February 13th, 2013
06:06 PM ET
And as it turns out, that's exactly how he gets it all done.
As he tells Details magazine in its March issue, he pulls 19-hour-days and "fights sleep every night," because he considers it "a defeat."
"But I'd become incredibly frustrated staying in the lines of my job description as an actor," Franco, 34, says. As a result, he's nearly superhuman in his effort to explore virtually every form of art possible, appearing in six films in 2013 alone.
“All you have is what you work on and how hard you work on it," he says. "As far as the results or the reception, it’s out of your hands. That’s something I really had to come to understand.”
Next up for him is "Oz: The Great and Powerful," followed by "Spring Breakers," in which he plays a "cornrowed, densely tattooed, gold-grille-mouthed drug lord" named Alien.
Interestingly enough, the film required Franco to have a gun put in his mouth not once, but twice. At first, the actor jokes that he must be "a natural" because it was his first time ... until he recalls that he performed oral sex in the movie "Broken Tower."
Inevitably, Franco's frank conversation will add more fuel to gossip about his sexuality.
All Franco would allude to with Details is a way of thinking he picked up from a former professor.
"One of my professors at Yale, Michael Warner - one of the big reasons I went to Yale, really - had been a 19th-century-literature scholar," Franco says. "But as soon as he brought his queer life into that world, it gave him this energy and a realization: It wasn't about being gay but about being different. And that gave me a feeling of enormous permission."
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