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Director James Franco: 'Sal' Stills!

Director James Franco: 'Sal' Stills!

James Franco gives shirtless actor Val Lauren some direction in a locker room in these new Sal movie stills.

The 33-year-old actor wrote and directed the biopic, about deceased 1950s movie icon Sal Mineo (Val plays the title character).

Sal Mineo himself was an extraordinary and super complex guy,” Val told the Hollywood Reporter. “People know him for Rebel Without a Cause, but he was technically the first actor who came out of the closet. He was very brave.”

Sal is one of many films James plans on directing–he is also working on As I Lay Dying, Blood Meridian and The Night Stalker.

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  • Mlef

    Oh Boy…he seems so intense and authoritative.
    Love it…lol

  • Kate

    Go Franco!!!

  • http://ja slig o lambert^_______^ cute

    @ká simply
    are you comeing with me in mall or what? ? I wait >_<

  • http://ja slig o lambert^_______^ cute

    james franco so normal

  • http://ja slig o lambert^_______^ cute

    @ká simply rouvas
    you want come with me to the mall?>_<

  • kå simly åmazing!

    i said No. and my name not rouvas ;)

  • TheCelebrityCafe

    It’s cool that he is going into something different to broaden his resume.

  • Tru

    Didn’t he turn 34 in April?

  • Susie#1

    I met Sal Mineo at the beginning of his career. He was shorter and more slender than Val Lauren, had almost black eyes, and a small bump in his nose.

  • Meme

    Soo…is James Franco homosexual? I’m just curious…I mean I’ve never seen him with a girlfriend or anything and he keeps making these films about gay characters and the gay community.

  • Creed

    cant wait to see this.

  • megan

    james is amazing!! HOT and extremely talented!

  • Joey

    Yes, he’s gay, Meme. Slightly closeted (hiding in plain sight, if you will), doesn’t identify as gay, but anyone who’s anyone knows what’s up. I know: THUMBS DOWN, right?

  • Sammy

    I’m glad James Franco went out of his way to make a film of sal =) Hopefully this will make people know who sal was much more. He seems like such a forgotten star=) Great Job James!!!!!