James Franco refers to himself in third person
January 8th, 2011
01:30 PM ET

James Franco refers to himself in third person

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."

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. billythebigbone

    i wish you where gay

    January 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jillmarie

    It's kinda weird, but cool at the same time.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. parishater

    kudos to you remy.......who cares how he refers to himself....he is a hot actor and he has TALENT....thank you hollywood we dont always get those two assests together to make a movie star...they usually get the HOT right,...but always lacking in talent

    January 10, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. theresa

    When i read this & then watched DATELINE which dealt with Haiti & Ms Gifford & the other unfortunate wounded & dead in Arizona; i wondered why we waste time with senseless issues like this one!

    January 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • remy

      To avoid ' senseless issues' , just a suggestion then to perhaps not click on the entertainment tab on the main page

      January 10, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jim C.

    Lame headline/links that mislead–it wasn't out of arrogance, it was his acting technique.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. QinZirO

    Personal strange ..

    January 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hmmmm...

    My mom does that with my kids. She says, "Grandma is sorry she can't stay for your birthday," or something like that. I always find it strange.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Elizabeth

    Um, split personality? He's eccentric, that's for sure.
    He was great on GH, can't wait to see him back this Spring.

    January 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Be Quiet

    "He really does hold himself like a tool, to be used by the director for the benefit of the story."

    I wouldn't mind holding his tool.

    January 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Superhiro

    Heh, whatever. As long as he can act.

    January 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |

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