Appeared as himself in student film 'Erased'
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James Edward Franco
5' 11" (1.8 m)
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[on directing himself as an actor] I've done it many times before - it's something I've grown used to. As a director you're viewing everything from above or the outside. You just want to make sure all the pieces are working well together. I've acted in enough films that I can feel it from the inside, like okay, this is right... I actually don't like to do it. I enjoy directing other actors more. ...
On his father's side, he is the grandson of Daniel Franco, Jr. and Marjorie J. (Peterson) Franco, who was a published author of young adult books. On his mother's side, he is the grandson of Daniel Verne (born Daniel S. Verovitz) and Marjorie "Mitzie" Levine. One of James's maternal great-grandfathers, Emanuel "Manuel" V. Levine, was a prominent judge in Cleveland.
Tends to play characters with a troubled past or life