Just as well-timed as Scarlett Johansson’s ceremony last year, actor James Franco received his star on Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame” on Thursday, March 7th 2013. The ceremony preceded the official opening of Disney’s “Oz The Great and Powerful” by one day and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler declared that yesterday was “James Franco Day in Hollywood.”
Some video from the ceremony is below and the official press release (put together before the event) follows.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly announces that they will honor actor James Franco with the 2,492nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, March 7, 2013. “We are proud to honor actor James Franco with a star on the Walk of Fame. Fans from all over the world have been waiting for James to be honored with this great accolade,” stated Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies. “You could say that the Walk of Fame is his “yellow brick road!”
Emcee Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and guest speakers Sam Raimi and Seth Rogen will help Franco unveil the 2,492nd Star in the Category of Motion Pictures at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the El Capitan Theatre. “We’re streaming the star ceremony LIVE on www.walkoffame.com for everybody to watch and enjoy!” said Martinez.
James Franco’s metamorphosis into the title role of the TNT biopic James Dean earned him career-making reviews, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture made for Television. He also received nominations for an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for this memorable performance. Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and recognition from numerous critics’ associations for his starring role in Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed drama 127 Hours. His performance alongside Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant’s Milk earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor; and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in David Gordon Green’s comedy Pineapple Express, where he starred opposite Seth Rogen. He is also known for his starring role as Harry Osbourne in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
In addition, Franco recently starred in the successful reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He also starred in Ryan Murphy’s Eat, Pray, Love alongside Julia Roberts and he was a part of an all-star ensemble cast in Shawn Levy’s comedy Date Night. He will next be seen in Sam Raimi’s OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL which opens in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013. He will also star in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, followed by The End of the World where he stars with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride. He will again co-star with Jonah Hill in True Story for New Regency.
Franco’s additional credits include Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl, where he played the famous poet Allen Ginsberg; George C. Wolfe’s Nights in Rodanthe; Paul Haggis’ In The Valley of Elah; Karen Moncrieff‘s ensemble drama The Dead Girl; Tommy O’Haver’s drama An American Crime; John Dahl’s The Great Raid; Robert Altman’s The Company; as well as City by the Sea opposite Robert DeNiro; and the Martin Scorsese-produced Deuces Wild. On television, he starred in the critically-acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks.
He wrote and directed The Feast of Stephen, which premiered and won a Teddy award at the Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Franco directed Saturday Night, a documentary on the week-long production of a “Saturday Night Live” episode, which originally premiered at SXSW and The Clerks Tale which premiered at Cannes. Franco also wrote and directed a biography on poet Hart Crane called The Broken Tower which premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival and directed Sal, a biography based on the life of Sal Mineo, which screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. He also recently produced KINK, a documentary that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, he will star in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dyin, based on the classic novel, and in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, which he also co-wrote and directed. Both projects are in post-production.
Franco has been honored by and participated in the following charities: Art of Elysium, 826DC, amfAR and the Escalade Foundation.
For more information and to view who shares a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit www.walkoffame.com