January 8th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
Is James Franco having identity issues?
As Marquee previously reported, the heterosexual actor teased that one of the reasons he's portrayed so many homosexual characters on screen is because "maybe I'm just gay." Now come reports that 32-year-old Franco referred to himself in the third person on the set of "127 Hours."
"While we were shooting the film, he would sometimes ask me, 'What do you want him to do?'" director Danny Boyle tells the Telegraph. "I would say, 'What do you mean?' He would say, 'What do you want from him in this scene?' 'You mean your character?' 'No, no. Franco. What do you want from Franco?'"
Boyle says he suddenly realized that the Golden Globe-nominated actor was referring to himself in the third person. "I said, 'Well, I think he should be more emotional.' And he said, 'Oh, I can get him to do that.'"
Strange as it may sound, it worked, says Boyle.
"He'd do the scene and he'd be amazing. He turned on this extraordinary performance," he says. "He really does hold himself like a tool, to be used by the director for the benefit of the story."
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