The first exposure that I had to James Franco came in the Spiderman movie series. He went from serious to romantic, humorous to evil in the course of a few hours — back and forth, embodying the different moods of a person from one movie to another. I was quite impressed with him then and I was happy to see him in other movies.
I then read about him attending University. This is not entirely unusual as many actors go back to University to finish degrees if they leave early to pursue acting opportunities. They want to finish what they started. For Franco, however, one university was not enough and as of this writing he is involved in two different Ph.D programs — in two different states
Another thing that has really impressed me about Franco is the way he has moved along in his career as an artist. For the most part, actors who leave television for the so-called big screen do not ever return save for special guest appearances on occasion. This has not been the case for Franco, who in 2009 appeared for a number of episodes of the television soap opera General Hospital.
In the United States, soap opera acting seems to be taken seriously only a notch above pornography — the principal difference being that more people in soap opera acting go on to do other kinds of acting. It is therefore quite impressive that Franco has not appeared only a couple of times but rather has made four proper stays on the show, developing his character each stay for a number of episodes.
As if this were not all enough, he has had art on exhibit as well — a solo art show in New York focusing on the vast world of sexual confusion.
In short, he is an inspiration to artists everywhere because he tears apart all preconceived notions of what an artist is and does — he is in movies! Television shows! He even wrote a collection of short stories — and meanwhile he took more college credits than the average full time student takes while doing nothing but being in school. That is why I love James Franco. He makes you reconsider things when you are ready to say to yourself that you can’t possibly do something or that you are overwhelmed with how much you have on your plate and can’t possibly do any more.