James Franco's acting woes

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Seth Rogen and James Franco star as buddies in this stoner comedy from Judd Apatow. Dale (Rogen) is a process server whose drug dealer Saul (Franco) sells him a special kind of marijuana called Pineapple Express. When Dale goes to serve a summons, he witnesses a murder carried out by a drug lord (Gary Cole) and a corrupt cop (Rosie Perez). In shock and scared for his life, Dale flees, but he leaves behind a roach that the killers link back to Saul. Consequently the two men go on the run together, some incompetent hitmen in their pursuit.
November 9th, 2010

James Franco came close to quitting acting because he didn't care about the films he was starring in.

The '127 Hours' actor didn't make "the right choices" following his performance in the 'Spider-Man' movies and confesses he wasn't "interested" in the films he was making, leading him to consider quitting the profession.

He said: "Things were happening fast, and maybe they were happening too fast. I was getting a lot of offers but I wasn't always making the right choices.

"Although I always worked very hard on the characters, I wasn't really interested in them as movies. If I hadn't been in them, I wouldn't have gone to see them.

"I said to myself, you know, if this is how acting is going to be, I really can't do this anymore. I needed to make a change. So I made a lot, actually."

The 32-year-old hunk continued to have problems with his job because he was unsure how to collaborate with people.

He said: "Right before 'Pineapple Express', you know, I was having a really hard time. Acting was not fun. It was a really painful process because, I'd have these very strong acting teachers with very strong personalities help me with the scripts.

"And that was just a mess, because then I'd get on the set and the director would have his ideas, and I really didn't know how to serve two masters."

However, he is finally over his issues and has learnt films are essentially a "director's medium".

He told nj.com: "I've learned that movies really are a director's medium, and going against that is going against the system in which movies work best. I've finally learned how to let go."