James Franco quotes

  • The selfie is the new way to look someone right in the eye and say, 'Hello, this is me.'
    -- James Franco

    #Eye #Looks #Way

  • A director on a film really sets the tone of how people go about things, so everybody is happy to be at work and everybody does their best.
    -- James Franco

    #People #Directors #Doe

  • All I know is that when I needed McDonald's , McDonald’s was there for me.
    -- James Franco

    #Mcdonalds #Needed

  • There's a long tradition of teen comedies where the kids are getting drunk on beer and whatever else, so smoking a joint to me is no worse than having a beer. So, if someone has a problem with it, I'll just tell them to relax.
    -- James Franco

    #Kids #Beer #Long

  • When I was a child, I wanted to be an actor, but I had really bad buckteeth. I didn't want to get braces, but my mom said I couldn't be an actor if I didn't get the braces. So, I got the braces.
    -- James Franco

    #Mom #Children #Actors

  • Villains can often be one note and I would say in that case, it's not fun to play the villain. It's fun to play the villain if he a) has dimension and b) the villain gets to do all the things in the movie that in life he would get punished for. In the movie, you're applauded for them if you do them with panache. And so that's why it's more fun to play the villain.
    -- James Franco

    #Fun #Play #Dimensions

  • I don't consider weed to be any worse than having a beer.
    -- James Franco

    #Weed #Beer #Marijuana

  • I've decided I can't really control people's perceptions of me. All I can do is decide on what I work on and how hard I work on it.
    -- James Franco

    #People #Perception

  • Sometimes I get a little sad, and I feel like being alone. Then I talk to my cat about it, and he reminds me I’m James Franco. Then we dance.
    -- James Franco

    #Cat #Littles #Sometimes

  • When I was a young actor, I just didn't understand how to function in this business as an artist. It is a business, it's called the film business for a reason, there's money involved. But on the flip side, nowadays I do not let the business side of it rule either. It's a balance.
    -- James Franco

    #Artist #Balance #Actors

  • Teens today rule the world. The whole culture - movies, music - is pointed at young people. They have so 'much' power.
    -- James Franco

    #People #Culture #Teens

  • When I was younger, I didn't know that I should just listen to my own voice, my own artistic sense of things when I was choosing projects, because one of the biggest creative decisions that an actor can make in the film business is what you will work on.
    -- James Franco

    #Voice #Creative #Decision

  • If the work is good, what does it matter? I'm doing it because I love it. Why not do as many things I love as I can? As long as the work is good.
    -- James Franco

    #Long #Doe #Why Not

  • When I was younger, I thought, 'Ok, I'm supposed to do this project because it'll help my career,' but that didn't work because I ended up doing movies that I worked really hard on but I didn't really like and they didn't turn out well, so it was like I lost double. Once I just started working with people and projects I believed in, everything changed and I suddenly had a career that I loved and that I was proud of.
    -- James Franco

    #Careers #People #Proud

  • A lot of the people in San Francisco think of themselves as healers - not just as people delivering this base service, but giving their clients spiritual help. It's almost like being an actor, playing a different part for each trick.
    -- James Franco

    #Spiritual #Thinking #San Francisco

  • My style is casual-chic? Casual-messy?
    -- James Franco

    #Style #Chic #Casual

  • Quite Franc-ly, I think I am an asset to this world we live in. I know that if I didn’t exist, there would be some truly upset people just waiting for me. A life without Franco is like a kitten without fur. That’s what my reflection told me.
    -- James Franco

    #Reflection #Thinking #People

  • Sometimes it is painful to be oneself; at other times it seems impossible to escape oneself.
    -- James Franco

    #Impossible #Sometimes #Painful

  • I don't even like to sleep - I feel as if there's too much to do.
    -- James Franco

    #Sleep #Too Much #Feels

  • I worked the drive-through at McDonald's and tried out different accents - Italian, Russian, Irish.
    -- James Franco

    #Italian #Mcdonalds #Different

  • They say living well is the best revenge but sometimes writing well is even better.
    -- James Franco

    #Revenge #Writing #Sometimes

  • I am not going to be the guy who's not pulling his weight.
    -- James Franco

    #Guy #Weight

  • If liking Katy Perry and drinking margaritas is gay, then who wants to be straight?!
    -- James Franco

    #Drinking #Gay #Want

  • It feels really sad, to me, to go to a dark bedroom. It's like surrendering to the night or something.
    -- James Franco

    #Dark #Night #Bedroom

  • Not having any real direction, one writer would lead me to another.
    -- James Franco

    #Real #Leading Me

  • Acting is an art form and you want to take roles that are challenged and it's more of a challenge I think to play dark characters. Not that I want to always play those, but it is a challenge and challenges are rewarding and fun.
    -- James Franco

