James Franco is a pretty strange guy. I don't mean anything negative by that. He's a damn good actor too. Still, his career path is a bit...odd to say the least. He followed up the award winning Gus Van Sant film 'Milk' with a stint on the ABC soap opera 'General Hospital.' He was nominated for an Oscar for his work in the harrowing film '127 Hours' in 2010; then received a Razzie nomination for his performance in the 2011 flop 'Your Highness.' Now, fresh off his near unrecognizable role in 'Spring Breakers,' Franco has decided to take on a new title: Comedy Central roastee.
The actor posted a video to his Instagram account, late last night, relaying the following message to fans - "Hey, yo, what’s up? I’m going to get roasted on Comedy Central. Be sure to check it out. They wanted me to tell you that. All right. Ha ha.” The booking was officially confirmed by the cable network this morning. The Franco roast will be filmed next month in Los Angeles, and will be first broadcast on Monday, September 2.
In an instance of cross-promotion, a new experiemental film by Franco entitled 'Francophrenia' will be broadcast directly following the roast. 'Francophrenia' repurposes footage from the actor's time on GH and uses it to create a bizarre combination of the documentary, comedy, and thriller genres. Franco co-directed the film, and also stars. I wish I could say that the strangeness of this project surprised me, but I've learned to expect anything and everything from James Franco.
Is James Franco a good choice for this year's Comedy Central roast? Does he have any hope of breaking the ratings record set by Charlie Sheen's 2011 roasting?