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127 Hours – The Many Faces of James Franco

10 December 2010

Danny Boyle's highly anticipated 127 HOURS stars Golden Globe winner James Franco (Milk) as Aaron Ralston stars in 127 HOURS.

127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a falling boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, abseil a 65 foot rock face and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

To celebrate the upcoming release of this BFI favourite, we take a look at James Franco’s other notable roles and talents..

His most notable roles include:
James Dean in the biographical film James Dean
Harry Osborn in
Saul in Pineapple Express
Allen Ginsberg in Howl
Fabious in the upcoming Your Highness
And Aaron Ralston in 127 Hours


He is enrolled in numerous schools.
The MFA Writing Program at Columbia University in New York City
The NYU Tisch School of the Arts for filmmaking
Brooklyn College for fictional writing
North Carolina’s Warren Wilson College for Poetry
Yale for a PhD in English
The Rhode Island School of Design


He says that he has been painting longer than acting
His first work was exhibited at the Gl? Gallery in Los Angeles
His ‘bad’ cartoons were bought by Blink-182’s Tom DeLange and Sharon Stone.
His last exhibit, The Dangerous Book Four Boys, was shown in Tribeca, New York this past summer.


He has hosted Saturday Night Live, a popular American late-night television sketch show.
Along with Anne Hathaway, he is going to host the upcoming Academy Awards in February.


He has written, director, produced, and starred in a number of films.
The most recognizable ones are Fool’s Gold, The Ape, and Good Time Max.

He has graced the cover of innumerable magazines. One of his most recent ones has caused a lot of media frenzy because he dressed up in drag (Candy Magazine).
He is the current spokesman for the Gucci by Gucci cologne.

He has numerous published works.
He has published a short story with American Esquire – Just Before the Black
He has also written an article for Vanity Fair called ‘Finding The Beat’. It was about Allen Ginsburg, the beat poet he portrayed in Howl.
He has released a book of short stories entitled Palo Alto.


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