    #Art #Fun #Character

  • If I'm working on a film, I'll do sit-ups for before I shoot. Like, 100 in the morning or something.
    -- James Franco

    #Morning #Film

  • I was kind of scared of failing at acting.
    -- James Franco

    #Acting #Scared #Kind

  • I'm a big cardigan sweater guy.
    -- James Franco

    #Sweaters #Guy #Cardigans

  • I view filmmaking as a director's medium.
    -- James Franco

    #Views #Directors #Filmmaking

  • I don't like sleeping in a bed.
    -- James Franco

    #Sleep #Bed #Sleeping In

  • I don't go on vacation. I don't really need vacation.
    -- James Franco

    #Vacation #Needs #Goes On

  • When we were doing 'Freaks and Geeks', I didn't quite understand how movies and TV worked, and I would improvise even if the camera wasn't on me. I thought I was helping the other actors by keeping them on their toes, but nobody appreciated it when I would trip them up. So I was improvising a little bit back then, but not in a productive way.
    -- James Franco

    #Way #Toes #Tvs

  • I don't cast somebody that I think is like my younger self.
    -- James Franco

    #Thinking #Self #Casts

  • For whatever reason, I have an emotional life that wants to come out.
    -- James Franco

    #Emotional #Want #Reason

  • There's a large chunk of me in all the parts. As an actor, I got involved largely because I want to let things out. The best acting is that that is most real and the only way to do that, is to genuinely feel it.
    -- James Franco

    #Real #Acting #Actors

  • I used to care about how I looked. Now I don’t care as much. Maybe it’s because I’m so handsome.
    -- James Franco

    #Care #Handsome #Used

  • I worked at a McDonald's drive-through. I could always tell when girls were interested: They'd drive around again and say, 'I forgot something.'
    -- James Franco

    #Girl #Mcdonalds

  • I was supposed to go out with this girl, but the plans mixed up because I was working late. So I went to her apartment with a flower. She was asleep, but I really wanted to see her. I figured I'd be like Romeo, and climbed up to her balcony and gave her a rose. She was very shocked. After that, it was over.
    -- James Franco

    #Girl #Flower #Rose

  • I put out a lot of different kinds of material, and maybe people read that as egotistical. Or maybe, since a lot of it does involve some aspect of me, they find it self-aggrandizing. But there’s a long tradition of artists using themselves. Look, I know I’m not perfect. And, who knows, maybe a part of it has to do with self-obsession. But it’s also about using this weird thing that is a public persona as raw material for creative projects.
    -- James Franco

    #Artist #Self #Perfect

  • You say I sucked at the Oscars. I was a genius at the Oscars. That was experimental tuxedo sleep art.
    -- James Franco

    #Art #Sleep #Tuxedos

  • I am actually turned off when I look at an account and don’t see any selfies, because I want to know whom I’m dealing with. In our age of social networking, the selfie is the new way to look someone right in the eye and say, 'Hello, this is me.'
    -- James Franco

    #Eye #Age #Want

  • I needed an outlet in high school and came across painting. I've actually been painting longer than I've been acting. A movie is a collaborative effort, and with painting you just have yourself.
    -- James Franco

    #School #Effort #Acting

  • This was the way the night had cashed in. Choices had been made and things happened, and here we were. It was sad, and funny. My life was made of this. Stuff like this.
    -- James Franco

    #Night #Choices #Stuff

  • When I research a role it does get a little crazy and maybe even a little stupid.
    -- James Franco

    #Crazy #Stupid #Doe

  • The new critique you're gonna start hearing about James Franco, is 'He's spreading himself too thin.'
    -- James Franco

    #Hearing #Franco #Critique

  • Reviews about film acting are very... tricky, because movies are such a collaborative thing.
    -- James Franco

    #Acting #Film #Reviews

  • I was an English major at UCLA when I was 18, and then I left after a year to start acting. I was educating myself during that time.
    -- James Franco

    #Ucla #Years #Acting

  • It's hard when you're doing a film based on a true story to really figure out what all those relationships were.
    -- James Franco

    #Stories #Film #Figures

  • I become kind of obsessive about research.
    -- James Franco

    #Research #Kind #Obsessive

  • But I don't want to die! I have so much to do!
    -- James Franco

    #Want #Wanting To Die

  • I still don't like going to bed alone.
    -- James Franco

    #Bed #Stills

  • My name is James Edward Franco. Ted is a nickname for Edward. That's what my parents called me. I also got 'Teddy Ruxpin' a lot. It just got to a point where I got sick of it, so when a teacher called out 'James Franco' my junior year of high school, I didn't correct her.
    -- James Franco

