James Franco adds 'experimental electronic musician' to his giant resume


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OK, James Franco. We get it. You are bionically high-achieving.

You go to school, you teach, you write, you act, you paint, you host award shows, you are an excellently homicidal soap-opera villain. You’re willing to give stuff a try, and that’s noble, but it got ridiculous about 67 projects ago.

And now you’re going to drop an EP of experimental electronic tracks with drag performer Kalup Linzy (who acted alongside Franco on General Hospital)?

It’s called Turn It Up and it’s set to drop July 12. In fact, there’s even a little snippet of a song called “Broken”:

Well, alright then.

That’s not much of a vocal performance from Franco (that’s him intoning the weird spoken-word stuff), though we know he has some kind of vocal chops thanks to his performance of “Proud Mary” (also with Linzy). Like many of Franco’s extra-curricular projects, it’s inoffensive but also sort of pointless.

As far as his prospects as an actor-turned-musician go, he’s probably just ahead of Scarlett Johansson (whose album full of Tom Waits covers was bland but inoffensive) and a few steps behind Zooey Deschanel (who at this point is possibly a better rock star than she is an actress).

But what do you think? Will you pick up Franco’s EP just because it’s Franco? And which of his multitudinous side projects have you actually enjoyed? Sound off in the comments.

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  • James Franco

    “I like having jobs”

  • Krystal

    behind Zooey Deschanel (who at this point is possibly a better rock star than she is an actress).
    Greatest thing ever haha. She places the same part in every damn movie.

  • Matt W

    Why wouldn’t someone want to try everything they can? If I didn’t have to work a 9-5 job I would be doing everything I possibly can with my life. I do anyways, but the whole job thing limits me a bit.

  • Trey

    Ugh, I like James Franco but good god… he’s everywhere.

  • Rhonda

    Over it. He’s pretentious and full of himself. He doesn’t owe me anything. So good on him for doing what he wants. But why do I feel like he’s on some quest to make us all feel inferior to Professor Franco. Two words from this post sum it up for me, inoffensive and pointless.

  • James Franco

    Haters gonna hate

  • errr

    so… this isn’t a joke?

  • George

    Somebody please tell this child you love him and he’s a good boy and e’rebody is sooooo proud….so he will stop the madness. Obviously he has a “here I am–somebody notice me” complex.

  • Blah

    If you can, why not?

  • Eric

    He’s said several times in interviews that he doesnt expect ppl to be impressed. He just does these things because he wants to have the experience. People need to not take the things he does too seriously!. LOL!. The Charlie Rose interview he did, he talks about all his artist endevours, which was probably the best interview James Franco has done!. People really should see it before they question his motives. I Love franco, but this EP, sounds like a silly idea, but to be honest after following his career these past three years, nothing that Franco does now surprises me anymore. He is “weird”, “artistic”, and He has said that he considers himself more an artist than an actor. So it makes sese that he wants to do these other things, “not to necessarilly master them, but to have the experience”.

  • James Franco

    I’m pretty, smart, talented and I do whatever I d@mn well please. Suck it world!

    • dean

      Im imagining u are the real JF. LOL. I love your “I dont give a f*ck, and Im going to do what I want” attitude. Just becasue people dont like what he does he shouldnt stop what he is doing. He is basically risking his acting career, and reputation, becasue he is doing all these things. I applaud him for it.!!!!

    • arelyeni

      ¨I’m pretty, smart, talented¨, of course you are, leave the flowers for us?. Eh, do you think?

  • Edy

    I am glad that he’s not a boring person and he is trying new things that he’s interested. You always need a new motivation, especially as an artist.

    All other comments talking s*t.

  • Pat

    LOL Dude alive, that’s pretty horrible!

  • arelyeni

    James Franco has a beautiful voice, with some singing techniques he can perform his own songs. It is laudable if you decide to carry out this project with Kalup Linzy. If jf is convinced to run, to do so. He can do, say and sing whatever he wants. I disagree with ¨ You Do not Need Love ¨, if not love, if we did not need to love us, that life would have meaning. Life would be empty, without purpose, without reason. Would be hollow.

  • arelyeni

    No te detengas, tienes toda una vida para hacer lo que quieras. Le encanta la lectura, es pintor, Actor, y no se cuantas cosas más, ahora con la música, y si sabe tocar la guitarra, se que sabe, no lo dudo…Dios mio, cuanto talento le diste a este hombre…..Cada vez me gustas más James…Sonrie que la vida es bella.

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