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James Franco Has Directed A 12-Hour Movie Using Outtakes From 'My Own Private Idaho'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 23, 2011 5:25 AM
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Also Has Another Film In The Can With A Score By Michael Stipe



Does James Franco sleep? It seems this guy spends every waking moment being productive and at the rate of his output, he'll have enough work to start filling his own museum and frankly, we wouldn't be surprised if he built one. The James Franco Museum Of James Franco Stuff. Yeah, we could dig that.

Anyway, the folks over at Cinematical have come across the actor's latest artistic endeavor, a show at the Gagosian Gallery that he's exhibiting along with Gus Van Sant. His work is essentially two films constructed out of footage from "My Own Private Idaho."

First up is "My Own Private River" which, as the title suggests, "consists largely of shots of River Phoenix's character, Mike, woven into a compelling portrait." The film features a score by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, who is hilariously described as an "art school drop out" in the description of the piece. However, it's the second film that is grabbing the most attention.

For "Endless Idaho," Franco used outtakes, deleted scenes, alternate takes and behind-the-scenes footage to create a 12-hour film about the "workaday process of making a movie, from location scouting to repeated takes." We guess it'll be like watching a bunch of people work on a movie set (ie. dullsville). But if you're a diehard fan of "My Own Private Idaho," this is pretty much your goldmine, and it should be noted that the film also features "interviews with actual hustlers who played secondary characters in 'My Own Private Idaho' are intercut with shots of River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves improvising and refining their performances under the direction of Van Sant and his crew." Hey Criterion, if you ever want to re-release "My Own Private Idaho," your special features material is right here.

The exhibit will be on display from February 26-April 9th. And oh yeah, Van Sant also has eight works on paper in the show as well. Hit the gallery site for details on screening times and more.

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6 Comments

  • Paul | February 24, 2011 3:50 AMReply

    Maybe that upcoming movie Limitless is actually ABOUT James Franco!!!!!!!!

  • Mike D | February 23, 2011 6:24 AMReply

    Yet he still finds the time to fuck lots of NYU girls.

  • rotch | February 23, 2011 6:22 AMReply

    @BuntyHoven I would love to see that movie.

  • BuntyHoven | February 23, 2011 5:58 AMReply

    They should do some Charlie Kaufman-esque meta comedy, a sort of mix between Being John Malkovich and The Prestige and Multiplicity, about how there are really several James Francos created by the original Franco to rework the artistic world in his own image. Or something.

  • Cool Dude | February 23, 2011 5:56 AMReply

    What's his problem?

  • rotch | February 23, 2011 5:55 AMReply

    If one reads every single James Franco story from the past 5 months, it starts to feel like a crazy, Andy Kaufman-esque stunt.

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