James Franco is a frequent target of teasing thanks to his many interests. He's an actor, a published novelist, a poet, a Playboy columnist, a film professor, an art gallery curator, an Oscar host, a late-shift cashier at McDonald's, a Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500, a performance artist, and a soap opera star, all rolled into one. And people think it's a bad thing!
But did you know that when Franco isn't wandering into the great unknown of hobbies, he's also making films? He notoriously ran off to New York University in 2008 to hone his filmmaking skills. In turn, the last decade has been peppered with Franco-directed films -- most of which barely see the light of day.
His latest is "As I Lay Dying," an adaptation of William Faulkner's classic novel that the author apparently wrote "from midnight to 4:00 a.m. over the course of six weeks," which sounds like something Franco would gravitate towards. After playing the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, "As I Lay Dying" is receiving a quiet release courtesy of Millennium Entertainment, the kind of debut that, if you weren't looking, you wouldn't know was there.
That's been the case with most of Franco's films, for better or worse. Here are seven more movies that the Renaissance Man went behind the camera for that may not be on your radar.