Hollywood has always been a private club. I open the gates.
I say welcome. I say, look inside.
Inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous's 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, James Franco's Actors Anonymous is a dark, genre-bending work that mixes memoir and pure invention in an examination of celebrity, acting and the making of fiction. A series of stories told in many forms, Actors Anonymous provides a fascinating meditation on the art of Hollywood, along with nightmarish tales of excess.
James Franco is a modern-day Renaissance man: as an actor he won the Golden Globe award for his portrayal of James Dean in a tv bio-pic of the actor's life and has appeared in such diverse films as Pineapple Express and Milk; he plays the lead in Danny Boyle's new film 127 Hours and portrays Allen Ginsburg in Howl; he has collaborated with an artist called Carter in conceptual film piece and has shown his work at the Deitch Projects in New York; over the course of the last two years he has been awarded degrees in English Literature from UCLA, in Creative Writing from Columbia, in Film-making from NYU and has been accepted in the English PH.D program at Yale.