Dave Franco stepping out from his brother’s famous shadow
BY CINDY PEARLMAN January 30, 2013 4:32PM
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He knows you’re going to go there. Dave Franco says it’s inevitable.
“When someone meets me they always bring up my brother,” says the sibling of actor James Franco. “One of the great things for me is, some of my best friends in the world have known me since I was 5. They don’t care about who I’m working with and they know my brother, so they don’t have to ask him about him.”
James’ lookalike, GQ-handsome brother stars in “Warm Bodies,” where a zombie decides to fight him for the love of his living girlfriend.
“I do get eaten by zombies and my girl gets over me rather quickly,” he gripes. “I guess they had a strained relationship if she can fall for a zombie who eats me.”
Did being the little brother of you-know-who help his Hollywood path? Other gigs include the upcoming film “Now You See Me” and the Cartoon Network “Young Justice” series, where he played the Riddler.
“James did help me get a manager,” he says. “But I know no one will cast me because I’m the little brother. If I suck, I suck. I started out like any other actor who fell on his face at first. So yeah, they pay more attention to me in a room because of my brother, but then they would also remember if this kid sucked.”
He adds, “This is one of the hardest businesses in the world to succeed in. I thought about giving up. I think everyone has that moment of ‘will I keep going?’ I have started to create stuff for myself. I’m a writer, too, and have made some short films for ‘Funny or Die’ and they’ve gained some traction.”
And as for that famous brother, he smiles. “Yes, I’m tired of people asking about my brother, but I also love my brother to death and respect him so much. I just don’t want to be referred forever as James Franco’s little brother. That’s a hard title to carry for the rest of your life. Yes, I’d love to work with my brother, but I’d also like to carve my own path. It would be cool to do an interview where I’m not mentioned in the same first sentence with him.”
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