James Franco Talks AS I LAY DYING, Adapting Literary Novels, Balancing Acting, Producing and Directing, Plus Updates on THE SOUND AND THE FURY & BUKOWSKI

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Now playing in limited release and coming soon to VOD and DVD is James Franco’s adaptation of the 1930 classic American novel from William FaulknerAs I Lay Dying.  Starring Franco,Tim Blake NelsonDanny McBrideAhna O’ReillyLogan Marshall-GreenBeth Grant, and Jim Parrack, the film chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother Addie to her hometown for burial.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

The other day I landed an exclusive phone interview with Franco.  He talked about making the film, the challenges of adapting the book, the way his career has developed, how film school helped shape him as a filmmaker, future films like Bukowski and The Sound and the Fury, and how he balances being an actor with future directing projects.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

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