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Friday 26 December 2014

James Franco: I was unpleasant

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James Franco

'Lovelace' film photocall, 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany  - 09 Feb 2013
James Franco

James Franco has confessed he used to be extremely difficult to be around.

The actor has taken up interests such as painting and writing poetry and short stories outside of his Hollywood career.

James used to put too much pressure on his acting, which made him difficult to be around on movie sets.

“On the outside it seemed like I had a good life. But I wasn’t happy with who I was. Part of that was because of my on-set behaviour: making movies started to be very unpleasant both for me and the people I worked with," James admitted to British newspaper The Telegraph.

“Because acting was my only professional outlet, I put a ton of pressure on the roles that I did. I overstepped my bounds, I tried to control things that were out of my purview as an actor and in some cases even tried to direct my scenes because I felt I knew how they should run rather than trust the director.”

The 34-year-old decided to go back to school and study for a master’s degree. He now teaches classes himself and says these new methods of expressing himself have made him happier.

"I went back to school and it opened up all these other outlets. [Am I happier now?] Incredibly. A million times more," James smiled.

“After 16 years in the business, I’ve come to understand success in a different way. I think I have had a change of heart and changed the way I do things."

James stars in indie film Spring Breakers alongside Ashley Benson and Selena Gomez. James and Ashley made a parody video of Justin Bieber's music promo for Boyfriend, which went viral earlier this year. The teen icon reportedly wasn't happy with the mockery.

“To me that wasn’t a criticism of Bieber as such; it was just having fun and reflecting a bit of pop culture. The thing is, when I do something like that, the response is very positive, people say ‘He did Bieber, that’s genius,’ but if I do something that has the slightest bit of pretension or inclination towards something deeper, people just go crazy," James explained. "It drives them cr-aaaaaaaa-zy that an actor would dare write a poem or a book or make a piece of art.”

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