James Franco has said that if he hadn’t found other career outlets apart from acting then he would have given up on his big screen career.
The Oscar-nominated Hollywood star described how just making mainstream films was like the “death” of his ability to express himself and made him want to pack in acting for good.
In the past year, James has starred in the movie 127 Hours and has taken on a recurring role on the daytime soap opera General Hospital as a demented artist.
He’s also signed up to co-host the Oscars with Anne Hathaway while taking classes at Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design.
His most recent endeavour is a multimedia project called Three’s Company: The Drama in which he combines video and art to update the former sitcom starring John Ritter, on display at the Sundance Film Festival.
When asked why he chose not to play it safe with his career, he said: “I don’t see anything wrong in doing one thing and doing it well. That’s great. But when I was only an actor there was a ceiling on what I wanted to be able to express.
“I didn’t want to act any more. It was death doing the things I was supposed to be doing. I couldn’t make those movies any more … I mean maybe nobody believes me but I had the conversation with my manager like, ‘if this is what it’s gonna be, I can’t do this any more.’
“So, it wasn’t like the answer was ‘Hey! Go do a bunch of crazy stuff!’ I had to figure out how to change what I was doing. I had to figure out that I had to believe in my own taste.”