Rewind: James Franco Puts on a New York Accent
May 18, 2012
James Franco has taken on some memorable roles, but unlike his most-recent acclaimed role in 127 Hours, he has also taken on some not-so-appreciated roles like the one he played in the forgettable film Deuces Wild.
This Pop Culture Rewind takes you back to 2001, when Franco was on the set of the film, which received ugly reviews from the critics. The film took place in 1958 in New York and was centered upon a Brooklyn street gang called the "Deuces," of which Franco's character, "Tino," was a part.
Franco gets caught in character for the interview, as he maintains his New York accent that he developed for the film. "Everybody's working [the accent] here," Franco says. "It's pretty easy with these guys around. We got a bunch of genuine New Yorkers here so it just comes out."
In the featured flashback, the then-23-year-old Franco talks about a future television movie called James Dean, a biopic for which he received praise for playing the title character.
However, although Franco's Tino looks sharp with his hair slicked back, this film proved to be a dud at the box office. "This look takes about an hour in the morning and it takes about an hour to wash out, but I guess it's worth it," he says.
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