Marina Abramovic Will Make a Movie About James Franco

Marina Abramovic and James Franco, visual and performing artists who, in the past, have met in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art (pictured) and over gold-covered chocolate balls, are about to undertake their latest project together. While attending the Independent Spirit Awards, where the doc “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present” was nominated for best documentary —it lost to “The Invisible War” — Abramovic told ELLE that she is beginning work on a film about Franco’s life. (No, this is not a joke.)

“I think he’s the most interesting actor of the moment,” Abramovic told ELLE. “Why? Because he takes risks and when you take risks, you can fail. But he takes failure and risk all with the same intensity. He could just be another Hollywood actor and that’s it–like everyone else. But he’s crossing all kinds of borders and not always with great success. For him, process is more important than the result.”

Abramovic goes on to explain that she was inspired to undertake the Franco film project in order to help shed light on her friend’s Energizer Bunny-like creative force and the motives behind the prolific and polymath artist’s practice. “And this is why I’m interested to explain to [people] ‘Who is James Franco?’ and ‘Why is he doing what he’s doing?,'” Abramovic told ELLE. “He hardly sleeps or has a life. He just keeps going.”

No word yet on a release date or title — “James Franco: The Artist Is Ever-Present”? — but we’d be surprised if Abramovic didn’t play the lead.


— Benjamin Sutton

(Image via Gothamist.)