There is no stopping the wacky and weird wonderboy that is James Franco. The actor has picked up two new roles, and it sounds like they couldn't be more different. First there's Ricky Stanicky, a comedy about a pair of guys who make up a friend to use as an excuse when they don't want to spend time with their wives. When their significant others want to meet Ricky, the guys hire an actor to play the role, and guess who's signed on to play him? That's right, it's Franco. Should be easy enough since we know how much he loves to poke fun at himself and acting in general.
If Franco's funny movies aren't your cup of tea, try this one on for size: he'll also be starring in a prequel to Planet of the Apes. Called Rise of the Apes, Franco will play a scientist who tests an Alzheimer's treatment on the primates — only to discover that the treatment enhances their evolution . . . and you know what happens next.
If there's one thing to say about Franco, it's that he knows how to spread his talent across all genres (let's not forget he's got Eat, Pray, Love coming out this Summer). I'm just glad all these big budget aren't cutting into his General Hospital time.