Pictures and Quotes From James Franco in Esquire 2010-08-11 10:00:00

James Franco Reads Twilight and Covers Esquire's September Issue

The upcoming September issue of Esquire is chock-full of James Franco. He's on the cover, and the magazine features a short story and poem inspired by the actor, a piece on James written by SNL's Bill Hader, and a preview of his art show. There's even a video of James goofing around with his brother Dave — check that out after the jump. James has lately been in Canada shooting Rise of the Apes, and his busy schedule meant he missed out on last night's big NYC premiere of Eat Pray Love with his costars Javier Bardem and the "charmingly shy" Julia Roberts. He managed to find a minute for an interview with Esquire, in which he shared his thoughts on Twilight, acting, and more. James said:

  • On reading Twilight: "It's crazy how much sexual tension there is. It just builds and builds. I mean it never stops. It's sort of explosive by the end. Crazy. Like they'll blow up with it. And of course, they don't. Which is the point too, I guess."
  • On researching his character in Eat Pray Love: "You know, in Eat Pray Love, my character mostly appears in the first twenty pages of the book. And I can definitely say I read the first twenty pages."
  • On the waning joys of acting: "Acting doesn't do very much for me. I put off school for it, but it's not like it was a sacrifice or anything. I really didn't miss school until I went back. Or maybe I missed it and nobody believed that, not even me. The work of it — and I have really great teachers — that's the stuff that adds up for me in a way that acting doesn't."

Photos courtesy Francesco Corrozinni for Esquire

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