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James Franco Looks Buff After Laying Low This Summer!

James Franco appears to be one satisfied customer while heading out of Joan’s On Third with a smile on Tuesday (August 29) in Studio City, Calif.

The 39-year-old actor showed off his noticeably toned physique in a striped shirt while exiting the restaurant. This is the first sighting of him in over a month!

James recently opened up to GQ Australia about his breakdown last November, as well as overcoming an addiction to work.

“Being a workaholic means you’re addicted to something. And what’s underneath addiction? It’s about hiding from fear, from pain, it’s doing something to make yourself feel better. That’s exactly what I was doing and I had to really adjust my relationship to work. It’s really hard,” he said.

FYI: James is wearing Coach sunglasses.

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James Franco Opens Up About His Breakdown & Addiction to Work

James Franco is on the cover of GQ Australia‘s September/October 2017 “Big Style” issue, out on Monday (August 28).

Here’s what the 39-year-old actor had to say…

On his breakdown last November: “I really had a moment of crisis. I hit a wall. It was a gradual thing. I hadn’t been in a relationship in a long time and was like, realising how much I was running from feelings and people. And how much of my identity was wrapped up in work. I knew who I was on a movie set. But take me away from that and it’s like, oh shit, I have to interact with people outside of the dynamics of a movie set? That’s really scary. But as soon as I took a step back and stopped working, it was like, holy shit. All the feelings flooded in and it was like this is what I was running from. This is what I was using work to hide from. This is why I had to occupy myself every minute of the day, 24 hours a day. Because I was running, running from emotions and being vulnerable and being around people. Being myself.”

On addiction to work: “I’ve never done heroin in my life, but I imagine if you get off heroin, people talk about facing reality, all these feelings coming back. Whether you know it or not, you want to bury them with the drug. Being a workaholic means you’re addicted to something. And what’s underneath addiction? It’s about hiding from fear, from pain, it’s doing something to make yourself feel better. That’s exactly what I was doing and I had to really adjust my relationship to work. It’s really hard. I’m sure, like anything you’re addicted to, letting that go is difficult because it’s a coping mechanism to make you feel good. It is so hard to wake up
to [addiction]. It’s so hard to see it. I thought I was living the life I always wanted to live. When I finally did wake up, I was completely isolated, emotionally, from everyone around me. The thing about work addiction is our culture supports it… We reward hard work and success. But it can really mask addictive, escapist behaviour.”

On perceived success: “I actually couldn’t enjoy my success. I was nominated for an Oscar, I was working with all my heroes. All the dreams I’d had as a young man had come true. And I still couldn’t enjoy it. It was never going to be enough.”

For more from James, visit GQ.com.au.

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James Franco Talks Early Struggles with Depression in 'OUT' Mag: 'I Feel Isolated & Lonely'

James Franco shows off his irresistible smile in black and white for the new cover of Out magazine.

Here’s what the 39-year-old The Deuce actor-director had to share with the mag:

On directing Maggie Gyllenhaal in sex scenes: “I had to direct sex scenes in The Deuce and… whooo, it was interesting, 
I have to say. Maggie Gyllenhaal, in addition to being just an incredible actress, is fearless, and she really led the charge with how she handled the sex scenes and how she handled herself, and really set the template for everyone else. If I didn’t have someone like her I think it would have been really, really hard
to engage in those scenes, but she just made it so easy. She’s fearless.


On directing vs acting: “I’ve got to say, of all the things that I’ve done, and I’ve done a lot, the actual process of directing is the most fun, because you’re in the middle of all these different creative people. But no, I will not stop acting. Most actors come to a point in their lives where they have to reassess what they’re doing and why they’re doing it, and for me, after going back to school and trying to do all these other things, this new chapter, with surfing and dancing, is really about slowing down and trying to focus on fewer things but in a deeper, more quality-filled way.”

On his past addictions and depression: “I have a very addictive personality.
 When I was a teenager I got over certain addictions, and that’s when I started acting, at age 17. I really threw myself into it, and that became everything, to the point where I didn’t even socialize. And then after, like, 10 years of that, at age 27, I realized, Man, I’m so depressed. On the surface my life seems pretty good—I have a career and everything— but I feel isolated and lonely.”

For more from James, visit Out.com!

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James Franco's 'Disaster Artist' Trailer Shows the Making of Cult Classic 'The Room' - Watch Now!

