guys are geniuses, and there was a lot of improvisation. They make us so much funnier than we actually are.
HollywoodChicago.com: I notice you did your latest ‘Funny or Die’ short film with Alison Brie of ‘Community.’ Since she was in the Nick Stoller film ‘The Five Year Engagement,’ did she tip you off on what to expect on that set?
Franco: She gave me heads-up on how much improv there would be, which if I was blindsided by that type of work I might have been lost. I knew what I was getting into.
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