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James Franco To Play Porn Twins
Karl Smith , August 10th, 2015 15:02

He's at it again and he's going to be at it on screen this time: James Franco has signed on to play identical twins in The Deuce, David Simon's forthcoming drama focused on the the New York porn scene of the 1970s

It's safe to say — and, in fact, we've absolutely said it before, pretty recently actually — there's nothing (political satire, poetry, fiction, art) which James Franco won't try with enviable joie de vivre and subsequently boldly-if-misguidedly fail to pull off. It's in that vein that it should hardly be surprising Franco is down to play identical twins in the forthcoming '70s porn drama The Deuce: think about the unholy prolificness of mono-Franco and imagine the torrent of contributions we'd get with hi-fidelity Franco-in-stereo. (Just think about that absolutely-necessary time Straight James Franco interviewed Gay James Franco!)

Funnily enough, though, very few of the actor-cum-absolutely anything's are ever entirely bad news: his recent book announcement had the saving grace of being about Lana Del Rey, his poor onscreen adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying was, at least, an adaptation of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.

The Deuce seems to be no different in that respect. Franco might be the face(s) of the operation, but the show itself is the brainchild of The Wire-creator David Simon and is described as "the story of New York City twins embroiled in the 1970s Times Square pornography scene and all the mob and drug-related complications that accompany that particular environment." This translates roughly as: yes James Franco will be playing twins in the porn industry, and it's an HBO show so there'll definitely be a fair showing of skin, but — unlike his turn in The Interview — it's not just going to be some kind of wild dick-joke rampage.

While Simon had originally been wary of the project, “I don’t wanna make a porn show. … I’m married with kids and lawn furniture. I don’t want to go there, man. That’s dark”, darkness clearly won-out and, as ever, “Porn, prostitution, pimps, the Mob, after-hours nightlife, institutional corruption, and New York in its Wild West heyday” prevailed.

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