Check out the trailer for The Disaster Artist, which is a movie-within-a-movie starring James Franco as Tommy Wiseau, star of the cult-classic movie The Room.

The movie is based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy‘s cult-classic film, and will show the process of making the film.

Dave Franco and Seth Rogen also star in the movie, which will feature some celeb cameos including Bryan Cranston. Look out for the movie, in theaters on December 1!

The film was written by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter.


James Franco’s ‘Disaster Artist’ Trailer Shows the Making of Cult Classic ‘The Room’

James Franco In Talks to Join 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'

James Franco may have his next project lined up!

The 39-year-old actor is reportedly in talks to star in upcoming TV series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

The new series from the Coen Brothers is set to span six episodes, with each episode focusing on different actors and characters.

Other actors rumored to be involved in the project includes Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly and Tim Blake Nelson.

One episode is rumored to be focused on a drifter “whose own fecklessness dogs his attempts at bank robbery and cattle driving.”

Maggie Gyllenhaal & James Franco Star in 'The Deuce' Trailer - Watch Now!

Check out the full trailer for James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s brand new HBO series The Deuce!

Zoe Kazan, David Krumholtz, Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Emily Meade, and Lawrence Gilliard Jr. also star in the show, which takes place in 1970s New York City.

In the show, James plays a set of twins – Vincent and Frankie Martino – and Maggie plays sex worker Eileen “Candy” Merrell

Be sure to check out the premiere of The Deuce, premiering on September 10 on HBO.

Watch the new trailer below…

James Franco Would Pick Up Dates While Working at a McDonald's Drive-Thru

James Franco gives a sultry stare in this new feature from W magazine’s new issue.

Here’s what the 39-year-old actor had to share with the mag:

On when he started acting: “I started acting my senior year in high school. I had loved movies since as long as I can remember. Then finally my senior year, I started acting. And I had a girlfriend in the drama program, and she had been asked to do a one-act by this guy. And he had written this one-act and was directing and starring in it. It was this romantic piece, and they were gonna make out in it. And I got really jealous, and I begged her not to do it. But she did it anyway, as she should have. I realize in hindsight that I was jealous probably more because he had constructed this whole thing and he’d written it and directed it and was acting in it—it was, like, all the things that I wanted to do. And so as my revenge, I decided that I would join the drama class. I got the leads in the last two plays that year. Then I hadn’t applied to any drama schools ’cause I was too late, and so I wasn’t in the theater program at UCLA. But I was in L.A., and there was, like, a guy in my dorm that was on the show Cybill, with Cybill Shepherd. It was just all around me, and I was like, ‘Well, I, I need to do this now.’ So I dropped out of school. My parents wouldn’t support me anymore. So I worked at McDonald’s for two or three months. . . .I got a couple dates from the drive-thru window. [Laughter.] Then I got a Pizza Hut commercial, and then not long after that I did Freaks and Geeks. So it all worked out.”

On getting dates at the McDonald’s drive-thru: “I was in acting class, and I would practice different accents in the drive-thru, like really bad accents. But people believed me. So I’d be like [in terrible Italian-American accent] ‘Hey, welcome to McDonald’s. May I help you?’ You know, like, that bad. And I’d always know that they were interested ’cause they’d come back around. So, you know, a young lady would be like, ‘Oh, I forgot the, uh, strawberry milkshake.’She’d come back and she’d be like, ‘Well, I’m trying to learn Italian. Maybe you could give me some Italian lessons.’ I’d go [in accent], ‘Yeah, yeah, sure.’ But then there were a couple, I guess, with my Irish accent or, like, my Brooklyn accent—those I could go out on dates with. You know, we went to see Titanic, and I had to keep it up. You know, so like [in equally bad Brooklyn accent], ‘Whoa, Leonardo. Wow, he was amazing. Yo, oh.’

On how his dates would find out the truth: “Then I always had to break it to ‘em, ’cause they’d call me, and it was before cell phones. So I’d pick up the phone, I didn’t know who it was. And I’d be like [in regular voice], ‘Hello?’ And they’d be like, ‘James, is that you? What happened to your accent?’ It was always the worst, as if I was this huge imposter. Like, I had to come clean: ‘Hey, I’m not from Brooklyn. I’m from Palo Alto.’ And they just look at me like I’m a complete stranger. And it usually ended right there.”

For more from James, visit Wmagazine.com.

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