    #Teacher #School #Names

  • The first piece of art that I ever bought-when I could afford it-was a Warhol sketch from the period when he was just getting out of doing commercial work and more into art. It's a sketch of a young guy's face. I guess the gallery that I bought it from thought I would like it because the young guy kind of looked like James Dean.
    -- James Franco

    #Art #Guy #Faces

  • He was so. So dirty, and just moving in front of me, and cute. I was in love with him, especially because he was talking to me.
    -- James Franco

    #Cute #Dirty #Moving

  • When I started writing after my career as an actor, I knew that that other life in the film industry would be pulled into my writing life and that people would see me not as an author but as an actor starting to write.
    -- James Franco

    #Writing #Careers #People

  • I always see nice images like that but I don't know what to do with them. I guess you share them with someone. Or you write them down in a poem. I had so many of those little images, but I never shared them or wrote any of them down.
    -- James Franco

    #Nice #Writing #Littles

  • When I went to film school about three years ago, the first two years you're required to make a series of short films. I started making films based on short poems.
    -- James Franco

    #School #Years #Two

  • You are successful if you are able to work on the kind of material that you want to - if your life conforms to your dreams, regardless of outside acceptance or acclaim.
    -- James Franco

    #Dream #Acceptance #Successful

  • I was a black center in the middle of all the nature. I was nothing, but I could do anything.
    -- James Franco

    #Black #Middle

  • I love to bring humour into my work. Because comedy is not a huge part of the art world. And big-business film takes itself very seriously.
    -- James Franco

    #Art #World #Comedy

  • Sometimes rabbits, like, turn me on. I don't know why.
    -- James Franco

    #Rabbits #Sometimes #Turn Me

  • We fell in love last night. He's the coolest guy.
    -- James Franco

    #Night #Guy #Lasts

  • School allowed me to have outlets so that some of the pressure was taken off the acting. Every role in every movie, I used to live or die by. Once I had these new outlets, I relaxed a lot more.
    -- James Franco

    #Taken #School #Acting

  • I don't need a vacation in the traditional sense, like I would if I had a job I hated.
    -- James Franco

    #Jobs #Vacation #Needs

  • Directing, editing, and everything about filmmaking has definitely changed me as an actor.
    -- James Franco

    #Editing #Actors #Filmmaking

  • I get like six or so hours of sleep a night.
    -- James Franco

    #Sleep #Night #Six

  • Everyone pretends to be normal and be your best friend, but underneath, everyone is living some other life you don't know about, and if only we had a camera on us at all times, we could go and watch each other's tapes and find out what each of us was really like.
    -- James Franco

    #Cameras #Watches #Tape

  • Japanese moe relationships socially dysfunctional men develop deep attachments to body pillows with women painted on them.
    -- James Franco

    #Men #Attachment #Body

  • I'm starting to teach now: I teach in the graduate film program at NYU and next year I'm going to be teaching at Los Angeles at the film program and English program at UCLA.
    -- James Franco

    #Teaching #Ucla #Years

  • The wind came in languid gusts like whispered reminders.
    -- James Franco

    #Wind #Reminders

  • For April Fools Day, someone played a really cruel joke on me. They stole ALL my mirrors and I had to go hours without seeing myself. I mean, I couldn’t even do my daily affirmations. What kind of world is this? I tell you, it’s artists like myself that really suffer.
    -- James Franco

    #Mean #Artist #Mirrors

  • Sometimes I think to myself, what should James Franco say next? And then it comes to me. Boobs.
    -- James Franco

    #Thinking #Next #Sometimes

  • I drank from the bottle again and it was a scary plunge because I always wanted to take too much. It hurt, but it was also impressive, like being in the hands of a bigger force. And because of that, a relief.
    -- James Franco

    #Hurt #Hands #Scary

  • ...it can be so boring being you sometimes, and if you were the most special thing like that, it could be really great, but maybe some people say the same thing about you, and you want to tell those people: 'No, you're stupid, it's no fun being me.
    -- James Franco

    #Fun #Stupid #People

  • You want to be interesting? Be interested.
    -- James Franco

    #Interesting #Want

  • If this is the only life, then why I’m not just doing everything I want to do.
    -- James Franco

    #Want

  • Always have one artistic thing that is pure, at least one thing, where you don’t compromise. You can do other things to make money, but have one pure area.
    -- James Franco

    #Artistic #Compromise #Making Money

  • Did you ever see Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke? That's what happens if you really smoke weed and make a movie. You get two guys and no plot and it's basically like, 'Yeah! Let's drive a van made of weed!' And that's pretty much the movie.
    -- James Franco

    #Weed #Two #Guy