Multi-hyphenate James Franco has more jobs (and hobbies) then one can count, but it's his latest piece of work that's buzzing around the web.
Franco wrote a critical take about "Man of Steel" for Vice, but much of the attention on the piece is actually based on what he said about Spider-Man, not Superman.
Franco, who attended the "Man of Steel" premiere incognito because he believes Henry Cavill does not like him based on their history filming "Tristan and Isolde," says he really enjoyed "Man of Steel." But that's perhaps the least interesting part of the Vice article.
In the piece, Franco jumped right into taking shots at "The Amazing Spider-Man" movies, which are essentially a quick reboot of his own "Spider-Man" trilogy with Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi.
Franco distinguishes between the old and new versions by calling the current series one that "arose even before there was time to bury the corpse of the old one and enshroud it in the haze of nostalgia."
He writes, "I don't have a huge emotional attachment to the Spider-Man franchise as a subject, my biggest sentimental ties are to the people I worked with on those films: Sam, Toby, Kirsten (Dunst), the late and great Laura Ziskin, and the hundreds of others who worked with us. I don't really feel much distress over its being remade, for many reasons, but what is interesting to me is that it has been remade so quickly—and the reasons why."
The reason? "The answer is, of course, money. We are in the film business, and the studios are owned by large corporations who want to make money."
And make money the film certainly did. Marvel recently announced third and fourth installments of "The Amazing Spider-Man."
Not being a fan of the remake is not new for Franco. In an interview with MTV News earlier this year, the actor referred to "The Amazing Spider-Man" as being, "Eh."
"I mean, they could have strayed a little bit more from the original," Franco said. "It's like, 'Why?' Well, I guess they made a lot of money. Congrats. Good for them. Sam and I moved on, we made 'Oz.'
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